100 ATTRACTIONS to visit
1. Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventure Park
Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventures gives its visitors more than just crocodiles, though they are the largest draw. Visitors to Hartleys can also see native wildlife of Far North Queensland and can view a variety of habitats and wildlife. Harleys Crocodile Adventures offers walks through the wetland, wildlife presentations, cassowary and koala feedings, and crocodile and snake shows. Boat cruises depart throughout the day within Harleys Lagoon.
2. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Kuranda
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia. Entering the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary allows guests to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies in an enclosed location. Visitors are welcome to tour the sanctuary on their own or take part in a 30 minute guided tour. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary also includes a museum with examples of butterflies from all over the world as well as a behind the scenes look at the butterfly breeding laboratory.
3. Birdworld Kuranda
Birdworld Kuranda showcases the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia. Replicating the natural habitats of almost 80 species that roam this unique rainforest immersion exhibit, naturally landscaped waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants make this truly a photographer's delight. There are brilliant Amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and many more. Don't be surprised to find a feathered friend taking a ride on your shoulder!
4. Kuranda Koala Gardens
The Kuranda Koala Gardens is a beautiful boutique wildlife park where visitors can cuddle a koala, sit down beside wallabies and get very close to some iconic Aussie animals. This intimate little park is an easy attraction to tag into your Kuranda day, and perfect as a family-friendly activity. A popular highlight for visitors is the opportunity to cuddle a koala for a treasured souvenir photo. Visitors who wish to visit Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and Bird World may purchase a Kuranda Wildlife Experience Pass that provides a special saving to all three wildlife parks.
5. Wildlife Habitat
Get up close to Australian native flora and fauna at Wildlife Habitat. Located just outside of Port Douglas Village, the award-winning Wildlife Habitat is situated on eight acres, showcasing native animals in their natural setting. Visitors can interact with the wildlife as they roam freely in this immersion exhibit. Wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely. Take time to enjoy the wading birds, fruit bats, Parrots, Forest Dragons, the Cassoawary, wallabies, kangaroos, emus and crocodiles, in this idyllic environment. Spend a couple of hours exploring or combine your visit with the famous 'Breakfast with the Birds' or 'Lunch with the Lorikeets' and enjoy a half day of sights and sounds.
6. Cairns Rainforest Dome
Rainforest Dome is a spectacular all weather wildlife exhibit located in the heart of Cairns. See native birds fly freely around you in the glass-enclosed rooftop dome, get eye-to-eye with Goliath the saltwater crocodile, and meet the reptiles, koalas and cute rainforest wallabies as they roam freely through the Dome. Observe curlews, frogmouths and kookaburras along with other animals such as frogs, turtles, pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and adorable bettongs. This all-weather rainforest and wildlife exhibit is ideal for those short on time who want to have an Australian wildlife experience.
7. Cairns ZOOm
Cairns ZOOm, the world’s first Challenge Ropes Course located at the Rainforest Dome inside a wildlife immersion exhibit. Consisting of over 50 elements of crossings and ziplines – including one which takes participants directly over the top of Goliath - a 4 metre saltwater crocodile! For adventure lovers and thrill-seekers alike, there are plenty of activities to test your skill and challenge your bravery. Test your skill on the ropes course, ride on one of the four different zip lines, or take the plunge with a dome jump! There is something for everyone.
8. Cairns Tropical Zoo
The Cairns Tropical Zoo gives visitors more than a glimpse into the tropics of Far North Queensland, Australia. Snakes, birds, koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles are just some of the animals that zoo visitors can view, touch, and even feed. An entire day can easily be spent at this location, as there are numerous programs scheduled from 8:30am until the zoo closes at 5:00pm.
9. Cairns Night Zoo
After hours, a section of the Cairns Tropical Zoo turns into Cairns Night Zoo, and an entirely different experience begins. This all inclusive night commences with a famous Aussie BBQ, some Australian wines and keg beers followed by a traditional Pavolova. After dinner the intrepid guides will take you on a fascinating sightseeing tour through the zoo to see what the animals get up to at night. Enjoy a spot of Billy Tea and Damper with the friendly kangaroos, you will have then eating out your hand before returning for some true blue Aussie entertainment.
10. Rainforestation Nature Park
Explore Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest at the Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) of pristine rainforest within five minutes’ drive of Kuranda village, Rainforestation offers three unique experiences: Army Duck Tours through the rainforest on both land and water; the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience with a traditional dance performance and guided Dreamtime Walk with boomerang throwing, spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing; and a Koala & Wildlife Park, where you can see native Australian animals, including crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, and the cassowary, as well as handfeed kangaroos and have your photo taken cuddling a cute koala.
11. Paronella Park
José Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park. On 5 Hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees (now a lush rainforest!). It opened to the public in 1935. Paronella Park has received multiple Queensland tourism awards, is State and National Heritage listed and is a National Trust listed property. Guided tours of Paronella Park are available, though visitors are welcome to explore the grounds on their own if they so wish.
