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Tropical North QUEENSL AND Where the rainforest meets the reef

Contents

The Tropical North ............................................ 3 Cairns City .............................................................6 Great Barrier Reef.............................................12 Island Hopping

Cairns Beaches ..................................................16 Trinity Beach Palm Cove Palm Cove to Port Douglas

Port Douglas .......................................................21 Mossman The Daintree Cape Tribulation

Atherton Tablelands....................................... 30 Kuranda ................................................................32 Cairns to Townsville ...................................... 34 Mission Beach

Cooktown ............................................................ 38 Cape York & Gulf Savannah ........................ 40 Drive North Queensland ...............................41 National Parks .................................................. 44 Events & Markets ............................................. 46 WELCOME TO TROPICAL NORTH Australian Tourist QUEENSLAND Publications Distributed to residential areas of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. PUBLISHER Welcome to... Magazines Magman Publishing Pty Ltd MANAGING DIRECTORS Trish Blackman, Jackie Honour Australian Tourist Publications

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ACCOUNTS Jackie Honour ADVERTISING Trish Blackman DESIGN Sue Dwyer Graphic Design ISSUE DATE 2019

Australian Tourist Publications 212 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870 T 07 4041 3600 | F 07 4041 3655 trish.blackman@atpcairns.com.au www.australiantouristpublications.com.au @WelcomeToMagazines

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The

TROPICAL NORTH

Tropical North Queensland mixes the excitement of new discoveries with the enchantment of exotic experiences. The only place where two World Heritage-listed areas are side by side, you can dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef or soar above the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Spectacular tropical landscapes are matched with superior natural encounters where you can step out of your comfort zone, or retreat to indulge in modern luxuries. Test your nerves at rafting rainforest rivers, be at one with nature in the vast outback, parachute 20,000 feet onto an unspoilt beach, find your inner artist learning Aboriginal handicrafts, taste ocean-fresh seafood or lose yourself in an island daydream. The warmth of the tropics is reflected in engaging activities that deliver exhilarating experiences and peaceful escapes to discover the adventurer within.

THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE

Oak Beach, Port Douglas T 07 4098 5700 reservations@thalabeach.com.au www.thalabeach.com.au

Discover Tropical Australia’s breathtaking natural beauty at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Situated only 15 minutes from Port Douglas – enjoy the best of the tropics without changing accommodation places. Thala provides an island feel experience and is the perfect base to visit the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef. Thala offers stunning accommodation options including sea-view, mountain-view or forest canopy Bungalows; blending in beautifully with the forest environment, giving you the chance to experience the magic of nature upclose. Get up early for a sunrise beach walk or take a dip in one of the freeform pools. Join one of our complimentary guided Nature or Bird Walks with our onsite rangers and return for lunch or dinner at sublime Osprey’s Restaurant. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. Magical moments are created at Thala – a special combination of beauty, wilderness and seclusion that awaits you.

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The Tropical North Cairns

Mossman

Cairns City is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to Northern Australia. A modern city, it is an ideal base to explore the wider tropical region with front-door access to World Heritage listed Reef, Rainforest and Outback. Cairns CBD is a truly tropical precinct in which to enjoy a spot of shopping at the many boutiques, al fresco dining, be inspired by a cultural experience at one of the many galleries the region offers or choose from one of the 600-plus tour options available each and every day.

Mossman is a picturesque little township nestled at the foot of the mountains among bright green fields of sugar cane. Enjoy its genuine Tropical North Queensland hospitality as you explore the country stores and historic pubs along the wide tree-lined main street.

South of Cairns Mission Beach, Dunk and Hinchinbrook Islands, Cassowary, Dugong, and Wallaman Falls are amongst many treasures along the Tropical Coast. Driving the Tropical Coast you take in the mountains of the the Great Dividing Range, the cultivated coastal plains, endless golden beaches, the Great Barrier Reef coastline, and Queensland’s most sought after tropical islands.

Cairns Beaches A short driving distance north of the CBD are the pristine, unspoilt beaches of Cairns, renowned for their palm-fringed, golden sands and calm tropical waters, stretching for more than 26 kilometres along the Coral Sea.

Port Douglas Port Douglas is a former fishing village, an hours’ drive north of Cairns, along a spectacular coastal drive with rainforest-clad mountains on one side and the Coral Sea on the other. Port Douglas offers the charm of a laidback seaside village with the sophistication of a modern resort town.

Discover the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef

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Mossman Gorge Tree-clad mountains rise sharply from the riverbanks of the Mossman Gorge and set the scene for the spectacular entrance to the Daintree National Park. Walk along the national park trails and across the suspension bridge. Watch the river tumble over giant granite boulders, swim in the refreshing crystalline water and learn the Dreamtime stories of the Kuku Yalanji people on guided private walks.

Daintree The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is so beautiful that its ancient ferns, emerald green vines and lush canopy provided inspiration for the movie Avatar. Here you can trek through jungle and discover plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Live on the wild side and cruise along the winding waterways of the Daintree River, looking for saltwater crocodiles.

Cape Tribulation Cross the Daintree River and enter a world untouched by urban development, noise and air pollution. Disconnect from the bustle, breathe in the fresh air and explore your surroundings. Swing through the jungle canopy, ride through rainforest tracks, explore the rugged terrain by 4WD and more.


Pristine unspoilt beaches

Atherton Tablelands

Cape York

Lush rolling hills, abundant wildlife, rugged bushland, tropical waterfalls, impressive lakes, rich history, gourmet food and friendly hospitality sum up the Atherton Tablelands. Whether your passion is fishing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, mountain biking, or stunning landscapes for young and old, couples, families and adventurers alike the Atherton Tablelands has it all.

Experience the rugged beauty of Cape York, Australia’s last wild frontier and gateway to the exotic Torres Strait Islands today. With a number of travel options including fly/drive, drive/cruise, all-inclusive tours, and of course self-drive, the Cape is more accessible than ever.

Gulf Savannah

Cooktown Cooktown is one of Queensland’s hidden gems – a beautiful, unspoilt coastal town, and one of Australia’s most historically significant townships. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, this is the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape, noted for its pristine environment and Aboriginal culture.

This remarkable region covers 186,000 square kilometres inland from the Great Dividing Range across to the Northern Territory border. To native Australians, the Gulf Savannah’s secrets and riches have been a boon for thousands of years. Special Aboriginal sites dot the plains and gorges, with fascinating legends and ancient artworks accessible to visitors with an interest in the Dreamtime.

Discover the Barron Gorge National Park

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CAIRNS CITY in the tropical north

Combining the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest with a cosmopolitan city, Cairns is where your holiday begins. Cairns is the perfect starting point for your tropical adventure with all the shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events, adrenalin-pumping adventures and cultural experiences on offer. Travel from the Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, swim at the Esplanade Lagoon, sample tropical produce at a farmer’s market, shop ‘til you drop, or cruise around the marina. Soar over the rainforest on a Skyrail adventure or step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda. Soak up the ambience of Cairns CBD, a truly tropical precinct in which to enjoy al fresco dining by the water, soak up the sun’s rays, cool-off with a swim or learn about the history of this city. Taste local and organic produce, dine at brilliant cafés and bars, shop the bustling markets and enjoy the laid-back friendly people that make Cairns a favourite destination for young and old, couples and families. With Cairns as your base you can explore all Tropical North Queensland has to offer. In Tropical North Queensland, your days and nights can be as adventurous or as relaxed as you like. Cairns boasts more than 600 tours showcasing the most exciting, amazing and unique attractions of the region from the reef to the rainforest, beaches and outback.

Picturesque Cairns Esplanade and Lagoon

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Cairns City

Dining

Nightlife

Cairns restaurants are among the best in Australia and have a great variety of dining experiences for you to enjoy. For a memorable evening of tasty food and fine wines, Cairns is the place to be.

If at the end of a day of diving, white water rafting or trekking through a rainforest you still have the energy to party the night away there is a lot on offer. From stylish bars for more mature guests, nightclubs for the backpackers to mingle with the locals, live music venues and sporting events.

Take advantage of Cairns’ weather and dine al fresco. Due to Cairns’ location by the sea, many restaurants offer waterfront dining, where you can sit back relax and enjoy your meal on the water’s edge of The Esplanade overlooking the Coral Sea.

Cairns nightclubs are located across this tropical city and are open every night of the week. For those who like a little more sophistication, walk on down to the waterfront bars by the mighty yacht and cruiser lined Cairns Marlin Marina.

THE REEF HOTEL CASINO 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns T 07 4030 8888 reservations@reefcasino.com.au www.reefcasino.com.au

Open 9-5am daily, The Reef Hotel Casino holds over 400 gaming machines and a range of table games. On level two, the Sports Arena has a dedicated bar, huge LED screen, 360° sports viewing, TAB Mega Wall and Keno Lounge. A multitude of dining options await you within the complex. Multi award-winning five-star signature restaurant Tamarind is the only Chef Hatted restaurant in Cairns. Merchant Café is the perfect meeting place and serves specialty coffees, teas and delicious house made meals. Crafted cocktails, the coldest beer in town, a tasty bar menu and free live entertainment six nights a week are highlights of BAR36, which is complemented by an LED pillar with an interactive floor that plays a part of the lighting and visual effects of the foyer bar. Daily deals and bistro-style meals are offered in Flinders Bar & Grill inside the Casino until 4am. Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is arguably Tropical North Queensland’s most prestigious hotel with a focus on exemplary service and five-star quality. Rooms include a spa bath and private garden balcony overlooking the city or water views. BOOK DIRECT and quote LUXURY19 for 10% off any room rate plus a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine (conditions apply).

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Hire a bike and go exploring

Get Active Cycling

Collins Avenue and Saltwater Creek back to Aeroglen. The trail head offers 54 car parking spaces, a new toilet block and picnic shelter.

There are a range of paths and cycle ways that allow you to explore this beautiful region at your own pace. The Cairns Walking and Cycling Circuit has been developed to provide recreation activities within central Cairns through off-road walking and cycling paths.

Crystal Cascades

The routes take in the Esplanade lagoon, the foreshore to the Cairns Botanic Gardens along scenic waterways including Lily Creek and Saltwater Creek.

Walking Tracks There are four popular walking tracks that wind through Mt Whitfield Conservation Park, located behind the Cairns Botanic Gardens in Edge Hill. The Red Arrow Circuit is 1.3km and takes about 30 minutes. The Blue Arrow Circuit is 5.4km and takes 3-4 hours. It is a rugged bush track with steep climbs and requires a reasonable level of fitness. The Green Arrow is a 3km track which starts towards the top of the Blue Arrow loop and branches off to the west, ending at Whitfield. The latest walking track is the Yellow Arrow Trail, providing a connection from Aeroglen to the existing Red and Blue Arrow walking tracks. The Yellow Arrow Trail also provides a circuit route via the Red Arrow,

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After all that walking, take a tip from the locals and have a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole like Crystal Cascades. Crystal Cascades is one of Tropical North Queensland’s secrets. A secluded freshwater swimming hole hidden in a tropical rainforest, it has a series of small waterfalls that flow into large pools. Take along a picnic and enjoy the electric BBQs and picnic tables.

Swimming Take a dip in the picturesque Lagoon, a 4,800 squaremetre saltwater pool that offers year-round swimming on the Esplanade in Cairns CBD. Surrounding the Lagoon are parklands with tropical gardens. This is the perfect spot to take a stroll, barbeque yourself a lunch or simply enjoy a picnic. Offering almost two kilometres of landscaped parkland with a restaurant strip on one side and the harbour inlet on the other you can relax on the grass and soak up the sun or dine in one of the many restaurants. The choice is yours.


