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Travel guide Far North Queensland

Memories of Pineapple Juice
By Anne Stephens

When I was a little girl, say about forty years ago now (hmmm that makes me sound old) we went on a 'very special holiday' all the way to Queensland. It was a long, long drive. Fortunately Spotto was a great game to play! Although our trip was so long ago, I still have fond memories of buying the juiciest, sweetest pineapples you could ever imagine from little stalls on the side of the road. It was all an honesty system where you left your money in a tin on the wooden table. It was surrounded by long grass - acres and acres of it. My father would get a sharp knife and cut the pineapple as we stood by the car. We gobbled them down like there was no tomorrow. I would like my family to experience the joy of fresh pineapple, not from the can, but real pineapple, freshly cut, running down the... Read more

Review - Bali Hai
By Lisa Monk

The picturesque and historic township of Mossman is the stepping off point to the many delights of the Daintree rainforest. It is the sugar capital of tropical North Queensland and the discovery of gold at nearby Charters Towers in 1872, along with the establishment of the first sugar plantation some twenty years later, really opened the doors to the development of the region.  However, it is the location of Mossman at the gateway to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Park – along with its proximity to the more cosmopolitan Cairns and Port Douglas – that is the real attraction. There are many hidden gems to be found nearby and Bali Hai Rainforest Retreat is definitely the jewel in the crown.   This wonderful property is so protective of its location that al... Read more

By Kylie Jane Degeling

The next time you’re longing for some warmth and sunshine, head up to the Cassowary Coast in northern Queensland and spend some time in idyllic Innisfail. This quaint town resting on the banks of the Johnstone River boasts a location that is close to two incredible World Heritage listed natural attractions – rainforest at Wooroonooran National Park and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef! With a modest population of around 8500, Innisfail is the type of place where you can relax while still knowing there are plenty of services nearby. The town was once famous for sugar cane, but today bananas, delicious tropical fruits and tea are more prolific in the area. There is also plenty of seafood to be enjoyed, with a substantial prawn and reef fishing industry. Things to do: Woo... Read more

Cape Tribulation
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Few destinations in the world can boast one World Heritage List attraction, let alone two. Getting on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is extremely difficult and reserved for those places that the World Heritage Committee deems to have “outstanding universal value.” But Cape Tribulation boasts both the Daintree – a World Heritage-listed rainforest, and The Great Barrier Reef - a World Heritage Listed natural wonder which has also found itself on the Seven Natural Wonders of the World list. In fact, Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world to have two World Heritage-listed wonders side by side. Clearly – this makes Cape Tribulation a must-see destination. Whether you love the ocean or prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, there is plenty for everyone ... Read more

Review - Kuranda Villas
By Hannah Kothe

12 Barang Street Kuranda QLD 4881 This fully equipped, clean, bright, charming property is located a stone’s throw from the main street of the lovely rainforest village of Kuranda, 40 minutes out of Cairns. The villa comes with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The easy access parking (for unloading the car) means that you feel relaxed from the moment you arrive. Each of the self-contained villas features an outdoor seating and barbecue area, the optimum way to enjoy the small lush garden. The charming owner, Melissa, greets you with a smile on arrival and helps you settle in. Overall rating?    Great    What makes Kuranda Villas different? The proximity to the main street of the village and the little extras  (champagne, coff... Read more

Review - Meridien at Trinity Apartments
By Tim Hobson

Meridien at Trinity 26-30 Moore Street Trinity Beach, Far North Queensland   Self-contained apartments with all you could ask for, including a tranquil beachside location and close to all the delights of Cairns and beyond.      Overall rating? Excellent   What makes Meridien at Trinity different? The wonderful on-site managers are there to ensure that you have a wonderful stay.  They are there when you need them, but unobtrusive.  The quality of the accommodation and facilities was first class, and it was only a very short walk to great restaurants, shops and amenities.  The apartments are large and spacious with wonderful balconies overlooking the beach.   Accommodation overview  There is a choice of 1, 2, or 3 bedroom... Read more

Review - Mediterranean Beachfront Apartments
By Tim Hobson

77 Sims Esplanade Yorkeys Knob Beach, QLD   The apartment was perfect for our needs and has a peaceful ambience.  Close to the beach and with good eateries just down the road … all you need to get away from it all.   Overall rating?             Excellent     What makes Mediterranean Beachfront Apartments different? These luxury apartments are large and well furnished and the location just over the road from the beach is really convenient.  Also just 15 minutes north of Cairns and a great base for exploring the wonders of the region.  Having an onsite manager means any problems are quickly sorted out and it is easy to get some ‘local knowledge’ to help you make ... Read more

By Lisa Monk

Cairns is the gateway to the tropical north and provides myriad activities for those who want to sail, swim, surf, dive or explore the amazing shops, restaurants and cafes and the even more amazing hinterland.  Cairns truly has it all… the Great Barrier Reef, primeval rainforests and the modern luxuries of any major city.  No wonder it is a ‘must see’ destination for so many sailors. Cairns Seaport is Australia’s busiest cruise port with over 200 international and domestic cruise ship visits every year, and it is also home to Australia’s largest fishing fleet.  Its location virtually in the heart of the city is one of its many attractions.  When entering Cairns Shipping Channel, contact Cairns Harbour Control on VHF Channel 16, with an e... Read more

The Great Barrier Reef
By Kylie Jane Degeling

It’s so massive, astronauts can see it quite clearly from space, however the Great Barrier Reef is much more impressive down low and up close. The largest reef system on earth is so huge (bigger than Italy!), you could dive, snorkel and sail around it for a lifetime without seeing everything. And you’d never lose your sense of wonder, as vast displays of coral, colourful fish, various shell shapes and designs fill three dimensions of ever-changing beauty.  Extending 2000 km and covering an area of 35 million hectares, 2800 living reefs combine to make The Great Barrier Reef, which today remains the largest-ever World Heritage Area. These reefs form an extensive eco-system teaming with around 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 varieties of sponge and count... Read more

Atherton Tablelands Far North Queensland
By Atherton Tablelands Information Centre

The Atherton Tableland has a solid reputation as the ideal getaway, with it's rural communities encompassing a less stressed lifestyle filled withalluring nostalgia in country town atmospheres. The country towns of yesteryear have beds of blooming flowers, comfy benches in the main streets and shop owners that know their customers by first name. The Atherton Tableland got it's name from the many different plateaus or levels. It's covered with undulating mountains, valleys, lakes, streams, waterfalls and thick rainforest. Because of the high altitude - from 400 to 1100 metres above sea level - it's a tropical haven and doesn't have the humidity of the coast. You will be spoiled for choice of things to see and do with Barramundi fishing, canoeing and waterskiing at Lake Tinaroo, exploring ... Read more

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