12. Herberton Historic Village
The Historic Village Herberton is an outdoor museum presenting the story of Australia’s pioneering past. The Village currently has over 50 original buildings that date from Herberton's foundation years. Walking through the Village, visitors are given a sense of being in a real township complete with chemist, bottle collection, school, bank, grocer's store, frock salon, toy shop, mechanic, jail and more.
13. Malanda Falls Visitor Centre
The Malanda Falls Conservation Park is a popular swimming spot for residents of the area, with abundant rainforest wildlife, walking trails and an important historical site. Spend some time in the Malanda Falls Visitor Information Centre to discover more about the geology, the cultural heritage of the local indigenous people the Ngadjon-ji, the unique natural environment and wildlife of the Tablelands. The Centre has wide cool verandahs overlooking the rainforest, and the displays are great fun for all ages.
14. Daintree Discovery Centre
The Daintree Discovery Centre is a world-class interpretation facility that allows visitors easy access to every level of the Daintree Rainforest; from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy. The boardwalk is beautiful, with plenty of vantage points for different levels within the forest. Enjoy learning all about the local wildlife, plants and Indigenous People and the way they use the bush for food, medicine, hunting and shelter in stunning surrounds.
15. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Immerse yourself in traditional Tjapukai culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. One of the world's oldest living cultures is brought to life by Aboriginal dance performances, storytelling and various interactive crafts and activities. Learn to play a didgeridoo, throw a spear and catch a boomerang.In the Cultural Parks Creation Theatre, actors and holograms combine to tell stories of the Tjapukai people. The History Theatre plays movies above the original inhabitants of Australia, and the Dance Theatre hosts the live performances.
16. Tjapukai By Night
More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Highlights include a firemaking ceremony & 40 foot fireball, traditional face painting, live dance performance, buffet dinner and campfire photos. Settle in for a magical night of entertainment.
17. Mamu Tropical Skywalk
Take a walk in the clouds in Wooroonoon National Park. Elevated walkways, a cantilever, and observation tower offer visitors the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy, along with providing spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. Enjoy close-up views of rainforest plants, insects and birds, and take in sweeping vistas. Information signs tell of the rainforest’s complex web of life and the rich culture and history of the area.
18. Cairns Botanic Gardens
The Cairns (Flecker) Botanic Gardens are known for having one of the best exhibitions in Australia of tropical plants including specimens from Northern Australian rainforests as well as notable species from Southeast Asia. Covering approximately 71 acres for a recreational reserve, the Cairns Botanic Gardens has blossomed into several botanic spaces including The Gondwanan Heritage Garden, Fitzalan Gardens, Flecker Garden, Aboriginal Plant Use Garden and Centenary Lakes. The gardens are connected by interesting paths and footbridges. Open every day of the year and entry is free.
19. Cairns Australian Armour and Artillery Museum
Military buffs will be spoiled for choice at the Cairns Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, featuring over 90 tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery pieces. Sourced from accross the globe, this is the biggest collection of this nature in the southern hemisphere. The collection includes tanks, anti aircraft guns, field guns, combat equipment, armoured vehicles, anti tank vehicles, howitzers and self-propelled guns from both world wars with a particular focus on WWII. All exhibits at the museum are either fully restored or have been preserved.
20. Coconut Caravan Park
No need to stay overnight, come visit for the day! For a small entry fee you will have access to all resort recreation facilities including the fantastic SPLASH Waterpark with a 1200ltr pineapple dumping bucket, two huge resort pools, 18 hole mini-golf, giant jumping pillow, adventure playground, beach volleyball and the first interactive playground of it's kind in Australia - the NEOS Interactive Play Hub.
21. Cairns Regional Gallery
Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring the work of National and International artists, with a strong focus on local and indigenous works of art. The gallery incorporates four individual exhibition spaces inside the building, showcasing an average of 30 exhibitions per year. The Gallery Shop has a wide range of functional, artistic, local and designer gifts including quality prints, glassware, jewellery and ceramics. There is also a great cafe out the front.
22. Daintree Wild Zoo
Daintree Wild Zoo boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of Australian Cockatoos, Parrots and Finches. The display is further enhanced by two giant flightless Australian birds; the Emu and Cassowary along with Australia's only native dog, the Dingo and some Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles. Stay for the day or overnight in the zoo's affordable accommodation and wake to a true wildlife experience of morning chorus.
23. Crystal Caves
Where else in the world can guests choose an ancient Geode, crack it into two neat halves and be the first person ever to see the thousands of glittering crystals inside? The Crystal Caves! Located in the centre of Atherton, The Crystal Caves houses a growing collection of more than 600 gemstones, fossils and rocks presented in 250 m2 of tunnels and grottos for you to explore.
24. Gallo Dairyland
Gallo Dairy is well worth a drive situated in dairy country half way between Atherton and Malanda. Spread across 1000 acres of rich red volcanic soil, the dairy farm milks on average 500 cows twice a day. It's great to be there for milking time at 3pm and see the cows all wandering into the milking unit. In addition you will find a gourmet cheese factory, a café/restaurant, beautiful hand-crafted chocolate and a small farmyard petting area great fun for the kids.
