Get to Know the Real Tropical North Queensland
Home to world-famous destinations such as Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove, Tropical North Queensland is the ideal location for travellers seeking sun, sand, forest, boutique resorts, fresh cuisine and an endless blue ocean. For those who relish urban life, tropical landscapes and a whole lot of Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is your mecca! In Palm Cove, you’ll stay metres from the sand, dine in an eclectic mix of superb restaurants and try your hand at the various water sports on offer. Quieter than Cairns, Port Douglas is full of first-rate resorts, chic and boutique shopping, scenic pools and all things romantic!
To enhance their knowledge of their favourite getaway location, we sent 8 My Queensland Holiday Experts to Tropical North Queensland. 4 Nights, 10 resorts and a bunch of exclusive Queensland experiences later, these Holiday Experts came home more excited than ever to share their love for this region with YOU. Read on to find out their top tips for your next Queensland escape.
OUR TEAM STAYED AT:
- Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
- Reef House Port Douglas
- Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
- Mantra Amphora
- Peppers Beach Club & Spa
- Thala Beach Nature Reserve
- Mantra Portsea, Port Douglas
- QT Port Douglas
- Pullman Palm Cove Temple
- Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection
TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND TRIP FACTS:
- 4 Nights
- 10 resorts
- Exclusive Queensland experiences and tours
- 8 My Queensland Holiday Experts
What was your favourite thing to do in Tropical North Queensland & why? Being an avid ocean-lover, snorkeling at the majestic Great Barrier Reef was my favourite thing to do. It was incredible to swim beside the friendly turtles and see what the deep blue has to offer!
What was your favourite view? The strip of coast on the drive between Palm Cove and Port Douglas was breathtaking. It reminded me of a warmer Great Ocean Road with a northern twist.
What was your favourite resort & why? The Reef House Palm Cove because of its boutique beachfront feel and stunning family of 300-year-old Melaleuca gumtrees.
What surprised you about Tropical North Queensland? Despite the rumours, I didn’t see any wild crocodiles! Although, I must admit, I am quite pleased with that outcome…
Your favourite food or restaurant in Tropical North Queensland? The Kangaroo meat was divine, and the cuisine served at The Reef House Palm Cove was exquisite – all enjoyed in a gorgeous outdoor setting.
What would make you go back to Tropical North Queensland? The Great Barrier Reef, every time!
Any last words? The day tour with Quicksilver Cruises was world-class. It includes snorkeling, scuba diving, a helicopter ride and underwater walking tours for those who are not confident in swimming. The guides are super friendly and very professional – their main priority is for you to have a fun and safe experience. I would highly recommend any of the above Quicksilver tour options.
TOP TIP: Pack light clothes as it can get quite warm and humid (a price you pay for glorious, sunny days!).
What was your favourite view? The best view was from the boat heading out to the Great Barrier Reef. Picture this: an elaborate sheet of sparkling ocean met by a cloudless blue sky, the sea breeze dancing past you…there was something so rejuvenating about it.
What was your favourite resort & why? Mantra Amphora was my favourite resort. It’s prime beachfront location, the convenience of self-contained apartments, the grand free-form pool and upmarket restaurants on-site are just the beginning at Mantra Amphora.
What surprised you about Tropical North Queensland? I was surprised at just how untouched a lot of this region is. Majority of the beaches and rainforest trails aren’t too commercialised, allowing for a more authentic experience of the real Tropical North Queensland.
Your favourite food or restaurant in Tropical North Queensland? QT Port Douglas’ Bazaar restaurant! It’s an interactive marketplace inspired by international street stall, souks and bodegas. You get to experience multiple cultures on one plate, all with a modern twist.
What would make you go back to Tropical North Queensland? I would like to go back to Tropical North Queensland to view the brand-new Crystalbrook Collection properties. They are expected to bring something quite different and unorthodox to this region. I’d also like to return so I can get my fill of R&R – Tropical North Queensland has mastered a relaxed culture.
TOP TIP: Bring a few spare outfits. There are so many awesome activities on offer so you’re likely to go through clothes a little quicker than usual.
What was your favourite thing to do in Tropical North Queensland & why? Taking a helicopter across the ocean was out-of-this-world. The views were so captivating!
What was your favourite view? The sunrise from Rydges Esplanade in Cairns was stunning.
What was your favourite resort & why? Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas takes 5-star luxury to a whole new level. Set right on the beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, sprawling saltwater lagoon pools and an 18-hole golf course, this property is ideal for the indulgent.
What surprised you about Tropical North Queensland? How quaint and laid-back it is. It’s the ultimate tropical getaway.
Your favourite food or restaurant in Tropical North Queensland? The Peppers Beach Club’s Lime & Pepper restaurant offers a shared tasting platter that is to-die-for. You get to dine just steps away from the beach, with frangipani-scented air and gentle ocean breezes accompanying you.
What would make you go back to Tropical North Queensland? The food! The variety is impressive and the produce is so fresh.
Any last words? I can see why Tropical North Queensland is a popular holiday destination for Aussies. The laid-back lifestyle offered there suits our culture. I felt like I went back in time as the surrounds were not as built up or commercialised as what I thought they would be.
TOP TIP: Take a hat and plenty of sunscreen!
What was your favourite resort & why? Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas totally exceeded my expectations. The refurbished rooms are beautifully-decorated, bright and modern. The pool lagoon was magnificent and the breakfast buffet was exquisite.
What surprised you about Tropical North Queensland? The variety of landscapes – the scenic drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is so diverse – one moment you are looking out over an ocean clifftop and the next you’re driving through lush tropical forest.
Your favourite food or restaurant in Tropical North Queensland? Reef House Restaurant in Palm Cove – everything on the menu is delectable but the Crème Brulee was my favourite!
What would make you go back to Tropical North Queensland? I’ll go back one day to explore more of the reef, Kuranda and Mossman – so much to do!
TOP TIP: Pack your swimsuit! The ocean and resort pools are extremely inviting.
What was your favourite thing to do in Tropical North Queensland & why? My favourite thing to do in Tropical Northern Queensland was swim with the stunning turtles as well as learn about each resort and region including Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Cairns. My favourite place was Palm Cove—it is so pretty and tranquil.
What was your favourite view? I enjoyed sitting outside on the deck during the Spirit of Cairns Cruise. Gazing towards the lush rainforest in the distance and the dazzling city of Cairns, drink in hand, was an experience to remember.
What was your favourite resort & why? Thala Beach Nature Reserve! Nestled in the heart of the lush rainforest, this resort feels like a magical treehouse (or tree-mansion). When standing out on your balcony, you are gifted with spectacular views of the Coral Sea and elaborate greenery surrounding you. The tropical-inspired pools are fringed by palm trees, the private beach offers white sand and coconuts, and the dining room sits among the treetops. This resort is a fairytale come true.
Your favourite food or restaurant in Tropical North Queensland? Pullman Palm Cove Temple’s Temple of Tastes offers relaxed, alfresco dining with modern, sophisticated dishes. For this reason, Temple of Tastes was my favourite restaurant.
What would make you go back to Tropical North Queensland? Just how ideal for families it is. I would like to take my family there and go on different tours to the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Any last words? Like Bailey, I am excited about the new resorts by Crystalbrook and I look forward to staying there on my next trip.
TOP TIP: As Cameron mentioned, pack light! You only need cool, airy clothing as it is very warm in that part of Australia.
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