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3.7-inch anti aircraft gun on Horn Island
Cairns & Northern Beaches
War history & memorials near Cairns

Tropical North Queensland has a rich war history spanning from World War I to more modern conflicts. Here’s how you can learn more about war history in Cairns & Tropical North Queensland.

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cairns esplanade
Cairns & Northern Beaches
16 things to do on your first trip to Cairns

If ever the statement “so much to do, so little time” rang true of a destination, Cairns would be it. With the Great Barrier Reef in its front yard and the Wet Tropics rainforest out the back, aside from your bathers, time is the best thing you can pack for a visit to Tropical North Queensland. If it’s your first time in the North Queensland capital, start with these 16 things to do in Cairns.

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accessible travel cairns palm cove
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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aerial of Crocodile Bloomfield River
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Everything you need to know about crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland

They say to never smile at a crocodile, but there’s plenty more to know about this ancient reptile species before you set foot in Tropical North Queensland.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
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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kid picking a mango
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Why you should visit the tropics in summer

From cosy rainforest retreats to once-in-a-lifetime Great Barrier Reef reef events, epic waterfalls to spectacular outback scenery, this is why you should put the green light on your summer holiday.

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Emerald Creek Falls
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20 waterfalls near Cairns

Mighty mountain ranges and Wet Tropics Rainforest create the optimum environment for a myriad of extraordinary waterfalls. Fall in love with these 20 waterfall wonderlands only a short drive from Cairns.

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Cardwell Spa Pool
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Everything you need to know about the Cardwell Spa Pool

Cardwell Spa Pool is a naturally-fed, seasonal creek that shot to stardom on social media in 2016. Ever since, people have been adding it to their holiday itinerary but there are a few things you might not know about this idyllic swimming spot.

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Great Barrier Reef
Swim with dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the only place in the world that you can swim with dwarf minke whales: an experience so exclusive it only happens for two months of the year and only in Tropical North Queensland.

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Rex Smeal Park
Port Douglas
Things to do in Port Douglas

Don’t let its flop and drop reputation fool you, there are many things to do in Port Douglas. From hunting with Traditional Owners & exploring the Great Barrier Reef, to river floats & wildlife parks. Here’s how to spend your time in Port Douglas.

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nandroya falls atherton tablelands
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast Waterfalls & Swimming Spots To Cool Off In

Mother Nature sees your backyard swimming pool and raised you her take on it with these waterfalls and swimming spots– each perfectly moulded and best explored with a sense of adventure.

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Nu Nu Palm Cove
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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Great Barrier Reef Drive
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Mini road trips in Tropical North Queensland

Discover local specialties and hidden gems on a mini road trip through Tropical North Queensland with these one day wonders. Here are eight itineraries to get you out and about.

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Everything you need to know about cassowaries

There’s plenty of reasons to visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef in summer – balmy weather, crystal clear reef visibility and pumping waterfalls – but what you might not know is it’s also the best time of year to spot Australia’s living dinosaurs and their chicks, cassowaries.

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zillie falls atherton tablelands
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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Recent posts

@LizardIsland coming in hot with some epic dolphin acrobatics 🐬

Have you ever spotted a dolphin on your travels to the tropics? Tell us where in the comments 👇

🎥 @pablocogollos_photography #exploreTNQ #exploreCairnsGBR #lizardisland #capeyork #greatbarrierreef
Hey @taylorswift your fans up north are literally jumping for joy that you made it to @australia 🙌 

We heard you had some free time this week, so why not spend it with another icon - the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland? We’re only a quick 3 hours away ✈️🌴

#TSTheErasTour #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
We 🩵 waterfall season!

No matter how many times you see it, a beautiful snap of the famous #EnllinjaaFalls is undeniably breathtaking 💦🍃 This @wettropicsworldheritage listed plunge is just one of the incredible stops along the Waterfall Circuit 🚘🌴 While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the other gems of the @athertontablelands - #MillaaMillaa & #ZillieFalls just to name a few 💫

📸 chloe_purchase.x #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia
Where else would you rather be this weekend? 💁‍♀️ For arts, culture and incredible lush rainforest, set your sights on @MossmanGorge 🌴✨

🎥 @sarahjanegriffiths #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #PortDouglasDaintree
In the wise words of our friend Dory, "I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my squishy" 🪼🪼

🎥 @reefencountercairns #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
Michaelmas Cay isn’t just a picture perfect sand cay, it’s also a significant breeding site for many species of birds including noddies, boobies (yes, really) and terns with up to 20,000 breeding pairs on the island at one time 🐦✨🏝️

📸 @theverticalpixel #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR 

Note: Filmed under permit. Outside the cay/reef area. Image cropped and zoomed. @theverticalpixel has GBRMPA permit.
Would you dare to swim with the crocs? 🐊

While you definitely shouldn’t try it in the wild, here at @wildlifehabitat you can get up close and personal safely at the CrocArena 🤩

🎥 @mish_loves_fish #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr
Where better to kick back and relax than in a real-life volcanic crater (aka #LakeEacham) 🌴✨ 

🎥 @passaporte_portugues #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
Are you ready to rendezvous with the Great Barrier Reef Drive once again? 🚗🌴
 
The coastal road from Cairns to @portdouglasdaintree is open and here are just a few of the experiences you’ve been waiting for, but there’s so much more to explore to grab the keys and hit the road!
 
✨ @ellisbeachbargrill
✨ @hartleyscrocodileadventures
✨ Rex Lookout
✨ @thalabeach
✨ @big4_portdouglas
✨ @choochoosatthemarina
 
Head to @tropicalnorthqueensland’s bio link for all the holiday tips & tricks! #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia
 
[ID: There is a mixture of footage captured from drove and in point of view format. The footage features a young family on a road trip from Cairns to Port Douglas, stopping at locations including Ellis Beach, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout, Thala Beach Nature Reserve, BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park and Choo Choos at the Marina.]
Take a moment to enjoy the colours of sunrise on the Cairns Esplanade 🌅✨

📸 @s_well85 #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

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