25. Cairns Kart Hire
Cairns Kart Hire is Cairns' very own outdoor motorsport centre providing fun for the whole family with self-drive kids mini jeeps for the 4 to 10 year olds and single/double karts. The 450 metre outdoor circuit is designed to be Australia's most fun and challenging kart track. Operating 7 days a week choose from a single race up to five races.
26. Tableland Heritage Museum
The Tableland Heritage Museum is certainly like no other heritage museum you will ever encounter. Offering an entertaining and unique insight into our farming history, what makes this museum so unique is its unusual array of quirky characters that provide a good bout of tongue-in-cheek humour to this historical experience. No where else will you find a cow on a unicycle, a pig with a shotgun, horse on the dunny or pigs in a flying machine. From the weird and wacky to the completely bizarre, it is all here and all makes for a very entertaining and humourous experience. The kids will love exploring all the old farm machinery and the amusing characters provide a few good giggles for all!
27. Kuranda mini-golf
Situated in the Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets is a cute little mini-golf course set amidst lush tropical gardens. This one of a kind 9 hole course is only $5 to play and perfect for little kids and big kids!
28. Australian Venom Zoo
The Australian Venom Zoo features a great collection of animals from the world’s most venomous spider, to Australia’s 5 most venomous snakes, to a variety if scorpions, centipedes, reptiles and insects, and of course a great variety of our beloved tarantula! If you're kids have a curiosity about creepy crawlies then this is the place to be! Find out about cutting edge medical research made from venoms, interact with some fascinating, but harmless endemic insects and tour the displays of Australian Tarantulas, Scorpions, Centipedes, Lizards and Snakes.
29. Outback Opal Mine
Visit Cairns Outback Opal Mine and learn about the most Australian rock of all – the opal! Opal is the only Gem in the world with all the colours of the rainbow. Throughout history opal has been regarded as a stone of good fortune. Hailed as the ‘Rainbow Stone’ the Australian Aborigines have known of this great gem since the Dreamtime, believing it to bring love, luck and happiness to both those who give and receive it.
30. Coffee Works
Coffee Works has grown from humble beginnings, as a single market stall at Rusty’s Markets in Cairns to now creating and perfecting more than 43 rich and delicious coffees, luscious liqueurs and fine handcrafted chocolates. Admission into Coffee Works (Café, Chocolaterie and Gift Shop) is FREE. Relax in lush tropical surrounds and enjoy exceptional Australian espresso coffee. Visit the Choclaterie and be tempted by over 50 fabulous chocolate flavours – all handcrafted onsite. More info...
31. Freshwater Station
Situated in a quiet, leafy suburb, amidst tropical gardens and authentic heritage railway carriages Freshwater Connection provides visitors with an interesting insight into the visionaries and pioneers who built the Kuranda Scenic Railway between 1887 and 1891. The station also includes a museum, and pioneer cottage theatrette and restaurant. Time your visit for 8:45 or 9:45am and view the Kuranda Train as it arrives collecting passengers for the scenic rail journey to Kuranda.
32. Mossman Gorge Centre
Peruse the Indigenous art work at the Mossman Gorge Centre, then grab a map and take a relaxing stroll into Mossman Gorge. The walk takes approximately 15-20 minutes and is mainly shaded by the beautiful rainforest trees. Along the way you may see butterflies, dragonflies and bush turkeys. There are many opportunities to take some great photos of the surrounding scenery. Definitely bring your swimsuit and a towel to enjoy a cooling dip in the pristine waters.
33. Pelicans in Paradise
Kids can have fun exploring the adventure playground at Paradise Palms. Pelicans in Paradise is comprised of a 25m lap pool on the terrace, toddler’s pool, adventure playground and 18-hole mini-golf course. The Adventure Playground is suitable for kids of all ages and includes a circus themed slide village and climbing frame, three “Queenslander style cubby houses”, miniature soccer field with goals, a climbing spider, sand pits, swings, slides and a 21m jumping pillow.
34. Cairns Wake Park
Come and hang out for the day at the Cairns Wake Park & Cairns Aqua Park. Located next door to the Skyrail Rainforest Cablelway and Tjapukai Aboriginal Park, this family friendly attraction is provides the perfect cool down for those hot summer days. Learn to wakeboard,kneeboard & waterski with our professional instructors. The newly installed Cairns Aqua Park is an inflatable obstacle course located alongside Cable Ski Cairns. Obstacles include climbing walls, inflatable running tracks, seesaws and slippery slides. The park features a fully licensed cafe, BBQ area, beach area with sun lounges, Pro shop and car parking. Open 10am to 6pm daily.
35. Tanks Art Centre
Immerse yourself in arts and culture at Tanks - a unique community arts centre that is housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop. By day, Tanks presents an array of visual arts from local artists in the Tank 4 Gallery. By night, Tank 5 comes alive to a range of performances. Open 7 days, entry to the gallery is free.
36. Tarzali Lakes
Open during the School Holidays for Fishing, Camping and Platypus Viewing, Tarzali Lakes offer a range of fun activities including fishing, platypus tours, fish feeding, aqua golf, bird watching, nocturnal tours and camping. Tarzali Lakes offers the only guaranteed “No see, No fee” platypus sighting in tropical North Queensland.
