Tropical North, Queensland

Things to Do

Green Island

Green Island is a coral cay north-east of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. The island boasts an unspoilt rainforest, stunning beaches and surrounding reef … so close that you can snorkel directly off the beach.

Green Island is perfect for day-trippers from Cairns. Stroll through the lush cool rainforest; laze on white coral sands or lie by the inviting swimming pool. Whether you spend a half or full day on Green Island, you will experience a adventure unlike any other.

Reef Experience

Reef Experience is a high speed catamaran that joined the company fleet in 2008 and has provided unbeatable trips to the barrier reef ever since. Scuba divers and snorkellers can travel together onboard Reef Experience … Cairns only ‘all inclusive’ reef day tour.

White Water Rafting

Raft the Mighty Tully River, regarded as the best rafting river across Australia and New Zealand. Go Wild with the first company to raft the Tully back in 1985… Raging Thunder!

Each raft is controlled by a highly trained river guide, who teaches you the correct techniques during the day, and who will share with you the history and wonders of this magnificent landscape which few get to see.

Kuranda Village

Kuranda Village is a quaint little township in the rainforest, situated where both Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Train journeys terminate. Kuranda Village is famous for arts and crafts and indigenous artifacts and the excellent attractions of the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Aviary. Passengers travelling with Tropical Horizons Day Tours may obtain discount entry to these attractions (show your tour sticker, train/railway or Skyrail pass). Both The Original Kuranda Markets and the Heritage Markets now open daily.

After some free time in Kuranda Village exploring either the markets and galleries and all else on offer – board the Skyrail near midday. Relax & enjoy the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience, if you wish stop briefly enroute to explore the two stations and boardwalks. Arrive at Skyrail at Caravonica Lakes, where the coach will transfer you via the coast road providing a great scenic drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures


Our favourite walks below should get you started. If you are really committed to exploring on foot, you may want to look for a guide to walks in the area. You’ll find one in most bookshops in town.

The Esplanade at Sunset – Lots of people, lots of strange and noisy birds, and a good view of the mountains, mudflats and shore. The walk gets less and less crowded as you move away from town. (Bring binoculars if you got ’em.)

The Marina early evening – I don’t know about you, but some folks, me included, just like to sit on the long finger of the pier and watch the mountains change color, as all the dive and fishing boats return starting at around 5:00 pm.

Mt. Whitfield – Check out two walks on Mt. Whitfield: The mile long red arrow walk is clearly marked and winds up through the forest to afford great views of Cairns and the airport. The Blue Arrow walk is about 12 km round trip and is a bit more adventurous as walks go. Bring water, and avoid the hot part of the day. About a 10-minute drive from downtown.

Centenary Lakes and Fletcher Botanic Garden – A good bet if you like an easy but natural walk on this flat network of paved paths. The café in the Botanic garden is a great spot for coffee or a cold drink. About a 10-minute drive from downtown.


There are a number of beautiful beaches just minutes from NRMA Cairns Holiday Park. For more information on the how to get to the beaches please contact reception.
Palm Cove

A little further out, with fewer snack shops. There is a dock to walk on, and a long, long beach. Remember to follow the rules in stinger season. Bus service is available from downtown Cairns.

It is a small beach with a swimming enclosure during stinger season, a number of food shops for snacks, and a beach rental outfit that will rent you anything from a beach umbrella to a windsurfer. Remember to follow the rules in stinger season. Bus service is available from down-town Cairns.

This must be one of the prettiest beaches in Australia. About 30 minutes North of town, with one small café, and miles of nearly deserted beach, it is by far our favorite. Remember to follow the rules in stinger season.