Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and Australia’s primary gateway to the Great..Port Douglas Information
Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland is one of Queensland’s premier holiday destinations...Dunk Island Information
Dunk Island a stunning island just off the coast of Mission Beach in north Queensland. Most of..Fitzroy Island Information
Fitzroy Island is located near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland and is popular for daytrips due..Palm Cove Information
Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland offers a serene holiday experience. Set amidst an idyllic..Kuranda Information
The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in..Daintree Information
The township of Daintree, perched on a bend of the Daintree River, is just further on from the turn..Lizard Island Information
Lizard Island is a ruggedly beautiful island on the northern Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North..Green Island Information
Green Island is a coral cay northeast of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Green Island is..Bedarra Island Information
Located just off the Queensland coast midway between Townsville and Cairns lies Bedarra Island - a..Hinchinbrook Island Information
Hinchinbrook Island is Australia's largest National Park island. It is uninhabited except for the..Trinity Beach Information
Trinity Beach is a lovely beach town just north of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Trinity..Atherton Information
Atherton is the 'capital' of the lovely Tropical Tablelands, a land of beautiful lakes..Cape Tribulation Information
Cape Tribulation is a small village in Tropical North Queensland where the frontier of the north..Innisfail Information
Innisfail is a prosperous, colourful town, situated on the North and South Johnstone Rivers, and is..Mission Beach Information
Mission Beach is a relaxed, yet vibrant beachfront town with over 14 kilometres of magnificent..See all locations in Tropical North Queensland
At over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 miles) from north to south, up to 65 kilometres (40 miles) wide and incorporating over 4,000 individual reefs and 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is by far the world's largest reef system. Covered for the most part by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the reef is protected and managed to minimise the impact of human activity on what is a critical environment for literally millions of creatures, many of which are endangered. It none the less remains accessible with over 1,000 licensed operators taking tourists to view it's spectacular beauty first hand.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1500 fish species, around 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, 6 species of sea turtle, dugongs, 125 species of shark, stingray, skate or chimera, 5,000 species of mollusc and more. And that's just below the surface. Some 215 species of birds visit the reef to nest or roost on its islands.
The reef is a popular destination for tourists. Diving and snorkelling are big draw cards with day trips available to parts of the outer reef from many ports along the coast, especially Cairns. This is usually done from a pontoon moored directly on the reef and accessed by motor launch, allowing easy access to the amazing coral and marine life below. Charter boats also take divers to less frequented parts of the reef.
There are many resort islands within the Marine Park, from Lady Elliot Island in the South, through the popular Whitsundays Islands and the ultra luxurious Lizard Island and Bedarra Island further north. Sail-yourself yacht charters are also popular in the Whitsundays. The waters of the reef are warm year round but most visitors come during the Australian winter.
The Gold Coast is an amazing destination which offers a wide range of natural and man made..Brisbane Region Information
Welcome to the sub tropical boomtown of Brisbane. The Queensland capital is a place that feels..Sunshine Coast Information
This is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions. There beaches are magnificent..Surfers Paradise Information
This famous stretch of ocean is perfect for swimming, while on shore cafes, restaurants and bars..See all locations in Queensland