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Discover Tropical North Queensland and The Great Barrier Reef

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Tropical North Queensland is a paradise unlike anywhere else.  It is home to some of the most amazing landscapes known to mankind, fringed by the reef and enveloped by rainforest.

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YouTube travel video/vlogger Hayley Andersen knew TNQ was the perfect place to uncover. If you’re planning to take a trip to the beautiful North Coast of Queensland, Hayley created a list of the best spots for those unexplainably remarkable Instagram-worthy shots and something everybody must experience in their lifetime!

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HOW TO GET THERE

Contrary to many beliefs,  it’s really easy to get to the North Coast of Queensland.  The best option is to fly into Cairns, which is super easy from any main airport in Australia. The Spirit of Queensland train is also available five days a week from Brisbane to Cairns. You can also opt to jump on the bus running up and down the coast. 

HOW TO GET AROUND

Hayley recommends either hiring a car, campervan or four-wheel drive to get around. Jucy Campervan is highly recommended!

AREAS TO EXPLORE

Mission Beach

Catch the beautiful and insane sunset at Mission  Beach.

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Windin Falls

Visit Windin Falls for a super rewarding adventure/hike. You will be rewarded with the earth’s greatest natural bath –  an infinity pool located at the peak of the waterfalls, overlooking a world heritage lush tropical rainforest.

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Millaa Millaa Falls

Swimming and showering underneath the light flow of Millaa Millaa waterfall was a bliss. It is the most iconic waterfall in the area due to its wonderful fairytale-like setting.

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CAIRNS & THE GREAT BARRIER REEF 

TNQ is blessed with breathtaking natural wonder if the world, the earth’s largest coral reef/living thing on earth (visible from outer space), and a world heritage UNESCO protected site; The Great Barrier Reef. It is an unbelievably heart-stopping, remarkable sight.

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Fitzroy Island

You wouldn’t want to skip out on the best beach in Australia, would you?! Then you MUST NOT miss Fitzroy Island. This island is the definition of PARADISE and can easily be accessed by a short 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns.

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Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a beautiful, quiet, relaxing area that is abundantly crowded with hundreds of palm trees lining the entire esplanade. It’s a stunning spot for photos.

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NORTH OF CAIRNS 

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a resort near Port Douglas, but the main attraction of this place is actually the grand palm tree entrance! 

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Mossman Gorge

Mosman Gorge is one of the biggest tourist attractions in North Queensland. People are drawn here for the crystal clear, pure water and dramatic granite rock formations perched beneath the older rainforest in the world.

Daintree Rainforest

One of the most incredible and unique aspects of this rainforest is that it backs straight onto the ocean. 

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation beach looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park, with its complete isolation from civilization and the thick jungle mountain peaks lining the very rim of the ocean. 

Here’s a fun road trip map from Port Douglas to Cape tribulation, including all the spots to stop along the way.

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