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Tropical North Queensland
Travel Guide

Magnetic Island showing general coastal views, jet skiing and a sandy beach

Rainforests, reefs, grasslands and outback: this part of Australia is a fascinating place of diverse natural attractions and cultural gems.

Tropical North Queensland is a land of extraordinary natural beauty and diversity. This rich environment has helped shape the indigenous culture, which stretches back more than 40,000 years. Embark on a jungle safari, dive the world's largest coral reef system, witness traditional practices and wander through ancient lava tubes.

The gateway to the tropical wonderland of North Queensland is Cairns, a modern, laid-back city on Australia's east coast. Make a day of it on white-sand beaches or tackle the slides at Sugar World Water Park.

Cairns is also an ideal base for exploring one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Discover its remarkable biodiversity on a snorkeling or diving trip. Get your heart pumping above the surface with watersports such as parasailing and jet skiing.

Surrounding Cairns is the Wet Tropics Rainforests, thought to be the world’s oldest rainforests. Go on long-distance bushwalks, join crocodile spotting tours and picnic by waterfalls. These rainforests have been home to Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. Learn about the Pamagirri culture and watch a tribal dance show at the Rainforestation Nature Park.

Located 56 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of Cairns is the Atherton Tablelands, part of the Great Dividing Range. This fertile highland region encompasses rainforests, crater lakes, wetlands and savannah. Enjoy an epic bike ride through Atherton Forest, go on self-drive tours and visit the mountain village of Kuranda. Browse its markets, book a riverboat cruise and see tropical butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

Stop by Atherton town and tour the Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum for insights into the region's Chinese settlers.

Leave enough time to experience more of Tropical North Queensland's environs. Explore the gorges, limestone caves and fossil fields of the Gulf of Savannah, a vast outback region. Venture into a lava tube cave system at Undara Volcanic National Park.

If you are traveling from overseas, fly into Cairns and get ready for a vacation of incredible wildlife encounters, awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating cultural insights.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
The price is $157 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Center of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef ...
4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
"My partner and I both enjoyed our stay here. It was for only one night but was very affordable and central to everything."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
The price is $187 per night from May 23 to May 24
This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Convention Centre ...
4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Covid Restrictions were annoying but understandable"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
5 out of 5
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is $309 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Offering direct access to the beach, this Port Douglas resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Four Mile Beach, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, and Sugar Wharf. Wildlife ...
4.4/5Excellent! (581 reviews)
"We had a fabulous stay which was incredibly relaxing...the pool area was fantastic with plenty of beds available and great service around the pool. Rooms were very comfortable as well"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
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Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is $138 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (480 reviews)
"position position position getting a bit outdated but pool garden spa reception staff great"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is $104 per night from May 23 to May 24
Located in South Townsville, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc Tucker ...
4.3/5Excellent! (913 reviews)
"Stayed with family for an engagement party, everything was great."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
3.5 out of 5
23-51 Anderson Road, Woree, QLD
The price is $98 per night from May 23 to May 24
This family-friendly Cairns campground is located in Woree, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairns Golf Club, Wet Tropics of Queensland, and Dinden Conservation Park. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (504 reviews)
"Very happy with our 2 night stay in a 2 bedroom villa, the water parks and play ground are fantastic, the gaming room could use a upgrade but is not really necessary due to the other activities around the park. Villa was very clean and spacious the only negative would be the shower head was terrible. ..."

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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