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Cairns and Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is a region of dramatic contrasts.  Majestic mountain ranges blanketed in lush rainforest drop dramatically to the Coral Sea where the Great Barrier Reef dazzles with its incredible array of undersea attractions.  Experiencing Far North Queensland is a powerfully spiritual experience.  From the glittering waters of Lizard Island to delights of the elevated wonderland that is the Atherton Tableland, this is a stretch of the Australian continent that is well worth exploring.

The Lizard Island Group lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the island itself was given its moniker by Captain Cook for the monitor lizards that make the island their home.   Breathtaking white sand beaches line turquoise bays which shimmer away under the tropical sun with a whole ‘nother aquatic world beckoning underwater.  The coast of Far North Queensland is indented with jagged bays over which majestic mountain ranges loom.  Around every bend, the Daintree River showcases tremendous tropical scenery of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area.  South of the Daintree, Mossman Gorge features gentle cascades, sculpted rocks, and a dose of serenity, and the Mossman River is replete with spots to enjoy a tranquil dip in its cool waters dramatically surrounded by the verdant rainforest.  Beach after brilliant beach lines the coast along the Captain Cook Highway heading north out of Cairns, while the wonders of the Atherton Tableland rise to its west.