Far North Queensland Places, Tours & Info

Picture a place where the scenery is a combination of rainforest mountains and valleys, criss-crossed by rivers and streams, with sandy beaches and sugar cane fields. A place where boats wait to whisk you away to tropical islands and the coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef. A place where the dress code is casual and the weather is warm – welcome to our place – beautiful Far North Queensland. Cairns is the unofficial capital of the region, and as well as being a destination in its own right, the city is the gateway to the Beaches, Tablelands, Port Douglas, Daintree, Cape York and Gulf Savannah. Explore. Dine. Browse. Shop. Tour. Relax. Enjoy.

We love Far North Queensland. It’s a place to connect with nature, choose your own adventure and slide into our laidback lifestyle. From the City to the palm-lined Beaches, the Tablelands, the Daintree, Cooktown and Cape York, there’s a place here for everyone.

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Far North Queensland punches above its weight with the diversity of places, tours, attractions and experiences. Where you choose to stay and what you choose to do is only limited by your imagination. If you are looking for high-rise, high-end hotels and resorts, then Cairns and Port Douglas have got you covered. These two towns are also where most of the tours come and go from. If you want to run away to the rainforest, then the Tablelands and Daintree are the place for you, but if sandy feet and palm-lined beaches are more your thing, check-in to the northern beaches which have a wide array of hotels, motels, resorts and caravan parks. Reef. Rainforest. Outback. Far North Queensland has it all.

Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is a tropical destination, big on nature and experiences. For the purposes of our website, the ‘places’ we will cover in Far North Queensland will be categorised according to their geographical location: Cairns (city), Northern Beaches, Tablelands, Port Douglas, Daintree, Cape York and Gulf Savannah. Some of these places you can see in a day, with no advance bookings required. Others are seasonal destinations, which take longer to get too, and require advance planning and bookings – we’re talking about Cape York and the Gulf Savannah regions. All of these places offer unique experiences for people of all ages.

Our destination is not defined by any one aspect but is greater for the diversity and combination of them all. There’s no bad time to visit and you can come by train, plane, automobile and cruise ship. Far North Queensland is for fun and authentic and engaging experiences with real people, in special places.

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Questions About Far North Queensland

Where is Far North Queensland?

Far North Queensland is located on Queensland’s north-eastern seaboard. For the purposes of this website, we will cover the areas from Cairns and the Tablelands, west to the Gulf Savannah region and north to the Tip of Australia.

Is Cairns in Far North Queensland?

Yes, Cairns is in Far North Queensland and is considered the unofficial capital of the region. It’s the largest town and population centre in Far North Queensland and serves as the gateway and central hub to explore the greater destination.

Can you swim from beaches in Far North Queensland?

The short answer is ‘yes’ you can swim from the beaches in Far North Queensland. However, swimming should only occur at beaches that have nets and lifeguards. Please note Far North Queensland is crocodile country and saltwater crocodiles are often seen at the beaches – signage will be present to indicate this. Also, at certain times of the year marine stingers may be present in the water, again signage will be present to indicate this. So ‘yes’ you can swim at the beaches – but be selective and be safe.

How many Cassowaries are in Far North Queensland?

It’s next to impossible to provide a definitive answer to this question. What we can say is that about 20 years ago, there were believed to be less than 1,500 Cassowaries left in the wild. As of 2024, there are believed to be more than 3,500 Cassowaries in the wild in Far North Queensland. If you are hoping to see a Cassowary in Far North Queensland, we have prepared a blog post on the Best Places To See A Cassowary in Cairns, which includes a map showing all recorded sightings.

How many people visit Far North Queensland?

Far North Queensland is a popular tourist destination, with people drawn from around Australia and the world keen to see and explore the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforests. Numbers have fluctuated widely in recent years, due to COVID related border closures and travel restrictions. As an indicator of visitor numbers to the region, Cairns alone attracts around 2 million domestic and international visitors annually.

Is Far North Queensland a city?

No – Far North Queensland is not a single city; it is a region that comprises several towns and cities, with Cairns being the most prominent city in the area.

How do I get to Far North Queensland?

Cairns is the gateway to Far North Queensland. The city has a domestic and international airport and is connected to the rest of the state and country by train and bus service. You can also self-drive to Far North Queensland.

Do I need a car in Far North Queensland?

If you want to plan your itinerary, then yes you will need a car in Far North Queensland. However, if you want to sit back and relax, then there are lots of tours who do pickups and drop-offs across Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

Must-do things in Far North Queensland?

Must-do activities in Far North Queensland include exploring the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the ancient Daintree Rainforest, taking a scenic railway trip to Kuranda, experiencing the Indigenous culture, and enjoying the tropical beaches and island getaways. You really can choose your own adventure here. Fishing. White Water Rafting. Jet Boating. Wildlife Attractions.

About the Author

Julie was born in Cairns and grew up running around in the cane fields south of the city. She has explored, breathed and loved everything about our amazing Cairns region her whole life. Excited to be able share this wonderful place with our son and see it all again through ‘new’ eyes. Watch this space for more info on the people, places, destinations and things you can do up here.

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