• Ten of the best North Queensland adventures

    Ten of the best North Queensland adventures


    Ten of the Best Adventures in North Queensland

    From Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation, rainforest to coral reef, crocodile to kangaroo - Queensland adventures await!


    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.

    Cruise the Great Barrier Reef

    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.

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    Image: Great Barrier Reef, David Petit, Shutterstock

    Explore the Daintree

    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.

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    Image: Mossman Gorge, Tourism Queensland

    Meet Aussie Wildlife

    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.

    Magnetic Island’s Bungalow Bay Koala Village

    Image: Magnetic Island’s Bungalow Bay Koala Village

    Discover Aboriginal Culture

    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.

    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Image: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Learn to Dive

    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

    Get a Rafting Rush

    Get your adrenalin pumping with a white-knuckle, white water rafting trip on the mighty Tully River or take to the waves for a full-day ocean rafting.

    Tully River White Water Rafting

    Image: Tully River White Water Rafting

    Take to the Skies

    If you have a head for heights there are loads of sky high adventures along the coast. Head high in a hot air balloon, try a rainforest bungy jump, enjoy a scenic flight, parasailing, or skydive above the reef and beaches. Mission Beach is where to head to.

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    Image: Skydive Australia

    Head for the Hinterland

    Visit the charming artsy retreat of Kuranda Village high in the mountains. Getting there is half the fun when you combine it with the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cabelway.

    Skyrail Rainforest Gondola Tour

    Image: Skyrail Rainforest Gondola Tour

    The Great Aussie Outback

    Head inland and you can witness the endless stretches of outback red dirt highway, steering through cattle stations and gold mining towns.

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    Image: Leah Kennedy, Shutterstock

    Whitsunday Magic

    You can’t go to north Queensland and not get out on the water around the Whitsundays. Base yourself in Airlie Beach and pick your choice of sailing and tour options.

    Derwent Hunter - Tallship Adventures

    Image: Derwent Hunter, Tallship Adventures