Tropical North Queensland and The Whitsundays Holidays

Heart Reef in the Whitsundays, Australia
Heart Reef, Whitsundays

The best places to visit in Tropical North Queensland and The Whitsundays

For the Australia of powdery white sand beaches, ancient rainforests, and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, you’ve got to head to tropical north Queensland. The region on Australia’s eastern side covers an incredible amount of natural wonders so there’s certainly no shortage of things to do and places to visit. Chances are if you’re not deploying a snorkel or cruising around tropical islands, you’ll be hiking through forests or spying exotic wildlife. But where to begin? We’ve chosen our favourite highlights and listed them below:

The pool at Cairns esplanade Cairns Esplanade



Gateway to the reef
You’re unlikely to visit Queensland’s tropical north without at least passing through Cairns, and there’s plenty of reasons to stop here too. With a wide array of Great Barrier Reef cruises, diving trips and overnighters leaving from Cairns, the city also boasts the gorges and rivers of the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands right on its doorstep, so the possibilities are endless.
people snorkelling above a turtle in Nigaloo Reef at the Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

World class diving
Visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, it joins Sydney and Uluru in the triple whammy of must-see sights in Australia. So grab your snorkel, dive under the water, explore it in a semi sub or even soar above it on a seaplane. To visit we recommend starting in Cairns or Port Douglas and spending anything from a day to a week there.
Cape Tribulation Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Where the rainforest meets reef
Cape Tribulation is the only place on the planet where two World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, sit side by side. Hire a kayak, hike the jungles or join a crocodile cruise and explore the nature and wildlife of this diverse area. This really is the final frontier – head further north and the road ends, and it’s 4X4 only to Cape York, mainland Australia’s northernmost point.
Blue water in the Whitsundays Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

74 slices of paradise
Mostly uninhabited, the spectacular Whitsunday Islands are fringed with silky sands and azure waters, home to an array of wildlife including turtles, sea eagles and the elusive dugong. Explore the remote bays, deserted coves and peaceful beaches of this breath-taking national park, including the impossibly blue waters and swirls of pure white sand on the sublime Whitehaven Beach.

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Round the World Expert Rachel Graves

In addition to the reef, I recommend taking a full day trip into Daintree National Park. It's such a unique part of the world! The park also has a river which you can cruise along and see crocodiles as well.

- Rachel Graves, Expert
Rachel Graves scuba diving

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