Tropical North Queensland Magazine

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Contents The Tropical North............................................. 3 Cairns City..............................................................4 Great Barrier Reef..............................................10

Island Hopping

Cairns Beaches...................................................14

Trinity Beach Palm Cove Palm Cove to Port Douglas

Indigenous Culture..........................................18 Drive North Queensland............................... 22 Port Douglas....................................................... 30 Mossman The Daintree Cape Tribulation

Atherton Tablelands....................................... 36 Mareeba................................................................ 38 Kuranda................................................................ 40 Chillagoe.............................................................. 42 Cairns to Townsville....................................... 43 Mission Beach.................................................... 46 Tropical Coasting............................................. 48 Cooktown............................................................. 50 Cape York..............................................................52 Gulf Savannah................................................... 54 National Parks....................................................55 WELCOME TO TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND Australian Tourist Distributed to Visitor Information Centres Publications in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. PUBLISHER Welcome to... Magazines Magman Publishing Pty Ltd MANAGING DIRECTORS Trish Blackman, Jackie Honour Australian Tourist Publications

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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.


CAIRNS CITY discover great

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.

Cairns Esplanade and Lagoon


Cairns City



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.

CAIRNS FESTIVAL – 27 AUGUST – 5 SEPTEMBER 2021 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns T 1300 69 22 47

Immerse yourself in the celebration of wild beauty, diverse heritage and the tropical lifestyle that is Cairns. A fine blend of the best creativity on the planet, with the best place on the planet, has created Cairns Festival. A vibrant, progressive and collaborative arts and cultural festival that since its inception in 1961, continues to morph and grow into the biggest and boldest event on the Cairns calendar. Join us celebrating on the streets, across stages and under stars, across ten magic days.


Get a birds eye view on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Esplanade Lagoon

Munro Martin Parklands

Take a dip in the picturesque Lagoon, a 4,800 square-metre 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.

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

Tours With Cairns as your base you can explore all Tropical North Queensland has to offer. 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.

Reef Hotel Casino Arguably Tropical North Queensland’s most prestigious hotel with a focus on exemplary service and five-star quality. A stylish lobby provides a glimpse of the simple elegance and luxury of the rooms. The complex boasts one of Australia’s finest boutique casinos, a multitude of dining experiences and bars, extensive wedding, event and conference facilities, free live entertainment and sports arena.

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



The Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns City T 07 4031 7250

Port Douglas, Queensland T 07 4098 5059

The world’s first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife exhibit, an all-weather experience in the heart of the Cairns CBD. Experience adventure on the Mid-ZOOM or Hi-ZOOM courses, including a zipline directly over Goliath, our 4.5 metre saltwater crocodile. Get your heart racing with the PowerJump – a free-fall with a 13 metre drop. Complete your visit with a leisurely walk through the wildlife park.

KURANDA HAlF DAY TOURS DEPARTING FROM PORT DOUGLAS Small personlised tours specialising in service excellence. Maximum 13 Persons. Brett's Tours feature a Palm Cove stopover and various options to choose from including, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Rail, Dreamtime Walk and Rainforestaion Nature Park.


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).

Cairns Performing Arts Centre

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.

contemporary circus, opera, film and comedy. The program of

With multiple performance spaces, this venue enables the presentation of a variety of events including theatre, music, dance, events aims to a focus on youth, new collaborations and our local performing artists alongside a wide range of touring productions.

THE REEF HOTEL CASINO 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns T 07 4030 8888

Open 9-5am daily, The Reef Hotel Casino holds over 400 gaming machines & a range of table games. On level 2, the Sports Arena has a dedicated bar, huge LED screen, 360° sports viewing, TAB Mega Wall & 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 & serves specialty coffees, teas & delicious house made meals. Crafted cocktails, the coldest beer in town, a tasty bar menu & free live entertainment are highlights of BAR36, which is open nightly & complemented by an LED pillar with interactive floor that plays a part of the lighting & visual effects of the foyer bar. Daily deals & bistro-style meals are offered in Flinders Bar & Grill inside the Casino until late. Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is arguably TNQ’s most prestigious hotel with a focus on exemplary service & five-star quality. Rooms include a spa bath & private garden balcony overlooking the city or water views. BOOK DIRECT and quote LUXURY20 for 10% off any room rate plus a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine* *conditions apply.


Kuranda Scenic Railway


Park to tackle trails designed to challenge world champions. After your ride, trade your two wheels in for a gondola and glide above the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or explore the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef with tours departing the city daily.

From leisurely coastal cycle trails edging the waters of the Great Barrier Reef to challenging downhill rides through World Heritage-listed rainforest, Tropical North Queensland is a natural paradise for adventure seekers and recreational riders of all disciplines, levels and abilities.

Walking Tracks

Ride along the Cairns Esplanade for a dose of peoplewatching or head to the iconic Smithfield Mountain Bike

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


Ivan Evans Trail at Bayview Heights is a Class 3 walking track of approximately 2.4 km return (1 hour return). It winds through dense rainforest and vineforest behind the suburb of Bayview Heights and climbs gradually to a lookout. This "hidden gem" of a track starts from Ellen Close and continues to Toogood Road. The lookout is located about 700 metres from the Toogood Road trail head but foliage obscures the view of Cairns and Trinity Bay. After the lookout, the trail to Toogood Road consists of a series of switchbacks and travels over several boulders.

100 Abbott Street, Cairns T 07 4037 2700

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.

Famous for spectacular waterfalls, wildlife and gourmet produce, the Atherton Tablelands are also home to magnificent flowing single tracks, family trails, epic mountain bike rides and scenic back country roads, as well as boasting several bike-friendly accommodation options, perfect for a multi-day visit. Tackle the historic Bump Track in Port Douglas for an exhilarating ride through rainforest and eucalypt forest. Enjoy the laidback lifestyle of this village by the sea with a local craft beer at Hemingway’s Brewery or a bite to eat on Macrossan Street.

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


Cairns Aquarium Cairns Aquarium By Day Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium exclusively showcases the stunning marine and wildlife from Tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Following the path of a drop of rain as it travels from the rainforest clad mountain range, joining creeks and streams through the rainforest, across the flooded plains and billabongs into the mangroves, and finally out to the Great Barrier Reef, your destination is the Coral Sea. With over 16,000 creatures in the heart of Cairns’ CBD, guests of all ages enjoy guaranteed interaction with some of the region’s most rare and elusive animals. The Cairns Aquarium is airconditioned, wheelchair accessible and has free Wi-Fi available. Cairns Aquarium By Twilight As the sun sets on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges, steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Your ecologist guided tour gives you an insight into the unique changes of the regions nocturnal creatures as they emerge from their daytime lairs. Enjoy drinks and appetiser surrounded by sharks and rays in the Oceanarium before dinner and dessert in Dundee’s Restaurant. Commencing 4pm Wed – Sun.

Cairns Aquarium BY TWILIGHT

CAIRNS AQUARIUM There is so much to see and do at the Cairns Aquarium! Enjoy animal talks and presentations, see the divers hand feed the sharks and get up close at the marine life touch tank. Combine your General Admission ticket with a delicious 2 course lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant with our Lunch Combo or take the plunge as you Dive with the Sharks, no experience necessary! Marine Life Encounter commences Dec 2020, with the opportunity to hand feed the gentle Cownosed Rays, tour Behind the Scenes and visit the Cairns Turtle Hospital. Open daily from 10am – 3pm with last admission at 2pm. 5 Florence St, Cairns T 07 4044 7300


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.

