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New in Tropical North Queensland for 2019

Explore the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics rainforest, lifestyle and culture of Tropical North Queensland with new tours launching in time for holidays in 2019.

Discover the rainforest
The spectacular Barron Falls can be seen from The Edge Lookout, a glass-bottom platform at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Visitors also can learn more about the world’s oldest tropical rainforest at Skyrail’s new Rainforest Discovery Zone and through their interpretive app.

Dreamtime snorkelling
Join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel is a unique educational Great Barrier Reef experience incorporating the world’s oldest living culture.

Rooftop city dining
Enjoy ocean views from Cairns’ highest rooftop bar and restaurant with the opening of Rocco in time for New Year’s Eve. Rocco is at the top of Riley, the newly opened five-star Crystalbrook Collection hotel on the Cairns Esplanade.

Luxury in the outback
Queensland’s lesser known rival to Uluru is Mount Mulligan, an 18-kilometre sandstone ridge in the outback. Luxurious Mount Mulligan Lodge hosts just 24 guests on the 28,000-hectare cattle property on the edge of a weir overlooking the escarpment.

World’s top rafters compete
White water speed demons will try to Tame the Tully River in May 2019 when the World Rafting Championships are held for the first time in the world’s oldest rainforest. Teams from 50 countries will descend on the Cassowary Coast for the eight-day event.

Catch a show
The musical Wicked will be the first show at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre. The 940-seat theatre is part of The Precinct in Cairns which incorporates the stunning Munro Martin Parklands outdoor performance space.

Marina bar dishes up New York
Bagels are flown in from New York for The Backyard, a waterfront bar dishing up exciting food alongside the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns. The multicultural offerings include Portuguese and Japanese flavours alongside the New York staple.

Explore the outback in style
This five-day outback expedition allows you to explore 70,000 acres of remote, breathtaking country by helicopter, four-wheel-drive, mountain bike and kayak. Meet a local family at their 80-year-old homestead and discover diverse animal and plant life.

Sail on the Great Barrier Reef
Exclusive scenic sailing cruises showcasing the sun setting over two World Heritage areas will launch at Fitzroy Island Resort. Catering to just 20 people, Eye Spy sails on the Great Barrier Reef for a stunning view of the sun dipping behind rainforest-clad mountains.

App interprets Aboriginal culture
Aboriginal culture is brought to life through the new Tjapukai app which gives multilingual interpretations of the performances and activities at the cultural park. Japanese, Chinese and English versions are available.

Cocktails to boast about
Tucked beneath the Pacific Hotel Cairns is Flamingos Tiki Bar, a modern interpretation of a Polynesian Bar. Hula girls and tropical neon prints grace the walls of this tropical oasis where the cocktails are guaranteed to be Instagram hits.

All aboard for stargazing
Cruise the nursery ground for the Great Barrier Reef with a sunset tour of Dickson Inlet at Port Douglas. Hear about the local environment, wildlife and Indigenous heritage before stargazing aboard the Choo Choo Explorer.

Antique jewellery at historic village
The Historic Village Herberton will be opening a fine jewellery shop following a major refurbishment. The jewellery shop features an eclectic mix of fine bone china, antique jewellery, silverware and more gorgeous items of times long gone.

New Daintree pass
Three popular Daintree attractions are offering culture, adventure, education and fun in one great money-saving package. The Daintree Attractions Pass provides entry to the Mossman Gorge Centre Dreamtime Walk, Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour and the Daintree Discovery Centre.


For more information, contact:
Liz Inglis Communications
M: 0419 643 494 | E: [email protected]