37. Tyrconnell Historic Gold Mine
Experience the unique culture of the goldmining era, walk in the Australian bush, birdwatch or pan for gold. Situated 150km west by road, and right off the beaten track, you will find yourself in another world. We recommend you allow two hours for a guided tour, which includes the fascinating history of the area and the gold mine, a guided walk of the site and a demonstration of the rare 120 year old quartz crushing machine in operation. Morning or afternoon tea in Cate and Andy's old cottage is also included.
38. Malanda Dairy Centre
The Malanda Dairy Centre has a lot to offer for passing travellers. The museum is a wonderful collection of local family stories beautifully presented by the Eacham Historical Society. Its a great place to learn all about the Malanda milk area and great for kids with interactive displays. The food is very good, especially the cakes and The Mabi wildlife Gallery features the fine works of wildlife painter Daryl Dickson and photographs by Martin Willis.
39. Murdering Point Winery
Murdering Point Winery offers a range of high-quality red and white fruit wines and ports that are uniquely Australian. Known for their innovative use of a wide range of exotic tropical fruits, including Mango, Passionfruit, Lychee, Lemon Aspen, Davidson Plum, Jaboticaba, Mulberry, Pineapple and Black Sapote, with special ingredients including ginseng and ginger. Learn about the region’s colourful history and Australian Bush Tucker during a free guided wine tasting.
40. Beck's Aviation and Military Museum
Beck's Aviation and Military Museum is located south of Mareeba on the Kennedy Highway heading towards Atherton. Beck's Museum is the biggest privately owned collection of war machines, planes and equipment in Queensland. Visitors to Cairns who have a passion for restored planes, tanks and wartime memorabilia would consider the drive up to this unique museum well worth while.
41. Irvinebank’s Loudon House Museum
Loudoun House (est. 1884) was originally the home of mining entrepeneur, John Moffat (1841 - 1918). Loudoun House is a unique example of colonial architecture. The house is built mainly of local red cedar and consists of the main home and office section and the adjoining servants quarters, kitchen and Laundry.Today, Loudoun House Museum displays the fascinating artifacts of Irvinebank's past. These include relics of the tin industry and life in a frontier mining town as well as an extensive photographic collection.
KickArts is a key destination for local and tourist visitors who wish to experience the vibrant contemporary visual culture of Tropical North Queensland. Delivering a dynamic and diverse exhibition program, with cutting-edge contemporary visual art from our region, nationally and from abroad. The KickArts Shop animates the Centre on a daily basis and is a focal point for viewing unique, high quality works of art, craft and design from Australian and international artists.
43. Catch A Barra
Catch and cook Barramundi on site. All fishing gear supplied for this private, well stocked lake. Hand-feed hundreds of Barramundi. Enjoy the tropical gardens and shady picnic & BBQ areas. Bring your swimmers as there is a lovely mountain stream nearby. You can also walk around and see the kangaroos. Located just 20 minutes from Cairns at Little Mulgrave.
44. Mareeba Heritage Museum & Visitor Information Centre
Visit the Mareeba Heritage Museum & Visitor Information Centre and gain an insight into the region’s history and attractions. Featuring one of the most comprehensive collections of social history in Far North Queensland, the museum includes the main Heritage Centre building plus extensive outbuildings and artifacts. The majority of exhibits are not housed behind glass and there are many interactive exhibits which will delight the children. Open 7 days, entry is free.
45. Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
The Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has opened its doors for daily tours allowing people to learn about the history of the organisation and the journey to recovery which injured or sick turtles undergo whilst at this centre, prior to their release back into the ocean. Educational Tours are held on Fitzroy Island every day at 2pm, booking are essential please contact Fitzroy Resort reception.
46. Jacques Australian Coffee Plantation
Jaques Australian Coffee Plantation is situated on the Atherton Tablelands in Mareeba, with a beautiful backdrop looking over the surrounding peaks of the Great Dividing Range. The Jaques Café is situated at the heart of the Coffee Plantation, here you can relax at the cafe and enjoy the finest Australian coffee in lush tropical gardens.
47. Shannonvale Winery
Set in an amazing location in the rainforest - take yourself through a tasting menu accompanied by an explaination of the flavours. There are 14 different wines for tasting, all but one having won medals ranging from Gold to Bronze, awarded by Grape Wine Judges. All the fruits have big flavours and are grown organically in their own orchard. The flavours of the fruits are retained in the wine which are predominately dry wines.
48. Samurai Gallery
Samurai Gallery, is the only gallery in Australia dedicated to the Arts, Armor and Arms / Weaponry of the Japanese Samurai Warrior. At the Gallery you will have the unique opportunity to view these special artefacts of the Japanese Samurai Culture which were treasured by the warriors of Japan. This private collection features unique and authentic pieces including Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto, Tsuba, Menpo, Japanese Art, Sword Fittings and Armor.
49. Granite Gorge
Granite Gorge is a must see destination especially if you are travelling with children, love wildlife or appreciate spectacular scenery. Entry to the park includes access to the gorge walks, Wallaby watching and feeding, canoeing on the river - you can bring your own canoe, rock hopping, caves to explore, bird watching, fish feeding & turtles. The best time to visit is in the afternoon when up to 50 rock wallabies converge in a small area hungrily waiting to be fed. Visit for the day or stay longer.
