Tropical North Queensland (FNQ) has been labelled ‘Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef’. In this one region resides the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, The Daintree, and the incredible Great Barrier Reef, which can be seen from outer space.
Thanks to only having two distinct seasons, Tropical North Queensland is an amazing holiday destination any time of year. There’s the sunny, dryer, yet cooler winters, while during summer the rainfall is higher, but temperatures are warm and balmy. You can snorkel, scuba dive, bushwalk, camp and do a whole other host of activities all year round.
Cape York is located at the very tip of Australia and is known as one of the few remaining untouched wilderness regions. While all of the beaches are stunning in FNQ, nothing quite comes close to the secluded beaches of Cape York. 4x4 enthusiasts will love the off-road tracks, while having plenty of campsites to pitch a tent. In fact, there are more national parks in the area than any other region of the country. It is also the home of the Laura Dance Festival, a biannual Aboriginal cultural and performing arts gathering.
330km south of Cape York is Cairns—the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. How do you pronounce Cairns, you ask? It’s quite simple. Say it like ‘cans’ and you’ll be fitting in with the locals in no time. The town is known for tourism and is a treasure trove of proud resorts, tours, a cruise ship terminal and Barrier Reef conservation movements. You may even recognise the Great Barrier Reef as home to Dory, Nemo, Marlin and friends in Pixar Movie Finding Nemo.
Out west of FNQ is Burketown. While it a remote area may not be the typical idea of a great holiday, it certainly is for people looking for a cultural experience or amazing fishing trip. Jump on a river cruise or throw a line (a strong one) in the water to catch a barramundi or king salmon.
Like anywhere in Queensland, FNQ is one for the bucket list.