Cairns / Tropical North
Tropical North Queensland, Where Rainforest Meets the Reef
Tropical North Queensland mixes the excitement of new discoveries with the enchantment of exotic experiences.
The only place where two World Heritage Wonders are side by side: The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park with some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.
The warmth of the tropics is reflected in engaging activities such as snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafting, beach combing, kayaking, rainforest walks, jungle surfing, bungy jumping, sky diving and so much more.
Colourful and quirky Kuranda , the village in the rainforest can be reached by the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail, or travel on Skyrail’s Rainforest Cableway, soaring above the rainforest with magnificent views.
From Cardwell to Cooktown the sheer majesty of nature is evident in Tropical North Queensland’s pristine rainforest. Explore volcanic crater lakes and spectacular waterfalls on the Atherton Tablelands and sample some of the best produce the region has on offer.
Discover the outback and Gulf Savannah and uncover the quintessential spirit of Outback Australia only a few hours drive from the coast. Hidden gorges, rodeos and country races, mining relics, lava tubes and wetlands abounding with bird life are all part of the region’s enormous diversity. You can rough it on a 4WD and follow in the foot steps of our explorers or join a coach tour and hop aboard a rail adventure.
The Epic Cape York drive explores the unforgettable wilderness area of the Cape York Peninsula including the historic township of Cooktown and the picturesque Torres Strait Islands.
So, escape your winter and bask in Tropical North Queensland’s sunshine whilst experiencing natural encounters at its’ best, where you can step out of your comfort zone and indulge, exhilarate and relax.
Tropical North Queensland is a spectacular and diverse area for any touring option and drive. Drive North Queensland encompasses The Overlander’s Way, The Savannah Way, The Great Tropical Drive and the Epic Cape York drive, so there is something for anyone to experience and enjoy.
Useful Contacts & Things to See & Do
Adventure North Australia
Ph: 07 4028 3376 W: www.adventurenorthaustralia.com
Cooktown 4WD Adventures - 1, 2, & 3 day tours from Cairns & Port Douglas. If you are into history, botany, adventure & 4 wheel driving through amazing rainforest and outback then this is the trip for you. Travel the 4WD only Bloomfield Track, have lunch at the Lions Den pub and so much more.
Ph: 07 4093 9188 W: www.birdworldkuranda.com
See beautiful Australian native and exotic birds from the rainforests, grasslands and wetlands in this stunning free flight enclosure. Birds include rare parrots, cassowaries, finches, cockatoos and many more.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Ph: 07 4030 2222 W: www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au
Local Government Authority promoting the Cassowary Coast region.
Daintree Air Services
Ph: 1800 246 206 or 07 4034 9300 W: www.daintreeair.com.au
Aircharter Australia Wide. Daintree Air conducted their first flight on Cape York Peninsular in 1984. We are one of the longest running Air Charter companies in Australia. Check out our Cape York Day Tour, Lizard Island Day Tour and Great Barrier Reef Flights.
Ph: 1800 079 080 or 07 4044 9944 W: www.greatadventures.com.au
Departing daily from Cairns, explore the Outer Barrier Reef with a wide range of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers or just 45 minutes away is the unique reef & rainforest-clad Green Island. Full and half day tours. Fun for the whole family & great family discounts available.
Great Inland Way
Ph: 07 4761 5533
Information on exploring 2200km Inland route from Sydney to Cairns.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Ph: 07 4055 3576 W: www.crocodileadventures.com
Situated on coastal drive between Cairns and Port Douglas. Crocodile Farm and Eco Wildlife attraction.
Heritage 4WD Tours
Ph: 1800 775 533 or 07 4054 7750 W: www.heritagetours.com.au
Heritage Tours operates accommodated and camping tours from Cairns to Cape York, accomodated tours into the Gulf Savannah and camping tour from Cairns to Darwin and Kimberley camping tours.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Ph: 1800 KSRAIL (577 245) or 07 4036 9333 W: www.ksr.com.au
Take a historical journey on Kuranda Scenic Railway which comprises unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest & spectacular waterfalls.
OZ Tours Safaris
Ph: 1800 079 006 or 07 4055 9535 W: www.oztours.com.au
Oz Tours Safaris has introduced thousands of travellers to the wonders of Australia since we commenced tours to Cape York in 1985. We continue to lead the market through our continual product development and innovative itineraries. Oz Tours Safaris conduct tours to The Gulf Savannah area with train journeys on the Gulflander and the Savannahlander Trains, and our Desert Safari travelling the famous Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks and our famous and very popular Kimberley Tour.
Tours include: Darwin to Cairns and Cairns to Darwin taking in the Lost City at Cape Crawford, also the magnificent Kakadu National Park. We do a one way tour from Townsville to Adelaide visiting Arkaroola and Wilpena Pound, and Alice Springs to Broome tour via Kununurra with an alternate tour back from Broome to Alice Springs via the Bungle Bungles and Tanami Desert.
Ph: 07 4087 2100 W: www.quicksilver-cruises.com
Australia’s most awarded reef cruise! Experience the renowned Agincourt Reef on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. Explore from the spacious platform with semi-subs, underwater observatory, snorkelling, scuba-diving & heli flights, too! Or for a day of island relaxation, sail aboard luxurious Wavedancer to the Idyllic Low Isles. Great family discounts are available.
Reef Magic Cruises
Ph: 1300 666 700 or 07 4031 1588 W: www.reefmagiccruises.com
100% local family owned. Premium Outer Reef day cruise to the stable Marine World activity platform - Home to “Wally” the giant Maori Wrasse! Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, FREE glass bottom boat & semi-sub tours, fish feeding, reef-scenic helicopter flights and more! Suits all ages and swimming abilities. Family friendly, 2nd child travels free!
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Ph: 07 4038 5555 W: www.skyrail.com.au
Skyrail is the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience. Guests glide just metres above Australia’s World Heritage protected tropical rainforests before exploring this ancient environment from the forest floor at Skyrail’s two mid-stations.
Tourism Cape York - An initiative of Cape York Sustainable Futures
Ph: 07 4053 2856 W: www.tourismcapeyork.com
For all the information you need about the Cape York Peninsula. Cape York Sustainable Futures is the local tourism organisation for the region.
Travel Action Magazine
Ph: 07 4685 2266 W: www.travelactionmatildacountry.com.au
Compliment your travels with more information from “Travel Action”. Get your free copy from tourist information centres and caravan parks along the Bruce Highway (Hwy 1) and the Matilda Highway.
Tropical Coast Tourism
Ph: 0418 877 765 W: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au
Drive the Great Green Way between Townsville and Cairns - A place of great beauty; boasting exhilarating natural experiences, friendly people and the space to be alone!
Tropical Tablelands Tourism - Atherton Tablelands
Ph: 07 4096 7405 W: www.athertontablelands.com.au
Promotion & information of the destination, the Atherton Tablelands.
Ph: 07 4097 1900 W: http://undara.com.au/
Just what is the Undara Experience? Set in the Gulf Savannah country, Undara is as ancient and alluring as the continent itself, the Undara Lava Tubes stand as silent sentinels to our pre-history. Here you can walk in the path of a volcano and sleep cocooned in an antique railway carriage as your dreams connect you with the essence of this timeless land. Its a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant as they are at home in their surroundings.