Iconic Destinations

Discover the Great Barrier Reef's iconic coastal, hinterland and island destinations.

Cairns, Tropical North Queensland

Cairns

Cairns

Gateway to the World Heritage-listed double act of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cairns offers world-class tours and attractions, beautiful coral reefs and rainforests and a safe destination for a laid-back tropical holiday in Australia.

Beachfront dining, Palm Cove

Palm Cove

Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a beachside suburb featuring 3 to 5-star resorts, holiday apartments and hotels. One of Australia's most popular destinations for weddings and romantic holidays and also a safe destination for family holidays during the peak school holiday periods. Palm Cove is conveniently located between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Fitzroy Island Resort, Tropical North Queensland

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island

For families, Fitzroy Island is a favourite. Double kayaks, a massive ocean trampoline, and a glass-bottom boat mean it’s ideal for kids of all ages.

Port Douglas,Tropical North Queensland

Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Sophisticated eateries and bars, luxurious holiday homes and resorts, and a bustling marina – Port Douglas is the number one destination for celebrities to holiday and mix it up with the locals. An ideal location from which you can explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Waterfront Airlie Beach, Whitsundays

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, the vibrant mainland gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, is an aquatic playground with plenty for thrill seekers and nature lovers to choose from.

Zip lining through the rainforest, Daintree Rainforest

Daintree

Daintree

Lauded by Sir David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on earth”, the Daintree Rainforest is home to a diverse array of prehistoric flora and fauna. A visit to Tropical North Queensland isn’t complete without exploring this magical part of the region.

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