Tropical North Queensland | Things to do

See the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – and where Australia’s two Indigenous cultures come together. Discover a castle in the rainforest at Paronella Park, walk through the vast Undara Lava Tubes or test yourself with an Ironman, mountain biking or marathon endurance event.

Great Barrier Reef

The northern end of the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep in Tropical North Queensland. Dive and snorkel over pristine coral, swim with dwarf minke whales every June/July, take a scenic flight for a private picnic on the white sand of Vlassof Cay and Mackay Cay, and tackle some of the country’s most epic fishing adventures in the Torres Strait or Gulf of Carpentaria. 


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Daintree Rainforest & outdoors

Froom Cooktown to Mission Beach, the Wet Tropics of Tropical North Queensland are the oldest rainforests in the world. Walk and hike through the verdant landscape, find hidden waterfalls and swim in fresh waterholes, and look for the elusive cassowary, the third largest bird in the world. There’s adventure, too – jungle surfing through the canopy, white-water rafting on the Baron and Tully rivers, and horse riding on the beach at Cape Tribulation.

Experience timeless culture

Connect with the oldest cultures on earth. Visit ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and contemporary Torres Strait art galleries, learn how to hunt with Kuku Yalanji guides in Cooya Beach, and join in the celebrations at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

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Cairns Museum

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$15 - 30
The Cairns Museum has amazing stories to share about living in the tropics. Stories of heat, sweat and hard work. Of cane, railways, rainforests and reefs. Of White Australia, Aboriginal resistance and European isolation.

Mini Car Rentals

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$49 - 199
Local Family Owned and Operated Car Hire Company Servicing Cairns and the Far North Queensland Region for over 30 Years. Pioneers in the Cairns Tourism Industry with Award Winning Customer Service. Wide Range of Reliable Vehicles from Economy, Compact, People Movers and Luxury Convertibles.

Cairns Performing Arts Centre

Cairns, Cairns Area
CPAC is Cairns' leading performing arts venue, located in the heart of the city. CPAC plays an integral role in the development of the arts and arts appreciation in their region through meaningful engagement with both the general public and a diverse collection of creatives.

Skydive Cairns

Multiple Locations
Skydive Cairns is an award-winning adventure tourism company, and a skydiving crew that takes professionalism to new heights, their unforgettable skydiving adventures invite you to leave your world and worries behind and experience the ultimate thrill of an adrenaline filled freefall.

WindSwell Kitesurfing and Standup Paddboarding

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
At WindSwell they are proud to offer a variety of watersport options showcasing their region and especially the Great Barrier Reef from above and below. Their full or half day charters take in stunning locations like Low Isles, Snapper Island or the Sand Cays gracing their shores to swim, snorkel, paddle, kitesurf or spear.

Outback Aussie Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and Torres Strait.

Down Under Cruise and Dive

Multiple Locations
Departing Cairns, Evolution is the fastest, most luxurious 35-metre reef vessel offering a comfortable and affordable outer Great Barrier Reef Full Day Cruise. With five hours reef time visiting 2 spectacular reef locations, this tour offers you more time to experience the world’s most famous National Park.

Mareeba Heritage Museum

Mareeba,
Free Entry
The Mareeba Heritage Museum recently qualified for the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame and was also voted by Trip Advisor as the #1 place to visit in Mareeba. Located with the accredited Mareeba Visitor Information Centre this is a great place to stop to find out more about our beautiful region, chin wag with the Volunteers, grab a coffee and visit the must-see Historical Museum.

HeliTours North Queensland

Multiple Locations
HeliTours NQ is the newest helicopter tour company in North Queensland. Operating out of Cairns, they offer boutique helicopter tours showcasing the diversity and beauty of the vast landscape that is the Reef, the Rainforest and the Outback.

Nautilus Aviation - Cairns

Multiple Locations
For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 27 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation has 29 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern Territory and New South Wales.
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