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Queensland Holidays : Tropical Far North

Travel in the Queensland Tropical North extends from Cape York in the north to the sugar fields of Tully and Ingham in the south and the Northern Territory border in the west.

The Tropical North coastal areas offer a range of resorts, rainforests, barrier reef access, Australia's finest scuba diving, cruising and sailing, sport fishing, diving, jet boating, hot-air ballooning, white water rafting at several sites, sea kayaking and clear water canoeing.

The region is home to some of the most popular tour activities in Australia. Tours in the Cape York and gulf savannah regions are usually supervised 4WD safari style tours. These tours last from a few days to a few weeks.

They will typically offer aboriginal cultures and lifestyles, wildlife, fishing, goldrush relics, Lawn Hill National Park and off road adventures.  This region boasts some of the world's best fresh water and ocean fishing. Visitors will never be at a loss finding things to do in Cairns.


Places of Interest - Far North Queensland

Cairns - major centre of the Tropical North and jumping off point for most travel, tours and holidays in the area. Cairns is at one end of the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. Cairns accommodation caters to all budgets.

Cairns to Ingham - The Cassowary Coast south of Cairns. The sugar towns of Ingham and Innisfail. The rainfall at Tully. White-water rafting the Tully, Barron and North Johnstone rivers. Dunk & Hinchinbrook Islands in Rockingham Bay.

The Northern Beaches - Beaches and tiny coves a few minutes north of Cairns. Trinity Beach, Palm Cove accommodation, Yorkeys Knob. Pick from several world class resort golf courses.

Port Douglas and the Daintree - Tour the Greater Daintree and Cape Tribulation national parks. World Heritage listed area. Barrier reef meets rainforest. Day trip tours galore. Cruise the Daintree river. Mountain bike tours. Eco tours. Port Douglas accommodation offers some of Australia's finest luxury resorts and holiday apartments.

Atherton Tablelands - Rainforests, pasturelands, agriculture, volcanic plateau with crater lakes and waterfalls. Rodeo at Mareeba, limestone caves at Chillagoe, crater lakes at Yungaburra, swimming holes at the Malanda and Milla Milla falls.

Kuranda Village - ride the rainforest cableway, the Barron Gorge, the Barron Falls, worlds largest butterfly sanctuary, Kuranda markets and aboriginal dance theatre. The end of the magnificent Kuranda Scenic Rail tour between Cairns - Kuranda - Cairns, on one of the oldest railway lines in Queensland and 34 kms of dense rainforests, waterfalls, spectacular views and testimony to the pioneering spirit.

Cape York Peninsula - Usually 4WD tours from Cairns for 1 or 2 weeks. Aboriginal reserves and rock art, the famous cattle stations of the Gulf country, several national parks. Bauxite mining at Weipa, pearlers at Thursday Island, prawn fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait Islands. "Beware Crocodile" signs are for real.

Gulf Savannah territory - aboriginal art, Lawn Hill National Park, goldrush relics, cattle stations, wildlife. Fish for the famous barramundi (in season). Undara lava tubes. "Beware Crocodile" signs are still for real. Travellers looking for something different can try two unique train tours.

Take a tour on the "Savannahlander", one of Australia's last frontier adventures which takes passengers on a safari from Cairns - Forsayth - Cairns through the remote heart of the savannah country. The "Gulflander", affectionately known as the "tin hare", is a grand old railmotor which carries a limited number of passengers through the Gulf country on a Normanton - Croydon - Normanton tour.


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