Great Barrier Reef

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Great Barrier Reef - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Birdworld Kuranda

    Zoo/Aquarium

    One of your best chances to see the endangered Southern cassowary, a prehistoric emu-like bird, is at Birdworld Kuranda. It's home to hundreds...Read More

  • 2. Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetlands Reserve

    Resort

    If you drive 70 km (44 miles) west of Palm Cove you'll encounter another world: giant termite mounds dot savanna scrub, and vast reclaimed wetlands...Read More

  • 3. Mossman Gorge

    Museum/Gallery

    Just 5 km (3 miles) outside Mossman are the spectacular waterfalls and swimming-hole-studded river that tumble through sheer-walled Mossman...Read More

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  • 4. Reef HQ Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Come eye-to-eye with sharks, rays, giant trevally, and green sea turtles at the Reef HQ Aquarium. It houses a 200,000-gallon predator tank,...Read More

  • 5. Reef Teach

    CBD | Educational Institution

    Knowledgeable marine biologists and conservationists give entertaining talks and multimedia presentations, usually to packed houses, about everything...Read More

  • 6. Tanks Arts Centre

    Edge Hill | Arts/Performance Venue

    This vibrant arts center is housed in a trio of repurposed World War II–era oil storage tanks in Cairns's lush Flecker Botanic Gardens, 4 km...Read More

  • 7. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

    Zoo/Aquarium

    More than 1,500 tropical butterflies—including dozens of the electric-blue Ulysses species and Australia's largest butterfly, the green-and...Read More

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  • 8. Cairns Regional Gallery

    CBD | Museum/Gallery

    Occupying the impressive former Public Office Building constructed in the 1930s, Cairns Regional Gallery houses a hodgepodge of local, national...Read More

  • 9. Cairns Tropical Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    At this 10-acre zoo, visitors can hand-feed tame kangaroos, cuddle with koalas, enjoy breakfast with the wildlife, and attend daily snake, crocodile...Read More

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  • 10. Cooktown Creative Arts Association

    Store/Mall

    This small gallery exhibits and sells handmade arts and crafts by Cook Shire locals—everything from Aboriginal artifacts to silk-screen printed...Read More

  • 11. Cooktown History Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Cooktown's historical museum, aptly housed in a former postal and telegraph office built in 1875, is staffed by affable volunteers and houses...Read More

  • 12. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Hartley's houses thousands of crocodiles as well as koalas, wallabies, quolls, snakes, lizards, southern cassowaries, and tropical birds in...Read More

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  • 13. James Cook Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Cooktown, in its heyday, was a gold-mining port, with 64 pubs lining the 3-km-long (2-mile-long) main street; a significant slice of this colorful...Read More

  • 14. Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum/Gallery

    Centuries-old relics from the HMS Pandora (the ship sent by the British Admiralty to capture the mutinous Bounty crew), which sank in 1791...Read More

  • 15. Nature's Powerhouse & Cooktown Botanic Gardens

    Garden

    This interpretive center and museum at the entrance to Cooktown's heritage-listed Botanic Gardens is home to a valuable collection of local...Read More

  • 16. WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This charming wildlife sanctuary houses kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, birds, and reptiles, including a resident croc. There are daily...Read More

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