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From Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsundays, north to Magnetic Island, Mission Beach, and the reef and rainforest of Cairns and Cape Tribulation, plenty of unforgettable experiences await in Queensland’s tropical north.
No trip to northern Queensland is complete without a trip to the astonishing natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. Jump on a day cruise or sail the waters by yacht or tall ship.
Image: Great Barrier Reef, David Petit, Shutterstock
Tour the Daintree Rainforest’s World Heritage gorges, croc infested waters, canopy walkways and beaches. Stick around to watch the jungle come alive after dark with a guided night walk.
Image: Mossman Gorge, Tourism Queensland
From the rainforest to the reef you can look some of Australia’s most exotic wildlife in the eye, whether it’s underwater, on land or overhead. Magnetic Island’s Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA even has an on-site wildlife sanctuary where you can enjoy interactive wildlife talks, hold a koala, crocodile, snakes and lizards.
Image: Magnetic Island’s Bungalow Bay Koala Village
Get a taste of Australia’s indigenous culture, art and bush tucker on a tour or at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Didgeridoos, dance, the Dreamtime, boomerangs, bush food and medicine – it’s all here.
Image: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
From budget beginners to premium Pro Dive courses, there are few places better to learn to dive than Cairns, especially with the reef’s amazing underwater world providing up-close encounters of an aqua kind. Ask about YHA member discounts or check out YHA’s scuba diving packages.
Image: Prodive Divers, Cairns
Image: Derwent Hunter, Tallship Adventures