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Get up close to a Maori Wrasse


fall in love with this small piece of tropical paradise, you can 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

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

Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, just 45 minutes by boat from Cairns. Fitzroy Island Resort is ideal for families, a visit with friends or a romantic getaway with pristine beaches, spectacular walking trails, abundant marine life and endless activities. Come for the day or stay the night in our affordable 4.5 star resort featuring Suites, Studios, Cabins, Bungalows and a Penthouse. The Resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim up bar, games room, indoor movie theatre, resort general store, Foxy’s Bar, dive shop and Turtle hospital. Activities include a water trampoline, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding and exploring 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! Enjoy our daily complimentary activities with fish feeding on the Fitzroy Island jetty movie screenings in our 50 seat movie theatre. Visit our famous Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and meet one of these amazing creatures! Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Endeavour Reef

Cape Tribulation

St Crispin Reef Daintree

Mackay Cay Opal Reef


Tongue Reef Batt Reef

Low Isles



Holmes Reef Flora Reef



Upolu Cay Arlington Reef

Green Island


CAIRNS Fitzroy Island



Outer Barrier Reef

Frankland Island Group

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.



Howie Reef


Eddy Reef Kurrimine Beach Tully

Spend a day at the Great Barrier Reef

Mission Beach

Beaver Cay

Even without Dart Reef entering the water, you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible boat. Seated just one metre underwater, experience a diver’s Flinders view of the reef as you glide slowly past the reef and coral. Reefs


Taylor Reef

Dunk Island



Otter Reef

Family Group Islands


Goold Island


Cardwell E T HE G R AT


Hinchinbrook Island National Park

Britomart Reef Trunk Reef


Pelorus Island

Myrmidon Reef

Orpheus Island

Curacao Island Fantome Island Great Palm Island



Keeper Reef


Havannah Island


Wheeler Reef



Balgal Beach


Rattlesnake Island

Acheron Island


Davies Reef

Herald Island

Magnetic Island


287 Draper St, Parramatta Park T 07 4052 8300

Down Under Cruise and Dive is an award-winning, advanced Eco-Tourism Accredited operator offering a premium, high-value tour to the outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. The company has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years and has recently been voted #4 Travel Experience in Australia and #5 Best Day Cruise in the World by Tripadvisor. Cruising onboard 35-metre luxury superyacht Evolution, guests enjoy 5 hours exploring 2 spectacular outer reef locations and experience the highest level of customer service available. Optional introductory and certified scuba diving, semi-submersible tours, heli-scenic flights, BBQ buffet lunch, live music and a complimentary glass of wine make Down Under Cruise and Dive the best day tour experience in Queensland.

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.

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 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 fish-feeding and marine presentations or take a ride on a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible.

Diving 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.

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.

Whether you want to learn to dive, do an introductory dive, enrol for Advanced Diver Training, go diving on a day trip or do a liveaboard dive adventure there is a tour to suit you. Beginner courses and resort dives are popular ways to be introduced to 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.


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 100 Abbott Street, Cairns T 07 4037 2700

SEASTAR CRUISES 75 Esplanade, Cairns City T 07 4041 6218 Premium luxury cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a pristine coral cay island. In only 1¼ hours the fast-airconditioned catamaran from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, a seabird and turtle sanctuary, while also being the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. After a spectacular snorkel/dive and an all-inclusive buffet lunch onboard we make our way to Hastings reef, arriving in only 20 minutes, 30 nautical miles out from Cairns.

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.

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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

Sunrise at Palm Cove

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.

Trinity Beach 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.

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.

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Explore Palm Cove


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.

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


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.

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, allterrain vehicles, deep sea and reef fishing, or a range of lighter activities on the beach including kayaking, jet skiing and sailing.

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 five-star 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.

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 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 ‘must-do’ on the Ironman circuit.


99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove T 07 4080 2600

Experience the relaxed ambience and tranquility of The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa, perfectly located opposite Palm Cove Beach and just a 25 minute drive from Cairns.Nestled amongst lush gardens and emerald pools, return to a time of gracious hospitality and relaxation with luxury services and complimentary guest inclusions. Dine in style at the award-winning beachfront Reef House Restaurant or book a signature treatment at the iconic Reef House Day Spa. Relax with an adult’s only pool, complimentary punch & canapés each evening, afternoon sorbet service poolside, aqua aerobics and use of fishing rods and vintage cruiser bikes.

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Palm Cove Foreshore

Spas Palm Cove is one of the top spa destinations in Australia with an extensive collection of world-class wellness spas, offering visitors a chance to relax and recharge.

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 120 plus Stall is held 8am to 2pm on the first Sunday of the month except for January - March on Williams Esplanade at Palm Cove Cairns.


Getting there

The Palm Cove Markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery,


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


Palm Cove T 07 4059 2200

As a holiday destination Sanctuary Palm Cove is an experience of seamless quality. Understated attention to detail surrounds you the moment you enter Sanctuary. Private, open and luxurious apartments overlooking age-old melaleucas in a tranquil landscape minimally disturbed. As you stroll through the lush tropical gardens surrounding the unique lagoon you can feel yourself relax. Offering spacious one, two and three bedroom luxury holiday apartments which are architecturally designed to capture natural light and ocean breezes. The close proximity of such wonders as the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest will inspire you to explore. This is Sanctuary. A simple timeless refuge with all the contemporary comforts. A pure holiday experience that will never leave you.

26 Veivers Road, Palm Cove Ph (07) 4059 1144

Nothing comes close to staying at one of the luxurious Elysium Collection holiday apartments in this stunning tropical destination of Palm Cove in the Cairns Northern Beaches region. Spectacular in itself is Palm Cove's beach - brilliant at dawn and totally awe-inspiring at night especially when there is a full moon The Elysium Collection Palm Cove exemplifies the finest in tropical indoor/outdoor living presenting a choice of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom holiday apartments that will exceed your expectations and offers various locations in Palm Cove to meet every travelers needs. ~ 16 ~

Great Barrier Reef Drive

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

Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti T 07 4055 3576

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. See our new ‘Slither and Slides’ Adventures playground, find the new Mega Fauna.Koala Patting, Python and Baby Croc photos available. See our wonderful range of Croctique Crocodile Leather products direct from our sustainable farm. Enjoy a Coffee, light refreshments, snacks or light meal from Lilies Bistro. Free Wifi is also available.

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.

ELLIS BEACH OCEANFRONT BUNGALOWS Captain Cook Highway, Ellis Beach T 07 4055 3538 The perfect location for relaxing by the sea, with a full range of accommodation, from absolute oceanfront bungalows to spectacular caravan and camping sites.

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Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Yaliya’s Stories (Stargazing), Yargurli Tours, Burketown


Australia’s Indigneous cultures are some of the oldest living societies on the planet and their intricate history and traditional practices can be experienced in many ways. Cairns & Tropical North Queensland is the only region with two distinct Indigenous cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Cairns & Great Barrier Reef offers a dazzling array of opportunities to dive headfirst into a cultural immersion. Learn about the rainforest during a bush tucker walk, take a traditional fishing lesson or be “Welcomed to Country” in an ancient ritual.

Cairns T 07 4056 8283 Take a boat ride across Trinity Inlet to an environmental reserve at the base of Grey Peaks National Park where you are welcomed with a smoking ceremony. Enjoy dinner with authentic Indigenous dancing and entertainment. Other tours include an eco-cultural tour and bush camping.

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.



Mossman T 07 4099 7000

Laura T 0402 805 821

A traditional smoking ceremony welcomes you to Kuku Yalanji country at Mossman Gorge Centre. Join a Traditional Custodian on a Dreamtime walk to learn how their people sustained themselves in the world’s oldest rainforest.

Explore one of UNESCO’s top 10 rock art sites in the world with a Traditional Custodian to see paintings dating back tens of thousands of years. Kuku Yalanji guides tell the story of the ancient Quinkan rock art and join you at a camp overnight in Cape York.



