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Aerial view of Ellis Beach, Cairns. Image credit: Tourism Tropical North Queensland
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Non-stop reefs, rainforests and beaches

Cairns, with its vibrant waterfront, is the perfect gateway to Tropical North Queensland. From here you can explore the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the palm fringed beaches. Further north, Port Douglas and Palm Cove are relaxing holiday towns.

Fun things to do: Cairns

  • Snorkel, cruise or island-hop your way around the Great Barrier Reef 
  • Take a Dreamtime walk in the Daintree's Mossman Gorge 
  • Relax at the beaches and resorts in Palm Cove and Port Douglas 
  • Glide across the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 
  • Bungy jump or swing at Skypark by AJ Hackett

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Dive into the Great Barrier Reef

Two people on underwater ride-on scooters come face to face with a large fish in the Great Barrier Reef. Image credit: Scuba Doo CairnsScuba Doo Cairns
You can go deep and get up close on a ride-on underwater scooter.

Snorkeling, cruising, island-hopping – however you want to discover it, you'll soon see why the spectacular Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's seven natural wonders. There's a whole raft of adventures on the menu here, from seaplane joyrides to diving with minke whales. Parasail off remote island beaches, watch baby turtles make their first dash into the Coral Sea or book a tour that includes introductory scuba and snorkelling courses and motorised underwater scooters.

Fly high at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Two people sitting in a Skyrail gondola look at the rainforest below through the glass flooring. Image credit: Skyrail Rainforest CablewaySkyrail Rainforest Cableway
Above the trees and under the clouds on the Skyrail.

Jump aboard a gondola on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and you'll be suspended high above the jungle canopy of Australia's World Heritage–listed rainforest. This is a world first in environmental tourism. You'll glide across the treetops in Barron Gorge before descending to explore the rainforest up close. While you're there, go exploring the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, cafés and wildlife.

Hang out in Palm Cove and Port Douglas

Aerial view of Four Mile Beach and turquoise water at Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland/Reuben NuttTourism and Events Queensland/Reuben Nutt
Up your relaxation game at Four Mile Beach.

For a slice of resort life, Palm Cove is less than half an hour north of Cairns. It's a peaceful, tropical patch with pristine beaches and a picturesque main street of interesting stores and knockout restaurants. Keep going a bit further north and you'll hit the boutique streets of Port Douglas with its cafés, galleries, lush landscape and waterfront resorts. Chill out on palm-fringed Four Mile Beach or soak your cares away in the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.

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