North Queensland, Australia, is a dream come true for nature-enthusiasts and thrill-seekers; it boasts many nature attractions and is a prime spot for adventure activities such as white water rafting and bungee jumping. Here are some tips on where you could stay in North Queensland as well as famous attractions and activities to entertain you during your stay.
Deciding Where to Stay
When deciding where to stay in North Queensland, it is best to choose an area with access to the most attractions. In this regard, Mission Beach may be a good choice as it is one of the rare places in Australia where two World Heritage areas meet, namely the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Greatest Barrier Reef. Mission Beach accommodation is also diverse and plenty, ranging from motels to resorts & spas.
The Greatest Barrier Reef
Visiting the Greatest Barrier Reef is a must if you are visiting North Queensland! Indeed, this is the primary reason most tourists come to North Queensland.
The Greatest Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is a state icon of Queensland. It is the world’s largest coral reef system and is comprised of nearly 3000 individual reefs, 880 islands and hundreds and thousands of different types of plant, bird and marine life. The Greatest Barrier Reef is the world’s largest single structure created by living organisms and it can even be seen from outer space!
Scuba diving and snorkelling are the most popular ways of experiencing the wonders of the Greatest Barrier Reef first hand. There are also many cruises and tours of the Greatest Barrier Reef visitors can choose from.
Wet Tropics of Queensland
The Wet Tropics of Queensland is an area of tropical rainforests which stretches along the north-east coast of Australia for around 450 km. The Wet Tropics are home to a large variety of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered animals and plant species. In addition to the plants and animals, visitors can also enjoy the spectacular rivers, gorges, waterfalls and mountains of the Wet Tropics. The Wet Tropics of Queensland was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 and was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007.
North Queensland offers a range of exciting activities for thrill-seekers such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, jet-skiing, para-sailing and much more!
The tropical nature of North Queensland has made it home to a large variety of birds such as the Azure Kingfisher, the Cassowary and the Kookaburra. There is no better place in Australia for bird watching as the Wet Tropics is home to twenty percent of Australia’s bird species. Visitors can enjoy observing these rare birds, many of which are endemic to Australia.
North Queensland is the main spot for hot air ballooning in Australia and is perfect if you want a bird’s eye view of the beauty that makes up this tropical paradise.