Cairns T 07 4031 2741

Cairns T 07 4030 7920

Remote art centres can be found at Aboriginal communities throughout Cape York. You can see the renowned camp dog carvings of Aurukun’s Wik and Kugu people, the ghost net weavings from Pormpuraaw, and the internationally acclaimed work of Lockhart River’s Art Gang.

Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites, incorporating the legends passed down by Traditional Custodians over thousands of years.

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Jarramali Rock Art Tours

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 Traditional Custodian group in the Cairns and Tropical North Queensland region has their own unique stories. One of the

Traditional Custodian groups of the region 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,


C U LT U R E C O N N E C T Cairns T 07 4032 1794

Port Douglas T 0429 478 206

Join a guided tour or private charter to traditional country in the World Heritage Daintree rainforest and the tropical savannah country of Cape York. Experience festivals and events on the Indigenous cultural calendar from a unique perspective.

Traditional Custodians show how their ancestral lands are the source of Dreamtime stories and songs in a tour for just 11 people. Learn about bush foods and medicines, hunting, Aboriginal history, culture and beliefs, and experience the Indigenous connection to country.


YA R R A B A H A R T S & C U LT U R A L P R E C I N C T Yarrabah T 07 4056 9249 The Yarrabah Arts Centre, Menmuny Museum and a rainforest boardwalk are part of the Arts and Cultural Precinct showcasing local culture, history and art including pottery, woven baskets and textiles.

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Kuranda T 07 4085 5008 Located at Rainforestation Nature Park. Watch a ceremonial dance in the rainforest and see traditional hunting and gathering techniques before learning to throw a boomerang. Join the Dreamtime Walk along the Rainbow Serpent boardwalk for an insight into ancient Aboriginal beliefs.

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel

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. A visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back


over 40,000 years. Visiting the park by day or night, is a unique cultural experience. Learn to throw a boomerang and how a didgeridoo is played. Sample bush foods and learn the medicinal value of native plants. By night, you can journey into the dreamtime for an evening of food and entertainment. Take part in the Rainbow Serpent Circle, join in the chanting and dance that culminates in a traditional fire-making ceremony..

TJAPUKAI Cairns T 07 4042 9995

Mossman T 07 4098 3917

Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Tjapukai is a must-visit when holidaying in Cairns. Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts.

Learn traditional Aboriginal painting techniques and see Brian “Binna” Swindley and his mother Shirley’s works depicting Dreamtime stories, Kuku Yalanji life, the animals of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest.



Torres Strait T 0427 691 356 enquiries@torresstraitecoadventures.

Burketown T 07 4745 5111

The history, arts and culture of the Torres Strait are uncovered on a bespoke touR. Guide Dirk Laifoo shares his local knowledge on tours to Waiben (Thursday Island), Muralag (Prince of Wales Island) and Ngarupai (Horn Island). The region has a rich World War II and pearling history entwined with the local culture.

Experience the Dreamtime stories of the Gangalidda-Garawa people under the brilliance of a pollution-free night sky on Australia’s largest salt pans or see the crimson magic of an outback sunset on a river cruise, observing the unique wildlife of the Gulf Savannah country by dusk. There is also a tagalong tour and fishing option.

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CAIRNS The Tip, Cape York Peninsula

From reef to outback, through rainforest and grasslands, driving in North Queensland is an unforgettable travel experience. Explore the itineraries and visit for travel tips and destinations along our unique touring routes. Whether you choose the road less travelled or iconic scenic drives, an unforgettable journey ahead awaits.

Take the rugged road to "The Tip" of Cape York, Australia’s most northern mainland point; venture on the epic Savannah Way, a 3,700km journey across the top of the country including 1,700kms of Queensland's spectacular Gulf Country; or bask beneath a waterfall on Atherton Tablelands' Waterfall Circuit.


C A I R N S T O C A P E YO R K – 1 , 4 3 2 K M O N E WAY I M AY – O C T O B E R I 4 W D If you have a heightened sense of adventure and want to take it all the way to the top (of Australia), jump into a 4WD and head off on an unforgettable journey from Cairns to Cape York. Along the way, you’ll be challenged with creek crossings, find culture and history in Cooktown and can visit Indigenous communities. It’s a journey that will stay with you for a lifetime.

D AY 5 – C O E N T O B R A M W E L L S TA T I O N – 2 3 0 K M , 9 H R S

D AY 1 – C A I R N S T O C O O K T O W N – 3 7 2 K M

D AY 6 – B R A M W E L L S TAT I O N T O T H E T I P – 2 3 8 K M , 9 H R S

When driving to Cooktown from Cairns, there are a few options:

Take the Old Telegraph Track and stop at Fruit Bat Falls for a picnic lunch and swim before crossing the Jardine River on the vehicle ferry. Seisia and Punsand Bay are worth a visit. There is only 6km to The Tip, but it can take up to 45 minutes to complete the final stretch.

1. Through scenic Kuranda, Mareeba, Mount Molloy 2. Great Barrier Reef Drive (GBR) to South Mossman and up the Rex Range to Mount Molloy 3. GBR drive to Cape Tribulation and up the Bloomfield Track Whichever route you take a must do is a stop at the famous Lions Den pub at Rossville.

Today is another big drive. After Archer River, cross the Wenlock River to the Moreton Telegraph Station. Push on to Bramwell Station’s Bramwell Junction Roadhouse, the last fuel stop before Bamaga. The property houses campgrounds and a bar with live entertainment during the busy months.

T I P : Try and arrive at low tide, as the walk to the sign only takes 10 minutes across the sand.

D AY 2 – C O O K T O W N Visit the heritage buildings, museums and monuments showcasing the town's rich history.

D AY 3 – C O O K T O W N T O C A P E M E LV I L L E – 1 9 7 K M , 7. 5 H R S Conquer rugged tracks, creek crossings and beach driving to reach the coastline of Cape Melville National Park. Cool off at Isabella Falls enroute to the national park. Camp overnight at Bathurst Heads.

D AY 4 – C A P E M E LV I L L E T O C O E N – 4 8 2 K M , 1 2 H R S Leave early as today is a big day of driving. Hang a right when you reach the Peninsula Development Road to Coen. Free camping at The Bend, a few kms past Coen or the Gold Mine on the way into town.

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Grassy Hill, Cooktown

The Archway, Undara Volcanic National Park


C A I R N S T O B O O D J A M U L L A ( L AW N H I L L ) N AT I O N A L PA R K – 1 , 7 0 0 K M O N E WAY The Savannah Way is an epic, two-state, one-territory, 3,700km journey across the top of Australia.

D AY 2 – U N D A R A Today stay out of the car and head underground. The Undara Volcanic National Park is home to the world’s longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano, dating back some 190,000 years. Rainforest grows up through the rock where cave roofs have collapsed.

Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland outback. On this journey of a lifetime you will be lucky enough to meet the Savannah Guides – protectors and Interpreters of the Outback.

D AY 3 – U N D A R A T O M O U N T S U R P R I S E – 55KM, 45MINS

D AY 1 – C A I R N S T O U N D A R A – 2 7 5 K M , 4 H R S Your journey begins in Cairns, the “capital” of Tropical North Queensland, a buzzing coastal city famous for its laid-back lifestyle. Kiss the coast goodbye and drive into the cool of the Atherton Tablelands. This is the place to swim under a waterfall and sample fresh produce from a farmer’s market. Don’t miss two spectacular waterfalls: Millstream Falls and Tully Falls and pass through Ravenshoe, home to Queensland’s highest pub. On the way to your final destination, Undara, you’ll pass through Forty Mile Scrub National Park. The park features ancient volcanic flows, giant bottle trees and plenty of birdlife.

Jump back behind the wheel and head west. Mount Surprise is a tiny historic railway town on the edge of a giant lava flow. At the Mount Surprise Gem Den, the team will tell you everything you need to know about fossicking; you can buy a fossicking licence here, too.

