There are so many reasons to visit Tropical North Queensland, with the Great Barrier Reef being just one of them (albeit a rather important one…).
As the winter months loom the Tropical North is about to get more crowded than Vatican City on a Sunday, with frozen Aussies looking to trade the bitter cold for warm sunshine and soft sand.
For now, however, it remains low season in Tropical North Queensland, which is good news since winter seems to be making an early appearance in some Australian states.
Our advice is to migrate north now to take advantage of the low season rates, and get in some last minute summer sun!
Here are 6 Hot Places to Visit in Tropical North Queensland when you get there:
Located just 45 minutes from Cairns via Fast Cat, Fitzroy Island is a fantastic tropical island day trip from the mainland. The island itself is a national park, forming part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, with a rainforest interior, coral beaches, and mangroves. It also boasts some of the bluest waters, perfect for snorkelling, in the region.
There are a number of picturesque walking tracks on the island, including the popular Nudey Beach track and the Secret Garden track, which encompass rainforest and beach.
Revered as ‘the only place in the world where rainforest meets reef’ The Daintree is a unique and wonderful part of the Tropical North. The rainforest itself is over 100 million years old and is home to an abundance of wildlife and plant species, including the largest number of rare or endangered plant and animal species anywhere in the world.
Discover the dense rainforest, outstanding birdlife, natural pools, and the rich history and culture of the region.
Discover the lush rainforest, pristine freshwater pools, and rich cultural history of the Mossman Gorge. Located within the Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage listed area, Mossman Gorge plays host to over 30,000 types of flora and fauna. The Gorge is unique in that it has remained relatively untouched and thrived for over 135 million years and the parks department strives to keep it that way for future generations.
At Mossman Gorge you can walk the spectacular rainforest tracks, marvel at the impressive Gorge, and discover the remarkable history of the local Kuku Yalanji people.
Take in the beauty that is Green Island, a coral cay Northeast of Cairns, another fantastic option for an island-getaway day trip from Cairns.
The island is home to a lush rainforest, stunning beaches, and outstanding snorkelling; the perfect recipe for an island escape. Snorkelling the island’s encompassing reef is possible directly from the beach.
If the underwater riches don’t sell you on the island then the sparkling turquoise waters and white sandy beaches just might.
Escape to Wonga Beach
If the overwhelming low season crowds get to you, you can always escape to the sleepy community of Wonga Beach, 30 minutes north of Port Douglas. Here you will find a long stretch of virtually untouched beach and very few tourists, that’s about it.
The town itself is home to approximately 800 residents, so ‘sleepy’ is an understatement. However, the town is considered by many to be one of the regions best kept secrets and an excellent base for exploring The Daintree.
Visit for some quiet solitude and see for yourself.
Wander around Rusty’s Markets
This world-renowned eclectic market is sure to be a hit for any market lover. Rusty’s Markets is a three day event and is an attraction to Cairns in itself.
With over 180 stalls selling everything from exotic fruit and veg to handmade jewellery you could spend the entire three days exploring the diverse range of stalls and never get bored. There is also a huge mix of nationalities at the markets, so finding something new and unusual, or seeking out an old favourite, will be an easy task.