Queensland is a vast and diverse state and nowhere is this more evident than in its tropical north. The region extends from Cairns in the south to Cooktown and beyond in the far north and inland across the Atherton Tablelands to the Gulf Savannah region. From its drenched floodplains to its pristine beaches, volcanic landscapes, lush plantations and the unique wonder where the rainforest meets the Reef – Tropical North Queensland is a version of paradise you never imagined possible.
The region’s greatest assets are its natural attractions and millions of visitors arrive every year to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Great Barrier Reef and the wet tropical rainforests. We all wind down differently and there is plenty on offer for all – from the nature lover to the adrenaline junkie. Adventure comes with the territory in Far North Queensland with all those crocodiles needing to be fed, plus the rapids to ride and vast blue skies to dive into. Or maybe you just want to snorkel the Reef, cycle the coast or watch turtles lay their eggs in the sand.
Although the region is a Mecca for tourists, community life thrives and you are only ever a stone’s throw from a local market or festival. The creative spirit is alive and well in this part of the world, and locally made arts, crafts, fashion and food are yours for the asking. From the swanky boutiques of Palm Cove and Port Douglas to the vibrant community markets of Kuranda and Eumundi there are bargains and treasures to be found, no matter what your taste or budget.
Leave your expectations behind and be prepared to be swept away by Tropical North Queensland’s incredible beauty and diversity. You may only stay a short while, but the memories will last a lifetime.