D AY 4 – M O U N T S U R P R I S E T O C O B B O L D G O R G E – 170KM, 3HRS Get back on the Savannah Way bound for Georgetown. The town was established when gold was found around the Etheridge River in 1869. The 6km-long Georgetown River Walk offers more insight to the township and its history.

Millstream Falls

Kalkani Crater, Undara Volcanic National Park

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Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) Gorge

From Georgetown, head west again then take a small detour off the main route to head to the geological wonder that is Cobbold Gorge, Queensland’s “youngest” gorge, at about 10,000 years old. A guided tour is the only way you can explore this spectacular formation.

office, but it’s famous for two things – as the “Barramundi Fishing Capital of the World” and the site of a spectacular annual cloud formation known as the Morning Glory (September to November).

D AY 5 – C O B B O L D G O R G E T O K A R U M B A – 450KM, 6HRS 45MINS

Yagurli Tours offers an Indigenous perspective on Burketown.

You’re heading for the coast today. First though, visit the historic gold-rush town of Croydon, one of the most beautiful towns in the Gulf Savannah, which dates back to 1885. Situated less than 4kms from town is Lake Belmore, the largest body of fresh water in the region, popular for swimming, fishing, skiing, canoeing or enjoying a picnic lunch. Tonight, you’ll arrive in Karumba. Tasting wild-caught barramundi and local prawns is highly recommended, as is a cold beverage at the Sunset Tavern.

D AY 6 – K A R U M B A T O G R E G O R Y – 428KM, 6HRS The remote Savannahland outpost of Burketown is made up of little more than a pub, a school, a couple of shops and the council

Then it’s on to Gregory Downs, another isolated frontier town, set on the tranquil Gregory River (great for a canoe). Spend the night here at Gregory Downs Hotel.

D AY 7 – G R E G O R Y T O B O O D J A M U L L A ( L AW N H I L L ) N A T I O N A L P A R K – 2 8 0 K M , 4 H R S Today, you’re on the final stretch. Head out on the Gregory-Lawn Hill Road to Adels Grove, the launching point for Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Lawn Hill Gorge carves a vibrant ribbon of green through the surrounding plains. The Riversleigh World Heritage Site, one of the world’s richest fossil sites, sits within the park. Immerse yourself in 25 million years of history on the Riversleigh Fossil Trail, an 800m walk that passes the fossilised bones of towering flightless birds and the remains of the Earth’s largest freshwater crocodile.

Cobbold Gorge

Prawns and Beer, Karumba

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Great Barrier Reef Drive


C A I R N S T O C A P E T R I B U L AT I O N V I A P O R T D O U G L A S – 3 0 0 K M R E T U R N Welcome to the loveliest little drive in Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef Drive covers 140km in a straight line north from Cairns to Cape Tribulation passing through Port Douglas, Mossman and Daintree. Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are along the route, from World Heritage sites and national parks to luxury resorts. Throw your swimmers and sneakers in the car and set out to explore the spectacular coastline, secluded beaches, charming holiday towns and the world’s oldest rainforest.

D AY 1 – C A I R N S T O P O R T D O U G L A S – 68KM, 1HR

D AY 2 – P O R T D O U G L A S Some places are so nice they deserve a whole day. Port Douglas is one of them. If you’re in town on a Sunday, start your day at the famous markets in Anzac Park. After a hearty breakfast at a sun-dappled cafe, hop aboard one of the many boats leaving for the Great Barrier Reef. The options are endless to discover the diverse ecosystem of coral and marine life that lies below the surface.

D AY 3 – P O R T D O U G L A S T O M O S S M A N G O R G E – 22KM, 20MINS

Palm Cove is only 30km north of Cairns. A tiny beachside village lined with resorts and stylish restaurants. If you’ve got time for a massage, Palm Cove is known as the spa capital of Australia. Get back on the highway and head for Port Douglas. The barefoot luxury capital is known for its high-end resorts, more than 60 great restaurants and stylish shops. Settle in for a sunset cocktail on the marina while you wait for your locally caught prawns to come off the grill.

About 20 minutes from Port Douglas you’ll find Mossman Gorge, the gateway to the ancient Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree has stood here for 135 million years, forming one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. Join a guided Dreamtime walk for an insight into the spiritual significance of this remarkable place. The Kuku Yalanji people have lived here for more than 50,000 years.

Four Mile Beach

Mossman Gorge

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Cape Tribulation


D AY 4 – M O S S M A N G O R G E T O C A P E T R I B U L A T I O N 70KM, 2HRS

D AY 6 – C A P E T R I B U L A T I O N T O C A I R N S – 140KM, 3HRS

Back to the coast this morning to continue north. A narrow ribbon of road runs past tiny villages sitting on the Coral Sea while it winds its way towards the Daintree River. Once you cross the river on an old-school car ferry, you’ll find yourself in the oldest tropical rainforest in the world.

You’ll travel the full 140km of the route back to Cairns in one day today and though it seems quick, there’s still time to drop into all the spots you missed on the way up. Maybe go fishing for barramundi at Hook-a-Barra at Wonga Beach or hunt for a mudcrab with Walkabout Cultural Adventures at Cooya Beach. just north of Port Douglas.

D AY 5 – C A P E T R I B U L A T I O N The phrase jaw-dropping can be overused, but there’s really no other word for Cape Tribulation. This isolated headland is where the rainforest meets the reef and two World Heritage Areas come together. The Great Barrier Reef is just 25 minutes offshore, so you can zip out for an afternoon snorkel at Mackay and Undine Reefs with Ocean Safari.


If you’re looking for a challenge, turn inland and head for the summit of Mount Sorrow. The 7km trail is tough and should only be attempted in good weather. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views along the length of the Daintree Coast and out to Snapper Island.

The Daintree Food Trail is a celebration of produce and the people who make it, highlighting the diverse and delicious produce, farm gates and food experiences along the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation. Take the time to plan your path, as opening hours and seasons vary according to produce and product. The Port Douglas Daintree region is well known for its fields of sugar cane; but it’s also home to some of the finest cocoa grown in the world; rare and exquisite tropical fruits; the iconic Daintree Tea and chai blends; award-winning barramundi and goat farms; an award-winning tropical fruit winery; gourmet mushrooms; two boutique ice creameries; microgreens, ferments, markets, rustic farm stores and so much more. From tea to turmeric, kefir to kombucha, hive to honey, it’s all happening right here, against a magical backdrop of towering mountains, rainforest rivers and golden beaches.

Cape Tribulation

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Turquoise Waters of Cardwell Spa Pool

T H E G R E AT G R E E N WAY T OW N SV I L L E T O C A I R N S – 3 4 8 K M O N E WAY It’s an area with two World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics rainforests, more than 12 National Parks and is the closest mainland access to the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching between Townsville and Cairns, this route can be completed in four hours, but is best enjoyed over a couple of days. You’ll see beautiful beaches, sugar towns, a castle and, because it wouldn’t be an Australian road trip without seeing at least one “big thing”, a giant Golden Gumboot.

D AY 1 – T O W N S V I L L E T O C A R D W E L L – 165KM, 2HRS Depart Townsville, the largest city in North Queensland and head north for 90km to Jourama Falls in the Paluma Range National Park. Take the 3km return walk and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the falls and surrounding rainforest. Then, past Ingham, arrive at Lucinda, home to the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Stretching almost 6km into the sea. After lunch it’s on to Cardwell, the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island. Spend the afternoon doing a short cruise around Hinchinbrook Channel to spot native wildlife or, if you have an extra day to spare,

organise a day-trip to the island to experience one of the many walking trails.

