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Give a great experience this Christmas

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) is urging people to give their loved ones a tour experience to help keep locals in jobs.

TTNQ Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said accommodation bookings were growing now that Queensland’s borders were open, but tour operators were missing the business from international travellers who book the most tours.

“One in five jobs depend on tourism in Tropical North Queensland so please choose a gift that supports a local business and gives your family and friends the experience of a lifetime.”

Cairns Adventure Group rafting

Shout the whole family an exclusive experience rafting together on the Barron River. It’s one of the more exciting ways to experience the world’s oldest rainforest and it’s right on the doorstep of Cairns city.

Tandem Cairns skydive

The thrill-seeker in your family will relish the opportunity to dive straight out of a plane headfirst for the view of a lifetime as they hurtle towards the Cairns coastline. Choose the beach or land among the canefields.

Sunlover Reef Cruises

Slide into the Great Barrier Reef at Sunlover’s Moore Reef Marine Base where you can dive and snorkel in between using the reef’s only water slide. The kids will love the touch tank presentation, fish feeding and underwater observatory.

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

If you feel the need for speed, take a thrilling spin on a fast boat through Trinity Inlet. When the captain’s hand is off the throttle, he will help you spot crocodiles and other wildlife in and around the Cairns waterway.

Ocean Freedom

Experience both a sand cay and the outer Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom, a 20m catamaran catering to just 75 guests. Enjoy six hours on the Great Barrier Reef and try your first scuba dive with just two divers to each instructor.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

Rise early for the gentlest adventure possible, floating on the early morning air currents to see the Atherton Tablelands from a different perspective. See daylight break over the multi-layered mountains and admire the patchwork of farmlands beneath you.

The Raw Prawn

For some the pleasure of tucking into delicacies like mud crab and lobster is the ultimate indulgence. Join them for a seafood feast at the Raw Prawn where you can pick your own mud crab live from the tank.


Have you ever wondered why Cairns is such a mecca for backpackers? Let the 20-somethings in your life stay and play at Gilligan’s where the global crowd choose to let their hair down and relax.

Paradise Links Resort

After a year like no other, retreating to a quiet space might be the greatest gift of all. Book the family into Paradise Links Resort and enjoy the lagoon-style swimming pool, a friendly game of tennis, or explore Port Douglas by bike.