Coconuts by the pool

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aerial of Crocodile Bloomfield River
Tropical North Queensland
Everything you need to know about crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland

They say to never smile at a crocodile, but there’s plenty more to know about this ancient reptile species before you set foot in Tropical North Queensland.

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Tropical North Queensland
Everything you need to know about cassowaries

There’s plenty of reasons to visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef in summer – balmy weather, crystal clear reef visibility and pumping waterfalls – but what you might not know is it’s also the best time of year to spot Australia’s living dinosaurs and their chicks, cassowaries.

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cairns esplanade
Cairns & Northern Beaches
16 things to do your first time in Cairns

If ever the statement “so much to do, so little time” rang true of a destination, Cairns would be it. With the Great Barrier Reef in its front yard and the Wet Tropics rainforest out the back, aside from your bathers, time is the best thing you can pack for a visit to Tropical North Queensland. If it’s your first time in the North Queensland capital, start with these 16 things to do in Cairns.

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Cardwell Spa Pool
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Everything you need to know about the Cardwell Spa Pool

Cardwell Spa Pool is a naturally-fed, seasonal creek that shot to stardom on social media in 2016. Ever since, people have been adding it to their holiday itinerary but there are a few things you might not know about this idyllic swimming spot.

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Emerald Creek Falls
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 Drive
Tropical North Queensland
Mini road trips in Tropical North Queensland

Discover local specialties and hidden gems on a mini road trip through Tropical North Queensland with these one day wonders. Here are eight itineraries to get you out and about.

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accessible travel cairns palm cove
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Accessible Travel in Cairns & Palm Cove

As a region, Tropical North Queensland offers an array of experiences that will engage your senses and immerse you in its natural wonders. From the rainforest to the reef, you’re sure to find an abundance of accessible adventures for all tastes.

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Recent posts

Welcome to a new month, we know you might be getting back into the 'swing' of things but a trip to #CowBay never goes astray 😉🌴

Do you know how this spot got its name? 🤔

📸 @thegreenertwo #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Happy National Tree Day, here's a big tree in the @athertontablelands 🌴

📸 @timeflees #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Feeling hungry? Make your way to @moku_cairns and fill up on a mouthwatering buffet breakfast by the pool 🥐🍳 If breakfast isn’t your preferred meal of the day, you can also enjoy lunch or dinner while you explore the resort 🌴 If you haven’t already booked your stay, what are you waiting for?! 🍹🌺

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: table with breakfast in the foreground, including eggs, pancakes, fruit and coffee. In the background is the Novotel resort and pool]
When Sam Sparro said fish were going to grow legs and start walking, we didn't realise this is what he meant... 😝🐠

📸 @phlipvids on board @reefmagiccairns 

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
Found only in Cape York and parts of New Guinea the palm cockatoo is a unique cousin of the white cockatoos we’re all used to seeing around @tropicalnorthqueensland 🦜🌴 Did you know that Palm Cockatoos are one of the few bird species known to use tools? 🛠 These birds have a very interesting territorial display, banging a stick or seed pod against trees like a drum! 🥁

📸 #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: Black cockatoo approaching the ground with it’s feet stretched out and wings in the air. It is landing on brown dirt, surrounded by green grass]
Just off the stunning shores of @cassowarycoastaustralia, #DunkIsland is known as  Coonanglebah – “The Island of Peace and Plenty” by the local Bandjin & Djiru Aboriginal peoples 👣🐚 And with a treasure trove of secluded beaches, the island really lives up to its name 🌺🏝 Try breathtaking walking trails, snorkelling and more when you visit the incredible Dunk Island 🤿

📸 @outbackosteos #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: aerial of two people walking along the beach with golden sands, blue water and bright green palm trees. There are forest-clad mountain ranges visible in the distance]
It doesn’t get much better than this 🤩

Discover the coloured sand cliffs at #ElimBeach, the stretch of seaside which hugs the coastline northeast of Cooktown 🏝 This beach is popular with families travelling with a 4WD for good reason – once you get there you can climb up the sand dunes and scoot down on a homemade sandboard, with views of the Great Barrier Reef the whole time 🏄 Kick back on Elim Beach’s squeaky white sand or walk along the coloured sands and see how many different hues you can count 🙌

📸 @heightened_vision #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

[ID: 4WD with trailer loading boat into the water at Elim Beach, Cape York. The sand is bright orange and the water is a vibrant blue/green]

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