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Tropical North Queensland - A Tropical Paradise

Tropical North Queensland, sometimes referred to as Far North Queensland, is a large area about 272,655 sq. km. in the northern region of Australia’s second largest state. It extends to the north from the city of Cairns to Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. It includes cities such as Port Douglas and Cooktown along with some islands, including Fitzroy, Green and Lizard. Tropical North Queensland includes reefs, beaches and savannah grasslands and it is home to two World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef, the largest marine park in the world, and Daintree, the oldest Tropical Rainforest.

Tropical North Queensland Coast

Tropical North Queensland is bordered by the South Pacific Ocean to the east and is sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef. One of Australia’s jewels and one of the world’s wonders, the Great Barrier Reef consists of 2,600 reefs and houses diverse marine life with thousands of animals, plants and corals. As the largest reef in the world, it is over 2,000 kilometers long, beginning to the south of the Tropic of Capricorn and stretches up to Torres Strait. Other coastal areas include Palm Cove and Mission Beach, as well as Port Douglas, which has a four mile long beach and is within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Tropical Rainforest.

Tropical North Queensland Tropics

The Wet Tropics, which consist of tropical rainforests, are about 8,940 sq. km. stretching from Townsville to Cooktown and they run parallel to the Great Barrier Reef on the northeastern coast. Daintree National Park, home of the tropical rainforest, is about 1,200 sq. km. and in 1988 became one of the World Heritage sites. The tropical rainforest is about half of all of Australia’s rainforests and is the largest continuous rainforest in Australia. You can experience the outback in the expansive open space of the Tropical Gulf Savannah, which comprises of grasslands, rivers, salt pans and waterfalls and it is about 186,000 sq. km. To the extreme north is the vast under-explored wilderness of Cape York Peninsula, which is still rooted in aboriginal culture. It is known as Australia’s last frontier and is 137,000 sq. km., extending northerly about 1,000 kilometers from Cairns. Another tropical appeal is Cape Tribulation which is the place where the Daintree River and Tropical Rainforest intersect with the Great Barrier Reef, providing easy access to a wide range of wildlife and rich underwater resources.

Tropical North Queensland Tourism

We would like to extend a big thankyou to Palm Cove Accommodation and Port Douglas Accommodation who provided us with our outstanding hotels during our research study excursion to Far North QLD.

Tropical North Queensland Mountains

The Great Dividing Range, also called the Eastern Highlands, forms the backbone to the mountainous areas in Tropical North Queensland. It stretches from north to south for over 2,000 miles along Australia’s eastern shoreline. It includes the Bellender Ker ranges which are over 1,590 meters and extend to the south of Cairns. The Cairns’ Highlands, which stretches southwesterly from Kurunda to the Atherton Tablelands have an average range height of about 700 meters above sea level. The Atherton Tablelands are about 3,200 sq. km. and they have rich and fertile soil due to volcanic activities in the area.

Tropical North Queensland Climate

Tropical North Queensland has a tropical climate and there are two distinctive seasons. There is the dry season with mild temperatures during May to October. The wet or green season is from November to April and has warm temperatures and account for 75% to 90% of the annual rainfall. Average temperatures in the summer range between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius and in the winter between 14 and 26 degrees. With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, the Tropical North Queensland has the distinction of having the highest rate of sun cancer worldwide, and in about 20 minutes you can easily get burnt from sun exposure.