News / Media Releases

Keep up to date with the latest news from TTNQ. The following are the most recent media releases for both the media, travel writers and tourism trade.

Media Releases
15 Jan 2021
Accommodation deals for Cairns Summer Sounds

Live music is back in 2021 with four top Australian names performing at Cairns Summer Sounds in February.

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Media Releases
7 Jan 2021
TTNQ salutes Tjapukai

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said the industry’s thoughts were with the staff of Tjapukai following news that it would close.

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Media Releases
17 Dec 2020
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.

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Media Releases
11 Dec 2020
Discover a Summer in the Tropics adventure

Summer has arrived in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and with it will be the best adventure rainforest experiences of the year.

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Media Releases
8 Dec 2020
Experience tropical luxury this summer

Summer is when the rainforest comes to life in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Warm rains enhance the vibrant greens of the Wet Tropics, cassowaries emerge with their chicks, and waterholes offer an inviting place to cool off.

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Media Releases
3 Dec 2020
Giant Cairns snorkeller arrives in Sydney

A giant snorkeller is floating in Darling Harbour inviting Australians to holiday in ‘Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’ and discover why the tropical destination is the preferred summer playground for visitors from around the world.

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Media Releases
25 Nov 2020
TTNQ welcomes Victorian and Sydney borders opening

The Cairns & Great Barrier Reef tourism industry has 125 million reasons to be happy with the confirmation that visitors from Greater Sydney and Victoria will be able to travel from 1 December.

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Media Releases
12 Nov 2020
TTNQ welcomes Tourism Minister

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen congratulated the Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchcliffe on his appointment as Minister for Tourism Development and Member for Cairns Michael Healy on becoming Assistant Minister for Tourism Development.

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Media Releases
6 Nov 2020
Taste Summer in the Tropics

You can’t go past a cold beer and a bucket of prawns in summer, but have you tried a Cassowary Cocktail or a Tiger Prawn Schnitzel with pineapple and persimmon?

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Media Releases
27 Oct 2020
Dive into Summer in the Tropics

A whole new cast of characters can be spotted during summer on the Great Barrier Reef when light winds and excellent visibility offer optimum conditions for snorkelling and diving from Cairns.

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Media Releases
23 Oct 2020
Tourism leader to guide region’s recovery

Tourism industry leader Ken Chapman has been elected Chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland at the first meeting this week of the new elected TTNQ Board.

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Media Releases
16 Oct 2020
TTNQ welcomes newly elected Directors

With Australians most likely to be holidaying at home in 2021, the stage is set for a new year of opportunity for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and guiding the recovery will be five new faces on the TTNQ Board.

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Media Releases
10 Sep 2020
TTNQ secures five-year Cairns Regional Council funding

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has secured a $16.5 million five-year funding agreement with Cairns Regional Council.

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Media Releases
14 Aug 2020
Skyrail Chairman to chair TTNQ Board

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Chairman Ken Chapman has been appointed to the Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Board and, subject to the approval of the incoming Board, will take on the role of Chair when it becomes vacant at the Annual General Meeting in October.

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Media Releases
14 Aug 2020
Pro cyclists swap bikes for snorkels on Great Barrier Reef

Five professional cyclists visiting Cairns for the annual Prime Tour of the Tropics have swapped their bikes for snorkels to watch a turtle being released on the Great Barrier Reef today (August 14).

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Media Releases
4 Aug 2020
TTNQ appoints Marketing Manager

Tourism Tropical North Queensland has appointed Marketing Manager Lani Strathearn to spearhead the rollout of the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef brand.

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Media Releases
29 Jun 2020
New in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Tourism operators in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have been innovating and reinvigorating while their doors have been closed and now they are ready to take visitors on new journeys exploring the largest reef on Earth, the world’s oldest rainforest and the accessible outback.

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Media Releases
1 Jun 2020
Drive North Queensland campaign launches State-wide

The Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region is ready to take bookings from Queenslanders following the announcement of travel being permitted within the State.

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Media Releases
3 Apr 2020
TTNQ plans domestic market recovery

The Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Board has signed off on key initiatives to target recovery in the domestic market.

