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  • 10 of the Best Adventures - North Queensland

    Pete Neisen

    Ten of the Best


    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.

    Wildlife - Magnetic Island YHACruise 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.

    Explore the Daintree

    Tour the Daintree Rainforest’s World Heritage gorges, croc infested waters, canopy walkways and beaches – YHA’s Daintree Discovery package will get you there. Stick around to watch the jungle come alive after dark with a guided night walk.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Diving. Credit - Prodive 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.

    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.

    Skydiving. Credit - 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.

    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.

    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.

     Taste of the Outback