The far north Queensland region is one of Australia's best known holiday regions. It encompasses the region from Townsville north to Cape York and includes the wet tropics areas and the rainforest regions around the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. It includes internationally recognized tourist destinations like Cairns, Port Douglas, Mission Beach, Palm Cove, Cooktown, Lizard Island, Green Island, Bedarra Island, Orpheus Island and Dunk Island. The Atherton tableland region in the mountains to the west of Cairns with their beautiful lakes, rainforests and waterfalls are also part of the northern tropics equation. The city of Cairns is well known around the world with it's many places to stay in cairns for traveller's on a budget to 5 star accommodation. It is Australia's best known access point for Great Barrier Reef exploration and diving tours as well as being within easy reach of some of the most important wet tropical rainforests in existence. Cairns has had a colourful history and was put on the map internationally when the great American game fisherman Zane Grey began to visit the region annually on his hunt to catch the world record black marlin. This activity still continues today and many game fishing boats depart from the marina daily to catch and release these magnificent fish.
Cairns has plenty to offer the tourist. Great Barrier Reef cruises, Rainforest tours, crocodile expeditions and fishing trips to name a few. Townsville to the south is the largest city in far north Queensland. There are plenty of Townsville attractions. Townsville is the jumping off point for Orpheus Island, Hinchinbrook Island and Magnetic Island and is also home to large university community, the Australian armed forces and many large mining corporations. In the north Port Douglas is an enclave for the well heeled. It was really put on the map when President Bill Clinton holidayed there with his family during the term of his presidency. It has many luxury resorts and a great village like atmosphere. The beaches between Port Douglas and Cairns, like Palm Cove and Trinity beach are also home to a number of great holiday resorts. Every tourist should visit the Daintree rainforest and take the drive through the Bloomfield track to Cooktown. This trip does require a four wheel drive vehicle but you will be rewarded with some absolutely magnificent scenery.
The Island resorts that lie offshore from the far north Queensland coast have a reputation for their luxurious surroundings and fabulous service. Just offshore from Mission Beach you will find Dunk Island resort which is the largest of these and has fantastic holiday facilities including a nine hole golf course. It has recently been completely refurbished after taking the full force of cyclone Larry. Bedarra Island and Orpheus island provide a hideaway for the rich and famous seeking a resort away from prying eyes and Lizard island will suit the well heeled patron who likes boating, fishing and diving while surrounded by the luxury accoutrements to which they have become accustomed.
No one should consider spending the money it takes to holiday in Australia and not visit the far north Queensland region.
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