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Tully Gorge wraps its way through high-altitude rainforests near Ravenshoe on the @athertontablelands to the coastal playground of the #CassowaryCoast , where you can jump on an adrenalin-filled white water rafting tour of the Grade 3-4 rapids 🛶🏞 If you prefer a something a little slower pace, take in the views from atop Tully Falls itself 🌿 Photo by  @tarabuchanannn #exploreTNQ

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Port Douglas in Winter is a hive of activity as people arrive in the tropics to defrost – yes, you heard right, defrost! ❄️🙅🏻 And with average daily temps of around 26℃ this time of year, it's no wonder. How beautiful is this serene view of Dickson's Inlet in @portdouglasdaintree ? ⛵️ Beautiful capture by ​ @sv_chasingeden #exploreTNQ

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A little bit of shake a leg on the #GreatBarrierReef 👣🦘​We're not sure if you've heard but @dreamtimecairns is one of the newest tours on the reef out of Cairns. Visiting two spectacular Outer Barrier Reef sites, Moore Reef & Milln or Flynn Reef, you'll step back into Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers 🐠 #exploreTNQ

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4 days ago

#NandroyaFalls is a two-tiered epic waterfall located in the #WooroonooranNP - a @qldparks with some major highlights 🙌🏽💦 Along the Palmerston Highway you'll also find the famous Nucifora Tea Fields, @mamutropicalskywalk , ​Crawfords Lookout, Tchupala Falls, Wallicher Falls & @mungallicreek dairy​ 🍃🐄Worth a road trip from Cairns! Photo by @simonbeedlephotography #exploreTNQ

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5 days ago

Potato Cod kisses on the @gbrmarinepark with @mikeballdive 🐟💋 Scuba dive to reef sites like the Cod Hole, famous for its diver-sized potato cod 😳 These fish are incredibly inquisitive & don’t mind getting chummy with divers! 🎥 by @islandjems #exploreTNQ

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6 days ago

A flood of cloud across the @athertontablelands , best viewed from your luxury treehouse at  @mtquincan ☁️🌳 Positioned on the rim of a volcano crater near the quaint township of #Yungaburra , the retreat's treehouses have panoramic views of the tablelands while others have unique views of the crater itself 🌋 #exploreTNQ

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1 weeks ago

Moon rises from Tuckers Lookout on the Kirrama Range Road near #Cardwell 🌙🌄 Originally designed to facilitate the transport of timber from logging camps, this range road between Cardwell & Mount Garnet is a stunning drive with plenty to see and do & spectacular scenery including lookouts, waterfalls, heritage-listed rainforest & swimming holes 🗺🚗 Photo by  @schmidtdogg_ #exploreTNQ

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2 weeks ago

​Whether you’re out to catch a barra, hike Australia’s largest island National Park or adventure your way through a scenic 4WD track, #Cardwell is the perfect launchpad for an outdoorsy weekend with a friendly local twist 🎣🍃🏝 Hit the #CardwellForestDrive & make your way to this gem – #AttieCreekFalls – to float away your troubles 💎 Photo by  @nicolesenn #exploreTNQ

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2 weeks ago

Dunk Island, a ten-minute water taxi from Wongaling Beach, is a treasure trove of peaceful beaches, living up to its name by the local Bandjin & Djiru Aboriginal people, Coonanglebah – “The Island of Peace and Plenty” 🏝 Muggy Muggy Beach is definitely peaceful! Photo by ​ @b2badventures

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2 weeks ago

Such a majestic sweep of the Bloomfield River, encountered along the #BloomfieldTrack which connects #CapeTribulation with the aboriginal community of #WujalWujal 🏞 It’s a wide tidal river where low tides expose shallows & sandbanks. In fact, the shallow area seen from the lookout on the track was the first cattle, horse & even vehicle crossing – strictly at low tide of course 🐊 Photo by  @mitch toft #exploreTNQ

