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Travel to the tropical north for world wonders and natural serenity. Indulge in spa treatments, fine-dining and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree rainforest awaits those wanting to hike, there are ample opportunities to spot iconic Australian wildlife, plus the temperatures will thaw out your southern-state bones!
EXPLORE ALL THAT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF HAS TO OFFER:
Dive beneath the surface of the world’s biggest aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef! The UNESCO World Heritage reef is home to a kaleidoscope of colourful corals, exotic fish and fascinating marine life. The reef is huge, covering roughly the same area as the entire country of Italy, or 70 million football fields! Stretching across more than 2,000 kilometres, from the Fraser Coast all the way to the very tip of Queensland into the Torres Strait, there’s so many different places to dive into the Great Barrier Reef from.
Tropical North Queensland is the number-one destination for discovering the Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns, there are many tours that take divers to the best spots of the reef. One of the top reefs to explore is Flynn Reef, on the outer areas of the Great Barrier Reef. The perfect place for finding nemo, Flynn Reef is home to an abundance of marine life. Large fish species, such as dogtooth tuna, mackerel and barracuda, are frequent visitors to the reef, as are a range of colourful reef fish like the coral cod, butterflyfish, parrotfish, anemone fish, wrasse, rabbitfish and sweetlips. Shark species, mostly whitetip reef sharks, are seen quite often too. Another well-known dive site out of Cairns is The Cod Hole. This is one of the most famous dive sites in the world, thanks to the giant potato cod that call the waters home! These giant fish are used to being hand fed at the site. The giant potato cod can reach up 100 kilograms!, These friendly giants will do you no harm. The Cod Hole Dive site is a part of the Ribbon Reefs, so why not explore the colourful chain of individual reefs too?
The Ribbon Reefs stretch along the north coast and most of the reef out from Port Douglas is made up of them. North-east from Port Douglas, Agincourt Reef comprises of a number of small ribbon reefs and is situated along the very edge of the Great Barrier Reefs Continental Shelf. This reef is home to some of the most vibrant and unique aquatic animal and plant life in the world, making it one of the most popular diving destinations in the whole Great Barrier Reef. The outer reef location allows for vibrant and unique coral gardens to form as well as frequent visits from species of sharks, stingrays, turtles, whales, groupers, cods, Maori wrasse and parrotfish. Dwarf Minke Whales are frequent visitors to the reef between June and July.
Get a close up view of the reef by snorkelling or diving. . Those who aren’t confident swimmers but still want to explore the reef can zoom through the water on an underwater scooter. Go island hopping and see several parts of the Great Barrier Reef in a short period of time, cruise between islands stopping at the best of Tropical North Queensland reef spots, look at the underwater world from above on a glass bottom boat tour and kayak from one island to the next!
EMBRACE THE ANCIENT TROPICAL RAINFORESTS:
As described by Sir David Attenborough, the Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland are “the most extraordinary place on earth”. The enchanting ecosystem truly is like nothing else in this world and exploring the phenomenal environment is something everyone should experience. This World Heritage listed site stretches from around Townsville to as far north as Cooktown, covering almost 900,000 hectares – that’s about 162 Sydney Harbours! The area is made up 31 national parks and state rainforests so 79% of the historic site is protected. The Wet Tropics are the oldest living rainforests on earth and exploring them is like visiting a living museum. The same flora and fauna have called the rainforests home for millions of years.
The Wet Tropics are also home to rare and exotic animals, including unusual species that can be found nowhere else in the world but our lush rainforests. Hailing from the days when dinosaurs walked the earth, the Southern Cassowary still roams the mangroves and swamps between Mission Beach and Daintree. The rare Tree Kangaroos can be seen taking a nap on tree branches, while the bright blue and black Ulysses Butterflies flutter around the rainforest openings and lookouts. From the fast flowing rivers of Barron Gorge and the dense forest of Daintree, to the Skyrail in Kuranda and where the rainforest meets the reef in Cape Tribulation, we have a rainforest adventure for you!
What a better way to discover the Wet Tropics than to wander the natural wonder at your own pace? The Wet Tropics Management Authority have created 150 easily accessible walks throughout the rainforests. You can wander beneath canopies, around lakes, through a mangrove, up a mountain or along a beach. There are walks to suit everyone too!
If you are wanting to explore these amazing natural wonders for yourself My Queensland have some great value package deals out now! These special deals include flights and other exclusive bonus’. Our pick for a luxury Port Douglas stay is the Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas or for a great central Cairns hotel Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort