Wonders of the tropical north: 3 must-do Australian adventures

24 Feb 2014

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Australia has one of the most diverse landscapes you'll ever find, with beaches dotted along the coastline, dense bush and forest and the dusty sands of the arid outback. There are many hidden gems to explore all around the country, but if you're looking for a tropical getaway for your Australian adventures, you'll definitely want to check out the wonders of North Queensland.

Swim with the fishes in the Great Barrier Reef

The reef is one of Australia's most iconic attractions and it's not hard to see why, as it boasts a stunning collection of coral - the largest you'll see anywhere in the globe. It's considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world, so no trip to Tropical North Queensland would be complete without seeing the reef up close.

Here, you'll find over 400 different kinds of coral on display in the reef, creating a vividly colourful environment for the more than 1,500 species of tropical fish which dart between its hollows and crevices.

There are plenty of tours operating in the area, so whether you wish to cruise along the waters, take a dip underneath the waves or enjoy a scenic flight out to one of the remote islands in the area, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Immerse yourself in nature at the Atherton Tablelands

For a tourism experience with a difference, visit the tropical Atherton Tablelands. Featuring diverse flora and fauna and picturesque views over the surrounding region, the tablelands are a must-see during your trip up north.

Located over an hour's drive southwest from Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands are home to the Hypipamee Crater, the majestic Barron Falls and the amazing Curtain Fig Tree which has aerial roots extending over 15 metres towards the ground.

Self-drive the Great Tropical Drive

If you want a unique experience of this region of Australia, take your car through the Great Tropical Drive, covering 2,000 km and many of the area's best attractions. You'll get a first hand view of Daintree, Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, Innisfail and much more.

No matter what you choose, you can rest assured there will never be a dull moment during your holiday up north.