No matter which season you visit Tropical North Queensland, you’re guaranteed to be welcomed with jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking natural wonders and shades of green that will make every other travel photo look drab and faded by comparison.
Read on for just a few of the spectacular travel snaps this beautiful region has to offer.
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You need to be reasonably fit to get to these falls (it’s about a 12km round trip), but it’s totally worth the effort. You’ll find them about halfway between Innisfail and Cairns. A stream at the top of the Falls cascades into a series of small pools, culminating in one that sits at the very edge of a cliff which drops dramatically into the Mulgrave Valley below. The result is a natural swimming pool with surely one of the best views in the world. It will take your breath away.
Explore the ruins of a Spanish castillo (castle) at the unique – and utterly beautiful – Paronella Park, south of Innisfail. Set in heritage gardens and five hectares of rainforest, there are also two cascading waterfalls, winding paths and bridges taking you over the clear waters of Mena Creek.
You’ll find this iconic swimming hole, lined with huge boulders and surrounded by lush rainforest, south of Cairns. The clear, fresh water weaves between the rocks and flows into large pools that are the perfect spot for a swim in the hot tropics.
This spectacular white coral beach on Fitzroy Island ranked number one in Australia’s best beaches awards, 2018. Enough said.
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Also known as Gentle Annie Lookout and McHugh Lookout, from this spot you can enjoy superb 180-degree views of the Atherton Tablelands, from an elevation of 1,070 metres above sea level.
Part of a Waterfalls Circuit (along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls), at the magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls you can swim in the refreshing waterhole, enjoy the grassy picnic area nearby and – if you’re lucky – maybe even spy a platypus.
Located within the Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation, this secluded, white-sand beach sits at the edge of one of the richest reserves of biodiversity on the planet. Oh, and you don’t even have to cough up for an expensive resort to stay here – it’s one of the most popular camping spots in the region.
Local indigenous tribes call this spot Walu Wugirriga, which means “look about”. And that’s exactly what you can do from this incredible vantage point, overlooking the Daintree, one of the oldest forests in the world, the Daintree River and the waters – and even some of the islands – of the Great Barrier Reef.
This gorgeous gorge is located in the southern part of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest continually surviving rainforest anywhere on earth. And by old, we mean old – it’s barely changed for more than 135 million years. Lined with lush tropical rainforest and characterised by huge granite boulders, the Gorge’s beautiful river is one of the loveliest freshwater swimming spots in the entire region.