Visit the Tropical North Queensland and The 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.
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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.
Great Barrier Reef
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.