Essentials ~ Islands ~ Northern Beaches ~ Regional Towns



PORT DOUGLAS This vibrant small town was founded in 1877 as the port town for the Hodgkinson River Goldfields. After a series of names such as as Terrigal, Island Point, Port Owen and Salisbury it was settled with the name Port Douglas. Named in honour of former Queensland premier John Douglas. 
Port Douglas Accommodation - A wide variety of resorts, hotel, bed & Breakfasts, self contained, apartment units, caravan park, from budget to luxury. Informative visitor information on Far North Queensland.

MOSSMAN The breath taking Mossman Gorge is the centre of the attractions which features cool freshwater swimming holes and walking tracks, Tropical Fruit Farm, Timber Museum, Coffee Plantation, World War II Bomb Site, Rex Range Lookout, Outback Cattle Station, Miniature Train Rides and Mt Lewis. Mossman is not far from Port Douglas.

DAINTREE There are a few galleries and shops and general services. Take a guided tour. Some of the highlights are Daintree Eco Centre, Environment Centre, Tea House/Gallery, Heights of Alexandra Lookout, Tea Plantation and the Daintree River Train (the world's only river train in a World Heritage area). Also fishing trips are quite popular.

CAPE TRIBULATION For those who love the outdoors Cape Tribulation as it is known to the locals has crystal clear water holes white sandy beaches and beautiful unspoiled rainforests which are protected by World Heritage. There is plenty to do here, diving, fishing, guided bushwalks horse riding, reef tours. Visiting by road then crossing the Daintree River by car ferry. 150 km north of Cairns is a spectacular drive for most of the way.

COOKTOWN This quiet little place is becoming a very popular tourist destination. There is quite a lot to see and do here. Visit the botanical Gardens or take a river cruise, dive/snorkel or scenic flight. Go fishing with a charter service or hire a boat. Not to mention the Grassy Hill Lookout and the Historical Museum.


KURANDA Hidden away among the dense tropical rainforest, you can stroll through the markets browsing a huge variety of stalls which provide an original range of handmade local arts & crafts plus Australian opals, jewellery, gemstones, crocodile and kangaroo leather goods.Relax and enjoy the tropical delights at one of the local restaurants and cafes. Visit the many nature based attractions in Kuranda, including the butterfly sanctuary, native birds and the magnificent Barron River. Take a safari tour, river cruise or bungy jump 250 feet down into the rainforest.

ATHERTON TABLELANDS There is something to see and do in every town on the way. From Cairns to Gordonvale will take you up the Gillies Highway through the luscious rainforest. This route takes you to the magical Crater Lakes, (Lake Barrine, Lake Euramoo and Lake Eacham), also the beautiful Tinnaroo Dam. On to Millaa Millaa and Malanda which is the waterfall and Crater Lakes district.

Atherton takes you onto the outback the Gulf Savannah region stretching as the Northern 
Territory border. Mt Surprise, gem fossicking, the Undara Lava Tubes, volcanic tunnels, Tallaroo mineral hot springs and the Cobold Gorge. By train the Gulflander links Normanton and Croydon while the Savannahlander travels between Mt Surprise and Forsayth.

GORDONVALE Gordonvale was named after a local pioneer John Gordon, but was originally called Nelson. Only 24km south of Cairns this little place became a sugar milling town in 1896 and has its own unique charm and character.

MISSION BEACH Offering a unique blend of reef and rainforest, the village is both welcoming and inviting. Mission Beach is Approx 2 hours drive south of Cairns you'll find a stepping stone to the great islands of the Hinchinbrook Channel.
Mission Beach Accommodation - A variety of accommodation from budget to luxury.