Tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the sea. With world famous beaches, spectacular scenery and the freshest seafood you will ever eat, it’s easy to see why this area is visited by over 2 million people per year.
Mossman Gorge & The Daintree – For breath-taking scenery you simply can’t find a better location, so take a drive to The Daintree National Park. The World Heritage-Listed site is jam-packed with stunning rainforests, clear rivers and a long and storied history.
In the southern part of The Daintree, about 20 minutes from Port Douglas, lies Mossman Gorge. Here you can take a guided rainforest tour, take a dip in one of the swimming holes or explore the many walking tracks and suspension bridges.
Port Douglas – The friendly seaside town set along the beach is home to a great mix of dining options, water sports, and stunning scenery.
Visit the world famous Four Mile beach. With no man-made structures along the seaside this beach locale is a true slice of unobstructed heaven. At the top end of the beach lies Flagstaff Hill lookout. Take the walk up to the top and enjoy the dazzling views of the beach in all its glory.
A trip to Port Douglas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Cane toad races at Iron bar. Be one of the lucky ones to be pulled from the crowd and race your very own toad. Who knows, you may even get a kiss at the end! 😉
The dining options in Port Douglas are endless but you cannot go past a fresh seafood dinner on the marina. A long time fave with the locals is On The Inlet. Don’t forget to say hi to their resident fish, Gorge the 250kg Groper, who visits daily around 5pm.
Palm Cove – A sophisticated, quiet and relaxing holiday destination by the sea. With numerous world-class resorts, restaurants and day spas, Palm Cove is the perfect mini retreat. The Palm tree lined paths by the beach make for a great walking track. Fancy a spot of fishing? Head to the pier and you may be lucky enough to catch a mackerel.
Great Barrier Reef – An absolute MUST if you’re visiting TNQ. Swimming with turtles is a regular occurrence on the reef, not to mention that you’ll be swimming through one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. But if sea sickness is stopping you from heading out on the water, never fear; the Reef Sprinter is here. Jump on the speed boat and have the time of your life getting out to the reef in half the time of regular ferries but with double the fun.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – Jump on the boat and cruise around Hartley’s lagoon as the tour guides feed the crocodiles RIGHT NEXT TO THE BOAT! Take a stroll through Cassowary Trail and come up close to these beautiful flightless birds. And the best part, you can even try one of their famous Crocodile meat burgers.
Skyrail Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Railway – Skyrail Cableway will send you up over the canopy of the rainforest and will take approximately 1.5 hours including a couple of stops along the way. If heights aren’t your thing the Scenic Railway may be a more relaxing option. Built over 120 years ago, the train will wind its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda.
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