Indigineous Culture Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is one of the oldest living societies on the planet and their intricate history and traditional practices can be experienced in many ways, across Tropical North Queensland. Whether you want to learn more about indigenous art, want to go bush or inject a touch of culture into your holiday, this region has a lot to offer. Take part in cultural festivities and feel the rhythmic beat of island drums, the sound of clap sticks, and witness the visual glory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Explore the Bama Way with Aboriginal guides and follow the story-lines of two Aboriginal nations, to gain insight into ancient traditions. Better understand Aboriginal culture through art in Mossman. A visit to Cairns is not complete without taking an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about these peoples’ ancient pasts. Each Aboriginal tribe in the Cairns and Tropical North Queensland region has their own unique stories. The traditional owners of the coastal country between Cairns and Port Douglas are the Yirrganydji Aboriginal people. They were great fishers and traders and had distinctive canoes with pointed bows. The abundant resources in the sea and the coastal forests provided them with a rich and healthy diet. A major trading pathway follows the same route as the current highway. Artefacts, wells and other signs of occupation have been found at several places near

the sea, including stone axes and grinding stones at the mouth of Hartley’s Creek. Many of the Yirrganydji still live in the territory of their ancestors. Today the Aborigines who inhabit the rainforest protect and maintain its beauty, passing on their culture to continue the tradition. The Kuku Yalanji people are the traditional custodians of the area between Mossman and Bloomfield with a culture thought to be around 9,000 years old. The area’s traditional Aboriginal landowners strive to protect their natural heritage as they share its unique qualities with visitors. They were hunters and gatherers, with more than five groups ranging across the terrain as the seasons changed, yielding their sustenance from the rivers, beaches, reefs and sea. Theirs was a simple, yet ingeniously sophisticated culture. They devised and operated successful traps for fish and game, learnt to prepare the, often toxic, rainforest foods for consumption, and evolved social mores that bound the fabric of their society firmly. Today, the Kuku Yalanji people number approximately 1,000 and many are very active in the tourism industry offering visitors an insight into their heritage as well as a reliance and empathy with the environment. The Mossman Gorge Centre is the central hub for all things Mossman Gorge and is staffed by local residents with a breadth of knowledge on the area. At the Centre you will find an official welcome area, a contemporary cafe, art gallery, gift shop and tour desk.

Tjapukai Cultural Park

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Cairns Botanic Gardens

Munro Martin Parklands Munro Martin Parklands is Cairns’ newest outdoor performance space. The venue is equipped to host a wide range of shows and since its opening in August 2016 performances have ranged from Queensland Opera’s Barber of Seville, to the contemporary music of Passenger.

Tobruk Memorial Pool Whether you’re a future flowboarder, a young Ian Thorpe, an aqua aerobics lover or just looking to enjoy a good coffee; Tobruk Memorial Pool is a place where tourists and locals can come to socialise, train and enjoy state of the art facilities.

Cairns Botanic Gardens Just out of town are the Cairns Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best tropical plant exhibitions in Australia, and home to approximately 4,000 species of tropical plants from Australia and overseas.

Tours generally take 60-90 minutes and showcase key areas of the Gardens including the Conservatory and Aboriginal Plant Use section. Explore the beauty of tropical plants, and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. To join a tour, simply meet up with the guide outside the Friends House (no bookings required). Come for the flowers, stay for the birds. The Garden’s cast of feathered characters changes with the seasons, so you can make bird watching a repeat activity throughout the year to enjoy them all. When you are done exploring, relax in stunning surroundings at two cafes operating in the Cairns Botanic Gardens Precinct – Botanic Gardens Restaurant Café and Tank Sixty Four.

SOUTHERN CROSS ATRIUM APARTMENTS

HOT GETAWAYS

HOT GETAWAYS .COM.AU

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens conduct free guided tours of Flecker Gardens starting 10am Monday to Friday, most weeks of the year.

3-11 Water Street, Cairns T 07 4080 2700 info@southerncrossapartments.com www.southerncrossapartments.com 100 Abbott Street, Cairns T 07 4037 2700 info@hotgetaways.com.au hotgetaways.com.au

Whether you are looking for a romantic Getaway or for a holiday filled with adventure, Hot Getaways can design the perfect holiday for you. All tours, accommodation and attractions are carefully selected to deliver outstanding service. We have partnered with operators who share our passion for making holiday memories last a lifetime. The only place where two World Heritage-listed areas are side by side, you can dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef or discover the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, there is plenty to explore in Tropical North Queensland.

125-129 Esplanade, Cairns T 07 4080 7600 info@visioncairns.com.au www.visioncairns.com.au Perfectly positioned on the Cairns Esplanade, 5-star luxury, fully self-contained 2, 3 & 4 bedroom ocean view apartments. 2 swimming pools, spas, gymnasium, steam room and BBQ.

From Cairns to Cape York, we offer tours and accommodation for your perfect holiday in paradise.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Wildlife The Wet Tropics Rainforest region is home to over 3,000 plant species, one third of Australia’s mammal species, numerous spectacular insects, a quarter of Australia’s frogs, nearly half of Australia’s bird species and over a third of the country’s freshwater fish. A number of wildlife sanctuaries operate in the region, where you can see Tropical North Queensland species such as crocodiles, cassowaries, tree-kangaroos, colourful parrots and pythons up close. The sanctuaries and wildlife parks provide an opportunity to learn about the animals and interact with baby crocodiles and snakes safely. Many other native Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos and wallabies are popular residents in the sanctuaries and are usually as interested in you, as you are in them.

THE AUSTRALIAN ARMOUR AND ARTILLERY MUSEUM

Cassowary

KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY

2 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield T 07 4038 1665 info@ausarmour.com ausarmour.com.au

Take a step back in time and be blown away by the Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery. On display daily are vehicles, weaponry and artillery you usually only get to see in the movies. For an army style adventure, take a ride in a decommissioned APC (Armoured Personnel carrier), available on-site daily at 11am and 2pm (conditions apply). Our custom built shooting gallery is now open. Join us downstairs where you can take aim and fire military related bolt action rifles under the supervision of our highly qualified safety officers (conditions apply). The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is conveniently located next to Skyrail and Tjapukai.

126/142 Bunda St, Cairns T 1800 577 245 ksrres@qr.com.au KSR.com.au

Take a step back in time when you board Kuranda Scenic Railway and enjoy a relaxing train journey up the mountain range to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. As the train winds its way across 37 bridges and through 15 handmade tunnels, you’ll marvel at the engineering feat bringing this railway to life over 125 years ago. Whether travelling Heritage or upgrading to Gold Class, you’ll be passing stunning Stoney Creek and Barron Gorge Falls, surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest so close you can almost touch it. Step aboard and discover why this is one of the world’s great railway journeys.

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GREAT BARRIER REEF

With more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland offers the ultimate adventure on the world’s largest and most spectacular coral reef system. The Great Barrier Reef spans more than 2,000 kilometres, has 3,000 reef and coral cays, more than 1,500 fish species, 600 types of coral and some of the world’s best tropical islands. No visit to Tropical North Queensland is complete without spending time at the Great Barrier Reef, take a plunge into one of the Seven Wonders of the World and discover why this is the largest, most spectacular coral reef system on earth. Tropical North Queensland is not short of scuba diving courses, tour operators, day trips, equipment suppliers and everything you could need to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. Diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising or island hopping, the choice is yours. For a longer stay, you can book a night staying out on the reef as part of a liveaboard cruise. Alternatively, get a magical bird’s-eye view of the reef by booking a scenic helicopter flight over the reef. Dive with Minke Whales for a really spectacular adventure, parasail from an island for an adrenalin rush or spy on baby turtles making their first dash to the freedom of the Coral Sea.

Semi-Submersibles Even without entering the water, you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semisubmersible boat. Seated just one metre underwater, experience a diver’s view of the reef as you glide slowly past the reef and coral. From the wide viewing windows, the reef is revealed in its full glory before your eyes. Marvel at spectacular coral formations thousands of years in the making and an amazing array of exotic rainbow-coloured tropical fish.

Mission Beach

Snorkelling Snorkelling is the most popular way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. It’s as simple as putting on your mask, snorkel and fins and then you are all set to glide alongside Maori Wrasse and Parrot Fish. The snorkelling mask magnifies everything, giving you an amazing underwater view, floating over coral gardens, watching colourful marine life below you.

This little known beachside town, located between Cairns and Townsville blends vibrant art and culture with popular toursit attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef and is the closest mainland point from which to access the reef. Mission Beach consists of four beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of wide, golden sand. Climb to the top of Bicton Hill, take to the sea in a kayak or relax at a beachside cafe.

Snorkelling

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Fitzroy Island

Island Hopping

always stay at the Green Island Resort. By late afternoon, there will only be you and the other guests to enjoy the quiet, as the sun sets across the water.

Off the coast of Cairns, you will discover an array of tropical islands. There is Vlasoff Cay, Upolu and Michaelmas Cay; the coral wonderland of Green Island; the densely forested Fitzroy Island; and the five tiny islands that make up the Frankland group.

Fitzroy Island

Green Island Catch a ferry across to Green Island, departing daily at 8.30am, 10.30am and 1pm. In just 45 minutes you will be lying on the white-sandy beach, snorkelling through dense gardens of coral surrounded by fish, watching turtles pass by, or gazing at the reef formations from an underwater semi-submersible. If you fall in love with this small piece of tropical paradise, you can

Jump on the 45-minute high-speed ferry to picturesque Fitzroy Island, located 29 kilometres off the coast of Cairns. At Fitzroy Island, it’s all about rainforest, beaches and high reaches, with just as much to discover on land as in the sea. Explore the bush walking tracks throughout the island, like the Lighthouse and Summit walks, with views all the way to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel straight off the beach at Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach or see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef by sea kayak. This large tropical island offers different types of accommodation, ranging from a 4.5 star resort, to camping grounds.

FITZROY ISLAND RESORT Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef T 07 4044 6700 stay@fitzroyisland.com www.fitzroyisland.com

Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The island is home to Nudey Beach, which has been ranked as number one in Australia’s 101 Best Beaches awards of 2018. Just 45 minutes by the Fitzroy Flyer from Cairns, Fitzroy Island Resort is an affordable 4.5-star resort that offers a range of exquisite accommodation including Ocean Suites, Resort Studios and Beach Cabins. The Resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim up bar, games room, indoor movie theatre, general store, Foxy’s Bar, dive shop and turtle hospital. Activities include a water trampoline, kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding. Explore the islands walking trails ranging from an easy walk through the secret garden rainforest or a challenging hike up to the summit – great for taking photos of the magnificent view. Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the mysterious depths of the turquoise ocean waters, alive with vibrant corals and marine life. Fitzroy Island offers an ideal tropical island experience and will create memories to last a lifetime.

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Cape Tribulation

St Crispin Reef Daintree

Opal Reef

DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK

Tongue Reef Batt Reef

Low Isles

Mossman

PORT DOUGLAS

Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef Holmes Reef

Flora Reef

Fishing

CORAL SEA Michaelmas Cay PALM COVE TRINITY BEACH

Kuranda

Cairns is one of the best places in the world to get hooked. Whether you like marlin fishing, game fishing, reef fishing, sports fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing or just sinking a line into the water, then this is the place to be.

Upolu Cay Arlington Reef

Green Island

Diving

CAIRNS Fitzroy Island

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Gordonvale

Outer Barrier Reef

Frankland Island Group

Babinda

Howie Reef

Innisfail

Kurrimine Beach Tully

Taylor Reef

The Tropical North Queensland coastline is the ultimate destination for diving, with dive trips designed for all skill levels and budgets. Diving the Great Barrier Reef allows you to explore coral reefs and their marine life close-up. See a colourful Nudibranch, watch a giant Clam close as you wave your arm above it, or spy a Manta Ray. Find Clownfish (Nemo) as they dart in and out of an anemone, encounter a reef shark on a wall dive at the edge of the continental shelf and marvel at schools of pelagic fish. Dart Reef Whether you want to learn to dive, do an introductory dive, enrol for Advanced Diver Training, go diving on a day trip or do Flinders dive adventure there is a tour to suit you. Beginner a liveaboard Reefsand resort dives are popular ways to be introduced to courses

DOWN UNDER CRUISE & DIVE

Mission Beach Dunk Island

Bedarra

B RU C E H I G

Otter Reef

Family Group Islands

AY HW

Goold Island

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Cardwell T HE G R

T EA

Y E GR E N W A

Hinchinbrook Island National Park

Britomart Reef Trunk Reef

Ingham

Pelorus Island

287 Draper St, Parramatta Park T 07 4052 8300 reservations@downunderdive.com.au www.downunderdive.com.au

Myrmidon Reef

Orpheus Island

Curacao Island Fantome Island Great Palm Island

PALM ISLANDS

C BRU

Keeper Reef

EH

IGH

Havannah Island

Y WA

Wheeler Reef

Paluma

EG TH

Balgal Beach

AT RE

Rattlesnake Island

Acheron Island

AY NW EE GR

Davies Reef

Herald Island

Magnetic Island

TOWNSVILLE

Down Under Cruise and Dive is an advanced Eco-Tourism Accredited operator, offering a premium, high value daily tour to the outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. The company is Australian owned and has operated for over 25 years. In 2016, the company invested over $7 million in a new reef vessel called “Evolution” a 35m luxury Super Yacht offering our guests greater comfort and access to the world’s most famous World Heritage Area. Guests enjoy 2 stunning reef sites and 5 hours in total on the outer reef and experience the highest level of customer service available. Optional Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving, Semi-Submersible tours, Heli-Scenic flights, BBQ buffet lunch and live music make Down Under Cruise and Dive the best day tour experience in Queensland.

