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Australian travel during COVID-19: Tropical North Queensland guide

Tropical North Queensland & Australian Travel Guide

Domestic and international travellers can enjoy the open spaces of Tropical North Queensland by relaxing on secluded beaches, exploring lush tropical rainforests, diving into the Great Barrier Reef or adventuring through the rugged outback.

Find out all you need to know about Australian travel and exploring Tropical North Queensland below.


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International travel

International travellers are now welcome to travel into Australia and Queensland without providing evidence of vaccination status or quarantine.

It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.

Entering Australia



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International arrivals

For more information on travel requirements in Queensland and Australia, please refer to the below links.

Australian Government advice
Queensland Government advice

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Domestic travel into Queensland

There are no restrictions on visitors from all around Australia entering Queensland. All interstate travellers and returning Queensland residents can cross the border without an entry declaration or border pass, no need to complete any COVID-19 test and no need to provide proof of vaccination status.

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While you’re here…

There are some health and safety measures in place while you are in Queensland which are recommended. These include:

  • Get up to date with your vaccinations and boosters
  • Social distancing, hand hygiene and general safe health practices
  • Getting tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if you are sick
  • Face masks may still be required in some situations, like healthcare facilities.

Find out more

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Airport & airline advice

Find out more information about travelling through Cairns Airport here

To see which airlines fly into Cairns Airport, see here

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There are thousands of ways to adventure through the tropics.

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50 must-do day trips from Cairns

While Cairns itself is known for its laid back city vibes and stunning esplanade, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, waterfalls and quirky townships are just a stone’s throw away. Grab a pen and paper and add these day trips from Cairns to your holiday bucket list.

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Luxury places to rest your head

Escape to luxe island hideaways, indulgent outback retreats or tranquil ancient rainforests. Kick off your shoes, take some much needed R&R and discover the unique landscape of Tropical North Queensland.

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Conscious travel: How to travel Tropical North Queensland for a cause

Take nothing but photographs, leave only footprints and help give back to the unique environment of Tropical North Queensland with these experiences and causes.

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10 Great Barrier Reef Experiences for Adventure Seekers

While most people come to the Great Barrier Reef for postcard-perfect swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in the real-life World Heritage-listed aquarium, there’s plenty of ways to experience the reef and not all involve getting wet. Choose your own Tropical North Queensland reef adventure with this adrenaline scale ranging from sunset sails to vistas served at speeds of up to 200km per hour.

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Atherton Tablelands
10 waterfalls to chase on the Atherton Tablelands

Hit the famous waterfall circuit, uncover those lesser known or stretch a little further and take a dip in Australia’s widest, single-drop waterfall on the Atherton Tablelands.

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Palm Cove
Eat your way through these Palm Cove Restaurants

Taste the flavours of the north in the seaside village of Palm Cove, where restaurants take pride in local produce, fresh flavours and providing a warm tropical welcome served with an icy-cold drink.

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Port Douglas
Dive into this guide of swim-out hotel rooms

Walk in: swim out. For that added splash of luxury to your weekend getaway, family holiday or romantic retreat the following hotels will get you as close as you can to the most convenient and luxurious pools in the region.

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Guide to Cairns & Port Douglas

A getaway is looming and you’re longing for a tropical escape – Cairns and Port Douglas are both popular holiday havens boasting a wealth of experiences. Read this guide to help plan your trip to these two seaside locales.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
Accessible Travel in Cairns & Palm Cove

As a region, Tropical North Queensland offers an array of experiences that will engage your senses and immerse you in its natural wonders. From the rainforest to the reef, you’re sure to find an abundance of accessible adventures for all tastes.

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The Wet Tropics’ Famous Five Precincts and a guide to exploring them

If you’re looking to connect with nature and discover a rainforest that’s the oldest, longest and largest in Australia, go behind the foliage with this guide to the five precincts of the Wet Tropics.

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