Top Things to do in Northern Queensland

With so many amazing places to explore and a huuuuge list of things you can do, these are a few you won’t want to miss!

Things to take into Consideration

  • I travelled to Northern Queensland in September which is the start of spring in Australia. However the best time to visit Northern Queensland is when you can make the time to get there. The tropical weather doesn’t fluctuate too much, so don’t be put off by the seasons.
  • Be informed of safe times to swim in the beaches of Northern Queensland. Stinger season is when the Irukandji and the Box Jellyfish migrate to Northern Queensland for the warm water. Stinger season usually takes place between November and April BUT don’t let this turn you off. There are stinger suits and alternate measures that you can take to stay safe.
    Also most accommodations have awesome pools to substitute.
  • I hired a car which made transportation between Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and Cairns VERY easy and accessible.

Explore Cape Tribulation-
The place where the Forest meets the Sea.

Where to stay?

There are so many amazzzzing places to catch some zzz’s in Cape Tribulation even if you’re on a budget.

Check out the Ferntree Eco Lodge they have options starting at $30 a night.

The Great Barrier Reef- From Cape Trib


Explore the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Swim over the beautiful rainbow reefs, alongside turtles and tropical fish. I would recommend taking a tour with Ocean Safari, they will teach you how to appreciate this irreplaceable world Heritage site without creating damage.

Crocodile River Cruise -in Cape Trib

If you’re visiting Northern Queensland- A crocodile river cruise is a BIG must. Cruise among the Mangroves, spot native birds and maybe just come across a Croc or 3.

Port Douglas – Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is apart of the Daintree Rainforest, 20km from Port Douglas.

Start by visiting the Mossman Gorge centre, an eco tourism development. The centre has an awesome cafe, art gallery and retail shop. As well as access to the shuttle bus to take you to the walking trails and swimming hole. The centre is open 9am-5pm everyday excluding Christmas Day.

Discover the range of Self guided walks that will allow you to explore the beautiful rainforest and native wildlife.

You can also take part in a guided Dreamtime Tour which will allow you to get a deeper understanding of Indigenous Culture and the importance of Flora and Fauna.

Take a dip in the Mossman gorge swimming hole but be warned the water is always chilly.

Cairns- Sky Rail

Sky Rail Rainforest Cableway is the most eco friendly way to explore the ancient world heritage rainforest.

I would recommend doing the Skyrail + Kurunda Scenic Experience.
This option allows you to travel over the rainforest on a cable way starting from Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal and finishing at Kuranda Village.

Kuranda is a quirky village found in the rainforest.
You will probably want to allow 2-3 hours to explore the area.
Browsing the cute boutique shops and markets, filled with homemade & homegrown goodies. As well as indulge in a treat from some of the yummiest cafes.

Instead of going back to Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal on the cable way, you can opt to take the scenic Railway. Which is an old train that has been refurbished for your comfort.

Learn more about the Skyrail.

Issy xx

4 thoughts on “Top Things to do in Northern Queensland

  1. You mentioned things that I would of forgot about, like the migration seasons, so thanks. I’ll definitely have to look back at this when I plan a trip there.

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