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REEF ENCOUNTER

the Great Barrier Reef. Daily reef excursions offer introductory dives with professional tutoring, allowing first-time divers the chance to get a taste for the sport while exploring the marine wonderland. 100 Abbott Street, Cairns T 07 4037 2700 info@reefencounter.com.au reefencounter.com.au

Glass Bottom Boats Glass bottom boat tours were invented on Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef. First launched back in the early 1990s on Green Island, glass bottom boat tours revolutionised visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Glide over the reef and look down on the coral and marine life. Cairns glass bottom boat tours are available with most reef, pontoon and island experiences. It is always included in the ticket price and accompanied by a friendly guide.

Reef trips Departing daily, there are reef trip options available to suit a range of budgets. Travel to the outer edge of the reef where you can snorkel, have a tropical buffet lunch, watch fishfeeding and marine presentations or take a ride on a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible.

Designed for utmost stability and comfort at sea, Reef Encounter visits the most captivatingly beautiful areas of the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Experience and Compass Cruises offer day trips to two Outer Barrier Reef sites. Reef Encounter, Reef Experience and Compass Cruises offer the best value snorkel and dive trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Depending on your choice of trip, enjoy chef-prepared BBQ breakfasts and lunch, friendly personal service, helpful crew, bus transfers, glass bottom boats, snorkelling, boomnetting, marine biologist presentations and diving.

SUNLOVER REEF CRUISES 1 Spence St, Cairns City T 1800 810 512 res@sunlover.com.au www.sunlover..com.au

There’s more life on the reef with Sunlover! Departing daily from Cairns our eco-certified tours take you to our state-of- the art Moore Reef Marine Base, which is perfectly positioned and fully equipped so that any age or ability can fully experience the magic of the reef with its abundance of colourful coral, fascinating fish, turtles and more. With 4 HOURS REEF TIME to explore this underwater wonderland, there’s plenty of time to take advantage of all of our free inclusions. The kids (or big kids!) will love the Sunlover Sunslide – the only theme park water slide on the reef. Also included is snorkelling, semi-submersible tours, glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding, underwater observatory and touch tank presentations with our marine experts. For a more in-depth experience optional extras include Introductory or certified SCUBA dives, Seawalker Helmet Diving, a guided snorkel tour with a marine expert, scenic helicopter flight or stay overnight on the Marine Base with Sunlover by Starlight. Our friendly crew will provide the expertise, activities and service to ensure you disembark with lifelong memories of the outer Great Barrier Reef.

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CAIRNS BEACHES a tropical paradise

The pristine, unspoilt beaches of Cairns, renowned for their palm-fringed golden sands and calm tropical waters, stretch more than 26 kilometres along the Coral Sea.

Machans Beach This historic beach location has some of the best views of Trinity Inlet and the Coral Sea. The neighbourhood at Machans Beach has an eclectic and hippie feel with a unique community culture that sets it apart from other beaches around Cairns. If you are planning your trip to Cairns and want to stay in a quiet unassuming beach and blend in with the locals then Machans Beach is the right place for you.

Holloways Beach Next along the Captain Cook Highway is Holloways Beach. Ideal for long strolls along the ocean’s edge, this is a lovely spot to cool off, sit and enjoy the fresh air, or cast out a fishing line. Holloway’s Beach accommodation ranges from Air BnB’s, luxurious holiday homes to family friendly holiday apartments, as well as bed and breakfast accommodation and beachfront resorts.

Yorkeys Knob Named after a fisherman who lived on the rocky hill in the 1880s, Yorkeys Knob is home to the 200-berth international Half Moon Bay Marina. Nestled in the cove of Half Moon Bay is the Yorkeys Knob

Boating Club, serving bistro meals in an open-air setting with expansive views of the marina and the ocean from the covered balcony. Yorkeys Knob is where you will find one of the most popular golf courses in Tropical North Queensland. The picturesque 18-hole Half Moon Bay Golf Club overlooks the Boating Club and Marina providing magnificent views across the Coral Sea.

Kewarra Beach Set like a jewel between rainforest and reef, Kewarra Beach is prized by locals for being quiet, uncrowded and relaxed. The beach offers a glorious view, and in season, bottle-nosed dolphins and dugongs can be spotted frolicking in the bay nearby. The main accommodation is at Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa where you will enjoy private beachfront rooms or deluxe rainforest accommodation.

Clifton Beach Clifton Beach is favoured by many locals who enjoy sipping on a glass of wine, while relaxing on beach chairs under the swaying palm trees. For those who enjoy golf and tennis, Clifton Beach is situated very close to the Paradise Palms golf and tennis complex, regarded as one of the world’s best.

Sunrise at Palm Cove

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Ellis Beach

Trinity Beach

Palm Cove

This seaside village is sheltered between two headlands with views of clear blue water out to the ocean. Enjoy a barbecue on the beach, join the locals for a beer at a hotel with the best water views in town, cast a line from the shore or build a sandcastle with the kids.

Palm Cove is a tropical paradise offering numerous world-class and award-winning beach resorts, restaurants and spas.

Accommodation Trinity Beach has a great selection of holiday accommodation options including luxurious private holiday homes and selfcontained apartments. Whether you are seeking a romantic weekend away or a long term stay you will find your hideaway at Trinity Beach.

Dining Trinity Beach has several great places to dine including charming restaurants on the waterfront specialising in Australiana, Italian, Thai and Indian food. The open-air veranda bar serves premium cocktails and wines each night of the week and captures the beautiful sunsets and cool breezes off the ocean. The Trinity Beach Tavern, located on the cliff face overlooking the sea, plays all the feature sporting games on a big screen and offers a large outside dining deck.

Getting there Trinity Beach is located just 20 minutes north of Cairns city and 15 minutes from the Cairns International Airport on the Captain Cook Highway.

Palm Cove is a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. This tropical paradise offers numerous world-class and award-winning beach resorts, restaurants and spas to ensure your holiday will be one to remember, in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication. Offering visitors a village lifestyle, this is the ideal getaway for couples and families who want to enjoy the beauty of a beach holiday, but still be within easy access of all the excitement and attractions that Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Palm Cove is perfectly situated between Cairns and Port Douglas, making it the perfect home base for your holiday.

Accommodation Palm Cove is a stunning destination for a holiday or retreat and your accommodation is all part of your tropical getaway. The Palm Cove accommodation choices are numerous, with many dotted along the picturesque Williams Esplanade that runs along the beachfront. There is a range of three to fivestar resorts and hotels, holiday apartments and holiday homes to choose from that will suit almost any taste or budget.

Dining Palm Cove has an amazing variety of restaurant options ranging from eclectic cafes to award-winning fine dining offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Most Palm Cove restaurants are situated along Williams Esplanade, offering stunning views over the Coral Sea. Get up early and take in the sunrise over the ocean and watch out for the occasional sighting of Dolphin pods frolicking in the waters, just off the beach. At night, take in the delightful atmosphere of gas lanterns, swaying coconut trees and gentle waves lapping at the beach as you savour the tropical cuisine. Over 25 Palm Cove restaurants are available to choose from and all within easy walking distance of your accommodation.

Spas

Trinity Beach

Palm Cove has proudly been named the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’, because of its extensive collection of world-class wellness spas, offering visitors a chance to relax and recharge. The spas are each unique in their style and menu choices, and all offer the ultimate relaxation experience to complement your holiday.

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Explore Palm Cove

Activities

coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas. From reef to World Heritage listed rainforest, the swimming leg is held at Palm Cove finished by a run along the stunning Cairns boardwalk and finishing in the heart of the city. This race has become a ‘mustdo’ on the Ironman circuit.

Opportunities to explore the World Heritage Rainforest are abundant with a range of large and small tour operators ready to take you to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Enjoy kayaking around nearby islands, getting wet and wild with water sports or just relax with some fishing off the jetty or lazing around on the beach. For the adventure seeker, there is white water rafting, hot air ballooning, parachuting, horse riding, all-terrain vehicles, deep sea and reef fishing, or a range of lighter activities on the beach including kayaking, jet skiing and sailing. There is never a dull moment in Palm Cove from the annual Reef Feast, to Iron Man Cairns. Reef Feast is a three-day event with scrumptious food tasting plates from award-winning restaurants, street entertainment and music. With arguably the most spectacular bike course in the world, competitors race up the Captain Cook Highway hugging the

Markets The Palm Cove Markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food. The markets also include great family activities such as crazy golf, henna tattoos and entertainment. The Palm Cove market is on the first Sunday of the month except in October when it coincides with the Reef Feast Event.

Getting there Palm Cove is 25 minutes’ drive north from the Cairns airport, and approximately 30 minutes south from Port Douglas.

THE REEF HOUSE & SPA

99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove T 07 4080 2600 reservations@reefhouse.com.au www.reefhouse.com.au

This historic property in Palm Cove started from humble beginnings as a little beach guest house, then in the early 1970’s it was owned by Brigadier David Thomson who hosted some of Australia’s famous, including Prime Ministers. Today, The Reef House & Spa – MGallery by Sofitel, offers the same beach house ambience, reflected in its 67 rooms with colonial south pacific décor. Memorable holiday experiences include Reef House Restaurant nestled under ancient Melaleuca trees looking out over the Coral Sea, Complimentary Brigadier’s Punch and Canapes nightly, afternoon sorbet service poolside, Aqua Aerobic classes, bikes, fishing rods, our luxury concierge services and more.

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ALAMANDA AT PALM COVE

1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove T 07 4055 3000 info@alamandapalmcove.com.au www.lancemore.com.au/alamanda

Experience pure beachfront luxury set amongst swaying coconut palms and endless turquoise waters at Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore. A tropical hideaway 25 minutes from Cairns, spend long sunny days swimming in the sea, relaxing on the pure sand beaches, unwinding with a spa treatment or indulging with a delicious beach front dinner at NuNu’s. The spacious suites are appointed with king size beds, exquisite linen, Miele kitchen appliances, and a balcony overlooking the sea or pool – to unwind from a day’s adventures or enjoy a glass or two of champagne. Few spas in Australia can offer the breathtaking backdrop of Alamanda Palm Cove. A blissful tropical hideaway located within the five-star boutique hotel by Lancemore, the spa offers heavenly facials, rejuvenating body wraps and relaxing massages.

After your treatment, take in the fairy floss skies and panoramic views with a swim in the private plunge pool or recline on the rooftop with a cup of organic tea. As you gaze at the sparkling sea and listen to the soothing sound of waves crash gently against the shore, you’ll be filled with a sense of deep relaxation and inner peace. Palm Cove is ideally positioned to explore all the delights that Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Snorkel through colourful coral and discover exotic marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, or disconnect from the outside world as you swim in the crystal-clear waters at the base of a waterfall in the Daintree Rainforest. With unforgettable activities for people of all ages, few experiences can match the awe-inspiring rainforest and reef adventures to be had in Australia’s Garden of Eden.

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View from Thala Beach Nature Reserve to Port Douglas

sea. At the southern end of the beach the fishing is excellent, and at all other places the sunbathing is great.

Palm Cove to Port Douglas If Tropical North Queensland were to claim a signature scenic route, the Great Barrier Reef Drive would be it. The Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Cape Tribulation showcases tropical rainforest on one side of the highway and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. Ellis Beach, is located five minutes north of Palm Cove, offering six kilometres of pristine, unspoiled, golden white sands. Stay the night in beachfront bungalows, or at the camping sites staring up at the stars and out to the Coral Sea. Ellis Beach has very little swell or surf here because of the rocky outcrop at the southern end and Double Island that blocks the

Stop in at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2,100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Stop at Wangetti Beach and discover the stunning and untouched coastline that has been naturally eroded, leaving a quirky pebble stone covered section of the beach. You can build stone towers or try your hand at skipping the stones across the water, climb across and adventure through the pebbled mounts, or simply checkout the unique scenery.

HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES

Great Barrier Reef Drive

Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti T 07 4055 3576 marketing@crocodileadventures.com.au www.crocodileadventures.com.au

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland, with over 2,100 metres of timber boardwalks leading you on a journey through woodlands and rainforest. Tour the wetlands on a boat cruise and watch crocodiles, birds and the wildlife of the coastal melaleuca habitat. Introduce yourself to the flightless Cassowary and discover why they are so important to our ecosystem. Immerse yourself in the walk-through bird aviaries and marvel at our new ‘Gallery of Living Art’ reptile and amphibian exhibit. Koala Encounter photos available and purchase high end crocodile products direct from the source. Restaurant and coffee bar open every day.

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Captain Cook Highway, Ellis Beach T 07 4055 3538 stay@ellisbeach.com www.ellisbeach.com The perfect location for relaxing by the sea, with a full range of accommodation, from absolute oceanfront bungalows to spectacular caravan and camping sites.


PORT DOUGL AS

where rainforest meets the reef Port Douglas is a picturesque seaside village which embodies an atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. It is an intimate and relaxed town where food, wine, arts and culture are appreciated. Refresh, restore and revitalise in the aquamarine waters of the Coral Sea or the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge. Explore the Daintree Rainforest or relax on the palm-fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach. The choice is yours. Pack your sense of adventure and brightest kaftan and enjoy the village atmosphere of Port Douglas in style. Explore the Great Barrier Reef where there is a tour to suit all capabilities and experience levels. Whether you want to go diving, snorkelling, fishing, or perhaps stay dry on a reef pontoon, everyone can experience this extraordinary underwater world. Restaurants are many and varied with delicious interpretations of local produce and tastes from around the world. Max out that credit card at chic boutiques, art galleries and spas dotted along Macrossan Street and throughout the region. While luxury is definitely a highlight of Port Douglas with magnificent resorts, elegant homes and superb apartments, backpackers and families are equally catered for in this tropical village.

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas

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Aerial, Port Douglas

Nestled at the end of a peninsula, the tranquil waters of a natural harbour on one side of the village lead to the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina. Along the other side of the peninsula stretches the sandy sweep of Four Mile Beach. From Port Douglas take yourself on a self-drive tour and explore the heart of the Wet Tropics Rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Port Douglas is an hour’s drive north of Cairns Airport, along the spectacularly scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive. Hire a car from the airport, stop along the way at secluded beaches and take a selfie at Rex Lookout. For a more relaxing option, jump on a coach so you don’t miss out on the view. The coaches meet every flight into the Cairns Airport and will take you directly to your accommodation. If you want to arrive in style, book a limousine or helicopter transfer and set the scene for your luxury Port Douglas holiday.

Dining Port Douglas is a world-class destination for high-quality food and wine offered at over 60 restaurants and cafe’s scattered throughout the region. If the region were not known for its tropical paradise of rainforest, reef and palm-fringed sandy beaches, it would still be a world-famous destination for its

Al fresco dining in the heart of Port Douglas

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gastronomic excellence. Explore the award-winning restaurants and chic cafes along the Macrossan, Wharf and Grant Street dining precincts. Here you will find a variety of cuisines prepared by international chefs with an atmosphere unique to this part of the world. All taste buds are catered for, from elegant finedining restaurants to cafe’s, counter meals, takeaway and delivery options to suit the most discerning diner. Fresh seafood, modern Australian, Mediterranean and Asian influences are all woven into exotic dishes. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, the selection is yours with a choice to suit all budgets. Your taste buds will be left tingling and tantalised.

Spas Port Douglas offers some of the world’s most luxurious spa and massage treatments set amongst relaxing and tropical settings that will ensure you drift from hectic to heaven. Your holiday would not be complete without pampering your body and cleansing the soul with a little indulgence. Port Douglas boasts some of the best spa facilities in the world with a range of treatments that are designed to relax, de-stress, energise and rejuvenate your body. Indulge a little, or a lot, in one of the many spa facilities that Port Douglas has to offer.


Low Isles

Shopping Port Douglas has an abundance of great shopping, from markets offering locally made products to fashion boutiques. Wander along Macrossan Street and you’ll find souvenir shops and Indigenous arts and crafts side by side with designer labels. Pick up some new beachwear, the perfect gift for those back

home. Every keen shopper loves a visit to the local markets to spy a bargain or find that perfect gift or souvenir that encapsulates their stay in a unique way. The iconic Port Douglas Sunday Market is steeped in tradition and all stallholders must grow, produce or make the goods they are selling. Located at ANZAC Park on Wharf Street, the Port Douglas Sunday Market has delighted visitors and locals for years.

VILLA SAN MICHELE 39-41 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas T 07 4099 4088 info@villasancmichele.com.au www.villasanmichele.com.au

A piece of the Mediterranean in the heart of Port Douglas • Boutique shops, cafes and award-winning restaurants are right on your doorstep. • Magical Four Mile Beach and the Reef Marina are just a five-minute stroll away. • Boutique Mediterranean style apartments. • Two heated swimming pools, spa, sun lounges and poolside barbeque. • One-bedroom and two-bedroom/two-bathroom refurbished apartments all include free unlimited Wi-Fi, fully air-conditioned and situated around a courtyard of tropical gardens. • One-bedroom apartments are very generous in size and feature a private balcony with outdoor dining, kitchen and a refurbished ensuite bathroom. • Two-bedroom apartments are perfect for both families and couples travelling together as there is a choice of bedding available (queen + king or queen + 2 singles). Featuring two private balconies, a kitchen and two refurbished bathrooms. • Our self-contained accommodation suits visitors in search of relaxing boutique accommodation in the centre of Port Douglas. Contact the friendly reservations staff direct or make your online reservation today.

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Tropical Accommodation

Accommodation From luxury hotels and resorts, apartments, villas, riverside B&B’s to backpackers, Port Douglas combines a relaxed friendly lifestyle with a range of quality accommodation to suit all tastes. The region has it all, from the sheer indulgence of being pampered in lavish surroundings of an international hotel or

PORT DOUGLAS GETAWAYS

resort, boutique apartment, villa or private home to the comfort and convenience of a motel or holiday unit. Get back to nature and try some camping with the ocean as your setting or enjoy a home away from home with a variety of B&B’s or a backpacker hostel. Your accommodation is situated with a backdrop of astonishing beauty. Let one of Australia’s most stunning locations be yours, whatever your budget.

Arts Tropical North Queensland provides a spectacular backdrop for all kinds of artists. A great way to experience the history and culture of Port Douglas is to visit the many art galleries around the town and region. There are all kinds of artists in this region using a variety of mediums, from oil on canvas, to ceramics, glassware, sculpture and photography. There are many well established and new indigenous artists in Port Douglas. You will see wonderful creations where ancient styles meet new world techniques. You can also purchase these pieces from approved galleries or direct from the artists themselves. Aboriginal Art is a very specialised field and requires some guidance if you wish to purchase a one-off piece to add to your collection.

EXECUTIVE RETREATS Shop 6, 28 Wharf Street, Port Douglas T 07 4099 4789 advice@portdouglasgetaways.com.au www.portdouglasgetaways.com.au

Port Douglas Getaways offers the premier choice of quality holiday homes, apartments, hotels and resort style villas. Offering properties in a range of locations from absolute beachfront to private hideaways. Ranging from twobedroom apartments in the heart of town, to six-bedroom luxury beachfront houses. Find the perfect property to suit your holiday needs.

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Port Douglas T 07 4098 1418 info@executiveretreats.com.au www.executiveretreats.com.au Stay in Luxury, Play in Paradise. Executive Retreats are the specialists in Tropical North Queensland holiday accommodation and wedding venues. Choose between unique and luxurious absolute beachfront homes, villas, apartments and Boutique Resorts.


History The Port Douglas and Daintree region was home to the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people when it was settled by Europeans in the 1870s. When gold was discovered on the Hodgkinson River in 1876 the rush was on to find a port for its export. In 1877, Christie Palmerston carved the Bump Track down to the coast and Port Douglas was quickly settled by merchants. The bustling town was gripped by gold fever which saw 27 pubs competing for the patronage of only 12,000 residents. In 1911 a cyclone levelled Port Douglas. Sixteen inches (40.6 centimetres) of rain fell in 24 hours, two people were killed and many houses were damaged. Aboard the Lady Douglas

In 1984 the new Cairns International Airport brought tourists from around the world to re-awaken Port Douglas. In 1996, US president Bill Clinton and the First Lady enjoyed a holiday at Port Douglas, their only Australian holiday stop.

Fishing Port Douglas is highly rated as one of Australia’s and the world’s premier sports fishing and game fishing holiday destinations. Whether you like marlin fishing, game fishing, reef fishing, sports fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing or just a sinking a line into the water, this is the place to be. The most popular form of fishing is on the Great Barrier Reef where you can catch coral trout, red emperor, nannygai and gold spot cod. This Great Barrier Reef is home to 225 recognised sport fish and table fish.

Catch of the day!

The Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef provide an ocean of dreams for the keen fisherman. Port Douglas is home to the black and blue marlin. Anglers come from all corners of the globe to try their hand at what many consider the Holy Grail of Fishing.

Mossman Mossman is a picturesque Tropical North Queensland town nestled among sugar-cane fields at the foot of steep rainforest-clad mountains. Explore the township and surrounds where you will find cafés, restaurants, gift shops and a glimpse into the country charm of a farming area. Mossman is the gateway to the southern section of the Daintree National Park which incorporates Mossman Gorge. Steep mountains, thick with tropical rainforest, rise sharply from the Mossman River which tumbles over the Gorge’s massive granite boulders creating cool, clear freshwater swimming holes. A world-class eco-tourism visitor centre provides access to Mossman Gorge. It features interpretive information, an art gallery and café. Don’t miss the shuttle bus which will take you to Mossman Gorge and it’s public walking tracks. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the shade of the rainforest and refresh in the cool water before exploring the area. Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in the country where visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment. Over 500,000 visitors make the trip to Mossman Gorge every year and receive a warm and friendly welcome from the local Kuku Yalanji people. The Kuku Yalanji are the Indigenous inhabitants of the land and have a history dating back 50,000 years, to the earliest human occupation of Australia. They are true rainforest people, living in complete harmony with their environment. The rainforest is part of them and they are part of it, a notion that is movingly brought to life during an Indigenous guided walking tour of Mossman Gorge.

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Daintree National Park’s Mossman Gorge


Port Douglas Weddings Tropical wedding

Historic church

Port Douglas is the perfect place for your tropical destination wedding, whether you are planning an elopement, small family wedding or a spectacular event.

St Mary’s By the Sea is the beautiful non-denominational wedding chapel located in the heart of Port Douglas. An historic church built in the 1880’s, the chapel has been fully restored featuring a huge glass altar window, stained glass windows, traditional wooden pews and a church bell, which will be ringing on your wedding day.

Thousands of couples have chosen Port Douglas for their tropical wedding and with over 100 wedding specialists in the region it is easy to see why.

Enjoy a tropical beachside wedding on one of the beautiful beaches in the region including Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas, Oak Beach or Newell Beach.

Port Douglas’ historical Sugar Wharf is a beautifully scenic location for both the ceremony and reception. The wharf has indoor and outdoor areas that can be utilised for uniquely themed weddings. Watch guests be dazzled by the beauty of the setting sun behind the mountainous Daintree Rainforest.

There is a selection of rainforest resorts that can offer accommodation, reception and a beautiful location for your ceremony, all in the one place.

For the ultimate indulgence be transferred by helicopter or boat to your very own private coral cay and tie the knot in complete privacy.

Rex Smeal Park, in the heart of Port Douglas, is arguably one of the prettiest places for a wedding ceremony and reception. Facing north-west, the park has a border of magnificent coconut palms with views of the Coral Sea and Daintree Rainforest beyond.

Dazzle your guests before and after your celebrations as they delight in all this region has to offer. The experiences available in this one destination will wow your friends and family, nearly as much as your wedding.

Beachside wedding

www.weddingportdouglas.com.au

Destination weddings bring together the special people in your life for a holiday and extended wedding celebrations whilst creating unforgettable memories.

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Hiking through the Daintree rainforest

The Daintree The Daintree combines breathtaking beauty with exceptional biodiversity and offers a unique holiday destination.

