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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.

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