D AY 2 – C A R D W E L L T O M I S S I O N B E A C H – 70KM, 1HR First up today is a 30-minute drive to Tully, centre of the region’s sugar-cane plantations. Tully is also known as one of the wettest places in Australia, a tightly contested title that prompted the construction of the big Golden Gumboot, it features a rain gauge, a viewing platform, photos of past floods and, on its exterior, a giant green treefrog. If you’ve got a taste for adventure, take to the waters of the Tully River with RNR White Water Rafting. If you’re more of the relaxed adventure, take a scenic drive down Tully Gorge Road which follows the river through World Heritage Rainforest. To find Ponytail Falls, follow the river downstream from Cardstone Weir and look out for the number 11 painted on the road. From Tully, detour off the highway through national park to Mission Beach. The four villages of Mission Beach are linked by 14km of

Cassowary spotting

Dunk Island

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TOWNSVILLE Ponytail Falls, Tully

palm-fringed golden paradise beaches. There is plenty to keep you active here. A day-trip to Dunk Island or a scuba diving trip to the reef are not-to-be-missed experiences.

D AY 3 – M I S S I O N B E A C H T O C A I R N S – 140KM, 2HR

WAT E R FA L L C I R C U I T, C A I R N S T O AT H E R T O N TA B L E L A N D S – 1 0 0 K M O N E WAY

Take the scenic route out of town along Alexander Drive and Bingil Bay Road before rejoining the highway, then take another short detour to Paronella Park at Mena Creek. Here you’ll find a heritagelisted concrete “castle”, built by a Spanish cane farmer in 1935. Take the 45-minute guided tour to learn the full fascinating history. Admire the view from above the canopy at Mamu Tropical Skywalk, located in Wooroonoon National Park, about 30 minutes from Paronella Park. Stop for a snack and a refuel in Innisfail, pick up interpretive maps of the Innisfail Town Walk from the Information Centre in ANZAC Memorial Park. The town is full of beautiful art deco buildings. Drive another 30 minutes to Babinda, a cute little town sitting in the shadow of Mt Bartle Frere. The Babinda Boulders – a freshwater swimming hole is a beautiful spot for a refreshing afternoon dip before driving the final leg north to Cairns.

Ellinjaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands

Tropical North Queensland’s annual wet season produces a spectacular side-effect. All that rain trickles into creeks and rivers, some of which spill spectacularly over the jagged landscape into waterholes and rock pools. Soak up the sight of these photogenic waterfalls – and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim or even a few mist-fuelled rainbows – on a languid day-trip around the region. Head up the Gillies Highway from Cairns to the trio of waterfalls. The first stop is The Teahouse at Lake Barrine followed by the historic village of Yungaburra and stroll through Peterson Creek Walking Track where you might spot a platypus. Head back towards Lake Barrine and follow the signs to Millaa Millaa Falls, a heritage listed 18m plunge waterfall. After a dip at Millaa Millaa drive over to Zillie Falls and to complete the trio of waterfalls head to Elinjaa Falls before heading back to Cairns or staying in Yungaburra for the night. The Waterfall circuit can also be experienced from Port Douglas or Mossman just head up the Rex Range and through Mount Molloy to Mareeba and onwards to the Atherton Tablelands. Stay overnight in Yungaburra and return to Cairns on the Gilles Highway.

Paronella Park by night

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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.


Tropical wedding Port Douglas is the perfect place for your tropical destination wedding, whether you are planning an elopement, small family wedding or a spectacular event. 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. ~ 30 ~

Four Mile Beach, 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.

WILDLIFE HABITAT Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas T 07 4099 3235 Port Douglas’ leading wildlife experience. Explore five natural habitats: Rainforest, Wetlands, Woodlands, Savannah and Nocturnal. Let your imagination soar as you cross the sky-high Birdseye Bridge, cuddle a koala, hand feed kangaroos and cassowaries. Be adventurous; climb the new multi- level Licuala tower, walk Croc Predator Plank, swim with saltwater crocs in “Croc Arena”- opening 2021. Curlew café open daily.

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.


Oak Beach, Port Douglas T 07 4098 5700

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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Relax in the tropics

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 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 fine-dining 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.

VILLA SAN MICHELE 39-41 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas T 07 4099 4088

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. •O ne-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. •T wo-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 – Executive Retreats



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.

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 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.


SANCTUARY STAYS Cnr Grant & Warner Streets, Port Douglas T 07 4222 1124 or 0424 593360

6/28 Wharf Street, Port Douglas T 07 4099 4789

Sanctuary Stays offer a great selection of accommodation for your stay in Port Douglas, ranging from luxury homes & villas, to affordable villas & apartments. Whether it is a weekend stay or an extended holiday we can provide you with the opportunity to relax in your own tropical paradise.

A premier choice of quality holiday homes, apartments, hotels and resort style villas in a range of locations from absolute beachfront to private hideaway.



70 Mowbray River Road, Port Douglas T 07 4098 5922

Situated between the Great Barrier Reef and ancient World Heritage rainforest, Port Douglas is a unique link to the diversity of Australia. Our beautifully landscaped BIG4 holiday park is only 7km from town. Relax, revive and experience the wonderful hospitality of Glengarry by staying in our cabins, villas, caravan sites or camping!

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Port Douglas T 07 4098 1418 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.

Salt Water Crocodile


“salties” inhabit the Daintree River. It is well-known for crocodile spotting and the chances of seeing them in the wild are very good throughout the year. The animals have become used to the boats so tour operators can get as close as 10 metres for the perfect photo opportunity.

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

The largest crocodiles seen in Australia are between five and six metres. The Daintree River has a population of about 70 adult crocodiles, the largest being the males at approximately five metres and the females at approximately 3.5 metres. In the past 30 years the Daintree has become well-known for its success in crocodile-spotting. There is nothing more exciting than seeing these wonderful animals in the wild. Tours are conducted in the conservation zone of the river, which means feeding the crocodiles is not allowed. Croc-spotting and wildlife river tours leave from various points along the river, including the ferry crossing and Daintree village.

Getting there Although it’s possible to visit the Daintree in a day, you will want to spend 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.

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 DISCOVERY CENTRE Daintree T 07 4098 9171 Visit this award-winning ecotourism attraction in the Daintree Rainforest, offering unrivalled views from the forest floor, up into the soaring heights of the treetops. Walk the 11 metre-high aerial walkway, climb the 23-metre high Canopy Tower, enter the Jurassic Forest with animatronic dinosaurs, discover the Bush Tucker Trail, Cassowary Circuit, interactive displays, and more. Audio guide in 8 languages and comprehensive interpretive guide book is included.

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

The Daintree River The Daintree River is one of the longest rivers on the Australian East Coast at 140 kilometres. It harbors 35 mangrove species and it’s lush swamp forest attracts rare and locally prolific bird life, frogs and insect species.


Fishing the Daintree River is an outstanding experience. There’s a huge diversity of species from the saltwater ecosystem at the river mouth, to the brackish water in the middle reaches and the freshwater in the upper parts. Cruise the Daintree River spotting wildlife while you get closer to nature. This is the best way of seeing and understanding the river’s ecosystem and wildlife. The Daintree River is the habitat of the estuarine or saltwater crocodile which are seen regularly on cruises. There are two species of crocodiles in Australia, the saltwater and freshwater species, but only the

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

Cape Tribulation

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.

Cape Tribulation is where you can position yourself between the tumbling rainforest of the Daintree and the glistening corals of the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Tribulation offers many activities, including bush walking, mountain biking, horse riding treks, diving and snorkelling, river cruises and even 4WD safaris. There’s also an opportunity to join a night tour to see nocturnal animals.


Australia’s richest diversity of flora and fauna is found in this region, so a guided tour will explain the intricacies of an ancient environment and introduce you to the likes of the Peppermint Stick Insect or the Boyd’s Forest Dragon.

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. 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.


Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation T 07 4098 0006 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

OCEAN SAFARI Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation T 07 4098 0006 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 a true local company, having been locally owned and operated for over 36 years - we are the pioneers of the Daintree Rainforest tour! As an advanced eco-certified tour operator, Billy Tea Safaris is a provider of world-class, small group experiences with unique itineraries to the Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation region as well as a unique tour to the Chillagoe Caves, Cairns’ only Outback full-day tour. Naturalist guides have over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of flora, fauna and both the European and ancient indigenous culture of the region. Custom made 4WD vehicles are unique and built to travel off the beaten track down exclusive backroads.

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ATHERTON TABLELANDS 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 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.

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, explore the fascinating world of crystals, enjoy a picnic at Hallorans Hill or learn about the Chinese history of the town. Nature-lovers and bird-watchers must check out

Millaa Millaa Lookout

Hasties Swamp, a seasonal wetland attracting a range of resident and migrant birds.

Yungaburra 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.

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 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.

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Millaa Millaa Falls

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.

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 a nd a high-quality art gallery.

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

Coffee, Chocolate and Cheese

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.

Visit local, working dairys and coffee farms and indulge in cheese, chocolate, coffee and other gourmet delights, take a tour or simply take in the views.

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.

CRYSTAL CAVES 69 Main Street, Atherton T 07 4091 2365 No visit to Atherton is complete without stopping at The Crystal Caves in main street. Visitors are offered an interactive tour of a truly unique museum. Rockhound Rene Boisseavain has built 300m2 of tunnels and grottos to house his collection of crystals and fossils. You can explore at leisure, see, touch and feel the ancient treasures of earth.

GALLO DAIRYLAND Atherton-Malanda Road T 07 4095 2388

Lake Barrine



933 Glen Allyn Road, Malanda T 07 4096 8328 Visit Australia’s Biggest Tea Plantation Sit back and enjoy your favourite cup of Nerada Tea in our Tea Rooms with our Devonshire Tea, freshly made scones, and delicious High Tea, not to be missed.

Gallo Dairyland provides visitors the unique opportunity to experience a working dairy farm, then indulge in the amazing Cheese and Chocolate products made on site. The Café/ Restaurant provides the perfect place to enjoy a few relaxed hours. Dining-In (Bookings Recommended).

Meet our Neighbours, there’s a family of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos living in the trees outside our Tea Rooms.

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Tyrconnell Gold Mine



Mareeba Heritage Museum

Chillagoe Caves




Explore ancient landscapes Discover the beauty of this ancient landscape. Under half an hour from Cairns you experience breathtaking landscapes, ancient rainforests, rugged gorges, savannah grasslands, crisp blue skies and clear nights.

Kuranda 30 minutes from Cairns

Mareeba 1 hour from Cairns

The village is in the midst of world heritage - listed ancient rainforest, cassowaries and waterfalls, lands with great significance for Indigenous communities for over 10,000 years. Travel by road, train or cableway and immerse yourself in natural therapies, rainforest walks and Australian wildlife. Talk to accredited Wet Tropics guides at the visitor information centre and pick up travel tips and maps. A hub of creative makers, find hand-crafted souvenirs, art, gifts and local designs.

Take a hot air balloon ride for panoramic views of the ranges and savannah. Take an exhilarating climb and swim at Emerald Creek Falls, and mountain bike through Davies Creek National Park. Begin your tour at the Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre for travel information and the area’s history and culture.

Mountain Biking

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Mount Mulligan Lodge

Mt Mulligan - Ngarrabullgan 2.5 hours from Cairns

Irvinebank & Watsonville - living historical villages 2 hours from Cairns

Ten times the size of Uluru, Mt. Mulligan’s 18 kilometre tabletop almost spiritually emerges from the surrounding savannah, dominating your drive towards it. On Australia’s National Heritage List for its cultural importance to Djungan people, at its base are the remains of the lives of significant mining towns, with gold prospectors still working the ridges.

The Herberton – Petford road will lead you to Irvinebank, nestled in the western slopes of the Great Divide, and the haunting remains of outback mining towns. Walk the streets and imagine the prosperity, now lined with preserved and heritage - listed buildings, and ask about the white swans. Visit the Loudoun House Museum, reputed to be the oldest still standing in North Queensland, with its collection of the area’s rich pioneering history.

Chillagoe 2.5 hours from Cairns Drive the ‘Wheelbarrow Way’ to Chillagoe, the tip of the dinosaur trail. Hear the story of the discovery of Dave the Elasmosaur that swam in the warm waters of the inland reef, now a cavernous limestone underworld cave system. Guided tours available.

Jumrun Creek Walk, Kuranda

My Molloy and Julatten 30 minutes from Port Douglas Close to Port Douglas, Mount Molloy and Julatten’s fame is with its bird life. Almost 300 species have been recorded within a 15 kilometre radius of the town. It is also the home of the Great Bowerbird.

Balancing Rock, Chillagoe

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Hot Air Ballooning, Mareeba


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.


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.



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


Barron Falls, Kuranda

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.

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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.

The Australian Bush Store is one of the oldest and most established businesses in Kuranda. Browse in this quaint Queenslander for souvenirs with a difference and clothing for men, women and children of all ages. Open 9.30am - 4.00pm 7 days.

7-11 Therwine Street, Kuranda T 0408 728 711

17 Therwine Street. Kuranda T 07 4093 8850




Come in for a meal, cold drink and relax at the Barron Falls Hotel. Watch the world go by in our tropical beer garden. Known as the “Top Pub” in Kuranda, they provide Bistro, TAB, Keno, Pokies and Drive through Bottle Shop.

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.

34 Coondoo Street, Kuranda T 07 4093 7203

Kennedy Highway, Kuranda T 07 4085 5008

Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 07 4093 7575




One of the largest collection of free-flying birds from Australian Natives and Exotics from around the world 350 in all. There are Macaws, Electus Parrots, Cheeky Cockatoos, Cassowaries and Gouldian Finches toname a few. Hand feeding and great Selfie opportunities. Free Wifi available. Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 07 4093 9188

This attraction allows you to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close. View Koalas have a Koala Patting or Python photo. Walkthrough our Nocturnal wonder to see Bilby’s, Squirrel & Mahogany Gliders. There are also Wombats, kangaroos and Quokkas to name a few. Free Wifi available

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.

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

Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda T 07 4093 9953

28 Coondoo Street, Kuranda T 07 4093 9939

SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest as you glide above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore at Red Peak and Barron Falls. Learn about this mystical landscape from a Skyrail Ranger and at the Rainforest Discovery Zone. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Barron Gorge and Falls from The Edge Lookout. Download the Skyrail Interpretive App & Audio guide to unlock the secrets of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest

Arara Street, Kuranda T 07 4038 5555

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Outback, art and caves 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.



Discover the astounding beauty of these limestone caves in Mungana Caves National Park. In the cool darkness of this underground world, an informative Park Ranger will guide you around steel walkways to point out exquisite cave features, spectacularly lit by spotlights.

Step into the past when you explore the heritage site

Natural Wonders & Aboriginal Art

Learn about the colourful mining history of this region

Walk to Balancing Rock to capture a selfie in front of the impressive limestone outcrop or discover Aboriginal rock art shelters at Mungana or Wullumba.

of Chillagoe Smelters. Gaze at picturesque relics of the state’s mining and industrial heritage dating back to the 1890s.

as you explore walking tracks. At the end of the day enjoy a magnificent outback sunset from your vantage point over the surrounding limestone landscape.

CHILLAGOE-MUNGANA CAVE TOURS Chillagoe Hub Information Centre 21-23 Queen Street, Chillagoe T 07 4094 7111

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


boasts a winery, a beachfront pub, a cafe, a post office, petrol station and general store.

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.

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.

Bramston Beach Bramston Beach is a 45 minute drive south of Cairns. To reach this quiet and unspoiled beach, turn left at Mirriwinni, a small township on the Bruce Highway.