Daintree River Your adventure into this ancient world begins at the river, considered one of the best birdwatching sites in the country. Winding for 140 kilometres, the Daintree River is one of the longest rivers on Australia’s east coast, providing diverse habitats for many species.

Activities The best way of seeing and understanding the river’s ecosystem and wildlife is to take one of the many cruises on offer. The Daintree River is the habitat of the estuarine or saltwater crocodile, seen regularly on cruises. Croc-spotting and wildlife river tours leave from the Daintree village jetty and run throughout the day. There is nothing more exciting than seeing these wonderful animals in the wild.

Daintree Village Daintree Village is located on the southern bank of the Daintree River and is the halfway point between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. The village itself has a general store, information and booking office, artist’s studio, timber gallery, cafés and the Daintree Village Hotel.

Accommodation

Rainforest Fauna

The Village has a wide choice of accommodation with highquality B&Bs, budget cabins and a camping and caravan park. There is also luxury, secluded holiday homes tucked away in the valleys as well as an eco-lodge and spa.

• The beautiful Cairns Birdwing Butterfly can be seen at Mossman Gorge. It is the largest butterfly in Australia with a wingspan of up to 18 centimetres.

Getting there

• Australia’s largest fern, the King Fern (Angiopteris evecta) with fronds as long as 5 metres, is found in the Daintree Rainforest.

Although it’s possible to visit the Daintree in a day, you will want to spend much longer once you cross the river into this wonderland, so it’s best to plan ahead and book one of the unique accommodation options. Daintree Village is around 45 minutes from Port Douglas.

• The world’s smallest kangaroo, the Musky RatKangaroo, is found in the Daintree Rainforest. • Australia’s largest frog species, the White-lipped Tree Frog, is found in the Daintree Rainforest. It can grow up to 14 centimetres long. • The Daintree Rainforest’s Ulysses Butterfly is a frantic flyer, spending more time flitting from treeto-tree than other butterflies. • Victoria’s Riflebird is one of Australia’s four species of Birds of Paradise and is only found in the Daintree Rainforest.

5 Stewart Street, Daintree Village T 07 4098 6120 info@daintreeconnection.com.au www.crocodileexpress.com.au Daintree river cruises — crocodiles, birdlife, reptiles! Departs Daintree Village and Daintree Gateway. Two cruises for one low price. Save 10% when booking online.

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Jungle Surfing

Cape Tribulation North from the Daintree River, the sealed road meanders over the lush rainforest covered Alexandra Range, through the communities of Cow Bay, Cooper Creek and on to Cape Tribulation.

Activities Cape Tribulation offers many activities, including bush walking, mountain biking, horse riding treks, diving and snorkelling, river cruises and even 4WD safaris. Taste exotic tropical fruits on a farm tour, try locally made ice cream, refresh in a swimming hole or soar through the rainforest canopy on a zip line. Cape

Tribulation is also home to two interpretive walks. Dubuji Boardwalk is a 1.8 kilometre boardwalk through the forest and mangroves and is accessed off the main street and exits onto Myall Beach. Maardja Botanical Walk is a boardwalk and pathway through the Daintree coastal rainforest, accessed 10 minutes south of town.

Services Most conveniences are available at Cape Tribulation. There are two small supermarkets, bottleshops, cafes, ATMs, an interpretive Centre and several restaurants. Mobile phone access is very limited with limited coverage at the ferry crossing

JUNGLE SURFING CANOPY TOURS Lot 2, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation T 07 4098 0043 info@junglesurfing.com.au www.junglesurfing.com.au

Jungle Surfing takes you into the beating heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Cape Tribulation is a living museum where two UNESCO World Heritage Listed areas collide, creating nature’s own spectacular, high-definition live stream, and Jungle Surfing is the best way to explore it from every angle. • Embark on a voyage of discovery and adventure and get high on pure exhilaration • Enjoy a two-hour guided zipline through six tree platforms and seven ziplines • Platforms range from five to 19.5 metres above the ground • Fully guided tours include interpretive talks on each platform • Discover the world’s first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift • All ages welcome from 3 to 103 • No experience needed • Tours run in all weather conditions • Only a few hours’ drive north from Port Douglas and Cairns.

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Aerial of Cape Tribulation Beach

Accommodation

and north of the Daintree River. Service is mainly available at high points along the coast.

Getting there Cape Tribulation is at the end of the sealed road, 35 kilometres north of the Daintree River Ferry. Ferry hours are limited from 6am to midnight, daily. The crossing itself takes about 10 min but there can be waiting times especially during peak season (July to September). Cape Tribulation is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Port Douglas.Spend a night or two or venture further beyond Cape Tribulation in a four-wheel-drive to discover the Bloomfield Falls, Cooktown and beyond.

Cape Tribulation is popular with backpackers who enjoy the jungle setting and lively atmosphere of the hostels. Accommodation options vary from camping grounds to bed and breakfasts, Air BnB’s, holiday houses and eco-lodges.

History The name Cape Tribulation is traced back to the legendary Lieutenant James Cook who was trying to find a way through what he described as ‘the insane labyrinth’. His ship ran into Endeavour Reef, north-northeast of Cape Tribulation. He wrote, “I name this point Cape Tribulation, because here began all my troubles.”

BILLY TEA SAFARIS

Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation T 07 4098 0006 lodge@oceansafari.com.au www.safarilodge.com.au The Safari Lodge offers quad, twin and king Safari Hut accommodation and camp sites, as well as a swimming pool and clean amenities in the tropical rainforest at Cape Tribulation.

287 Draper Street, Cairns T 07 4032 0077 info@billytea.com.au www.billytea.com.au

Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation T 07 4098 0006 tours@oceansafari.com.au www.oceansafari.com.au Offering an exhilarating 25-min ride to snorkel the pristine Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation, visiting two snorkel destinations on a half day eco-adventure.

Billy Tea Safaris is an eco-certified small group touring specialist that has operated in Cairns for over 36 years. The award winning, locally owned company operates daily tours to the Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation region as well as a unique tour to the Chillagoe Caves, Cairns only Outback day tour. Naturalist guides have over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of flora, wildlife, and both the European and ancient indigenous culture of the region. Our custom made vehicles are unique and built to travel off the beaten track down exclusive 4WD backroads.

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ATHERTON TABL EL ANDS

Lush rolling hills, abundant wildlife, rugged bushland, tropical waterfalls, impressive lakes, rich history, gourmet food and friendly hospitality sum up the Atherton Tablelands. Whether your passion is fishing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, mountain biking, or stunning landscapes for young and old, couples, families and adventurers alike the Atherton Tablelands has it all. The rolling, paved country roads interconnected by quaint villages are just waiting to be explored.

Kuranda

Yungaburra

Located in a world-heritage rainforest, 1,000 feet above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda, renowned for its delightful mix of quaint village shops, world-famous markets, colourful characters and natural beauty. Initially people come to admire the mighty Barron Falls, but there is so much more on offer from wildlife attractions, walking trails, river cruises, souvenir shops and artists’ galleries.

Yungaburra offers country charm with stunning landscapes and beautiful natural attractions. There is so much on offer, from the landmark Curtain Fig Tree, charming cafes, awardwinning restaurants, galleries, quirky retail shops and the Avenue of Honour – a dedication to all who served in the fight against terror in Afghanistan.

Mareeba Mareeba is one of the biggest townships on the Tablelands. Mareeba’s history goes back to the gold mining days, however these days over 70 per cent of Australia’s coffee crop is grown here. Check out some tastings and buy coffee products at a number of local coffee roasters and coffee plantations.

Atherton Browse through Atherton’s quaint shops, enjoy a picnic at Hallorans Hill or learn about the Chinese history of the town. Nature-lovers and bird-watchers must check out Hasties Swamp, a seasonal wetland which has an annual cycle of wet and dry, attracting a range of resident and migrant birds.

Lake Eacham Lake Eacham is a beautiful place to relax and regenerate during your holiday. The famous crater lake, surrounded by tropical rainforest, has pristine blue water that is perfect for swimming.

Lake Barrine Visit Lake Barrine, another natural lake hidden in tropical rainforest. This water filled crater, was left by a volcano that erupted approximately 50,000 years ago. Experience a fully-guided boat tour of the lake and its creatures, have a swim, take a walk or grab some breakfast or lunch at the teahouse.

Lake Tinaroo The Atherton Tablelands is known for its adventure sports, and the best place to get the adrenalin pumping is at Lake Tinaroo where you can water ski, sail, swim and fish.

Millaa Millaa Falls

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Malanda Malanda is a small country town known synonymously throughout Tropical North Queensland with milk and cheese. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairying industry this small country town is home to Malanda Falls and is great for bird watching, bushwalking, and scenic drives.

Millaa Millaa Known as the village in the mist, Millaa Millaa is home to the Waterfall Circuit. The waterfalls in this area have been attracting visitors for over a century and are Queensland Heritage Listed.

Ravenshoe Visit Ravenshoe for its outlying areas offering spectacular scenery. At 930 metres above sea level, Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland. There are fantastic craft shops and a high-quality art gallery.

Herberton The heritage village of Herberton has become renowned as a centre for bushwalking, mountain-biking and horse-riding. Check out the heritage village with its rustic old buildings and museums.

Chillagoe Chillagoe is a genuine Outback town with fascinating natural attractions and abundant wildlife. There are many historic points of interest to be explored including the railway station, bank vault, court house, police museum, post office and post office hotel. Go back in time and immerse yourself in the history of Chillagoe. Chillagoe is easily accessed by conventional vehicles via the Wheelbarrow Way which starts at Mareeba.

Balancing Rock, Chillagoe

CHILLAGOE-MUNGANA CAVE TOURS Chillagoe Hub Information Centre 21-23 Queen Street, Chillagoe T 07 4094 7111 ChillagoeCaveBooking@des.qld.gov.au www.des.qld.gov.au/chillagoecaves

In the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, a short drive from the Chillagoe township, Park Rangers lead daily guided tours of Chillagoe’s spectacular limestone caves. Discover magical columns and sparkling crystals in the illuminated hidden world of Donna Cave or gaze spellbound at the spot-lit ‘chandelier’, a spectacular cluster of stalactites, in beautiful Trezkinn Cave. On the Royal Arch Cave tour, follow the ranger by torchlight through a labyrinth of passages and high caverns. Our knowledgeable Park Rangers are passionate about sharing the magnificence of the caves they help you explore. Find out all you need to know about guided tours from The Hub in Chillagoe or by phoning (07) 4094 7111. It’s a good idea to book your tour in advance to avoid disappointment. Purchase single tours from around $28.15/adult (or $22.55/ senior); two and three cave tour packages are also available. There are adventures to be had above ground too! Don’t miss the 440m walk to a spectacular limestone outcrop known as Balancing Rock for a happy snap, and while you’re there, stroll to the nearby Wullumba art site for a peek at Aboriginal rock art that is thousands of years old.

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KURANDA

the village in the rainforest Located in the world-heritage rainforest, 330 metres above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda, renowned for its delightful mix of quaint village shops, world-famous markets, colourful characters and natural beauty.

Getting there

Barron Falls

Visiting Kuranda can be done several ways. Travel on Kuranda’s Historic Scenic Railway which meanders through the Barron Gorge National Park while you relive the history of this hand-built rail line. Experience the World Heritage Rainforest from above the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You can also drive yourself via the Kennedy Highway, stopping at the Henry Ross Lookout to enjoy the magnificent view of Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef.

The mighty Barron Falls lures visitors from around the region and the world. Stop off at the lookout to see the most famous waterfall in Tropical North Queensland. The Falls are at their most spectacular during the wet season when the Barron River is in full flood.

Dining

Take the time to visit some of Kuranda’s many firstclass nature-based tourist attractions which include koalas, butterflies, kangaroos, reptiles as well as native and exotic birds. You can see traditional Aboriginal dancers perform, travel on a riverboat on the Barron River or join an Army Duck ride through the rainforest.

After all that sightseeing and shopping you are sure to have worked up an appetite. Luckily enough there are a range of pubs, restaurants and cafes offering tropical taste sensations to suit everyone. Outdoor dining is one of the joys of warm climate living and Kuranda has a number of excellent restaurants, which serve both local and international cuisine. Leisurely meals in relaxed surroundings, with charming views, add to the pleasure of good food and superb Australian wines and beers.