50. Cairns Zoom
Situated high above the Cairns Casino the Cairns Zoom is a must do for anyone who has an adventurous streak. The ropes obstacle course provides a number of challenges including creative problem solving, teamwork, cooperation plus testing boundaries and comfort levels. The MidZoom ropes course is great for younger kids whereas the HiZoom is suited for those who want a bit more of a challenge. Ropes courses can create a great sense of achievement, children as young as 8, and adults as old as 98, are able to participate at the Cairns ZOOm.
51. Australian Sugar Industry Museum
Experience the drama & heritage of Australia’s sugar industry. Learn of the people who made the industry, investigate their life style and the rich folklore associated with one of Australia’s great rural industries. See on display many of the innovative implements and machines developed for the industry. Examine the pioneering methods and processes on informative audio/visual displays in the Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Australian Sugar Industry’s heritage.
52. Chillagoe Hub & Information Centre
Chillagoe is the Australian outback on the doorstep of Cairns. The spectacular landscape is strewn with ancient coral reefs, fantastic cave systems and debris of numerous mining ventures. Enjoy an amazing interactive display at the Chillagoe Hub & Information Centre, where the story of Chillagoe's amazing past comes to life. Located on the town's former Bank of Australasia site, the centre gives an extensive insight into the history and features of the area.
53. Daintree Entomological Museum
Check out an impressive collection of very interesting beetles, spiders, moths, stick insects and many more at the Daintree Entomological Museum. The Museum houses rare & spectacular insects from all around the world collected over 30 years. Also housed in this little museum is artwork, timberwork, stonework, an insect & butterfly breeding house and live insect displays. More info...
54. Australian Coffee Centre
Nestled in the heart of one of Australia’s most diverse and richest food bowls on the Atherton Tablelands is Skybury Tropical Plantation – home to Skybury Coffee, Papaya and Bananas. Immerse yourself in the full Skybury experience with a visit to the 375-acre property, open Monday to Friday, enjoying the purest Australian Arabica Coffee, while taking in the breathtaking views, delicious cakes, great hospitality and the freshest fruit from the farm at the Farmgate Cafe.
55. Undara Lava Tubes
Undara Volcanic National Park is about 300 km by road south-west of Cairns. The park protects one of the longest lava tube cave systems in the world. Access to the Undara Volcanic National Park is by guided tour only and Undara Experience are the pioneers in lava tube touring. Explore this natural geological wonder, spot iconìc Australian wildlife and enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting.
56. Cobbold Gorge
Nature has created a truly unique landscape at Cobbold Gorge. Situated deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland, this hidden outback oasis was formed 135 million years ago and shaped through torrential wet seasons where torrents of water spilled through the narrow joints, carving out deep gorges and leaving permanent water holes overlooked by spectacular cliffs. Access to Cobbold Gorge is by guided tour only. Cruise the gorge to explore its spectacular ancient geological landforms.
57. Paradise Palms Championship Golf Course
Constantly ranked as one of Australia’s best and most challenging courses, Paradise Palms championship golf course offers a combination of sweeping fairways, snaking creeks, six lakes, narrow undulating greens and 94 bunkers. Open to the public seven days a week, the course is a great test for golfers of all levels.
58. The Fossil House (Chillagoe Creek Homestead)
Chillagoe Creek Homestead and Fossil House invites you to travel back in time. The Homestead is home to a small, but select, collection of fossils. The specimens are representative of the three significant geological ages, which shaped the Chillagoe landscape.Local guide and hostess, Mary Bolam, offers personalized tours which explore Chillagoe's timeless past to the present day - a fascinating hands-on experience.
59. de Brueys Boutique Wines
Experience and taste the fabulous fermentations of the lychee, mango, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, passionfruit and star apple at the unique de Brueys Boutique Winery. See the orchard, tour the winery, sample world-class fruit wine, ports and liqueurs and enjoy the relaxing surrounds of the Atherton Tablelands.
Beat the heat at Cairns' coolest waterpark! Sugarworld Waterpark is a much-loved attraction for Cairns locals & tourists alike. Open every weekend and every day during Queensland school holidays and public holidays, this affordable pool and waterslide complex makes for a fun family day out, especially during the hot summer months. Suitable for all ages; you're never too old to join in and beat the kids on the Mat Racer Slide, Tandem Tube Raft Slide or the Supajet Open Body Slide.
61. Hou Wang Temple
Hou Wang Temple was the social and religious heart of Atherton’s Chinese community. Apart from the temple itself, there was also a community hall, kitchen and a pig oven. People gathered here to worship, celebrate festivals and discuss community issues. Today it is the only remaining structure of the original town. It is highly significant as a rare example of temples in overseas Chinese settlements, housing elaborate carvings and an intriguing past.
