Photo: Copperlode Dam Cairns Australia - Photo Tourism Queensland
The Tropical North of Queensland - images of stunning greenery, white sandy beaches, waving palms and beautiful coral islands amidst an ocean of blue.
And extremes. Extremes of luxurious relaxation with cool cocktails, or adventure exploring the world heritage listed areas of Wet Tropics Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.
Going on a 4WD tour of the nearby World Heritage areas, as well as Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest will give you lasting memories of some of the most stunning tropical scenery in the world.
Cairns is an excellent place to start exploring this northern region of Queensland. From here, you can head off to the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal Culture, shop to your hearts content, feast on international and tropical gourmet fare and the freshest of seafood. See more about Cairns : Cairns Australia.
Cairns northern beaches - Just north of Cairns is Palm Cove, with its white sandy beach and near the Daintree River & Rainforest, is a popular tourist spot for good reason. The drive from Cairns is a joy in itself, with the lush surrounding scenery intermingled with views of the Coral Sea. Luxury resorts, family resorts, serviced and self-contained units give plenty of choice for accommodation, while Palm Cove itself has the Novotel Palm Cove Resort with its championship golf course.
Port Douglas also has a choice collection of beachside restaurants and eateries with great food. described as laid back, this small village is a tropical oasis. The weekend market has not only tropical foods but is a good place to find things for friends and family.
Older than the Amazon, the world renowned Daintree Rainforest is a wonderful place, a photographers dream and source of adventure. Go spotting for Crocodiles on the Daintree River. Experience Aboriginal Culture with the traditional owners of the Kuku Yalanji. Make the time if you can to to stop off at the Daintree Discovery Centre. See more about the Daintree National Park.
South from Cairns, about 90 minutes drive you will find Mission Beach. Twixt the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the deep rainforest of the Wet Tropics it is a great escape from the stress of working life. The carefully preserved surrounding areas have tours and cruises operating from Mission Beach, allowing to experience this part of Australia with a distinct seaside tropical flavour.
Cape Tribulation is where the Daintree River and the Rainforest meet the Great Barrier Reef. It is known for its breathtaking scenery and spectacular diversity of wildlife.
You will find plenty of opportunities to explore the Great Barrier Reef National Park, one of the seven wonders of the world. There are not only cruises available, but snorkelling and scuba diving at the many choice spots and chances to visit some of the islands themselves. You can even tour them from the air for wide expansive views of emerald green and ocean blue.
Shows Cairns and Surrounding towns, beaches, national parks and places to go : Tropical North - Cairns Map.
Further reading about the Far North Tropical Queensland:
Why not try a working holiday in Queensland - Work in Australia.
Accommodation in Queensland - Hotels in Australia.
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Photo: Sailing Off Cairns Harbour