Family guide to far North Queensland
Relax at Mission Beach
Gateway to the far north, Mission Beach is the place to let your worries float away and get used to the relaxed pace of tropical time. Lounge around by the pool, or head out across the road to the main Mission Beach, filled with coconut trees to climb and warm shallows waters to relax in.
White water rafting
If you're a family of adrenaline junkies, hop a raft for some adrenaline pumping white water rafting on the Tully River. Set right in the heart of world heritage rainforest, this white water experience is perfect for anyone aged 13 or older - definitely beats sitting in front of an iPad during the school holidays!
If the thought of rushing down a river still doesn't tickle your need for adventure, you can jump out of a plane! The tandem skydive means anyone aged 12 and up can safely experience this one-in-a-lifetime skydive that ends right on the shores of Mission Beach, with an instructor guiding the jump from start to finish. What better way to view the stunning reefs and beaches of far north Queensland than from the air? If you missed your chance to take the leap at Mission Beach, never fear! You can bungy jump into the heart of the rainforest, with various drops suitable for ages 10 and up.
Experience The Great Barrier Reef
Head to the centre of all the action up north in Cairns. The best location to base yourself when experiencing the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city that makes you want to stay as long as you can to do, see, and taste all that's on offer! Of course, Cairns is the place to explore the Great Barrier Reef - check it out by boat, by diving or even by helicopter to soak up a bird's eye view of the majestic reef. Also, pay a visit to the unmissable Green Island, one of the small cays in the reef that's filled with lush rainforests, perfect snorkelling opportunities, and filled with wildlife for those who prefer to keep their activities onshore. So, head to the Great Barrier Reef to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters!
Pick up delicious treats at the Cairns Night Markets
Cairns Night Markets offer a vibrant experience for visitors in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. As the sun sets, the markets come alive with a bustling atmosphere filled with live music and colorful stalls. From handmade crafts and local artworks to delicious street food and unique souvenirs, the Cairns Night Markets provide a perfect opportunity to explore, shop, and indulge in the local culture after dark.
Daintree National Park
Keep it lowkey after all the adventure with a wander through the ancient Daintree rainforest, where you can explore at your own pace, or wander up to the idyllic Palm Cove for unbeatable sunrises and pink-sky dusks over the water.
Port Douglas combines small town charm and community with the intrinsic sense of adventure you'll find up north. One day you'll be enjoying buskers and performers on the main Macrossan Street, the next, headed up the skyrail into the depths of the Daintree. Situated at the northern tip of the Great Dividing Range, discover a magical East Coast sunset right in the heart of the Coral Sea before taking a dip at the famous Four-Mile Beach. You can explore the northern Great Barrier Reef from Port Douggy, where you'll be right at the edge of where the reef meets the open water, letting you meet little Nemo clownfish all the way to huge stingrays and friendly Maori Wrasse.