62. Marine Melanesia
Marineland Melanesia situated on Green Island is the home to over 50 crocodiles, marine aquariums with coral, fish, and giant sea turtles. The main attraction is Cassius, the largest crocodile ever caught in Australia, who is over 100 years old. Also on display is one of the world's most extensive collections of Melanesian Tribal Artifacts. Have your photo taken holding a baby crocodile. Marine Melanesia is open daily 9:30am until 4:00pm, and an entrance fee applies.
63. Sweet Farm Tours
Australia's first cocoa and sugarcane experience. Enjoy an educational journey covering everything you ever wanted to know about Australian origin cocoa and a working sugarcane farm. General admission includes entry into the visitor centre showcasing the Australian Cocoa & Sugarcane processing from estate to plate, plus complimentary chocolate tastings. The Cocoa & Sugarcane Tour includes a personalised farmer guided tour through the working cocoa & sugarcane farm.
64. AJ Hackett Bungy
Get ready to push your limits and break the laws of gravity at the Cairns Bungy site - the home of Australia's first and only Bungy tower. With a world-first Jump Menu offering 16 different jump styles, there's a Jump for everyone. There's nothing like a little adrenalin hit to remind you you're still alive!! The purpose-built, hand-crafted site is located 20 minutes north of Cairns city.
65. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Journey on the World's most beautiful rainforest experience. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will take you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and panoramic views before journeying to the forest floor and exploring this amazing rainforest environment from below.
66. Kuranda Scenic Rail
Experience one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia. The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. The famous railway winds its way through 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland.
Situated in the heart of the Daintree, Floravilla comprises of an ice cream factory and art gallery. Enjoy a true biodynamic ice cream experience with at least 26 flavours to choose from organically grown tropical fruits. Botanic artist Betty Hinton captures the beauty of the Daintree in exquisite detail, as exhibited in her art gallery. Betty is recognised as one of the top 100 botanical artists in the world, exhibited worldwide.
68. Tolga Bat Hospital
Discover the world of bats at the Tolga Bat Hospital. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see the work of the internationally-renowned bat hospital and meet some Australian bats, up close. Learn what is special about these flying mammals and enter their upside-down world. A personalised tour lasts for about an hour and includes a short film about the work of the Bat Hospital.
69. Tolga Woodworks
Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Café on the Atherton Tablelands is a most prestigious woodworking centre showcasing a superb collection of woodwork and craft. The Gallery features a stunning range of pieces by local artisans working in timber, steel, glass, clay, precious metals, leather & fabric. The work is excellent quality, with fine craftsmanship, style and imagination.
70. Port Douglas Court House Museum
Take a step back in time at the Port Douglas Court House Museum, the second oldest building in Port Douglas. See the re-enactment of the Ellen Thomson trial in the actual room where the committal took place in January 1887, through audio-visual and graphic displays produced by the Douglas Shire Historical Society. The Port Douglas Court House Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm.
71. High Falls Riverside Restaurant
High Falls Riverside Restaurant is located on a secluded private property in Whyanbeel Valley, situated between Mossman and Daintree only a 25 min drive north of Port Douglas. The restaurant timber deck area overlooks the sparkling Whyanbeel River which winds through tropical rainforest and enjoys the continuous sounds of birds and nature. A self guided orchard tour is complimentary when dining at High Falls.
72. Hook-A-Barra Fishing Adventures
Hook-A-Barra fishing adventures at Wonga Beach is the place to try your hand at landing a Barramundi or Mangrove Jack, there’s even the chance to catch a stunning albino specimen. The multispecies fishing pond is stocked with over 1,500 Barramundi (including albinos) and Mangrove Jack. Barramundi range from 1-12kg, 50cm to 1m. Tackle and bait are provided, as is guidance from our expert staff. You then have the option to purchase the fish you catch, or release them back into the pond.
73. Dimbulah Railway Station Museum & Information Centre
Dimbulah is a little town situated south-west of Mareeba. It owes its existence to the discovery of gold in the 1800s. Today Dimbulah is reliant on agriculture, including tea-tree, mango plantations and sugarcane. The town’s history and other interesting local facts can be unearthed at the Dimbulah Railway Station Museum and Information Centre. The Museum is open part time. STOP! REVIVE! SURVIVE! with a FREE CUPPA and view the displays / local art before travelling on refreshed.
74. Mako Trac
MakoTrac is North Queensland's only international Go-Kart track situated about 10km out of Mareeba. A range of Go karts cater for young and old. The world standard electronic time lapping system (up to 1/1000th second) delivers a precise print out of drivers, kart numbers, race position, best and average lap times, maximum and average speeds. Activities can be viewed from a terraced spectator viewing area or air-conditioned Cafeteria with race monitor and wide-screen TV.
75. Golden Drop / Golden Pride Wineries
Located just 10 minutes North of Mareeba, The Golden Drop is a boutique winery owned and operated by the Nastasi family and situated on their mango plantation - one of the largest commercial mango plantation in Far North Queensland, and one of the largest in Australia. Experience visiting a working mango plantation and sample refreshing tropical Mango Wines, together with Citrus Cellos, Mango Port, and a Golden Mango liqueur style wine.