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Media Releases
11 Mar 2020
Visitors to become Cairns & Great Barrier Reef custodians

Visitors to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef will leave as custodians, revitalised by the beauty of nature and its connection to ancient Indigenous culture.

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Media Releases
11 Mar 2020
What is so GREAT about Cairns & Great Barrier Reef?

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
See Great, Leave Greater
Inspiring visitors to leave as custodians of the region

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Media Releases
24 Feb 2020
Live map shows health of Great Barrier Reef

A map showcasing daily underwater vision of the sites visited by tour vessels in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region has been launched by Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ).

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#ExploreTNQ

It's not every day you get to crawl through a spectacular cave system without a guide ⛰🔦 But in #Chillagoe that's exactly what you can do 🏜The Chillagoe-Mungana Caves began to form 400 million years ago when the landscape was covered by a shallow sea 🌊⛰️ No, you won’t find batman hiding out in here, but you might be lucky enough to spot some bats! 🦇 Ripe with natural & cultural heritage, this incredible place is only a 3hr drive from #Cairns on the @athertontablelands 🚙
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Tropical vibes for tropical lives 🐚🌺 There’s no better place to kick back & relax than on a sand cay in the middle of the @gbrmarinepark ✨ Get the full rockstar experience& have your perfect picnic on #VlasoffCay with @nautilusaviation or @gbrhelicopters 🥥🍉
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​📸 @aquilina_nikki #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #summergreat
BOATS BOATS BOATS ⛵️ We don’t know about you, but in @tropicalnorthqueensland, we’ve got a thing for boats 🌊🐚 On a @gbrmarinepark adventure with @passionsofparadise, things will be smooth sailing ✨☀️ In case you were wondering, their boat is ferry impressive, certainly one of the most boatiful around 😉 It’s time to mast-er the seas 🐠⚓️
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​📸 @flyingwitherin #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
It’s the flipping weekend 🌊🤸‍♂️ There’s nothing quite as majestic as manta ray performing circus tricks on the @gbrmarinepark 🐚✨ This fancy fella was spotted near #FourMileBeach in @portdouglasdaintree ☀️🏝
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​📸 @reef.wanderer #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #summergreat
There’s nothing better than standing in the warm summer rains of @tropicalnorthqueensland ☔️ But there’s more to @mossmangorge than just a pretty picture 🌿 Here you’ll find over 50,000 years worth of Kuku Yalanji history & culture 👣🌺 Head off on a Dreatime Walk or welcome to country with Traditional Owners, peruse the gallery, take a dip in the cool waters & sample the local food at the cafe 🦋🎨

⚠️ Remember, rising waters & rapids can occur in this area, especially with heavy rain. Please ensure you follow all warnings & take extra precaution when in or around water ✨
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​📸 @_jessica.mae #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
If you like crisp, freshwater swimming holes lined with granite boulders & surrounded by tropical rainforest then we’ve found the perfect place for you ✨🌿 Welcome to the iconic #BabindaBoulders, made even better if you add some bright floaties - giant pink flamingo anyone? 🦩 Maybe a unicorn 🦄 There are picnic and barbecue facilities here, so pack some lunch and make a day of it! 🧺🍉
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​📸 @jamesvodicka #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
A little birdie told us there's something going on along the @savannah_way_australia 🤔🌿 Welcome to @talaroohotsprings, @tropicalnorthqueensland's newest camping and caravan experience 🏕Stay & discover the stories of the Ewamian people of #Einasleigh 👣 Learn about the natural & cultural jewel on the banks of the #EinasleighRiver, Talaroo Hot Springs 💦☀️ 
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​Opening May 2021 ✨
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​📸 @talaroohotsprings #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
From where we’d rather be🛁✨ As we’re sure you’re already aware, @tropicalnorthqueensland is home to some pretty monumental mountains 🌄🌿 But #MountMulligan is definitely one of the most paparazzi-worthy 📸🤩 Tucked away in her giant shadow is the breathtaking @mountmulliganlodge 😍 With stunning scenery & luxury living you’ll never want to leave 🌅🙏
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​📸 @jamesvodicka #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia