Escape to the Tropical North


Fitzroy Island

What better time of the year than smack bang in the middle of winter to write a post about Queensland’s stunning Tropical North.   Even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 25 degrees and swimming in the calm waters off the East Coast amongst the coral of the famed reef is possible without a stinger suit.

Wild, unspoilt, and adventurous by nature, Tropical North Queensland is home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders and enough adventure to tick off the bucket list of even the most seasoned traveller.

In this sun-burnt corner of Australia, a deep connection with the reef and our ancient rainforests lures adventurers and un-winders from near and far to experience one of the world’s last remaining patches of untouched wilderness.

The laid-back, tropical centres of Cairns and Port Douglas are major gateways to the Great Barrier Reef and natural starting points for expeditions to the Gulf of Savannah and Cape York’s remote wilderness areas.


Cairns Lagoon

Located on the sunny northern tip of Australia’s east coast, Cairns is a vibrant tropical city and the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and Barron Falls.

As the port of call for travellers arriving from Asia and Europe, the city attracts a colourful mix of global nomads, leisure travellers and adrenaline junkies.

With adventure and world-class nature experiences just outside your doorstep, and top-notch accommodation and dining experiences to suit a range of budgets, you won’t struggle to find things to see and do.

The Great Barrier Reef is literally just a boat ride away and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area cradles the lush hills overlooking the city. Heading north towards Port Douglas, you will find sleepy towns, palm-fringed, sandy beaches and crystal-clear water.

Surrounded by fertile farmland and sugar cane fields, Cairns also offers plenty of self-drive food adventures and an opportunity to indulge in fresh seafood, chocolate and a range of tropical fruits.

Feeling the need for a Tropical escape from this years cold?  Check out your accommodation options for Cairns on the Affordable Holidays website and start saving on your next getaway!

Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef

Known to locals as a playground for the rich and famous, intimate Port Douglas offers a tropical holiday with a boutique feel.

Seventy kilometres north of the lively tourist hub of Cairns, the Port Douglas lifestyle revolves around lavish seafood dinners and long, lazy days spent on the golf course or soaking up the sun at Four Mile Beach.

The town’s close proximity to Cape Tribulation – the only place in the world where two World Heritage areas meet – also means easy access to the Daintree Rainforest and the world class dive sites of the Ribbon Reefs.

For water babies and keen divers, the reef is just a short steam away and plenty of boats set sail for the Low Isles every day.

Landlubbers also have a range of options, with regular day trips to the Gulf Savannah, Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest on offer.

Affordable Holidays has Port Douglas accommodation options to suit budgets big and small, visit the website to find out more.

Palm Cove

Dining Palm Cove

Welcome to Australia’s Tropical Spa Capital. This laid-back beach community boasts Australia’s cleanest beach, a bustling population of 1,200 and some of the best restaurants and day spas in the country.

Praised by international magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Luxury Travel as a must-visit destination for romantics, Palm Cove is a place to relax, indulge and connect.

The perfect day here is spent swimming or relaxing under a palm tree knowing you’re far away from the hectic pace of everyday life.

Stroll around fashion boutiques, art galleries and beach side cafes or just get out of your hammock at dusk to watch the moon rise over the Coral Sea at one of the award-winning beach-front restaurants.

Book your Palm Cove spa break this winter with Affordable Holidays – check out your options on the website.

Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach is a relaxed beachside suburb, only a 15-minute drive north of Cairns Airport. Its central location on the Cairns northern beaches makes it an ideal base for a holiday in Tropical North Queensland.

More so than any other beach destination in the Far North, locals and tourists mingle in a relaxed tropical setting which gives Trinity beach the ambiance rarely found elsewhere.

Enjoy a barbecue on the beach, join the locals for a beer at a hotel with the best water views in town, cast a line from the shore or build a sandcastle with the kids.

A range of fun activities are nearby, including a tropical zoo, go karts, cable skiing, a world-class golf course, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

For your affordable choice of accommodation in beautiful Trinity Beach visit the website.

For bookings at any of these great destinations please call our friendly hotcotz reservations team on 1300 468 268 and they will source you the best accommodation at the best price at your destination of choice.


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