76. Emu Ridge Gallery
Emu Ridge Gallery is the most photographed attraction in all of Kuranda, famous for its fossils, amazing range of gemstones and star of the show - a perfected 9 metre replica of an Allosaurus. The 9m long Allosaurus is a favourite with kids wanting to have their photo taken with a “real” dinosaur and is a drawcard for the museum’s collection of fossils and gemstones at the bottom of the stairs.
77. Daintree Station
Bringing a little bit of outback life to visitors, Daintree Station is a theme park with a relaxing difference. Nestled amongst World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, enjoy rainforest Horse rides and Quad bikes set in the foot hills. A big down hill ball for the best fun with freinds and on special days a Stockmans Lunch and Australian Muster Experience Show with cattle, horses, dogs, bullcatcher and quad bikes to Showcase life in the Australian Outback.
78. Spy and Camera Museum
The Spy and Camera Museum, Herberton, is a one of a kind and totally unique. A quick peep in the door reveals shelves cluttered with camera’s, camera’s hanging from the roof and old curiosities all crammed into this intriguing building. Open to the general public daily with guided tours on the hour. Learn about the history of photography and you will love the spy stuff.
79. Nerada Tea
Nerada Tea is the largest grower and manufacturer of tea in Australia. With 1,000 acres of planted tea on the Atherton Tablelands, Nerada produces approximately 1.5 million kilos of black tea a year – that’s about 750 million cups of tea! Nerada Tea’s visitors’ centre (located on the plantation) is open to the public seven days a week. Visitors can discover how tea is grown and processed, take a tour of the factory, buy fresh tea or a special gift or simply relax and enjoy a Devonshire tea.
80. Herberton Mining Museum and Information Centre
The Herberton Mining Museum and Information Centre occupies the site of the first big tin discovery at the Great Northern Mine. Themed areas tell the fascinating story of Herberton’s mining history and the town’s development. There are mineral collections on display plus a small theatre for multi-media displays. Families can try their hand at tin panning and hand drilling. The Mining Centre is also the starting point for The Great Northern Walking Trails, a series of self-guided walks of various lengths and challenges.
81. Mt.Uncle Distillery
Mt.Uncle Distillery is North Queensland’s first and only distillery producing Award winning premium liqueurs and spirits. Set in landscaped gardens on a banana, avocado and macadamia plantation, Mt.Uncle Distillery offers a pleasant visit featuring a café, local artwork and over 50+ teas to try and buy. Priding itself on an all natural approach to producing premium spirits and liqueurs, the Distillery is open for daily tasting's, seven days a week, from 10am to 4:30pm.
82. Chillagoe Caves
Featuring spectacular limestone caves, small galleries of Aboriginal rock art, jagged limestone outcrops and an historically significant mining site, Chillagoe is rich in natural and cultural heritage. The Chillagoe landscape began to form about 400 million years ago, when the area was covered by a shallow sea. Today that limestone towers over the surrounding plains as outcrops while, underground, caves and caverns created by dissolving of the limestone are decorated by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones. Join a ranger on a guided cave tour to view splendid limestone formations.
83. James Cook Museum
The James Cook Museum located in Cooktown is housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building and showcases the history of Cooktown - from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. Exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents.
84. Nganyaji Interpretive Centre
The Nganyaji Interpretive Centre, located in Ravenshoe, explains many aspects of the culture of the local Jirrbal indigenous people. The centre displays the Jirrbal's traditional lifestyle, their rainforest base-camp villages, hunting and gathering practices, food processing, rainforest cuisine, community life and contact history. Contemporary art and craft is also featured. The museum is open seven days a week and entry is free.
85. Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy
Mungalli Creek Dairy is a family run company that uses organic/biodynamic natural farming methods to create a unique range of award winning products. Visit the on-farm cafe where you can see the cows and chickens grazing nearby as well as enjoying the stunning views of Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s Highest Mountain, not to mention great tasting home made cakes, platters and lunches. View the manufacturing facility from the cafe and enjoy FREE Cheese and Yoghurt Tastings.
86. Windy Hill Wind Farm
Magnificent wind turbines stand 44 metres tall at Windy Hill Wind Farm, Queensland's largest wind farm. Windy Hill has 20 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 12 MW of electricity, providing enough power for about 3,500 homes. Located about three kilometres from Ravenshoe, which is situated 920 metres above sea level (highest town in Queensland,) on privately owned Atherton Tableland dairy farmland, the turbines provide quite a sight. Definitely worth a visit, especially for the breathtaking scenery, rolling hills and immense beauty that Ravenshoe and surrounds have to offer.
87. Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour is a living memorial dedicated to the memory of all who served in the fight against terror in Afghanistan. As a National memorial, this sacred place gives visitors a chance to reflect on the contribution that Australians have made both in Afghanistan and in the many other conflicts throughout Australia's military history. If you are standing at the memorial, facing the first tree on the right side of the final path, then you are looking towards Afghanistan - 10,000km to the north west.
88. Natures Powerhouse
Nature's Powerhouse is an innovative building located in the beautiful, heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens.. For those with an interest in the natural flora and fauna of the region, art or book enthusiasts, lovers of good food or visitors seeking information, Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre is the place to begin your northern adventure.