Markets

Accommodation

Kuranda is most famous for its markets, the Kuranda Heritage Market and the Original Markets. Here you will find locally designed and produced fashions; hand crafted jewellery; indigenous artists; leather products; masseurs; gemstone specialists, as well as Tropical North Queensland’s best range of honey; local coffee; cafes; tropical fruits; coconuts and macadamia nuts.

For more information visit www.kuranda.org

Activities

There is so much to do in Kuranda so make sure you allow plenty of time to visit all the attractions and activities. If you run out of time there is plenty of accommodation to be found, whether it’s a cosy bed and breakfast, a motel, camping park, historic hotel, or a modern resort.

SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest as you glide just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations. Relax as you become immersed in one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth, that offers panoramic views of unspoiled rainforest, imposing mountain ranges, the Barron Gorge, Coral Sea and tropical Cairns region. Arara Street, Kuranda T 07 4038 5555 www.skyrail.com.au

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KURANDA SCENIC RAIL

Aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway you will unwind your way through a tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains with waterfalls tumbling forever into deep ravines. Being one with the rainforest as you undertake an unforgettable journey is what makes Kuranda Scenic Railway such a must-do experience. Kuranda Railway Station, Kuranda T 1800 577 245 www.ksr.com.au

CAIRNS QUADS & ADVENTURES

KURANDA RIVERBOAT TOURS

You will be taken on a memorable journey which will leave you breathless. On this tour, you will enjoy beautiful nature and experience an off-road ATV riding adventure through the Rainforest on dirt tracks and creek crossings. Tours operate every day.

Kuranda’s iconic must do World Heritage tropical rainforest experience. Five daily interpretive river cruises with guided rainforest walks let visitors experience the area’s unique flora, fauna and history in tranquil and relaxing surroundings. Below the Kuranda Railway Station on the Barron River.

186 Mt Haren Road, Kuranda 1300 980 664 www.cairnsquads.com.au

T 0412 159 212 www.kurandariverboat.com.au

KURANDA HOTEL

RAINFORESTATION NATURE PARK

AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY

Come in for a meal, cold drink and a slice of history at Kuranda Hotel, built way back in 1890. Directly opposite Skyrail and the train station, serving a wide range of quality delights with a focus on local flavours and Australian produce.

Award-winning, offering three unique experiences. Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a rainforest tour, watch the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience traditional dance performances, and visit Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, including the blue Ulysses and majestic green Cairns Birdwing.

Cnr Arara and Coondoo Streets, Kuranda T 07 4093 7206 www.kurandahotel.com.au

Kennedy Highway, Kuranda T 07 4085 5008 www.rainforest.com.au

Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 07 4093 7575 www.australianbutterflies.com

BIRDWORLD KURANDA

KURANDA KOALA GARDENS

RAINFOREST VIEW RESTAURANT

The largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia. 500 in all, from around the World. Wander through this lush, tropical aviary. Hand feeding and photo opportunities in abundance.

This is the only attraction in Kuranda Village where you can actually HOLD a koala (extra cost). Experience all the most popular Australian animals.

Tropical dining; air-conditioned; open deck; licensed; international cuisine; seafood, grill; pasta; pizza; and light meals with friendly service. An ideal place for the perfect meal with the perfect view.

Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 07 4093 9188 www.birdworldkuranda.com

Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 07 4093 9953 www.koalagardens.com

28 Coondoo Street, Kuranda T 07 4093 9939 www.rainforestview.com.au

KURANDA OPAL CAVE

EMU RIDGE GALLERY

FROGS RESTAURANT

With 25 years’ experience in mining, cutting and manufacturing opal jewellery, we are Kuranda’s leading experts. We hand make unique pieces in our own workshop. Buy direct and save.

Two-storey high, unique Dinosaur Skeleton, fossil and gemstone museum, gift shop, gemstones, crystals and jewellery. Located at the Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets – look out for the big dinosaur out the front! Free Admission.

Frogs has the best reputation in Kuranda village, established 1980 and still owned and operated by the same family today. Very extensive menu, wild caught local barramundi, tasting platters of emu, crocodile and kangaroo, beer battered fish and chips, pizzas, burgers and salads.

Shop 7 & 8, 25 Coondoo Street, Kuranda T 4093 9499 www.opals.com.au

7-11 Therwine Street, Kuranda T 0408 728 711 emuridgegallery@bigpond.com.au

Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 4093 8952 www.frogsrestaurant.com.au

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CAIRNS TO TOWNSVIL L E The Tropical Coast

Coast through the 350 kilometres between Cairns and Townsville to get the big picture and experience this absolutely unique part of Tropical North Queensland.

Babinda Babinda is a small sugar town located 60 kilometres South of Cairns. Crystal clear mountain streams, pristine rainforests and spectacular waterfalls portray Babinda as a hidden paradise often overlooked by travellers as just another North Queensland township. The main attractions are the Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls – two of the most beautiful attractions of Tropical North Queensland.

Innisfail Innisfail, only 88 kilometres south of Cairns and is a popular destination for backpackers who work in the banana industry. Founded more than 110 years ago when the region developed as a sugar growing and timber producing area the town is well known for its Art Deco buildings. Visitors can take a self-guided walk around town with the help of a brochure from the Innisfail Visitors Information Centre.

Kurrimine Beach The quiet, long beach of Kurrimine is the main attraction, where you can see Manta Rays trawling the shallows and turtles coming in to nest. This small town boasts a winery, a beachfront pub, a cafe, a post office, petrol station and general store.

Tully Tully is recognised as the capital of white water rafting thanks to the Tully River and internationally renowned white-water rapids which attract thousands of visitors from all over the globe. The town is also famous as

the wettest place in Australia, with an annual average rainfall of 4.27 metres. Given Tully’s reputation as the wettest town in Australia it seemed only natural that their ‘big thing’ to attract tourists is a giant gumboot.

Cardwell On the Highway South of Tully is Cardwell boasting a dynamic waterfront activity trail complete with million dollar views out over the islands of historic Rockingham Bay and home to an array of marine life including the Dugong. Fishing is a must do in Cardwell. There is a variety of species found amongst mangrove fringed creeks and rivers, offshore islands and channels, or on the Great Barrier Reef.

Hinchinbrook Island Hinchinbrook is a 40-minute boat trip from Cardwell. The narrow, mangrove-lined Hinchinbrook Channel separates the island from the mainland. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, go snorkelling, take a walk through the virgin rainforest to isolated beaches, or fish the worldrenowned waters.

Townsville Ideal for families, couples and friends to explore tropical islands, wetlands, the Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforests and a glorious beachfront in warm tropical weather. No matter what your holiday style, Townsville offers you a diverse range of historical, military, outback, island, active and tranquil experiences.

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Mission Beach

Island Hopping

Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and whitewater rivers fringed by rainforest. There are no crowds at this seductive and easy-going destination, making it the perfect spot to relax or discover adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities. There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay, offering 14 kilometres of sandy beaches.

Adventure The serene beauty of Mission Beach hides another side to this friendly beachside retreat – adrenalin-pumping adventure. Skydive from a plane on to the beach, head into the heart of the rainforest for white water rafting or explore the area on a jet ski or mountain bike.

CASTAWAYS MISSION BEACH RESORT

Mission Beach is also the perfect base to do some island hopping to nearby Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook islands. Join a kayaking tour or hire a dinghy and take a picnic to a deserted Great Barrier Reef island.

Wildlife Mission Beach is home to the endangered Southern Cassowary. These majestic creatures can be spotted around Mission Beach walking through fields and paddocks, across roads, through resorts and often through locals’ gardens. This flightless bird lives in the surrounding world heritage rainforest and is one of Australia’s largest land animals. Current estimates fear fewer than 1,000 birds are left in the Australian wild. Many threats endanger the Cassowary, mostly due to increasing human presence in its habitat. The main causes of cassowary deaths are vehicle strikes, habitat loss, dog attacks and disease. Although not the main cause, hand-feeding alters the cassowaries’ natural behaviour and disorients them, rendering them dependent on humans.

MISSION BEACH DIVE

2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach T 07 4068 7444 reservations@castaways.com.au castaways.com.au

Castaways Resort & Spa is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics and the perfect destination for couples, families or weddings. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 kilometre long beautiful, white sandy beach. Castaways offers a wide range of accommodation, with 47 luxury Beachfront rooms and self-contained apartments, a private Beachside Villa, 18 lush Rainforest rooms and a Luxury 3 Bedroom Apartment. You’ll find us in Mission Beach, one of the yet to be discovered jewels of North Queensland. A tropical playground located just 90 minutes south of Cairns.

71 Banfield Parade, Wonglaing Beach T 07 4068 8340 info@missionbeachdive.com www.missionbeachdive.com

Whether you want to take your family snorkelling, a couple’s special dive, snorkel charter, or advance your dive training, Mission Beach Dive is your one stop shop. Relax, enjoy and perhaps challenge yourself on board the MV Reef Goddess. A vessel designed specifically for snorkel and dive day visits to the Great Barrier Reef. Or for those wanting an experience like no other, jump aboard ‘Sousa’ where we can customise your Outer Great Barrier Reef experience to suit your wishes. Our aim is to ensure you enjoy and experience the spectacular Great Barrier Reef in its natural state, away from the crowds.

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Tropical Coasting

Babinda Kayaking

Take in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, the cultivated coastal plains, endless golden beaches, the Great Barrier Reef coastline, and Queensland’s most sought after tropical islands while driving the Tropical Coast. Located on the junction of two rivers, the Johnstone and North Johnstone is the township of Innisfail. Founded more than 110 years ago, when the region developed as a sugar growing and timber producing area, the town is well-known for its beautiful Art Deco buildings. South on the highway is Mourilyan, with the Australian Sugar Heritage Centre and deep water harbour. Take the scenic Canecutter Way Drive, meandering through farm country, via Mena Creek Falls where you can stop in at the famous Paronella Park and then head onto Silkwood and beautiful Kurrimine Beach. Next stop is the small sugar town of Tully which hosts one of only two working Sugar Mill Tours in Queensland. Tully is recognised as the capital of white water rafting. The Tully River and internationally renowned white water rapids attract thousands of visitors from all over the globe, especially between December and March. One of the region’s most popular places is the seaside town of Mission Beach. A scenic two-hour drive south of Cairns via one of the Great Tropical Drive trails. Traditionally a quiet seaside town, Mission Beach is recognised as home to the largest population of the critically endangered Southern Cassowary. There is a lot to do at Mission Beach, from discovering World Heritage areas and tropical islands, experiencing nature-based adventures or relaxing on a big beautiful beach. Some 14 kilometres of spacious sandy beach links Mission Beach, South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, and Bingil Bay. The wide spacious beach is perfect for sharing a sunrise, taking a walk, having a swim or trying your luck at a spot of fishing. For more challenging inclines, popular walking tracks include Bicton

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Hill, Licuala Fan Palm Walk, Edmund Kennedy walking track, Lacey’s Creek, Musgrave Track and several trails on Dunk Island. Adventures are part of the landscape here with a range of heart-pumping adventures including, blo-karting, kite surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, reef fishing, and white water rafting. Mission Beach is also one of the few places in the world where you can skydive onto the beach. Continuing on the Highway South of Tully is Cardwell, the first port established north of Bowen over 150 years ago. Cardwell offers a range of attractions, site seeing, annual events to enjoy and historical places to visit. Cardwell’s Port Hinchinbrook provides a state-of-the-art Marina, public boat ramp and repairs and maintenance facilities for anglers and boaties. Fishing is a must do and Cardwell is the place to do it. There are plenty of variety and species found amongst mangrove fringed creeks and rivers, off-shore islands and channels, off the jetty or on the Great Barrier Reef. Cardwell boasts the majestic Hinchinbrook Island which sits just off-shore. It is Australia’s largest Island National Park where you can take on the 32 kilometre, four-day adventure hike called the Thorsborne Trail. Directly opposite the southern tip of World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island is the sleepy seaside town of Lucinda. The pride of Lucinda is a six-kilometre jetty stretching far out into the Coral Sea. The jetty is the world’s largest bulk sugar-loading facility and is so long it actually curves with the earth. When conditions are right, you can sometimes see the dugongs and sea turtles at play. Coast through the 350 kilometres between Cairns and Townsville to experience this absolutely unique part of Tropical North Queensland.


