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  • 1. Airlie Beach Lagoon

    Beach–Sight

    This stinger-free swimming enclosure on Airlie's shorefront has dedicated lap-swimming lanes, real-sand "beaches," adjoining children's pools...Read More

  • 2. Cod Hole

    Reef

    For divers and snorkelers, the usually crystal-clear waters off Lizard Island are a dream. Cod Hole, 20 km (12 miles) from Lizard Island, ranks...Read More

  • 3. Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetlands Reserve

    Resort–Sight

    If you drive 70 km (44 miles) west of Palm Cove you'll encounter another world: giant termite mounds dot savanna scrub, and vast reclaimed wetlands...Read More

  • 4. Mossman Gorge

    Museum/Gallery

    Just 5 km (3 miles) outside Mossman are the spectacular waterfalls and swimming-hole-studded river that tumble through sheer-walled Mossman...Read More

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  • 5. Reef HQ Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Come eye-to-eye with sharks, rays, giant trevally, and green sea turtles at the Reef HQ Aquarium. It houses a 200,000-gallon predator tank,...Read More

  • 6. Reef Teach

    CBD | Educational Institution

    Knowledgeable marine biologists and conservationists give entertaining talks and multimedia presentations, usually to packed houses, about everything...Read More

  • 7. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Smithfield | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    From the Skyrail terminal just north of Cairns, take a six-person cable car on a breathtaking 7½-km (5-mile) journey across pristine, World...Read More

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  • 8. The Esplanade

    CBD | Park/Playground

    Fronting Cairns Harbour, this busy boardwalk and recreational zone is the focal point of life in Cairns. Along the walk you'll encounter shady...Read More

  • 9. Wildlife Habitat

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This world-class wildlife sanctuary just off the Captain Cook Highway is divided into "immersion" wetland, rain forest, grassland, and savanna...Read More

  • 10. Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Just south of Cooktown within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park protects a unique mix of gigantic...Read More

  • 11. Cairns Regional Gallery

    CBD | Museum/Gallery

    Occupying the impressive former Public Office Building constructed in the 1930s, Cairns Regional Gallery houses a hodgepodge of local, national...Read More

  • 12. Castle Hill

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The summit of pink-granite monolith Castle Hill, 1 km (½ miles) from the city center, provides great views of the city and Magnetic Island....Read More

  • 13. Conway National Park

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Ten minutes' drive southeast of Airlie, Conway National Park is a 54,000-acre expanse of mangroves, woodlands, rocky cliffs, and tropical lowland...Read More

  • 14. Flinders Street

    Historic District/Site

    A stroll along Flinders Street from the Strand to Stanley Street takes you past some of Townsville's most impressive turn-of-the-20th-century...Read More

  • 15. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Hartley's houses thousands of crocodiles as well as koalas, wallabies, quolls, snakes, lizards, southern cassowaries, and tropical birds in...Read More

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  • 16. Kuranda Scenic Railway

    CBD | Scenic Drive/Tour

    The historic Kuranda Scenic Railway makes a 115-minute ascent through rain forest and 15 hand-hewn tunnels to pretty Kuranda village, gateway...Read More

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  • 17. Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum/Gallery

    Centuries-old relics from the HMS Pandora (the ship sent by the British Admiralty to capture the mutinous Bounty crew), which sank in 1791...Read More

  • 18. Shute Harbour

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    Ten kilometers (6 miles) southeast of Airlie Beach along Shute Harbour Road, Shute Harbour is the main ferry terminal and gateway to the Whitsunday...Read More

  • 19. Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

    Pallarenda | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Spot wallabies, echidnas, dingoes, goannas, and hundreds of bird species at this terrific wetlands conservation park crisscrossed by walking...Read More

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