89. The Bat House
The Bat House is a unique little attraction in Cape Tribulation run by volunteers from the local conservation organisation AUSTROP. The Bat House is a nursery and rehabilitation centre for dozens of injured, ill or orphaned fruit bats, also known as flying-foxes. Besides giving visitors the opportunity to meet a flying fox, the Bat House provides environmental and tourist information on the region, and the research activities of the Station are highlighted.
90. Tully Sugar Mill Tours
Tully Sugar Mill Tours take place during the cance crushing season (June - November). To walk "through" a working sugar mill is unbelievable. The mill is fascinating to watch the process of how the cane comes in, to the unrefined sugar and molasses going out in trucks. The plant is fully self sufficient using every bit of the cane that arrives, including putting electricity into the grid. The tour guide provides hard hats, safety goggles and ear plugs, and at the end you may even get a few sweet samples!
91. Hoglund Glass Art
Hoglund Glass studio is nestled in the beautiful Whyanbeel Valley featuring a stunning collection of unique vases, bowls, platters, goblets, paperweights and glass jewellery. Internationally renowned glass artists Ola and Marie Höglund work from their glass studios in Nelson, New Zealand and in Whyanbeel, Tropical North Queensland, Australia, depending on the time of the year. Their glass work is recognised worldwide, and coveted by people like Sir Elton John, Bill Clinton, Olivia Newton-John and Mohammad Ali, with masterpieces found in private and public collections.
92. Janbal Gallery
Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery is a true Aboriginal experience where you can learn about Aboriginal Art and share Aboriginal culture through hands-on painting and storytelling experiences. Located in Mossman, come and create an authentic Aboriginal souvenir of your own whilst listening and sharing our culture with local Aboriginal artist and co-owner of Janbal Gallery, Brian “Binna” Swindley. Janbal Gallery is open to the public for art classes, painting workshops and gallery sales from 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.
93. Bally Hooley Train
The Bally Hooley is a historic little steam train that operates from the Marina Mirage station in Port Douglas every Sunday. It's a great way to spend an hour on a steam train with open carriages, and provides a bit of fun and entertainment for the kids between browsing the Sunday Markets and beach activities. The excursion passes behind a number of resorts before arriving alongside a tidal lake at the terminus of St.Crispins Station. The best part of the trip is watching the locomotive be turned around on the turntable - a manual process! A couple of resident crocodiles can often be seen in the lake.
94. Paronella Park at Night
The Paronella Park experience continues into the evening with The Darkness Falls Tour. Included in your ticket price, the night tour features flood lighting of many of the Park's highlights (courtesy of the restored hydro electric generator!). This allows for some incredible photo opportunities. More of the Park's secrets are revealed allowing our guests further insight into the Paronella Park story.
95. Lake Barrine
If you appreciate nature and enjoy the simple things in life then you must take a visit to Lake Barrine. It is a tranquil spot to visit and you can take a cruise around the lake. The Lake Barrine tea house is former guest house from the 1920's and famous for its Devonshire teas. Sit and relax on the verandah overlooking the volcanic crater, then take a wander around the lovely gift shop.
96. Rustys Markets
Rusty’s Market is an established Cairns tourist icon & certainly worth a visit. From an insignificant beginning of some 6 stall holders Rusty’s has grown into an enormous three day event with over 180 stall holders. Renowned for its colourful stall holders, sumptuous displays of exotic fruit, vegetables, exotic flowers, bric-a-brac, delicatessens, specialty products & an excellent selection of food & beverage stalls, why not drop in any Friday to Sunday.
97. Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve
Discover the rare and beautiful wildlife of the Australian outback at the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve. Known locally as the Mareeba Wetlands, this designated Nature Refuge protects over 5000 acres of savannas and wetlands, and provides a sanctuary for much of tropical Australia's savanna and wetland flora and fauna, as well as its cultural heritage. The spectacular visitors centre set on Clancy's Lagoon provides the hub for all tours and activities.
98. Yungaburra Markets
The Yungaburra Market is the biggest and oldest market on the Atherton Tablelands. Held in Yungaburra on the 4th Saturday of the month, local producers gather on the commons in the middle of the historic village of Yungaburra to sell fresh produce, flowers, home made crafts, jewellery, artwork, wooden furniture, clothing and just about anything else you can think of. The markets operate from 7:30am to 12:30pm, providing an entertaining morning out.
99. Canopy Art Centre
Dedicated to showcasing the work of Far North Qld artists in the mediums of printmaking, painting and sculpture. The art of both indigenous and non-indigenous practitioners from Cairns to as far afield as Pormpuraaw, Hopevale and the Torres Straits, are presented in the one space. On display is the largest collection of “Ghostnet” sculpture and weavings in Australia.
100. Lions Den Hotel
The Lions Den is a must see outback drinking hole - or Australia's equivalent of the Wild West. This landmark hotel is made of timber and corrugated iron, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with signatures of travellers over the decades, numerous artefacts and curiosities, from a preserved python's head to the history of the two Ross 'brothers', all displayed in a suitably dusty room. Popular as a lunch stop or stay and camp overnight.