Tropical North Queensland offers an immense variety of activities.
You can go on short walks or longer hikes (we have detailed information available for interested guests about walking trails in the tablelands), swim in mountain streams or in the ocean, snorkel/SCUBA-dive on the Great Barrier Reef, go boating in the Coral Sea or take a boat trip on the Daintree River, raft down the Tully or Johnstone rivers, ride a bicycle in Cairns, Kuranda, or the Atherton Tablelands, soak up Aboriginal culture, or just relax and enjoy the tropical surrounds.
You can also use the Atherton Tablelands as the basis to explore Cape York by 4 wheel-drive or the Queensland Savannah to the west of the Atherton Tablelands for some fossicking
(gold in the Georgetown district, semi-precious stones at Agate Creek or Mount Surprise) or to see the lava tubes at Undara.
Many of those activities can be experienced independently or on guided tours. Below is a list of websites hopefully helping and inspiring you:
We recommend Alan Gillanders, a local guide, for bird and wildlife watching tours in the tablelands:
and David Mead for guided birdwatching around Cooktown and further north (e.g. Iron Range National Park):
A directory of Australian bird & wildlife friendly accommodation, birdwatching & wildlife tour operators, bird clubs, upcoming birding events and reference information:
Near Kuranda, to experience the rainforest in a different way (with a good chance of encountering cassowaries), tropical fruit orchards and more:
General North Queensland Tourism Sites:
Aboriginal Cultural Experiences:
Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling/SCUBA- Diving:
Gourmet Food & Drink, Arts and Crafts:
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park, also good for birdwatching-www.crocodileadventures.com
For a stay in Kuranda, we recommend Kuranda Ngorongoro Lodge: www.kurandanglodge.com