Mission Beach This quiet stretch of the tropical North Queensland coast is the closest point to the Great Barrier Reef on the mainland. Flanked by lush rainforest, the dreamy beachside enclave of Mission Beach is at its heart. Mission Beach is uncommercialised and full of genuine locals who will let you into their secret swimming holes, or have a chat in one of the local bars.

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

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

Ponytail Falls, Tully River

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 world-renowned 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 and active activities and experiences.

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Dart Reef Flying Fish Point

Howie Reef


Flinders Reefs

Etty Bay

Cowley Beach

Eddy Reef

Kurrimine Beach Bingil Bay


Mission Beach

Beaver Cay

Taylor Reef

Dunk Island

Hull Heads



Family Group of Islands


Garden Island

Otter Reef

Goold Island

Cardwell T HE G R


Hinchinbrook Island National Park



Britomart Reef Trunk Reef

Myrmidon Reef


Orpheus Island

A unique feature of the Tropical Coast is the opportunity to stay in caravan and camping grounds with ocean, river and rainforest views. Cassowary Coast Regional Council owns and runs several Keeper Reef caravan parks and camping grounds in the region. There are several privately owned caravan parks and national park Wheeler Reef camping locations. Paluma Curacao Island

Fantome Island

Great Palm Island





Havannah Island



Balgal Beach


Campers and caravaners are welcome to stay for up to four weeks in each camping area except HullDavies Heads Reef where the Rattlesnake Island

Acheron Island


Herald Island

longest stay is four nights. Please register on arrival. There are no forward bookings except for Garden Island which must be booked before arrival. Dogs are welcome at most of these camping spots but need to be kept on a lead, no dogs permitted on Garden Island, Dunk Island or Etty Bay. • Kurrimine Beach – on the beachfront. Ph 07 4065 6166 • Bingil Bay – on the beachfront at the northern end of Bingil Bay Beach, which is north of Mission Beach. • Hull Heads – river frontage a stone's throw from the beach.

Magnetic Island


T 07 4068 2288

Stay and play on the Cassowary Coast in caravan and camping locations with ocean, river, or rainforest views! Surrounded by the World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforest you can find a number of Queensland National Parks well positioned to make the most of the natural attractions. Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef marine park discover a number of island camping options just off the coast, including Hinchinbrook Island, Dunk Island, Wheeler & Coombe Island’s, Garden & Gould Island’s, Stephens & Kent island’s. With a variety of camping styles available to you from basic adventure camping through to full service caravan parks the choice is yours. You can always ‘ask a local’ for tips – just call into one of our accredited Visitor Information Centres for local insights, camping locations, how to get there, and to make bookings. We have a list of ‘102 Things To Do’ ready and waiting for you! Innisfail Information Van; ANZAC Park Glady Street Innisfail T 0428 228 962 Tully Visitor & Heritage Centre; Bruce Highway Tully T 07 4068 2288 Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre; 55 Porters Promenade Mission Beach T 07 4068 7099 Cardwell Visitor & Heritage Centre; 53 Victoria Street Cardwell T 07 4066 2412

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View to Dunk Island

• Etty Bay – beachfront south of Innisfail with a rainforest backdrop. Ph 07 4063 2314

• Garden Island – Island transfers are available from Cardwell. Council also owns caravan parks and camping grounds that are privately leased and operated:

• Mission Beach Camping and Caravan Park – beachfront. Ph. 07 4210 6078

• River Drive – in Innisfail with Johnstone River frontage. Reopens March 21.

• Dunk Island – forms part of the Family Islands National Park. Camping permits and boat transfers can both be arranged through Mission Beach Water Taxi Ph 07 4068 8310

• Cowley Beach Caravan Park – beachfront. Ph 07 4065 4806 • Flying Fish Point – beachfront road with a rainforest backdrop. Ph. 07 4061 3131

KURRIMINE BEACH HOLIDAY PARK Kurrimine Beach T 07 4065 6166

Welcome to the award winning Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park, this is a family owned and operated park where you are always guaranteed a very warm welcome. Guests are travellers and holidaymakers who appreciate the village atmosphere that only a small holiday park offers. The park facilities include airconditioned cabins, powered sites, huge pool and waterpark, large playground, pool deck café and bar, large camp kitchen, ideal for families and Nomads. They also provide high quality service, cleanliness and excellent value for money. Kurrimine Beach is an unspoilt tropical holiday destination. The spirit and hospitality of old North Queensland is still alive in this picturesque fishing hamlet. The quiet, long, beach alongside King Reef is the main attraction and it’s here that you can see Manta Rays trawling the beach shallows and turtles coming in to nest. Pick up a fresh coconut from the palm trees that line the beach or for the more adventurous go in search of the famous King Reef Painted Cray Fish. Walk out to King Reef on selected extreme low tide times only between April and September 2021, on this free self walk you will see large red star fish in quantities, sea enchants, sea cucumbers, large clams, its a great experience. The small village boasts a winery, beachfront pub, cafe, post office, petrol station and a general store. When you are driving to this unspoilt destination take your time, turn off the highway and drive down our road, you’ll be glad you did… and explore what Kurrimine Beach has to offer.

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Mission Beach


Reef. Many people come to experience the peace and quiet, relax and do nothing much. It’s that kind of place. Whatever experience you seek, it’s all here.

Tranquil Mission Beach is where you will find beautiful sandy beaches lined with coconut palms and tropical islands close enough to paddle to. This picturesque 14km length of coastline comprises the four villages of South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, Mission Beach and Bingil Bay.. Accommodation choices are many: from backpacker hostels to caravan parks by the beach, to B&Bs, motels and resorts. There’s also a diverse range of self-contained rental properties from beachfront houses and quaint cottages to rainforest hideaways on a scale ranging from budget to indulgent. It’s a popular base for exploring the surrounding World Heritagelisted Wet Tropics rainforest, quiet beaches and the Great Barrier

MISSION BEACH DIVE 71 Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach T 07 4068 8240 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. The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of beautiful Mission Beach is pristine and untouched with no other boats in sight. With Beaver Cay as your backdrop, come and immerse yourself in this incredible underwater playground.

When you do want to get active you can fill your days exploring gentle eco-friendly options or extreme experiences for adrenalin seekers. The list is dynamic: explore the walks, sky-dive the beach, bird watch (big and little birds!), kayak the Coral Sea, go mountain biking, take in Indigenous culture, fish the big and small offerings from a local estuary or the untouched Great Barrier Reef minus the crowds! Maybe you’ll just charter something: a helicopter, jet ski, rental car, paddle board, bike, tinnie or a local expert. There are all sorts of boating options whether you prefer fishing, sailing, diving or an adventure and island picnic trip. Stay the night on a Great Barrier Reef island or take a day trip just to snorkel and swim. The water taxi and other charters can take you to the famous Dunk Island National Park and nearby is the exclusive eco-resort of Bedarra Island. If it’s total relaxation, pampering or wedding preparations you are after, the villages offer beauty and massage services. There is an array of dining options scattered in each village from take-aways, cafes and coffee shops to gourmet bistros and restaurants.

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.

Island Hopping Mission Beach is also the perfect base to do some island hopping to nearby Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook Islands.

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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.

Southern Cassowary

MISSION BEACH WATER TAXI 71 Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach T 07 4068 8310

Transfers available daily to one of Australia’s most beautiful tropical island destinations, Dunk Island. Simply a short 10 minute ride in their fully enclosed 10 metre vessel, over the azure blue waters of the Coral Sea and you can sink your feet into the sand and enjoy this remarkable island for the day. Renowned the world over as a unique tropical rainforest island, Dunk Island offers the day visitor beautiful walking tracks, breathtaking scenery, stunning views, great snorkelling and excellent camping facilities.

