Explore the Great Green Way/Tropical Coast (located between Townsville and Cairns)
This lush section of coast takes in Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail, Bramston Beach, Babinda as well as spectacular Orpheus, Hinchinbrook and Dunk Island. See cassowaries, butterflies, wild orchids and incredible untouched tropical beauty. The Great Green Way encompasses more than 25 tropical islands, more than 12 National Parksand is flanked by World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest on one side and theWorld Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef on the other. The Great Green Way is your best chance to experience the real tropics – fly into Townsville or Cairns, hire a car and spend a week exploring this still virtually untouched region of the ‘Tropical Top’.
Innisfail is a fantastic base to explore magnificent Flying Fish Point, Ella Bay, Josephine Falls, Paronella Park and Babinda Boulders. There are many hidden gems to discover here and you may even see a cassowary or two!
Cairns, the capital of the tropical north is a mix of modern architecture and old timber Queenslander homes. Cairns Esplanade, once a huge grassy park, now features a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, free public barbeques, children’s playground, shops and restaurants, an environmental interpretation centre and the Cairns Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal – gateway to your reef experience. Cairns is really the hub to the attractions of Far North Queensland. To its west, the lush Atherton Tablelands, to the north a string of palm fringed tropical beaches including Palm Cove. Further north explore Port Douglas, Daintree, Cooktown and untouched Cape York. Whether you want to day trip, charter a boat or plane, fish, ride the sky rail or catch the Gulf Savannahlander to an Outback adventure, this is an exciting part of Australia to visit!