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Must-See Attractions in Tropical North Queensland

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published November 18th 2019
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Tropical North Queensland is home to many incredible things to do, see, discover and experience.

With natural blockbusters like the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Topics Rainforest, Waterfalls, as well as the many other beauty and places of interest, Tropical North Queensland attractions need to be ticked-off the bucket list!

Tropical North Queensland is never short of things to do, and if you are looking for some inspiration, check the list out below for the ultimate must-see attractions.

Admiring the beauty at Davis Creek Falls


1. The Great Barrier Reef & Ocean Attractions
The Great Barrier Reef offers unforgettable moments at sea. As temptations go, it is hard to go past Tropical North Queensland's unique offerings: The world's most extraordinary reef!

The World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef is home to an array of snorkeling and scuba diving experiences, marine life spotting including colourful coral gardens and bommies. Non-swimmers can enjoy glass-bottomed boats and for the thrillseekers helmet diving experiences.

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Follow me...enjoying the marine life at the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef


2. Adventure & Adrenaline Attractions
Tropical North Queensland is Australia's adventure capital! Attractions include Skydiving, Bungy Jumping, Jungle Surfing, Para-sailing, raft rapids, jet boating, heli-fishing, stand-up paddleboard, quad biking, helicopter rides, and horseback riding.

Hot-air balloon rides, gliding through treetops, and more thrills which attracts adrenaline junkies and leaves no-one disappointed.

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The breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef from a Seaplane Tour


3. Art & Culture Attractions
There is an array of arts and culture to experience and enjoy throughout Tropical North Queensland. With a hotbed of artistic talent and a melting pot of Indigenous and contemporary art forms, Indigenous tours that breathe life into ancient stories, bush tucker walks that teach you about the rainforest, traditional fishing lessons, and performing arts.

There are also coastal galleries that feature modern art to remote outposts exhibiting pieces direct from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and more.

For all tours, performing art events, galleries, cultural events and more, click here.

Image Courtesy from Tropical North Queensland Facebook


4. Waterfall Attractions
Tropical North Queensland is not home to the beautiful and iconic World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef; it is also home to spectacular waterfalls.

There are more vertical waterways in Tropical North Queensland than anywhere else in Australia, and seeing them all or most is a must!

Chase waterfalls and experience the sheer exhilaration of basking in the spray of a thundering cascade, with Millstream Falls being Australia's widest, single-drop waterfall. Millaa Millaa, Zillie, and Ellinjaa Falls all offer lovely swimming spots and further south, Blencoe Falls in Girringun National Park is breathtaking during the wet season.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is also a great way to explore waterfalls as you ride through the rainforest with photo stops, including Stoney Creek Falls photo stop.

Click here for the list of Waterfall Attractions across Tropical North Queensland.

Enjoying a dip at the spectacular Millaa Millaa Falls


5. Wildlife Attractions
Tropical North Queensland's rainforests and grasslands are spectacularly incredible with diverse ecosystems. They are home to 3,000 different plant species, over 400 birds, and over 100 mammals, which many of them are not found elsewhere in the world!

Take a stroll down Cairns Esplanade and meet the local wildlife as well as a rich range of waterbirds, or head to the beautiful Daintree and discover the many walking trails, where you may see colourful birds and even spot out a cassowary.

There are many wildlife parks, including Kuranda Koala Gardens, Rainforestation Nature Park, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and Port Douglas' Wildlife Habitat.

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6. Conservation Attractions
These attractions will get you in touch with one of the volunteer organisations that work hard to look after the land and marine animals, and beaches and oceans.

Conservation is highly essential as we are all aware of the daunting global issue of climate change.

Go on a tour where knowledgeable guides help spread the word about this fantastic part of Australia.

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7. Scenic Drives & Road Trip Attractions
Explore it all or one bit at a time! From spectacular reef to the stunning outback, tranquil rainforests to lush grasslands, a scenic drive or road trip will undoubtedly be memorable.

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Enjoying a scenic drive at the beautiful lush Daintree Rainforest


8. Health & Wellbeing Attractions
After a long day of exploring and discovering wonders, relax in the tropics with health and wellbeing attractions including massages at markets or indulging at a day spa, meditation or retreat experiences and for health attractions enjoy run or walk on the 2.5km Cairns Esplanade, hiking through remote National Parks, taking a Zumba class, beach yoga, or playing around at one of the regions five-star golf courses.

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Relax at Tropical North Queensland Resorts- Image Courtesy from Explore Tropical North Queensland Facebook


9. Markets & Shopping Attractions
Tropical North Queensland is home to some fantastic markets and shopping experiences. If you a lover of antiques or retro you will be in for a treat with the quirky finds in the vintage shops and second-hand stores.

There are boutique stores in beachside villages of Port Douglas and Palm Cove. Markets include the Port Douglas Markets that set beneath the shady trees of Anzac Park, and many other markets to discover with their distinct local flavour.

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10. Geological Wonder Attractions
With caves, gems, and lava tubes, the Geological wonders of Tropical North Queensland is a must-see! The power of Mother Nature is truly magical, with dramatic gorges scoured from ancient rock to the world's most extensive lava tube system, to World-Heritage Listed fossil fields.

Many tours offer geological experiences; which include discovering underground caves, such as the Chillagoe Caves, guided tours of different caverns, tours of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, crystal caves, cruises through gorges, and self-guided exploration experiences are available.

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Image Courtesy from Queensland National Parks Facebook


11. Food & Drink Attractions
Tropical North Queensland is packed with unique food produce, diversity and abundance. There are tropical foods such as mangoes, bananas, sun-ripened pineapples, reef fish, and wild-caught prawns. As well as rainforest nuts, native spices that Aboriginal people gathered from the land for millennia.

Wander through markets to see, smell and taste tropical delights, or enjoy local produce at the many dining establishments.

The dining scene in Tropical North Queensland is vibrant, multicultural as well as showcasing local roots, with native Australian produce like kangaroo, emu, and crocodile, as well as some of the best seafood in the country.

Click here for a list of eateries, foodie markets, and food experience tours.

Enjoying scrumptious foodie delights

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