Unique Nature

Nature is at the heart of Tropical North Queensland. From a “great” reef to ancient rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls and endemic wildlife.

Marvel over natural beauty, connect with your surroundings, recharge and reground.

Tropical North Queensland is where two of the most biodiverse places on the planet collide in a spectacular natural fusion. From connecting with rainforests that are 50 million years older than the Amazon to exploring a vivid tapestry of sunken coral gardens, it’s a place where you can explore nature at your own pace.


Dunk Island

The Heart of Everything

Discover the coral reefs and misty rainforest clad mountain tops rich with plant and animal species not seen anywhere else on Earth.

Take a breath – it’s time to connect with your surroundings and explore the unique nature of Tropical North Queensland.

Discover the residents of the rainforest

A spectacular sunken garden

The grounding feeling when swimming in one of the world’s seven natural wonders is something you’ll have to experience to believe. Dive into the big blue, home to minke whales and manta rays, sea turtles and seahorses, giant clams and tiny clownfish, not to mention vividly coloured coral gardens. Swim. Snorkel. Marvel. Repeat.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef

Aerial of Rainforest

From the age of the dinosaurs

In Australia’s Tropical North, there’s a tiny pocket of tropical rainforest that’s survived for millions of years, from the time dinosaurs wandered the Earth. It’s quite unlike any other place on the planet. Discover the rare plants, birds and animals that call this extraordinary World Heritage landscape home.

Glide above the canopy on a cableway or zip-line, swim in pristine swimming holes or wander trails through the rainforest. Keep a lookout for cassowary and tree kangaroos when you can.

The world’s oldest tropical rainforest


More inspiration to help you recharge, reground and connect with nature in Tropical North Queensland.

Daintree Discovery Centre
Tropical North Queensland
The Wet Tropics’ Famous Five Precincts and a guide to exploring them

If you’re looking to connect with nature and discover a rainforest that’s the oldest, longest and largest in Australia, go behind the foliage with this guide to the five precincts of the Wet Tropics.

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Dreamy sand cays you must visit on the Great Barrier Reef

We’ve all seen those gorgeous wisps of whiteness poking out from an azure sea on Great Barrier Reef. But what are they? More importantly, where are they? And how can we get a piece of sand cay action? I’m here to reveal all.

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Tropical North Queensland
The Ultimate ‘Only in Tropical North Queensland’ guide

It might be a well-known fact that Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage sites collide, but there’s more first and only’s to this destination than its reef and rainforest.

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Tropical North Queensland
20 waterfalls near Cairns

Mighty mountain ranges and Wet Tropics Rainforest create the optimum environment for a myriad of extraordinary waterfalls. Fall in love with these 20 waterfall wonderlands only a short drive from Cairns.

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Great Barrier Reef
Swim with dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the only place in the world that you can swim with dwarf minke whales: an experience so exclusive it only happens for two months of the year and only in Tropical North Queensland.

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Beginners guide to rainforest evolution

The creation story of this ancient place isn’t simple, so here’s the abbreviated version of how the rainforest began some 200 million years ago.

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A wildlife warrior’s 3 day guide to the tropics

Love animals? Love nature? Love khaki? If you answered yes, this guide has your name written all over it, and we’re calling you a wildlife warrior from now on. Trek to the tropics for three days of nature in the north with this itinerary.

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Great Barrier Reef
25 Fun facts about the Great Barrier Reef

As you’d expect from one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is home to some weird, wonderful and just plain loveable creatures. Here’s 25 fun Great Barrier Reef facts about a marine world larger than Italy.

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Great Barrier Reef
All you need to know about the coral spawning

Strap on your mask and snorkel or tank for the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest event of the year – the beautiful and mysterious mass coral spawning.

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Tropical North Queensland
10 Things you didn’t know about the Wet Tropics Rainforest

Get to know our famous forest, which spans 8940 square-kilometers and covers more ground than Samoa, Luxemburg and Puerto Rico, with this list of 10 things you didn’t know about the Wet Tropics.

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Tropical North Queensland
Jewel of the tropics

North Queensland’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a landscape of astonishing beauty and biodiversity. Immerse yourself in this national treasure, the oldest tropical rainforest on earth.

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