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Far North Queensland – Amazing Places to Visit

Far North Queensland – Amazing Places to Visit

Far North Queensland is a region of unparalleled natural beauty, home to ancient rainforests, stunning coral reefs, and rugged outback landscapes. This tropical paradise offers a diverse array of experiences for every type of traveler, from adventure seekers to those looking to unwind in nature’s serenity. Here are eight must-visit places in Far North Queensland that showcase the region’s unique allure.

Mission Beach – Far North Queensland

Mission Beach is a serene stretch of coastline flanked by the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. It’s known for its long sandy beaches, skydiving, and the nearby Dunk Island. Mission Beach is also one of the best places in Australia to spot the endangered Southern Cassowary in the wild.

Great Barrier Reed – Far North Queensland

No visit to Far North Queensland is complete without exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a haven for divers and snorkelers, offering vibrant coral gardens, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a first-time snorkeler, the Great Barrier Reef promises an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Kurunda – Far North Queensland

Tucked behind Cairns in the Atherton Tablelands, the town of Kuranda is accessed via a steep windy road that takes you high into the hills above the beach. You can also take the 34km-long Kuranda Scenic Railway which links Cairns with Kuranda and goes through 15 tunnels. The journey time is 1 hour 45 minutes, you can purchase your tickets online.

Kuranda is a fantastic location. There are great lookouts to enjoy from beneath the rainforest canopy. Famous attractions include the magnificent Baron Falls and the fabulous Kuranda markets (open daily). To get to the Baron Falls you can take the Sky Rail. It is the longest and most ecological cable car in the world, skimming the forest for 7.5km. It also stops at Red Peak. 

Atherton Tableland – Far North Queensland

Mareeba is the largest town in the Atherton Tablelands. It is an excellent place to base yourself when exploring the area around, which features some breathtaking scenery. It can also be a good spot to start tour research in a job if you are looking for one 🙂

From incredible rainforest walks, through to drives along rolling hills, this area is one of the prettiest areas not only in the whole of Australia. Cute historic towns are surrounded by crashing waterfalls and everywhere delicious locally-grown treats from cheese to chocolate can be sampled and purchased. Well worth exploring for a few days, make sure you allow plenty of time when it comes to seeing this part of Far North Queensland.

Cairns – Far North Queensland

As the gateway to Far North Queensland, Cairns is a vibrant city known for its laid-back atmosphere, waterfront esplanade, and cultural attractions. Cairns serves as a base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Don’t miss the Cairns Botanic Gardens and the lively night markets.

Port Douglas – Far North Queensland

Port Douglas is a charming coastal town that offers a more relaxed alternative to Cairns. It’s the perfect launching point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Port Douglas also boasts beautiful Four Mile Beach, boutique shops, and fine dining options.

Daintree Rainforest – Far North Queensland

The Daintree Rainforest, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest on the planet. Visitors can explore this ancient ecosystem through guided walks, canopy tours, and river cruises. Highlights include the Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, and the chance to spot unique wildlife like the cassowary.

Cape Tribulation & Cooktown – Far North Queensland

The town of Cape Tribulation, also set within the Cape York Peninsula, is little more than a hamlet of hotels and hostels stretched along a beach. To get across to Cape Tribulation you have to catch the Daintree Ferry, but put in the effort to come this far north and you’ll be rewarded with a famously remote and idyllic destination..The ferry operates daily from 5am to midnight, it takes about five minutes to cross.

Starting near the very top of Far North Queensland is the community of Cooktown. It is the main access point and service area for Cape York. You’re getting really into the wild out here. From incredible 4WD tracks to awesome lookouts, even the museum here is brilliant. Steeped in history, with remote and incredible scenery all around, Cooktown is definitely worth a visit.

Tips for Visiting Far North Queensland

Some attractions, especially the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, are best experienced with guided tours. Book in advance to secure your spot.

Far North Queensland’s ecosystems are delicate. Follow guidelines, stick to marked paths, and take only photos. Respect the nature.

Prepare for the Tropics, FNQ’s tropical climate means hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. Pack accordingly and stay hydrated.

While the reef and rainforest are the main draws, Far North Queensland’s inland areas offer unique landscapes and experiences worth exploring.

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