Whether you’re on a month long honeymoon, or a few days getaway, tropical North Queensland in Australia has some of the most awe inspiring and breath taking sights to see anywhere in the world. Mother Nature has been kind to the tropical North Queensland, offering amazing views wherever you go. this region is a great destination for independent travellers, and the best way to get around is with a 4wd hire. You can leave behind the restrictions of a tour bus and go at your own pace, and get to some of the out of the way national park destinations that are missed by the big bus tours.
Here are some highlights that make tropical North Queensland so special.
The Wet Tropics are nearly 900,000 hectares of lush, wet tropical forest along the eastern most portion of North Queensland, that run between Townsville and Cooktown. It’s also the home of Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest waterfall. With more than 390 rare plants and over 70 endangered species, travel in this region really has an exotic air to it.
Great Barrier Reef
You can’t visit North Queensland without experiencing the largest coral reef system in the world. The Great Barrier Reef occupies about 340,000 square kilometers of the Coral Sea, and can be seen from outer space. The reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Barron Falls Lookout Track
Barron Falls Lookout Track is an elevated boardwalk that traverses by Barron Falls and the surrounding rainforest. This 600 meter walk is a world of rugged mountain scenery, lush rainforest and waterfalls that often leave a cloud of mist around the trail. There are endless lookout points and rest stops along the way to the main railway platform. Make sure to bring lots of sunblock with you, as when the sun shines over the rainforest, it’s easy to burn. The best time to travel to the Barron Falls Lookout track is between April and October.
Millaa Millaa Falls
Adjacent to the town of Millaa Millaa in the far northern end of Queensland, this is one of best spots for grabbing a 4wd hire and heading out for a scenery that can’t be beat. You’re allowed to swim in the base of the falls, so feel free to take a dip when the heat becomes too much.