Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef & Northern Queensland

Surrounded on one side by rainforest mountain ranges and the other by the sparkling Coral Sea, Cairns is the heart of north Queensland and the gateway to the adventures on the Great Barrier Reef & World Heritage Rainforests.

Cairns, the Reef & Northern QueenslandWhy Cairns?

  • Gateway to the incredible Great Barrier Reef

  • World Heritage Listed rainforests

  • Best access to a variety of stunning islands

  • The best place to cruise either for a day or a week

  • World class diving and snorkeling

  • Ride the historic railway to Kuranda where you can shop in the local markets.  Ride across the rainforest canopy on Skyrail then visit Hartley’s local crocodile farm with Downunder Tours

  • Silently glide across the landscape in a hot air balloon

Cairns’ Extraordinary Encounters

  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef from a moored pontoon with Quicksilver Cruises

  • Cairns has more hot air balloon flights than anywhere else in the world: with stunning views of the coast and rainforest, it’s easy to see why

  • Go horse riding through the rainforest and swim with the horses in the ocean

  • Indulge at an award winning Spa that uses local aboriginal products

  • Live the dream - dive the reef for an hour, a day or a week!

  • Take a magnificent cruise for 3,4 or 7 nights with Coral Princess Cruises to really see the diversity of the area

  • See the endless stretch of perfect beach and the world’s oldest rainforest at Cape Tribulation

  • Wander through downtown Cairns and visit the many local art galleries

Tropical north Queensland has many different towns and many accommodation choices. To help you make a choice here are a few of our favorites…

Palm Cove - The Sebel Reef House & Spa Palm Cove. We like the Colonial style with large verandahs and it is right across the road from the beach.

Palm Cove – Paradise Palms. It’s new, has an amazing golf course and clubhouse and there are activities for the whole family.

Palm Cove – Kewarra Beach Resort. Has a prime beach location, gardens that give your room privacy and the peacefulness of the resort in general. 

Palm Cove –Angsana. Right on the beach, has a great array of room categories and is walking distance to shops and restaurants. 

Cairns – Shangri-La. This is a favorite because it is the prime waterfront location, has wonderful views overlooking the marina and is walking distance to everything in Cairns.

Daintree River – Silky Oaks Lodge.  A long time favorite because of the tree house style rooms, the relaxing sounds of the Daintree River and slow paced indulgent atmosphere.

Port Douglas – Thala Beach Resort. Chosen for its long stretch of deserted beach, rooms nestled in the Australian bush and the feeling of escape.