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Northern Queensland

Northern Queensland includes the Tropical North Queensland, Townsville and The Whitsundays. North Queensland is a lush and beautiful region home to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed Rainforest. Snorkel, dive, swim with sea turtles and explore the Daintree Rainforest.

In Tropical North Queensland, visit Cape Tribulation beach and explore Indigenous rock art sites. Palm Cove, Cairns and Port Douglas are the main hubs for a beach holiday.

From the Atherton Tablelands, which is a delightful hinterland destination with lovely views and local food, to a 4WD trip along the Savannah Way or Cape York, Northern Queensland is the place for adventure.

What are the main cities in northern Queensland?

Townsville and Cairns are the main cities in the northern part of Queensland. Cairns is the hub of Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is a fast-growing regional city and the gateway to the SS Yongala wreck and Orpheus Island.

What is the population of Cairns?

Cairns is a small tropical city with a population of 162,451. It’s a city with a relaxed vibe and a warm and sunny climate. It may be compact but there are plenty of things to see in Cairns.

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Freshfield Station, field of sunflowers, Cairns
The Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway are both attractions worth doing. Of course, you can't do these two without eating and shopping your way around Kuranda Village itself. Experience a World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest, artisan markets of romantic Kuranda Village and ride on a stunning century-old historic...
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Hiking Mount Bartle Frere

They were the longest three kilometres I’d ever walked. Just a stroll by ordinary standards, from our last rest stop at Majuba Creek to the picnic tables at Josephine Falls that would signal the end of our epic day on our Mt Bartle Frere walk in Queensland's wet tropics. The...
Low Isles

Low Isles Cruise

A Low Isles snorkelling tour in Tropical North Queensland is a good chance to swim with sea turtles and see other marine life in calm waters. It’s a glorious day with perfect blue skies and glistening aquamarine waters as we sail from Port Douglas on a luxurious Lagoon 500 catamaran,...
Green Island jetty, Great Barrier Reef, North Queensland.

Green Island vs Fitzroy Island

Green Island and Fitzroy Island are two islands on the Great Barrier Reef close to Cairns. Just 25 to 30 km offshore, a catamaran or ferry takes just under an hour from the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns. Of all the places to visit in Queensland, if you want to...
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Paronella Park

Paronella Park is a unique Cairns tourist attraction.  While on a road trip to Cairns and Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef between Mission Beach and Innisfail, a sign for Paronella Park passes us by. A quick search on Trip Advisor raises our curiosity so we decide on a...
Cairns Aquarium Colourful lunar wrasse
On a beautiful sunny day in the Cairns Aquarium, I am surrounded by crystal clear water. Rays of light reflect off the body of a large hammerhead shark as it swims above me, while, in close pursuit is a black tip reef shark, followed by a cow tail ray...


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