The TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards

The TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements and successes within the Tropical North Queensland tourism industry. The TTNQ Board recognises the products and people who have made their mark on the region’s tourism industry over the past year.

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There’s no place we’d rather be than soaking up some vitamin D beneath the palms at sunny #EllisBeach ☀️🌴 Wedged neatly between the Coral Sea & the @wettropicsworldheritage area lies the secluded #EllisBeach, just five minutes north of #PalmCove along the Captain Cook Highway 🐚🚙 Spend a day lazing on this stretch of soft sand or set up camp & catch the golden morning skies 🌅
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​📸 @ashleydobson #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
When it comes to hidden gems 💎 @tropicalnorthqueensland is full of them & this one is just out of #Cairns 🌴🦋 Tucked away in the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest, #BabindaBoulders is one stop not to be missed 💚

This lush location is more than just a pretty picture, here you’ll find the site of great significance for the local Aboriginal communities 👣🌿 The Dreaming legend tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Oolana & Dyga, who fled their tribes to be together 💘 They were discovered at Babinda Boulders & captured. Oolana managed to escape, but her lover did not & her anguish turned the still waters into rushing rapids 💦 The story goes that her spirit still guards the boulders, calling for her lost love in the area now known as the Devil’s Pool 🌺
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​📸 @hikes.drinks.laughs #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Like something out of an old love story, @paronellapark is truly a magical & unforgettable place nestled amongst the lush @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest 🌿✨ Experience the fusion of romance & history as you explore the architecturally unique ruins of the castle & the heritage gardens ✨ One of the highlights? It has got to be Kauri Avenue 👆
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📸 @exploremorewithdizz #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Nestled between two headlands is the favoured local hangout, #TrinityBeach 🌴☀️ Beach almonds dotted between coconut trees provide shady hangouts to lounge on the sand between swims 🐚✨ This picturesque beach is perfect for active travellers with walking tracks along& chill out under the palms, or try the more challenging 1km steep climb to the summit of Earl Hill 🥾🌿
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​📸 @coccinelli__ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
When the sun comes out, swimming is on at the @cobboldgorge infinity pool 🏊🏼‍♂️ If the view hasn't sold you, don't forget about the swim up bar 😉🍹When you're done splashing about in the pool, get up & close with the gorge on a boat cruises, where you glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost eerie silence, ensuring minimal disturbance to wildlife 🍃✨
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​📸@sarahjanegriffiths #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 
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We'll never get sick of that view! 🌿✨ 
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​Hailed for its sparkling streams, cascading waterfalls & stunning rainforests, @mossmangorge holds more secrets than you could ever imagine 🌴✨ You won’t want to stop with just a dip in the water 💦 Join a Dreamtime Walk & watch the magical rainforest come to life with the help of a local indigenous guide 👣🌺
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​📸 @andcuriouser #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Wombat Wednesday’s with our friend Warren ✨ 

Named after Federal Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch, this adorable joey is loving all the cuddles he’s been getting at @hartleyscrocodileadventures  🌿😍

If you’re looking for a place to get up close & personal with some furry friends, Hartley’s is the place to be 🙌 Book a premium wildlife tour for your chance to get a one-on-one animal experience with the native residents of the park 🐨
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​📸 @bill_collett_ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
All aboard 🚂 
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​Find a change of scenery in @kurandavillage with some incredible rainforest journeys 🌿✨ Glide above the rainforest canopy with @skyrailcairns then explore this quaint village by foot before returning to Cairns aboard the historic #KurandaScenicRailway 🚠🍃 If you’re looking for a ride that’s just a little fancier, try upgrading your train ticket to Gold Class for that extra bit of luxury 😉
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​📸 @jamesvodicka #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia