Cairns and Central Coast

 

This tourism hub offers easy access to stunning beaches and spectacular dense rainforest mountains. Clear cascades, flowing streams, water falls and gorges etch their way through thick lush rainforest surrounding the tropical city of Cairns, offering a variety of natural and cultural experiences. The area can be easily reached by train, cable rail, car, bicycle, local bus or on foot.

 

Kuranda is a busy tourist village. A popular day trip from Cairns, it has several parks for wildlife, birds and butterflies. Barron Falls and the sheer gorge are a highlight for most visitors, especially when the river is in flood after heavy rain in the wet season. There are a variety of walks around Kuranda Village and Barron Falls. Some of these walks link to the coast, such as the Douglas Track.

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Map Cairns and Central Coast Northern Wet Tropics South Central Southern Wet Tropics Tablelands
Northern Wet Tropics Cairns & Central Coast South Central Southern Wet Tropics Tablelands

Spots of interest for your itinerary...

Mt Whitfield Conservation Park

Lake Morris 

Barron Gorge 

Crystal Cascades  

Stoney Creek Walk


 

For more information:

Tourism Kuranda

Tablelands Regional Council

Tourism Tropical North Queensland

 

Comprehensive regional park guides

Click the links to download brochure PDFs:

Atherton and Evelyn tablelands (3.6MB) 
Tropical coast (Cairns to Townsville) (8.2MB)
Cape York (4.2MB)

 

News and Events

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Wet Tropics Indigenous ranger network creates new connections

Wet Tropics Indigenous ranger network creates new connections

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Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

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Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

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