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Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) offers the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest experiences, combining adventure and relaxation within some of the greatest environmental wonders of the world.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef. Few places on earth can boast such unique natural attractions – with the Great Barrier Reef offering dazzling coral and sea life, and the superb World Heritage listed tropical rainforests within easy reach.

The TNQ region is a large area that extends from Mission Beach/Tully in the south to the northern (Cape York) and western (Gulf Savannah) extremes of Queensland. The region includes the key tourism icons of Cairns, Cairns beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Kuranda, Cairns Highlands, the resort islands of the Great Barrier Reef from Dunk to Lizard, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest, Cape York Peninsula, Torres Strait, Gulf of Carpentaria, Gulf Savannah, Mission Beach and Great Green Way.

Port Douglas

The Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region is Australia’s premier tropical escape combining some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery with a diverse range of activities that attracts more than 2 million domestic and international visitors each year.

The region’s environment is as unique as it is diverse – the reef, rainforest and outback.

Cape York

Nowhere else on earth do two World Heritage listed sites sit side by side -The Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Tropical Rainforests. These two areas are renowned for their scientific value and beauty and this region brings them to life better than anywhere else.

In sharp contrast to the aqua and green colours of the reef and rainforest coastline are the rustic ochres and open spaces of the Tropical Savannah and Cape York Peninsula wilderness areas that are home to mythical geological and cultural wonders.


Other serene settings include the Cairns Highlands, a patchwork of farmlands, rainforest and lakes offering a cool rural retreat from the coast and the beachside hamlets that make up the Great Green Way. From Cairns serene beaches stretch along the coast including the popular boutique destinations of Palm Cove, Port Douglas, the Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Mission Beach and other quiet beach havens such as Trinity Beach and Yorkey’s Knob while ten of the Great Barrier Reef’s premier Tropical Islands sit atop the azure waters off the coast.


Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) is the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) which is responsible for implementing marketing strategies to promote Tropical North Queensland as a travel destination.

Tropical North Queensland Visitor Guides

  • Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Gazette

* Destination description by Tourism Queensland