Great Barrier Reef

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Daintree National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The world's oldest tropical rain forest is an ecological wonderland: 85 of the 120 rarest species on earth are found here, and new ones are...Read More

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  • 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. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. The Strand

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Dubbed Australia's Cleanest Beach, this palm-flanked stretch of sand—lined with jogging tracks and cycleways, picnic-friendly parklands, and...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 Tropical Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    At this 10-acre zoo, visitors can hand-feed tame kangaroos, cuddle with koalas, enjoy breakfast with the wildlife, and attend daily snake, crocodile...Read More

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  • 12. 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

  • 13. Daintree Discovery Centre

    Forest

    This World Heritage–accredited Wet Tropics Visitor Centre's elevated boardwalks and a high viewing tower enable you to overlook an astoundingly...Read More

  • 14. 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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  • 15. Queens Gardens

    North Ward | Garden/Arboretum

    Offering shade and serenity less than a mile from the CBD, Townsville's colonial-era botanic gardens occupies 10 verdant acres at the base of...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Wallaman Falls

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Surrounding the highest sheer-drop waterfall in Australia is glorious Girringun National Park, in which ancient rain forests accessible via...Read More

  • 18. WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This charming wildlife sanctuary houses kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, birds, and reptiles, including a resident croc. There are daily...Read More

  • 19. Wooroonooran National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Extending south of Gordonvale to the Palmerston Highway near Innisfail, this is one of the most densely vegetated areas in Australia. Rain forest...Read More

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