About North Queensland

North Queensland in the northern part of the state of Queensland, is ruuged, lush and unspoilt. Home to two World Heritage listed sites, North Queensland stretches from just south of Rockhampton to the tip of Cape York in the far northern corner of Queensland.

With the first amber fossil to be found in Cape York, this sun stretched corner of Australia lures tourists to experience some of the world's most tropical and  hidden wilderness each year. With the laid back tropical centres of Cairns and Port Douglas acting as major gateways to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforests and Cape York Peninsula.

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About North Queensland

Tropical, wild, rugged and filled with character, Queensland’s North corner, although small geographically contains some of the the richest biodiversity in the whole of  Australia. The thick dense ancient rainforests of the Wet Tropics cover the region and sprawl out onto gorgeous beaches. Offshore lies the majestic natural wonder the Great Barrier Reef and the lush hinterland,  Atherton Tablelands which forms a leafy backdrop and is filled with tumbling waterfalls and giant fig trees. Heading north is historic Cook town, Cape York and the very tip of the corner lies the Cape York Peninsula. South of Cairns is Innisfail and Mission Beach and the urban city of Townsville, which is said to be the closest mainland point to the Great Barrier Reef.

Because of its size, the climate across the state varies significantly.Low rainfall and hot summers is more inland and out to the west, whereas far north experiences a 'wet' season, and the coastal regions have warm, temperate conditions. North Queensland offers some of the best weather that Australia has to offer. It’s  warm sunny days, warm waters, slight ocean breezes and  comfortable climate are part of what makes it such a fantastic year round holiday destination. 

Much of North Queensland's wealth comes from mining and the hive of tourist activity. The economy has enjoyed a boom in the last 20 years as well as a sizable increase in population,  all attracted by the employment opportunities connected with mining and, of course, the desirable climate, and the fantastic tourist trade. Known as the gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforests, the region boasts significant tourist attractions, which creates a significant impact on the state’s economic growth yearly.

Size: 80,041,50 square kilometres (Britain is 245,000 km2)

Population: 231,628

Industries: Mining agriculture, tourism

Main cities: Townsville (167,021), Cairns (142,105), Mackay (78,644), Rockhampton (64,857)

Top 10 places to visit in North Queensland:

  • Cairns Esplanade
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Kuranda Skyrail and Barron Gorge and Falls
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
  • Mission Beach
  • Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulations
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Cape York Peninsula
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