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An Air, Land and Sea Adventure in Tropical North Queensland

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An Air, Land and Sea Adventure in Tropical North Queensland

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When you think of the word 'paradise', you might conjure up images of opalescent seas, white sands and lush rainforests. If you ever pay a visit to Tropical North Queensland, you might be surprised to find that it closely reflects the image of paradise you had in your head.

Tropical North Queensland, stretching northwards from the city of Mackay to the tip of Cape York, mixes lush wilderness bush land, vast savannah landscapes and beautiful beachside resorts to create an idyllic holiday destination. Whether you're seeking utter indulgence, an encounter with the past or an outdoor adventure, you're sure to find it here.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Tropical North Queensland is home to one of the most iconic natural attractions in Australia, if not the world - the Great Barrier Reef. The breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef consists of over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays, with hundreds of tropical islands dotted amongst them.

It would be bordering on madness to visit the area and not take a trip out to the reef to explore its wondrous beauty and the fascinating fish and marine life that live there. For a truly unforgettable way to see the reef, take a helicopter trip to Solitary Sand Cay. The flight departing from either Cairns or Port Douglas the GBR Helicopters and the aerial views of the azure waters are simply stunning. When you arrive you can enjoy snorkelling around the reef or sunbathe on the beach of your own private paradise.

More marine adventures

The marine adventures in Tropical North Queensland don't stop at the Great Barrier Reef. From Port Douglas you can enjoy a magical sunset cruise. Take in the splendour of the ocean and the majestic mountain views as the setting sun reflects off the twinkling seas.

How do you fancy swimming with turtles? Take a trip to Green Island, just 45 minutes off the Cairns coast. It's an isolated paradise getaway where you can snorkel and dive along the reef as the curious turtles swim around you, enjoy some kayaking or windsurfing off the island's glorious beaches or take a trip in a glass-bottomed boat to get an up-close look at the amazing marine life.

If island escapes are your thing, the Fitzroy Island national park and Lizard Island are two other idyllic resorts that are perfect for a day-trip or an exotic overnight stay.

Explore the great outdoors

If you want to give your sea legs a rest but are still keen to enjoy the glorious Queensland outdoors, head to Cooya Beach, 70 kilometres north of Cairns and enjoy a guided coastal walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours. Learn about native life and the diverse ecosystems as you explore beach, mudflat and mangrove terrain.

Hiking lovers will want to take a trip to Wooroonooran National Park an hour North if Mission Beach. Featuring Queensland's highest peak - Bartle Frere - cascading waterfalls, lush rainforest, steep gorges and myriad walkways, including the exciting Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway, you'll lose yourself in an outdoor adventure.

Alternatively, you can head deep into the mountains of the Tully Valley on a Spirit of the Rainforest tour and learn about how Aboriginal communities made their homes here for thousands of years.

Still want more?

This all sounds like a fairly action-packed adventure in Tropical North Queensland, but if you're still hungry for more, hop aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns and wind your way through the million-year-old tropical rainforests and rugged mountains. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is another great way to get a birds-eye view of the spectacular rainforest. Glass floors allow you to gaze at the wonders below you.

The foodies in your travelling group will love sampling the fresh and delicious farm produce, local wines, cheeses and other artisan products on a Food Trail Tour through the Atherton Tableland's lush Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Enjoy all this and so much more on an unforgettable trip to Tropical North Queensland.

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