3 Hour Island Cruise only $60

​ lso on offer is Fozzy’s 3 hour, 3 Island Tour which meanders A past three of the Family Group including famous Bedarra with onboard commentary and a swim on a private secluded beach. Three hours of fun and relaxation whilst enjoying a bit of history for which these islands are famous.

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Picturesque Cardwell Spa Pool

TROPICAL COASTING 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.

more challenging inclines, popular walking tracks include Bicton Hill, Licuala Fan Palm Walk, Edmund Kennedy walking track, Lacey’s Creek, Musgrave Track and several trails on Dunk Island.

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

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.

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TROPICAL COAST TOURISM PO Box 50 Mission Beach Qld 4852

Explore Natural Wonders


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 and reef fishing. 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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history, adventure & culture Cooktown is a beautiful, unspoilt, small historic coastal town surrounded by stunning countryside. It is also Australia’s closest town to the Great Barrier Reef. 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


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.


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 Trevathan Falls

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Coloured Sands, Elim Beach, Hope Vale

Cooktown is one of Queensland's hidden gems - a beautiful, unspoilt coastal town, and one of Australia's most historically significant townships. This is where Lt James Cook found safe haven in 1770 to repair his ship, the "HM Bark Endeavour", and where the First Reconciliation took place between Europeans and the Guugu Yimithirr people. A century later, Cook's Town was built on the banks of the river where that historic meeting took place. A bustling new port and community grew from a ramshackle tent city to service the mining camps of Queensland's largest gold rush on the Palmer River. The gold soon disappeared, but Cooktown hung

on, surviving economic decline and two devastating cyclones, to emerge as one of Tropical North Queensland's best kept secrets. Today Cooktown has a population of 2,300, and the town is growing again as word spreads of its beautiful location and the friendliness of its people. With the completion of the Mulligan Highway in 2006, the town is now easily accessible by a fully sealed road and air, yet its remote location, stunning landscapes and laid-back lifestyle give it a distinctly frontier feel - the very essence of Australia!

EXPLORE COOKTOWN Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre Walker Street, Cooktown T 07 4069 6004.

Surrounded by nature, with unspoilt country-side on one side and the majestic Great Barrier Reef on the other, Cooktown is a small historic coastal town and one of Queensland’s true hidden gems. The region is known for its diverse landscapes, pristine environment, unique history and Aboriginal culture. Cooktown has also earnt its reputation as a world-class fishing destination, offering fishing enthusiasts a variety of sport and recreational fishing amongst some of tropical north Queensland’s most spectacular locations. The idyllic surrounds, sensational sunsets, and relaxed country-town vibe offer spectators, bystanders and anyone else “along for the ride,” an experience to remember. Every month is a great month to visit, with a fully sealed highway from Cairns to Cooktown for the driving enthusiasts or a 45 min scenic flight for those who prefer air travel, making Cooktown accessible all year round. 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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Where the Outback Meets the Sea To native Australians, the Gulf Savannah’s secrets and riches have been a boon for thousands of years. This a A vast untouched region stretching from the east coast right across the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Gulf Savannah is dotted with geological wonders, historic mining towns and legendary fishing spots.

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.

Normanton Established on the Norman River by William Landsborough, Normanton was the port for the Croydon Gold Rush and is a terminus of the

Krys the Savannah King. Replica of a giant 8.6m estuarine (saltwater) crocodile, Normanton

Normanton Railway Station - whose Victorian architecture has been preserved. Some 30 kilometres to the south-west of Normanton is camp 119, Burke and Wills' most northerly camp. The wetlands between Normanton and Karumba are also excellent for birdwatching, particularly just after the wet season. Normanton is 680 kilometres west of Cairns, and 500 kilometres north of Mount Isa.

Gulflander and Savannahlander 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.

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Fresh Seafood, Karumba

Sunset, The Anchorage Bar & Café, Karumba

The Gulf Savannah is a vast, rugged land where natural attractions and extraordinary beauty including spectacular gorges and lava tubes are in stark contrast to the wide, open spaces. Friendly characters and historic towns showcase the outback’s rich pioneering heritage and offer a true Australian adventure. Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of explorers in a 4WD vehicle, join a luxury coach tour to explore underground marvels, jump aboard a rail adventure through cattle lands and country towns or swoop in from the air to remote eco-resorts, there’s an Outback adventure sure to appeal.


World Heritage fossil fields, wetlands abounding with wildlife, mining relics, limestone caves and hot springs are all part of the region’s enormous diversity. Crack a whip at a working cattle station, fossick for gemstones, canoe beneath rugged sandstone cliffs, boil the billy on a campfire or watch the dance of the jabiru. Relax with a cold drink at an historic hotel, discover a complete rainforest ecosystem hidden in a lava tube, be mesmerised by opera in a spectacular natural setting or hook a giant barramundi in a mighty river.

THE ANCHORAGE BAR & CAFÉ 26 Palmer Street Karumba T 07 4745 9599 Experience spectacular Gulf of Carpentaria Sunsets from The Anchorage Bar & Café located on the beachfront at the End of the Road Motel. They specialise in personalised service, mouth watering seafood and Tapas Bar. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Tapas, Pizzas, Share Platters & Local Seafood. They also cater for Special Events.

92 Landsborough Street, Normanton T 07 4745 1324 The Purple Pub Normanton Qld

Normanton is a genuinely delightful town with an excess of old world charm. It started life as a port for the Gulf of Carpentaria's cattle industry and grew in importance with the discovery of gold at Croydon in 1885. Today it is primarily driven by tourism with the Purple Pub and a number of interesting historic buildings making it a convenient stopover for bus tours heading for Karumba - backpackers and grey nomads making their way around Australia.

END OF THE ROAD MOTEL 26 Palmer Street Karumba T 07 4745 9599 Multi award winning Motel, the only absolute beach front holiday accommodation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Situated at Karumba Point next to the famous Sunset Tavern overlooking the Gulf, on the mouth of the Norman River. Relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, indulge in platters of local prawns, crabs and a glass of wine.

The Purple Pub was established in the early 1900s. The west wing was previously the Exchange Hotel in Croydon and was relocated here. Originally painted a light mauve in 1968, then a few shades darker in 1975, it gained its current purple in 1979, and now attracts tourists from all over. It’s one of the most photographed buildings in town. The famous Purple Pub is located in the main street of Normanton. It provides cold beer and a delicious extensive menu for lunch or dinner, with accommodation, drive in bottleshop, pokies, keno and TAB.

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Planning a trip to the Tip? Experience the rugged beauty of Cape York, Australia’s last wild frontier and gateway to the exotic Torres Strait Islands. 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. eady to tackle one of Australia’s most remote landscapes, Cape York? Just you, a car and 1,200km of untamed, World Heritage-listed, 180 million year-old rugged rainforest beauty.

Indigenous Culture


This region is home to ancient indigenous rock art, with the Quinkan Rock Art Galleries now on the National Heritage List. Visit one of the indigenous art centres at Cooktown, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw or Mapoon to gain a greater appreciated of this ancient culture.

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

Best time to go The best time to embark on an adventure to Cape York is during the cooler months and June through to October provide ideal conditions. Try any other time of year and you might just find the roads closed and flooded in. You can expect busier roads during school holidays – but don’t worry, you won’t find a traffic jam. Only about 60,000 visitors each year make the trip to the top.

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.

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.

The Tip, Cape York Peninsula

Getting there Sealed roads allow all-weather access to both Cooktown and Laura. Flights are also available from Cairns to most towns in the Cape York Peninsula.

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NATIONAL PARKS Wooroonooran National Park 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

Emerald Creek Falls, Dinden West Forest Reserve. Source Greg Watson

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 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. 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.

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Where rainforest meets the reef

Port Douglas & the Daintree, where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, hits the perfect balance between vibrant sophistication and a relaxed seaside village making it the ideal location for your next indulgent getaway. Just head north and you will find Paradise!