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The Tropical North

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Daintree and Green Island

Winter in North Queensland is perfect. Daily temperatures here in Winter range from 17-20 degrees at night to 25-27 degrees during the day. Wet season is summer so the sun is usually shining and the birds singing in winter. This region is only about 16 south of the equator which accounts for the tropical climate.

Summer in North Queensland does have its drawbacks. Summer not only brings downpours of rain, it is also cyclone season and it is dangerous to swim outside specific areas because of box jellyfish activity. The north of Queensland is also inhabited by the fresh and salt water crocodiles so paying attention to crocodile warning signs is a must.

Tropical North Queensland offers blue skies, coral reefs, luscious rainforests, long white beaches, and spectacular scenery. It can be split up into nine sub-regions including rugged outback plains, reefs and islands, mountains, tablelands, wetlands, and grasslands. The main city of the north is Cairns which is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking wilderness. Wilderness areas including the Atherton Tablelands, World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Cape York, and the beautiful reef islands.

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Left to Right: Daintree Rainforest, Milla Milla Falls, Cape Tribulation

Whatever your passion, you can satisfy it in North Queensland. Sip champagne while cruising blue crystal clear waters or go white water rafting down magnificent gorges. Visit Aboriginal reserves or walk on deserted white sandy beaches. Visit a working cattle station or ghost town, go game fishing, or scuba dive on the worlds largest living reef. Bungy jump over the Kuranda rainforest or go on a 4WD safari through the amazing Daintree Rainforest. Fish for barramundi, ride the skyrail through the rainforst canopy (the worlds longest gondola cableway), explore the fascinating lava tubes, go birdwatching, or fossick for gemstones.

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The rainforests of Queensland are famous. They occur right down the coast of Queensland from the tropical north to the Gold Coast hinterland in the south. These rainforests are a natural sanctuary for all kinds of flora and fauna. The prehistoric Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland is the earths oldest rainforest and here the thick rainforest goes right up to the beach. Many parts are not accessible but there are 4WD tours. Cape Tribulation is where the two World Heritage areas meet with spectacular scenery.

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