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Holidays in Tropical North Queensland

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Tropical North Queensland Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Tropical North Queensland hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Top Tropical North Queensland Flight & Hotel Packages

Nimrod Resort Apartments
The Reef House Palm Cove MGallery
Hacienda Cooya Beach
Madison Plaza Townsville
Cairns Aquarius
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Nimrod Resort Apartments
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Madison Plaza Townsville
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Rydges Southbank Townsville
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Top hotels in Tropical North Queensland

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
4.3/5Excellent! (965 reviews)

"Hotel moved us to the Mantra Esplanade due to this hotel becoming a Govt Quarantine Hotel. Mantra was great. Perfect location. Clean and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$189 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.
4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel in a perfect location, next to bars, restaurants, shops and the marina. Rooms were a good size and the pool was amazing."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$171 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (949 reviews)

"The Ville was great, wonderful staff and beautiful rooms., the Quarterdeck was also a wonderful restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

The Ville Resort - Casino
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Tropical North Queensland Holiday

Encounter the largest living structure on the planet, see crocodiles, swim in waterfalls and hike through pristine rainforest in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland.   Enjoy the dive of a lifetime on the Great Barrier Reef, a structure so large, at 1,429 miles (2,300 kilometres) long, it can be seen from outer space. Agincourt Reef just offshore from Port Douglas is a great place to start, with 16 dive sites and underwater caves to explore. Boats to the Great Barrier Reef leave from Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and Mission Beach. Spend a day diving or snorkeling among barracudas, colourful reef fish, turtles and sharks. Enjoy glass bottom viewing in comfort on the Reefworld pontoon.

See Australian wildlife from koalas and crocodiles to butterflies at the many sanctuaries around Cairns, Tropical North Queensland’s largest city. Hartley's Crocodile Adventure, the  Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda and Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome are some of the places where you can interact with the unique flora and fauna in this part of the world.  While in Cairns, beat the heat at the Esplanade Pool or the Sugarworld Waterpark. From Cairns, take a tour with an indigenous guide to the ancient rock art sites in Hope Vale and Laura River in the Cape York Peninsular.

To the west is the Gulf of Savannah region, a mixed landscape of outback woods, rivers, wetlands and historic gold-mining towns between the Great Dividing Range and the Northern Territory. Tour underground lava tubes at Undara and discover gold-mining history at Golden Gate Mining and Town Complex near Croyden. Fish for barramundi in the wetlands and river near Karumba.

South and inland of the gulf are the rainforest towns of the Atherton Tablelands. Here you can experience 1,500 free-flying butterflies in rainforest habitats at the Butterfly Sanctuary Kuranda. Enjoy the area’s many scenic waterfalls and barramundi-filled lakes popular with fishermen.

Many Chinese people came to the Atherton Tablelands to work in the gold-mining camps of Tropical North Queensland. Immerse yourself in their history and material culture at the Atherton Chinatown Museum and Temple

Tropical North Queensland’s diverse and beautiful landscapes are the perfect place to enjoy Queensland’s sunshine. Autumn and spring are the best times to visit to avoid the rainy summer season.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Tropical North Queensland?
A: If you’re going to be in the centre of Townsville or Cairns for a day or two, perhaps not. But if you’re going to stay longer and plan to explore the region of Townsville City or farther afield, definitely! Nothing beats the freedom that you have with your own wheels. With a little help from our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Tropical North Queensland, finding a ride is a piece of cake.
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Tropical North Queensland?
A: Most travellers to Tropical North Queensland hop off the plane at Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.). This popular airport operates roughly 209 international flights each month.
Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Tropical North Queensland?
A: Tropical North Queensland has a wealth of options for all sorts of budgets. If you’re after a little pampering, you’ll find plenty of apartments. Private holiday homes, hotels and motels are other popular places to stay.
Q: What does a Tropical North Queensland holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: Hotels, cars, flights — and experiences and activities. Expedia has everything you need for the perfect getaway. Choose one of these options or lock in one of our excellent travel packages. You’ve got the flexibility to customize your getaway to Tropical North Queensland exactly the way you want it.
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Tropical North Queensland?
A: Book a package deal with Expedia. It’s really that easy. Flights, Hotels, Rental Cars — choose what you need for your upcoming getaway and watch your savings add up. It’s time to plan your dream holiday (and save some dollars to boot).
Q: What are the best things to do in Tropical North Queensland?
A: Add on Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and Horseshoe Bay Beach to your wish list of must-visit destinations. You’ll locate these excellent attractions in Townsville. Afterwards, round out the day with a visit to Magnetic Island National Park.