The wet season in Tropical North Queensland is traditionally the low season for holidaymakers. While southern Australia is bathed in the summer sunshine, North Queensland is glistening in fresh tropical rain. This time of year is a full sensory experience, like a time-lapse before your eyes. Pack your appetite for adventure and wind the windows down as you drive beside palm-lined beaches, through misty rainforest and camp next to the Great Barrier Reef.
You could easily spend your whole Tropical North Queensland break flopped on one of the gorgeous beaches, but with so much to see and do you won’t want to miss out on all the incredible things on offer right across the region. If you’re looking to beat the heat, Cairns and its surrounds are home to every kind of tropical watering hole you could imagine. Choose from man-made lagoons, rainforest waterfalls, ocean reefs and island beaches. Trek through the tropics or island-hop, discover hidden rainforest waterfalls, go white-water rafting along raging rivers, or even skydive over the sparkling blue ocean. If you’ve never experienced the wild beauty of a tropical summer, now’s the time to lock in your Tropical North Queensland break.
Let Barron Falls take your breath away
There’s big, and then there’s Barron Falls big. If you’ve ever seen the comparison photos of Barron Falls in the dry compared to after a good dose of summer rain, you’ll understand. Waterfalls that are usually amazing become incredible, streams that are normally a trickle begin to thunder, and waterfalls seem to appear in every crevice of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Get your fill of summer fruit
While this time of year may be known as “Green Season”, the fruit is anything but. Grab a shopping bag or two and weave your way through the stalls at Rusty’s Markets, stocking up on a variety of weird and wonderful fruit for a fraction of the supermarket prices. Don’t be surprised if you leave with enough fruit and veg to last you a month and your boardies tighter after tasting all the free samples.
Step into the rainforest and connect with nature
Up for an adventure that’s rich in heritage, ancient culture and natural beauty? Head to Mossman Gorge. Located in the heart of the oldest continuously surviving rainforest in the world - The Daintree Rainforest - you can expect crystal-clear water cascades, lush rainforests and rugged slopes. Join a cultural adventure and learn how to throw a spear on the beach, hunt for mud crabs or try your hand at traditional fishing techniques.
If you’re tired of the same four walls, try a treehouse. Tropical North Queensland is full of them – from the Atherton Tablelands to the Daintree Rainforest – making the most of the leafy surrounds of the world’s oldest rainforest.
Dive in at The Great Barrier Reef
It's not just the rainforest that comes alive during summer in Tropical North Queensland. Northerly winds bring calmer seas and incredible water clarity, so grab your protective suit to keep the stingers at bay and dive into the Great Barrier Reef. There’s plenty of snorkelling and scuba-diving excursions to choose from, but that’s just the beginning. Non-swimmers will love the glass-bottomed boats that give you a window onto the reef, while thrillseekers can try helmet diving. Prefer staying above water? Set sail for the day on a boat trip from one of the many operators spanning the coastline or or visit one of the islands for the day with a day trip, picnic and snorkeling experience to Fitzroy Island.
Beat the heat in a swimming hole
Ditch the hot showers and feel the cool relief of jumping into a freshwater swimming hole or waterfall on a warm tropical day. With waterfalls comes rivers, streams and creeks, which are perfect for cooling off during tropical downpours. Surrounded by wet tropics rainforest there’s no better way to beat the heat than by taking a tropical freshwater dip!
Written by Rae-Anne Gouyette