Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

What are five of the best Tropical North Queensland experiences you don't want to miss?

Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on Earth”, Tropical North Queensland is known as one of the most aspiring natural destinations on the planet. This is why we have lots of luxury holiday homes for rent in Queensland. Queensland is a destination of endless natural attractions, located in some of the most beautiful bucket list locations imaginable. It is the only place in the world where the Great Barrier Reef meets the world’s oldest rainforest and greets the Australian Outback. The Far North Queensland coastline is one of the most enchanting landscapes, while its hinterland is a table of lush greenery dotted with waterfalls, swimming holes, farm gates, food and wine trails and some of the best coffee in the country.

Here we have summed up FIVE of the best tropical North Queensland experiences that you don’t want to miss…

Firstly, it goes without saying, traditions have been an important component of human societies since the dawn of time. Learning about a new culture allows you to have meaningful interactions with those around you while building understanding and respect for the traditional owners. Far North Queensland, encourages connections with the land and the world’s oldest living culture where many Aboriginal tribal groups have inhabited the region for the past sixty-thousand years. Far North Queensland offers unique experiences set in a world of ancient culture, delivered by passionate locals.

There is a good chance your bucket list includes one of the natural wonders of the world. The Great Barrier Reef is a diverse marine wonderland and is the largest living structure on earth. Comprised of beautiful coral reefs, tropical islands and sandy corals cays, this is home to thousands of marine species. Cairns and Port Douglas offer an array of renowned Great Barrier Reef tours that cater for all types of travel groups.

Thirdly, you will want to explore World Heritage Rainforest, the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. The Daintree and Cape Tribulation are a living and breathing biodiverse landscape, where you will find flora and fauna over 100 million years in the making. Here you can experience a spectacular diversity of wildlife and there is a good chance that you will come face to face with a modern-day living dinosaur - the Cassowary. A variety of award-winning rainforest tours are on offer here.   

With so many renowned natural attractions, the regions food bowl amongst the rolling green hills of the Atherton Tablelands can sometimes be missed by visitors. However, from a local experts point of advice spending a day swimming under towering waterfalls, such as Wallaman Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia is a must do! This remarkable area can be explored as a self-driver or by tour.

Lastly, we suggest heading inland where you will discover a whole other world in the Gulf Savannah. This wonderful region is home to the famous Chillagoe limestone caves and smelters, rich in natural and cultural heritage. The smelters are an excellent demonstration of the technology of mineral’s including copper, silver, lead and gold, smelting at the turn of the 20th century. The spectacular limestone caves showcase small galleries of Aboriginal rock art, jagged limestone outcrops and is a historically significant mining site. Just south of Chillagoe sits the extraordinary Undara, the oldest and best-preserved lava tube system on Earth. Imagine pristine wilderness landscapes possessing of Lava Tubes, wildlife at sunset and campfire evenings.

Known for its breath taking natural beauty, the entire region is an adventures tropical jackpot and makes for a once in a lifetime visit. Far North Queensland is a must see!