Great Barrier Reef

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  • 1. Airlie Beach Lagoon

    Beach

    This stinger-free swimming enclosure on Airlie's shorefront has dedicated lap-swimming lanes, real-sand "beaches," adjoining children's pools...Read More

  • 2. Daintree National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The world's oldest tropical rain forest is an ecological wonderland: 85 of the 120 rarest species on earth are found here, and new ones are...Read More

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  • 3. The Esplanade

    CBD | City Park

    Fronting Cairns Harbour, this busy boardwalk and recreational zone is the focal point of life in Cairns. Along the walk you'll encounter shady...Read More

  • 4. The Strand

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Dubbed Australia's Cleanest Beach, this palm-flanked stretch of sand—lined with jogging tracks and cycleways, picnic-friendly parklands, and...Read More

  • 5. Babinda Boulders

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    About an hour's drive from Cairns, Babinda Boulders is a popular swimming hole—and a sacred Aboriginal site. It's 7 km (5 miles) inland on The...Read More

  • 6. Cairns Marlin Marina

    CBD | Marina/Pier

    This floating marina's 261 berths bristle with charter fishing, diving, and private vessels, including superyachts up to 60 meters (197 feet...Read More

  • 7. Castle Hill

    Viewpoint

    The summit of pink-granite monolith Castle Hill, 1 km (½ miles) from the city center, provides great views of the city and Magnetic Island....Read More

  • 8. City Centre Alive

    CBD | Pedestrian Mall

    Cairns's throbbing heart is City Centre Alive, a pedestrian mall and mini-rain forest that extends along the city's main shopping drag on Shields...Read More

  • 9. Conway National Park

    Viewpoint

    Ten minutes' drive southeast of Airlie, Conway National Park is a 54,000-acre expanse of mangroves, woodlands, rocky cliffs, and tropical lowland...Read More

  • 10. Cook Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This monument was built in 1887 to commemorate James Cook's landing here in 1770. Alongside it is a cannon that was brought to Cooktown in 1885...Read More

  • 11. Flinders Street

    Historic District/Site

    A stroll along Flinders Street from the Strand to Stanley Street takes you past some of Townsville's most impressive turn-of-the-20th-century...Read More

  • 12. Great Green Way

    Scenic Drive

    A scenic section of the Bruce Highway locals call the Great Green Way links Cairns with Townsville, taking you through sugarcane, papaya, and...Read More

  • 13. Mrs. Watson's Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Erected in the late 19th century, the monument commemorates the survivor of an Aboriginal attack on Lizard Island in 1881. Mrs. Watson—along...Read More

  • 14. Queens Gardens

    North Ward | Garden

    Offering shade and serenity less than a mile from the CBD, Townsville's colonial-era botanic gardens occupies 10 verdant acres at the base of...Read More

  • 15. Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

    Pallarenda | Viewpoint

    Spot wallabies, echidnas, dingoes, goannas, and hundreds of bird species at this terrific wetlands conservation park crisscrossed by walking...Read More

  • 16. Tully Gorge National Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    In the wettest zone of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, the mighty Tully River is a magnet for white-water rafters, while the gorge's scenic...Read More

  • 17. Wallaman Falls

    Viewpoint

    Surrounding the highest sheer-drop waterfall in Australia is glorious Girringun National Park, in which ancient rain forests accessible via...Read More

  • 18. Wooroonooran National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Extending south of Gordonvale to the Palmerston Highway near Innisfail, this is one of the most densely vegetated areas in Australia. Rain forest...Read More

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