TROPICAL COAST TOURISM

secretary@tropicalcoasttourism.com.au chairman@tropicalcoasttourism.com.au PO Box 50 Mission Beach Qld 4852 www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au

Explore Natural Wonders

Relax

The Wet tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef have been waiting for thousands of years to be explored. Immerse yourself in this region designed by nature. A unique part of Australia, absolutely picture perfect part of North Queensland. It’s all about the exploring a journey from the south to the north, but the experience works equally as well either way. We have big pictures, wide open spaces and tropical beaches all to yourself.

Experience the peace and quiet, relax and do nothing much. This destination is that kind of place, whatever you wish to take in the tranquillity , it is all here- pampering, massage, great coffee and not to mention amazing bakeries.

Explore Adventure Naturally beautiful part of the landscape offering a range of heart- pumping adventures including blo-karting, kite surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, reef fishing and white water rafting. Mission beach is also one of the few places in the world you can skydive on the beach.

Art Deco Innisfail has one of Australia’s largest concentration of Art deco buildings within a CBD. The CBD was largely rebuilt in this style following a cyclone in1918 which destroyed most of the town. After the recent tropical cyclones Larry and Yasi in 2006 and 2011respectively, opportunities arose during the clean-up and rebuild for the town’s aging buildings to be revitalised and restored. Thus the arduous task of cleaning and repainting the town’s facades began. This action not only preserved the integrity of the builds, but inadvertently rediscovered the true beauty of Innisfail.

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COOKTOWN & CAPE YORK history, adventure & culture

Cooktown is one of Queensland’s hidden gems – a beautiful, unspoilt coastal town, and one of Australia’s most historically significant townships. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, this is the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape, noted for its pristine environment and Aboriginal culture.

Aboriginal Culture

Fishing

This is an area rich in Aboriginal culture, with some of the best Aboriginal tours in the country. See the Milbi Wall at the Wharf, see local Aboriginal art and crafts, visit an Aboriginal cultural centre, see ancient rock art and learn about the land from its traditional custodians.

This region is famous for its world-class fishing, with its pristine rivers, estuaries and the Great Barrier Reef close by. You can hire a boat, take a fishing trip, or simply throw a line off the Wharf with the locals. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a beginner, you’re bound to catch something.

Activities

Flora and Fauna

There is evidence of Cooktown’s colourful past all over town, and many places of interest can be seen with a leisurely stroll, or on an informative historical town tour. Don’t miss the world-class James Cook Museum, learn more about the town’s history at the Cooktown History Centre, and see the Chinese Shrine at the Cooktown Cemetery. At the end of the day head for Grassy Hill, where James Cook stood, to search for a passage through the Reef. The views at sunset are breath-taking.

This is an area of diverse landscapes, flora and fauna, with a wide range of wonderful bush and beach walks and scenic drives. You will find rainforest, outback, hilltop savannah, fresh and tidal wetlands, grasslands, heathlands, untouched beaches and hidden waterfalls – so allow plenty of time to explore.

Cooktown’s Captain Cook Satue

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Cape York

Experience the rugged beauty of Cape York, Australia’s last great wilderness area and gateway to the exotic Torres Strait Islands. This vast remote region is one of great beauty, with a landscape of contrasts and surprises. It is a nature lover’s paradise with over 3,000 plant species and 321 bird species inhabiting over 14 million hectares, and the rock art galleries of the Cape have been rated amongst the most significant art sites in the world. Aboriginal history on the Cape dates back tens of thousands of years and, at the time of European invasion, the region consisted of 43 tribal nations, each with its own language and traditional practices. Although many of the languages have now been lost, Traditional Owners still exist for the whole of the

Cape, and an estimated ten languages and possibly hundreds of dialects, continue to be spoken. The experiences of Cape York offer something for everyone. Learn some of the secrets of this timeless country with fabulous Indigenous experiences, and rock art galleries. Learn the history with guided tours to WW2 sites around Bamaga and on Thursday Island, and enjoy incredible bird watching in stunning environments. Savor the remote wilderness at secluded camping sites on deserted beaches and in unspoiled National Parks, and help the turtle conservation project at Mapoon. And of course everyone’s ultimate goal - feel the satisfaction of living your dream and standing at the Tip of Australia.

EXPLORE COOKTOWN Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre Walker Street, Cooktown T 07 4069 5763 visitor@cook.qld.gov.au

Cooktown offers a unique holiday destination, as a small historic coastal town surrounded by stunning countryside, nestled inside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, this is the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of South East Cape York. This region is famous for its history, its pristine environment and Aboriginal culture. Relax and let Cooktown’s ambience, splendid isolation and historic stories provide a truly wonderful experience. Every month is a great month to visit and explore Cooktown. The tropical monsoons, stunning sunsets, amazing fishing, everchanging flora and fauna and unique wildlife of the summer months or visit during the cooler, drier middle of the year and enjoy our extensive events calendar. If that doesn’t entice you, there are many other journeys where those adventurous and thrill-seeking four wheel drive enthusiasts will love to explore. Cooktown and the surrounding area offers something for everyone; serene sandy beaches, bush-walking, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal rock art, sunset river cruises, fishing charters, a world class museum, historic botanic gardens, the World Heritage rainforest coastline and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The experiences of Cooktown will leave you with memories to cherish for years to come.

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Cape York

Gulf Savannah

Experience the rugged beauty of Cape York, Australia’s last wild frontier and gateway to the exotic Torres Strait Islands today. With a number of travel options including fly/drive, drive/cruise, all-inclusive tours, and of course self-drive, the Cape is more accessible than ever.

To native Australians, the Gulf Savannah’s secrets and riches have been a boon for thousands of years.

Indigenous Culture This region is home to ancient indigenous rock art, now listed by UNESCO as one of the top 10 rock art sites worldwide. Visit one of the indigenous-run art centres at Cooktown, Hopevale, Lockhart River, or Aurukun to gain a greater appreciation of this ancient culture.

National Parks The Cape region is blessed with many National Parks offering excellent bird watching; from the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia, located at Iron Range, to the vast wetland systems and lagoons of Rinyirru, Queensland’s second largest National Park.

Indigenous Culture Special Aboriginal sites dot the plains and gorges, with fascinating legends and ancient artworks accessible to visitors with an interest in the Dreamtime.

Cobbold Gorge Cobbold Gorge, 90 kilometres from Georgetown, is a spectacular formation. Deep gorges with permanent spring fed waterholes flanked by sheer cliffs have formed an oasis for wildlife, including fresh water crocodiles. The gorge is situated on family owned, working cattle property and access is only by way of guided tours. Activities include gorge tours, scenic helicopter flights, bush walking, birdwatching, agate fossicking and swimming. A range of accommodation and camping options to suit, with fully licensed bar and restaurant.

Gulflander and Savannahlander

Fishing Expect to do some great fishing on the inner reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the east coast and Northern Peninsula Area, as well as in the estuaries of the numerous large rivers of the west coast.

Activities There are some fantastic events taking place on the Cape to entertain the whole family, including the Weipa Fishing Classic, and Laura Dance Festival.

Getting there Sealed roads allow all-weather access to both Cooktown and Laura.

Explore the 'Top End'

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Travelling in the Gulf also has a unique dimension with the superbly restored Gulflander and Savannahlander trains which evoke the style and romance of yesteryear as they push placidly across the salt plains. Two ribbons weave their way through the Gulf landscape; the Savannah Way running east west and the Matilda Highway going north south.

Getting there Four wheel drives, motorhomes, caravans and the family car all travel well on the highways of the Gulf Savannah. To get there, take the Savannah Way; the great top road linking Cairns with the far western areas of the Gulf through Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton and Karumba.


DRIVE NORTH QUEENSL AND What to see and do 1

2 Drive North Queensland suggested itinerary:

Day 1 Cruise to the outer reef from Cairns or Port Douglas to plunge into Nemo’s world equipped with a snorkel or a scuba tank. Spot a turtle off Green or Fitzroy Island, or swim with Dwarf Minke Whales during the season.

Set sail to a secluded coral cay off Cape Tribulation, island hop the reef, or pack your pyjamas for a sleep over on the river. Charter your very own luxury yacht or step aboard a small ship on a three-night cruise of islands and reefs.

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The Great Barrier Reef Drive cruises through world heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. Wind along the edge of the Coral Sea past unspoilt beaches via Port Douglas to Mossman Gorge. Here the Kuku Yalanji people share their ancient stories amongst the emerald waters of the Mossman River. The cable ferry takes you across the Daintree River through the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest to Cape Tribulation.

Day 2 From the city to the jungle, the Great Barrier Reef Drive presents “roadstopping” views over rainforest and reef. Pass secluded sandy beaches, via ancient cultures at Mossman Gorge, then take a ferry across the Daintree river into the oldest living rainforest on earth.

For a perfect day in the tropics, combine the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience from Cairns or Kuranda. Known as the village in the rainforest, Kuranda, is where colourful markets, cafés and wonderful wildlife experiences await.

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Have breakfast with the birds and then hit the road on your way to the high country of the Atherton Tablelands. Here you can enjoy immense taste experiences from tropical fruits to coffee and cheeses. Stop off at the Mareeba Wetlands, a nature sanctuary for Australian wildlife. The Waterfall Circuit is an absolute must do experience along the way, before checking out the crater lakes of Eacham and Barrine.

Day 3

On the Atherton Tablelands gourmet food and wine trails criss-cross this food bowl of the tropics. Driving the waterfall circuit is an absolute must, boasting impressive lakes, stunning rainforest backdrops and hidden wildlife, such as the rare Tree Kangaroo and the shy Platypus.

Go west on the Savannah Way into Gulf country. First stop; the Chillagoe limestone caves, before heading into the outback to the Undara Lava Tubes, earth’s longest volcanic lava flow. Do a spot of gem fossicking on the way to the ancient geological landforms of Cobbold Gorge.

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Wake up with a swim in the Lake Eacham crater lake, before checking out the trendy shops and cafes of Yungaburra. Head back towards the coast along the Palmerston Highway and walk high in misty clouds on the Mamu rainforest Skywalk. Trail blaze the Canecutter Way where you will find a magical Spanish Castle at Paronella Park before calling it a day, sipping a sunset cocktail in the seaside village of Mission Beach.

#exploreTNQ www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au Getting up close and personal with wildlife includes the cute and the cuddly to the awesome and snappy. Have breakfast with the birds, cruise amongst crocodiles, feed a wallaby or go looking for the elusive tree kangaroo or endangered Southern Cassowary.

One of Australia’s legendary 4WD challenges the “trip to the tip” of Cape York is on many a bucket list. Stop at historic Cooktown, the gateway to the Cape, which still presents remote, unspoilt wilderness adventures. Make sure you are well prepared before venturing north.

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SELF-DRIVE IDEAS It’s better with wheels!

Dig beneath the surface and it quickly becomes apparent that with a car at hand, you’ll be spoilt for choice when planning your adventures throughout Tropical North Queensland. Whether it’s for a single day or a whole week, having a set of wheels at your disposal gets you off the beaten track and allows you to explore and discover all the region has to offer on your own schedule. It’s impossible to list the range of choices you’ll have with a car at the ready, but here are a few of our favorite day trips out of Cairns and Port Douglas to get you started. Falls aplenty on the Cassowary Coast ››

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Cairns › Bramston Beach 80.9kms, 1hr 11min drive from Cairns BREKKY ON THE BEACH

Bramston Beach › Josephine Falls 24.6kms, 25 min WATERSLIDE DOWN FALLS

Josephine Falls › Babinda Bakery 16.2kms, 15 min REFUEL AT BABINDA BAKERY

A stunning stop and the perfect place to cook brekky on the beach. BBQ facilities are peppered along the beachfront so find a park and cook your feast before you set off on your hunt for waterfalls.

Once you’ve recovered from your beachside buffet, hit the highway south and cool off in a mesmerising series of cascading waterfalls complete with a natural waterslide.

Refuelling is a must and this place is a local favourite. Enjoy some of the best cream buns, sausage rolls and pies in all the land.

Quirky secrets of the Atherton Tablelands ››

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Babinda Bakery › Babinda Boulders 6.5kms, 8 mins BABINDA BOULDERS

Cairns › Yungaburra 67.5kms, 1 hr 12 min drive from Cairns HISTORY & CRATER LAKES

Yungaburra › Gallo Dairyland 7.3kms, 9 min LOCAL CHEESE AT THE DAIRY

Head west for the emerald green waters of the Babinda Boulders. Plonk your belongings under a shady tree and admire the views, or cool of in the main swimming hole.

