30 incredible things to do in Tropical North Queensland
We’re not short of a natural wonder or two here in Queensland. In fact, we’re proud to admit that a cluster of the country’s most famed assets call the Sunshine State home, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Wet Tropics, where the Daintree Rainforest resides.
It’s up top in Tropical North Queensland that you’ll come across a concentration of these UNESCO World Heritage sites, where thriving cities like Cairns and Port Douglas mingle with pristine coastline and lush jungle. It’s a place that begs to be explored, so summon your sense of adventure, and follow us through the remarkable beauty of TNQ. We’ve come armed with a list of the top 30 activities to enjoy while you’re here.
4. Greet the sunrise from Mount Cook summit, where your three-kilometre hike uphill is rewarded with sweeping views of the Great Barrier Reef.
7. Get up close and personal with the endearing local bat population with a trip to Bat Hospital Visitor Centre in Atherton.
9. Treat yourself to a luxury getaway in idyllic Palm Cove, where crystal waters and white sands lined with palm trees await you.
10. Beach-hop your way up the coastline, following our guide to the most beautiful beaches along the way.
12. Sleep under the stars at Cape Tribulation. Before jumping in your swag, take in the famed sunset from the beach.
14. Delve underground, traversing the oldest and best-preserved lava tube systems in the world at Undara Experience.
16. Gaze at the spectacular limestone caves in Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. The historically significant mining site is also home to small galleries of Aboriginal rock art.
20. Keep an eye out for the endangered southern cassowary at Djiru National Park, protecting some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in the Wet Tropics.
21. Treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence; rent private Haggerstone Island for the night, the exclusive waterborne retreat nestled off Cairns.
22. Pack a picnic and spend the day gazing at Big Millstream Falls, is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia.
23. Splash about in the serene blue waters of Lake Eacham, a crater lake formed by volcanic explosions.
24. Traverse the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world at 180 million years. Walk amongst its ancient treetops at the Daintree Discovery Centre, perusing the canopy from a 23m high tower.
26. Get a history lesson at Quinkan Reserves Ancient Rock Art in Laura, where the prehistoric rock paintings have been listed by UNESCO as one of the top ten rock art sites in the world.
29. Wander through the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, dubbed the country’s largest butterfly aviary and exhibit, gazing at its 1,500 tropical butterflies.