Tropical North Queensland is home to endless palm-lined, golden beaches, the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park and, of course, the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. With easy road and air links, you can effortlessly combine the islands of the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest retreat or a 4WD outback adventure... The weather is also perfect in our summer, with April to October offering warm sunny days. November to March can be hot and humid with regular showers.
Queensland boasts the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, a vivid green tangle of rainforest that is one of the most important sites on the planet. Rainforest adventures are easy – explore on foot, enjoy a 4WD adventure or, if in the Daintree, take a cruise down the river. At an estimated 180 million years old, the Daintree is older than the Amazon rainforest! A precious botanical treasure, it is a living museum that catalogues the evolution of plant life on Earth. It is also celebrated as the place where the rainforest meets the sea!
Outback Australia evokes visions of endless red desert plains, spiky spinifex and lone white gum trees punctuated against a seemingly endless blue sky. Whilst this idea of the outback is certainly true, it is also much more accessible than you might think. Queensland boasts more than its fair share of outback or bush which covers not just desert terrain but gulf country, wetlands, savannah and cattle stations so vast they defy belief. Everything seems larger here; the sky, the history and the characters! This is where you really connect with the locals and muster cattle, fish for barramundi and even sleep under the brightest of night stars. You could be forgiven for thinking that going outback means roughing it and yes, if you want to, you can, but here in Queensland, it’s not actually necessary, as there are some incredible places where you can experience Australia’s legendary outback in effortless style.
Nowhere does seaside village charm better than Port Douglas! Once a sleepy enclave, now a vibrant resort town with bags of city-like style – ‘Port’, as everyone calls it, has alfresco eateries and enticing bars from informal and mellow to chic and buzzing – it really is worth the breath-taking coastal drive, just an hour from Cairns! Enjoy a cruise out to the reef from Port Douglas Marina and stay in one of the boutique aparthotels close to the beach.
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