North Queensland is a diverse region offering a wide range of activities and attractions from the unique wildlife of the Atherton Tablelands to the cosmopolitan entertainment of Cairns, the picturesque Northern Beaches, the lifestyle and atmosphere of Port Douglas, the amazing landscapes of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, the remote Outback and Gulf Savannah and the wilds of Cape York and Cooktown.
The cosmopolitan beachside holiday destination of Cairns offers a modern range of facilities and activities in the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Islands and Tropical North Queensland. The Esplanade offers a hub of activity while casino and civic centre offer plenty of entertainment. There are a number of markets including the famous night markets as well as the botanic gardens.
The Cairns Northern Beaches are an attraction in their own right with 26km of stunning coastline stretching north of the city. Encompassing Holloways, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity, Kewarra, Clifton, Palm Cove and Ellis Beaches, the uncrowded beaches, water sports and mountainous rainforest offer plenty of things to see and do. There are also a number of other local attractions including a golf course and opal mine.
Port Douglas is a picturesque seaside village with a laid back atmosphere and offers a charming holiday destination home to stunning 4 Mile Beach, a world class range of shopping and restaurants, art galleries, markets, tours of the sugar mill, scenic Flagstaff Hill and the cosmopolitan area of The Reef Marina. Port Douglas Marina is also a popular starting point for many Great Barrier Reef tours.
The wet tropics of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation offer an amazing natural experience with pristine World Heritage listed rainforest, the mighty Daintree River and the only place the beach meets the rainforest. Aside from the natural attractions you can go horse riding, cruise the river and spot wildlife, visit the local art galleries and enjoy a unique eco-experience at the environmental centre.
One of the last wilderness frontiers in the world, Cooktown and the Cape York Peninsula offer a largely unpopulated landmass home to an abundance of wildlife. Characterised by rugged mountains, rainforest, woodlands, swamps and rivers there are a range of natural attractions and activities including Black Mountain, the cemetery and Chinese shrine, museum, bicentennial park, the Grassy Hill walking trail, Aboriginal Rock and the outback pub Lion's Den.
Boasting an amazing natural environment, many of Mission Beach's most popular attractions make the most of the wonderful surrounds including walks through the rainforest, 4WDing, sailing, white water rafting, sky diving, scenic helicopter flights and much more. Mission Beach is also the gateway to the best that tropical North Queensland has to offer including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.