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Cairns, Port Douglas & the Northern Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Port Douglas & the Northern Great Barrier Reef Holidays

Tropical North Queensland is a vibrant and captivating region of Australia with an abundance of natural attractions, the only decision is where to stay!

All of the destinations listed here are ideally located to explore the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage listed rainforest , with each boasting its own character and distinctive appeal.

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Here's a selection of our most popular holidays in
Cairns, Port Douglas & The Northern Great Barrier Reef.
If you'd like to see how you could fit this state into a wider exploration of the country - take a look at our Australia Holidays page.
Sydney, Rock & Reef
15 days / 14 nights
from £1,356
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Uluru
  • Aboriginal culture
  • Great Barrier Reef

  • Luxury Queensland
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £4,744
  • Brisbane
  • Scenic Rim
  • Hayman Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Cairns

  • Reef & Coastal Explorer
    19 days / 18 nights
    from £1,686
  • Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Daydream Island
  • Whitsundays Island
  • Sydney

  • Rainforest, Reef & the Tropical Tablelands
    15 days / 14 nights
    from £2,692
  • Tropical Tablelands
  • Daintree National Park
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Bedarra Island

  • Barrier Reef Roaming - Motorhome Holiday
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £865
  • Brisbane
  • Noosa
  • Hervey Bay
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Airlie Beach
  • Mission Beach
  • Port Douglas

  • Queensland Thrills & Spills
    20 days / 19 nights
    from £Please contact us
  • Animal Encounters
  • Hamilton Island
  • Whitsunday Islands


    Cairns, Port Douglas & the Northern Great Barrier Reef map
    The gateway to Tropical North Queensland and several of the northern islands of the Great Barrier Reef, lively Cairns makes for a fun and convenient base with its abundance of relaxed restaurants, shops and markets. The pretty treelined esplanade is a focal point with a buzzing marina, gorgeous outdoor swimming lagoon and panoramic views out over the mangroves and mudflats to the Coral Sea.
    Kewarra Beach/Trinity Beach
    Kewarra Beach/Trinity Beach
    These neighbouring beachside villages sit just 20 minutes north of Cairns and are ideal for couples and families who want to be close to the attractions of Cairns, but enjoy a slower pace of life with beautiful beaches right on the doorstep. Kewarra is best suited to those seeking privacy, as there is only one charming resort nestled in tropical gardens, whilst laidback Trinity boasts apartments and a range of casual dining options.
    Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    Sitting just north of Kewarra and Trinity beaches yet still just 25 minutes from Cairns, sophisticated Palm Cove is hugely popular with both locals and tourists alike and it’s easy to see why. Stroll along the beautiful palm-fringed white sand beach, admire the colourful flowers which adorn the esplanade and dip into the quaint little boutiques. With a great selection of quality bars and restaurants, this enchanting village is a underrated gem.
    Port Douglas
    Port Douglas
    For a stay in one of Queensland’s most beloved holiday hotspots, head an hour north of Cairns to tropical Port Douglas. This captivating resort town oozes a mellow pace, so enjoy a lazy stroll along palm-tree lined Macrossan Street to browse its quirky stores and alfresco cafés or relax on the golden sands of spectacular Four Mile Beach. It also makes for a fantastic base to visit the Great Barrier Reef and scenic Daintree Rainforest, nearby.
    The Daintree
    The Daintree
    With a strong Indigenous heritage and combining tropical rainforest, dazzling white beaches and fringing reefs offshore, the picturesque Daintree region is a nature lover’s paradise and makes for a fascinating addition to any holiday. Join a tour to explore the scenic walking trails of World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, visit Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge and uncover the secrets of the region’s incredible flora and fauna.
    The Atherton Tablelands
    The Atherton Tablelands
    Part of the Great Dividing Range and rising up to 1,000m above sea level, the fertile inland plains of the tropical tablelands are blessed with a yearround temperate climate and wealth of natural beauty. Enjoy leisurely drives to admire sparkling lakes and breathtaking waterfalls, walk amongst lush rainforest and sample delectable local produce, ranging from mouthwatering tropical fruits and nuts to rich cheeses and chocolate.
    Mission Beach
    Mission Beach
    Situated two hours drive south of Cairns and nestled between tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, the peaceful hamlet of Mission Beach offers both relaxation and adventure in equal measure. Renowned for its vibrant arts scene and glorious beach which stretches for miles, the region is also fantastic for nature walks, watersports and locally booked day trips to nearby Barrier Reef islands.
    Great Barrier Reef Islands From Cairns
    Great Barrier Reef Islands From Cairns
    The calm, sheltered waters and fringing reef surrounding Fitzroy Island Resort can be easily reached by a 45 minute ferry from Cairns and the resort offers great value in a beautiful location. Alternatively, splurge and fly by seaplane to the incredible Lizard Island Resort, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia and the ultimate luxurious Barrier Reef getaway.
    Great Barrier Reef Islands From Mission Beach & Townsville
    Great Barrier Reef Islands From Mission Beach & Townsville
    To really get away from it all, luxurious and intimate Bedarra Island Resort is located on its rugged namesake, just 30 minutes by boat or a scenic 15 minutes by helicopter from Mission Beach. Further south, popular Magnetic Island boasts picturesque bushtrails and abundant wildlife, and Peppers Blue on Blue can be reached via a 25 minute ferry from Townsville.



    Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort
    from £57
  • 3 restaurants & bars including Cairns’ highest rooftop bar
  • 2 pools including a 1000 square metre swimming lagoon
  • Gym
  • Eléme Spa
  • Free use of bikes
  • Parking from $12 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Peninsula Boutique Hotel
    Port Douglas
    from £84
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Café
  • Heated pool & hot tub
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Free use of bikes
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • The Reef House - MGallery by Sofitel
    Palm Cove
    from £54
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge & honesty bar
  • 2 pools & a hot tub
  • Spa
  • Free wellness classes
  • Free use of bikes
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Daintree Ecolodge
    The Daintree, Tablelands & Mission Beach
    from £137
  • Restaurant (breakfast & dinner)
  • Lounge
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Free parking

  • Thala Beach Nature Reserve
    Port Douglas Nature Retreats
    from £86
  • Treetop restaurant & bar
  • Lounge with panoramic views
  • Private access beach
  • 2 pools
  • Massage treatments
  • Guided nature walks & talks
  • Guided stargazing
  • Local area shuttle (charge applies)
  • Free parking

  • Fitzroy Island Resort
    Islands Of The Northern Great Barrier Reef
    from £30
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Café
  • Large pool with swim up bar
  • Massage treatments
  • Watersports & dive centre
  • Kids’ games room
  • General store


    Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
    Approx 7-10 hours
    from £185
  • Beautiful Agincourt Reef
  • Spacious activity platform
  • Swimming & snorkelling
  • Semi-submersible tour

  • Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest
    Approx 9-13 hours
    from £131
  • World Heritage listed rainforest
  • Daintree river cruise
  • Famous Cape Tribulation beach
  • Mossman Gorge Centre

  • Luxury Low Isles Sail & Snorkel
    Approx 7.5-8 hours
    from £166
  • Pure sailing on luxury catamaran
  • Small group - max 33 guests
  • Guided snorkel tour, glass bottom boat & island walk

  • Flames of the Forest
    Approx 3-4 hours
    from £140
  • Banquet dinner with local wine and beer
  • Aboriginal cultural performance
  • Sparkling wine & canapes on arrival

  • Silversonic Dive & Snorkel
    Approx 7-10 hours
    from £164
  • Great choice for snorkelling & diving
  • 5 hours at 3 different reef sites
  • Travel by high speed catamaran

  • Kuranda, Scenic Rail & Skyrail
    Approx 8-10 hours
    from £100
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Breathtaking Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Picturesque Kuranda village

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