Head up to the Tablelands and arrive at the historic village of Yungaburra for boutique shops and hidden café haunts. Make your way to Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake – perfect for a cool dip.

The green rolling hills here create perfect pastures for dairy cows. Taste 16 different cheeses and handmade chocolates or meet calves and alpacas while you learn about making cheese and chocolate on a working dairy farm.

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Cruise the along Great Barrier Reef Drive

Ancient ways to see the Daintree ››

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1 Gallo Dairyland › Atherton 8.5kms, 10 min LUNCH & GEMSTONES

Atherton › Mt Uncle Distillery 22.9kms, 23 min OUTBACK GIN & LIQUERS

Port Douglas › Mossman Gorge 22.4kms, 21 min RAINFOREST GORGE

Curb your appetite with sweet cake, shakes and jaffles at Petals and Pinecones before exploring the Cystal Caves, a maze of handmade tunnels and grottos full of crystals, gems and fossils from around the globe.

On your way back to Cairns, pull into Mt Uncle Distillery and sample an award-winning selection of spirits and liqueurs including the highly sought-after Botanic Australis Gin.

Take a dip in the emerald green rainforest pools of Mossman Gorge then head deep into the rainforest on a Dreamtime Walk with a Kuku Yalanji Guide.

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Mossman Gorge › Daintree Eco Lodge 35.8kms, 29 min ECO SPA

Daintree Eco Lodge › Daintree Village Hotel 3.3kms, 4 min LUNCH AT DAINTREE VILLAGE

Daintree Village Hotel › Daintree River Cruise 6.1kms, 7mins CROCODILE RIVER CRUISE

Enjoy an indulgent morning spent nurturing the soul and harnessing the hydrating qualities of Daintree Eco Lodge’s pristine waterfall.

Grab a top-knotch feed at the Daintree Village Hotel. Big favourites here include the Prawn and Avocado Roll or the Crocodile Salad, sourced from very local ingredients.

Take a guided cruise along the river with the team at Daintree River Cruise Centre and learn about the ecology and animals of the Daintree.

Three ways to see the rainforest in Cape Tribulation ››

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Port Douglas › Daintree Discovery Centre 59.1kms, 1hr 18 min (including. ferry) DISCOVER THE DAINTREE

Daintree Discovery Centre › Jindalba Boardwalk 1.5kms, 2 min JINDALBA BOARDWALK

Jindalba Boardwalk › Mason’s Cafe 24.5kms, 29 mins BURGERS AND SWIM HOLES

Your journey starts with the Daintree River ferry crossing before arriving at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Immerse yourself or climb the 23 metre Canopy Tower for a birdseye view of the rainforest.

Continue your exploration through lowland rainforest along the 650 metre Jindalba Boardwalk. Gaze up at the towering trees and keep an eye out for the Bennet’s Tree Kangaroo.

Time to refuel and cool down at Mason’s Café and swimming hole. Choose from croc, emu and roo burgers as well as delicious fish and chips. Drop a dollar in the tin to take a dip at the nearby swimming hole.

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NATIONAL PARKS

Wooroonooran National Park

Area. They feature both rainforest and open eucalypt forest and protect an important wildlife corridor between centres of biodiversity in the Daintree/Carbine Tableland area to the north and Lamb Range/Atherton Tableland area to the south.

Wooroonooran National Park offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. Walshs Pyramid is an independent peak, rising 922 metres, with a distinct pyramid appearance. There is a steep six-kilometre return walking track from the summit. Walkers are rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding ranges and local landscape. Josephine Falls is a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland’s highest mountain, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area. Palmerston, renowned for lush rainforest, scenic views, steep gorges and cascading waterfalls, offers opportunities for picnicking, camping and bushwalking. Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain, Bartle Frere trail, offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range. The Goldfield trail follows a 19-kilometre historic path through the rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park. It crosses numerous picturesque creeks and climbs over a low saddle between Queensland’s two highest peaks, Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker.

Barron Gorge National Park With rugged landscapes, lush rainforest and spectacular views, this is a park not to be missed. Near Kuranda, the impressive Barron River tumbles 250 metres down a series of ledges and spills into the gorge below. Take an easy stroll along the elevated walkway to Din Din Barron Falls Lookout. Along the way, discover the history of Djabugandji Aboriginal people. If you have the time, try one of the long-distance tracks (half and full day walks) that traverse this large park.

Kuranda and Mowbray National Park Kuranda National Park and adjacent Mowbray National Park are entirely within the Wet Tropics World Heritage

The pyramid-shaped Black Mountain is a prominent feature of Mowbray National Park. Black Mountain Road runs through both Kuranda and Mowbray national parks, as well as State forest and private land and offers a rough and scenic alternative south-north route to the Cook Highway (suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only). The road passes through native forest, pine plantations and farmland and crosses picturesque Flaggy Creek and its tributary, Sandy Creek. The historic Bump Track, blazed in 1877, offers views of the Mowbray River valley where the Mowbray River drops through a gorge carved into the forested foothills of the Macalister Range.

Girringun National Park Girringun National Park is also the gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walks. Discover plunging waterfalls, lush gorges and inspirational views as you tackle one of the two day walks that start from Wallaman Falls and trek down the Herbert River valley. Discover Wallaman Falls, Australia's highest permanent single drop waterfall, in Girringun National Park, west of Ingham. Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest, Stony Creek plunges 268 metres in a clear single-drop, often through a rainbow-fringed cloud of mist. Gaze at Wallaman Falls from the main lookout then walk to the second lookout which provides stunning views of the gorge and the Herbert River Valley. Explore rainforest and enjoy spectacular gorge views on one of the short walking tracks near the falls. Visit for a day to view the falls and relax over a picnic in the day use area near the falls lookout, or stay longer with an overnight camp beside Stony Creek.

Wooroonooran National Park

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Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park

Black Mountain National Park

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL)

Drive 25 kilometres south of Cooktown to the Black Mountain Lookout for memorable views. Be awed by the mysterious looming boulders that form the lichen-blackened slopes. Steeped in Aboriginal legend, find out why Black Mountain is a special story place for the Kuku Yalanji people. Hear some of the legends about people going missing here. Take heed of the past, enjoy the view but don’t risk injury (or worse!) by venturing onto the boulder field.

Unwind at this iconic park, renowned for its vast river systems and spectacular wetlands. In the wet season, the rivers spill across the landscape and flood vast areas but during the dry season, the waters recede leaving behind permanent waterholes, lakes and lagoons. Spend tranquil days fishing for barra from the river bank or from your boat. Explore the park by 4WD and look for wildlife such as crocodiles resting on riverbanks, bustards striding across grassy plains and wallabies drinking at waterholes along the way.

Drive 5 kilometres south of Cooktown to Keatings Lagoon for great bird-watching. Walk the 1.5-kilometre boardwalk, developed in conjunction with the local Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation. Marvel at the sight of flocks of waterbirds feeding on rich pickings in the scenic wetlands from inside a snug birdhide. You will see numerous ducks, pygmy-geese, jacanas and magpie geese. Don’t forget your binoculars and insect repellent!

Mount Cook National Park The rugged rainforest-clad granite slopes of Mount Cook rising to 431m, form the scenic backdrop to Cooktown. For a mountain bushwalk and spectacular views, drive to the Mount Cook car park on Hannan Drive. From the car park, the track ascends gently for 800m to a lookout and picnic shelter. For an easy walk, you can turn back at this point. If you want a longer, more difficult walk, continue on the steep climb through woodland and rainforest to a second lookout near the summit.

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) Venture off the beaten track at the rugged yet beautiful Cape Melville where headlands of tumbled granite boulders meet the white sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay. Challenge yourself (and your 4WD) as you tackle tidal creek crossings, corrugations, washouts and soft sand on the roads through this extremely isolated park.

General information Find out more about Queensland’s national parks at: www.qld.gov.au/nationalparks Get the latest information about parks, access, closures and conditions at www.qld.gov.au/park-alerts. To camp in national and regional parks, you need to book your camp sites and purchase camping permits before you arrive. Book online at qld.gov.au/camping.

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What’s on in 2019 and 2020 May 2019

June

Cairns ECOfiesta 2019 cairns.qld.gov.au/communityenvironment/sustainability/ ecofiesta

Tour de Cure tourdecure.com.au Great Wheelbarrow Race greatwheelbarrowrace.com Port Douglas Carnivale carnivale.com.au

Cooktown Discovery Festival cooktowndiscovery.com.au

Great Barrier Reef Masters Games gbrmg.com.au

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival ironman.com/triathlon/events/ asiapc/multisports/cairns.aspx

World rafting event tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/ latest-events/

Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride ridefnq.com

July Cairns Indigenous Art Fair ciaf.com.au Cairns Show cairnsshow.com.au

August

Reef to Reef Mountain Bike Race reeftoreefmtb.com Cairns Festival cairns.qld.gov.au/festival Cardwell UFO Festival tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/ latest-events/ Cairns Cup Carnival cairnsjockeyclub.com.au/ cairns-cup-events

Port Douglas Carnivale

Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair pyramidrace.com.au

Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride

Targa Great Barrier Reef Car Rally targa.com.au

Targa Great Barrier Reef Car Rally

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival

Markets

Farmers’ and craft markets are located throughout the region and are a great way to sample an array of produce unique to the Tropical North.

Cairns Esplanade

Holloways Beach

Mossman

Every Saturday - 8am-4pm Cairns Esplanade, by the Lagoon

2nd Sunday of the month March to November Hollways Beach Esplanade

Every Saturday St. David’s Church

Cairns Night Markets Open every day of the year 5pm-11pm 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns

Tanks Markets Last Sunday of the month April to November, 9am-2pm Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Archer Creek

Palm Cove 1st Sunday of the month April to December - 8am-2pm Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove

Port Douglas Every Sunday Port Douglas Waterfront

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2nd Sunday of the month - 7am-12noon Archer Creek, Kennedy Highway

Atherton 1st Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Platypus Park 2nd Sunday of the month 7am-12noon, Atherton Showgrounds


September

December

Carols by Candlelight cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/ annual-events/carols-bycandlelight

Cairns Amateurs Carnival cairnsamateurs.org.au Red Bull Defiance missionbeachtourism.com/ event/red-bull-defiance

January/February 2020

New Years Eve on The Esplanade cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/ annual-events/new-years-eve Australia Day Awards cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/ annual-events/Aust-DayAwards

Carnival on Collins cairns.qld.gov.au/festival/join/ markets-at-carnival-on-collins Cassowary Festival tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/ latest-events/ Carols by Candlelight

October/November

Australia Day Celebrations cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/ annual-events/australia-daycelebrations Chinese New Year cairnschinesenewyear.org

Crocodile Trophy Mountain Bike Race crocodile-trophy.com

Tastes of the Tablelands tastesofthetablelands.com.au Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival greatbarrierreefmarathon. com.au

Tropical Journeys GBR Marathon

Reef Feast reeffeast.com.au

Chinese New Year

March/April 2020

Babinda Harvest Festival babindaharvestfest.org

Feast of the Senses Innisfail feastofthesenses.com.au Reef Feast

Herberton

Mareeba

Tumoulin

3rd Sunday of the month 7am-12noon Woondecla Sports Ground

2nd and 5th Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Centenary Park

4th Sunday of the month 7am-12:30pm Tumoulin, Ravenshoe

Kuranda Every day Original Markets: 9am-3pm Heritage Markets: 9am-3:30pm

Koah 1st Saturday of the month - 8am-1pm

Innot Hot Springs

Mission Beach Markets 1st and 3 rd Sunday of the month

Yungaburra

Mt Molloy

4th Saturday of the month 7:30am-12:30pm Bruce Jones Park

1st Saturday of the month March to December 8am-12noon, Fraser Road

3rd Sunday of the month

Speewah

Karumba

Every Sunday, 8am-1pm

Every Sunday, April to September 7am-12noon

Tolga

Malanda

2nd and 5th Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Showgrounds

Cooktown Every Saturdayat the Parklands along Endeavour River

Rossville Every 2nd Sunday of the month

1st Sunday of the month 7am-12noon Morrow Park Racecourse

Bloomfield Last Saturday of each month

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This is the place where the oldest living rainforest in the world, the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas is a relaxed seaside village with a vibrant ambience, providing the ideal base for travellers to explore the natural beauty of the region.

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