Cairns, Queensland & The Tropical North

why you should visit Queensland

  • Experience the ultimate underwater world on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Stay on an idyllic remote island fringed by coral reefs and white sandy beaches
  • Swim in crystal clear streams on a river snorkelling safari
  • Explore the 135 million-year-old Daintree rainforest
  • Charter a yacht or take a seaplane or helicopter for a view of the Whitsundays


Head north of Cairns and visit Cooktown, the heartland of aboriginal culture. This region is known as where the reef meets the rainforest, and by exploring with a local guide such as the charismatic Willie Gordon, the aboriginal legends that are synonymous with Cooktown are brought vividly to life.


Queensland is home to some of the world’s most treasured natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest, this region boasts beautiful beaches, perfect islands and tropical rainforests.

Visit The Whitsundays, made up of 74 beautiful tropical islands located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Only a handful of the 74 islands have resorts on them, and most are beautiful, tropical deserted islands which make a fabulous option for a boating holiday.

Further north, the tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef. Port Douglas is a relaxed and sophisticated town and the perfect base from which to explore two World Heritage Listed areas - the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The town boasts a beautiful beach, some of Australia’s best restaurants and a good selection of accommodation.

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site extending 2,600 kilometres along Australia’s east coast. The Reef's diversity reflects the maturity of the ecosystem, which has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. It is the world's most extensive coral reef system and is one of the planet's richest areas in terms of faunal diversity containing 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, and 4,000 types of mollusc.

The reef is also the habitat of whales, dolphins, dugongs, large turtles, a variety of harmless sharks and it is an important habitat for seabirds, shore and land birds.


Queensland is divided into a subtropical region in the south, and a tropical region in the north, where the wet season (throughout summer) can be quite humid and hot, while the dry season (throughout winter) is quite dry and mild. Overall it is best visited from April to October. Outside of this time, it is okay to travel, however in Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef Islands it will be hot and humid with the chance of rain.

Between about November and March, Tropical North Queensland is home to marine stingers or jellyfish. At this time swimming from mainland beaches and the islands inside the Reef is not recommended. If you are swimming from a boat or an outer Reef island such as Lizard Island an encounter with a jellyfish is extremely unlikely. However, for safety and to protect against sunburn, it is recommended you wear a stinger suit.

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