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2 weeks ago

Positioned alongside one of Australia’s most fertile fishing grounds, the Gulf of Carpentaria, Karumba is the obvious choice for a detour at Normanton. No trip to Karumba is complete without taking in sunset over the water with a bucket of prawns & a cold beer at the Sunset Tavern on Karumba Point 🌅🦐🍺 Photo by @awolfamily #exploreTNQ

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2 weeks ago

Winter mornings in @Australia be like... 🐨 Koala joey, Monte Carlo snuggling up to his mumma, Vovo, on a chilly morning in their home amongst the gumtrees at @rainforestation in @kurandavillage 🍃 Even though Monte is growing up & left Vovo's pouch recently, he's never too far away! ❤️

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3 weeks ago

Looking for food with @cultureconnect_australia 👣🦀🐟 Join their half-day coastal survival tour & meet Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners, the Walker family, for a hands-on Aboriginal cultural experience. Learn how to use a spear & collect a variety of food & medicine amongst a diverse & picturesque coastal landscape.

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3 weeks ago

Say hello to #KentIsland in the #BarnardIslandGroup , traditional 'sea country' of the local Mamu Aboriginal people. Comprising seven continental islands—Bresnahan, Hutchinson, Jessie, Kent & Lindquist (North Barnard islands ) & Sisters & Stephens (South Barnard islands ), the islands have a fascinating geological history dating back 420 million years! 🏝 Photo by  @jakekeven #exploreTNQ

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3 weeks ago

Just 2.5 hours west of Cairns, along the #WheelbarrowWay , you’ll find remnants of an ancient reef that forms an intricate system of underground caves & no one knows them better than the experienced @qldparks guides who showcase them everyday 🗺🔦 The #RoyalArchesCave is one of the largest cave systems in the area & the tour takes you through 11 chambers 🦇 Photo by  @jemma_rk #exploreTNQ

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3 weeks ago

Perks of booking the "Fly Dive Coral Sea" package with @mikeballdive are the epic views from the luxurious @lizardisland back to Cairns following your 4-night expedition of the Ribbon Reefs & Coral Sea 🛩🦈 80% of the low-level scenic flight home is flown at about 180 metres above the dive sites below so keep your eyes peeled for more marine life! 🐢🐋 ​Photo by @nicole_lol #exploreTNQ

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3 weeks ago

People often ask, "Can you swim at @cobboldgorge ?" And the answer is "YES!" 😝 It can get a bit chilly this time of the year but when the sun comes out, the infinity pool is everyone's favourite amenity 🏊🏼‍♂️ And when you're done swimming, get up & close with the gorge on a boat cruises, where you glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost eerie silence, ensuring minimal disturbance to wildlife. You may even spot one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles! 🐊 Photo by  @enroute_aus #exploreTNQ

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3 weeks ago

Nope, you're not flicking through the pages of @natgeo , although you totally could be! @scottleggo shot the ancient landscapes of #MossmanGorge in the #Daintree & you couldn't pick a more photogenic environment if you tried. Emerald green water flowing over smooth, granite boulders enveloped by rainforest 80 million years older than the Amazon 🍃🦖 #exploreTNQ

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3 weeks ago

Five minutes north of Palm Cove, you’ll round a corner on the Captain Cook Highway (AKA the #GBRDrive ) & a postcard-perfect scene will greet you 🌴If the relaxed atmosphere of Ellis Beach is to your liking, stay at #EllisBeachOceanfrontBungalows , walking distance from @ellisbeachbargrill , famous for their $1 oysters on Sundays! 😋 Photo by ​ @mitch toft #exploreTNQ

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4 weeks ago

Check out that marine life! 💙 Bommies on the #RibbonReef are one of the mega ecosystems of the @gbrmarinepark 🐠 On a 7-night Coral Sea Safari expedition with @mikeballdive you'll get below the surface on up to 26 dives at World famous reef sites like Lighthouse Bommie, Nonki Bommie & Steve’s Bommie just to name a few. North Queensland really is the diving capital of @australia ! 🎥 by @islandjems #exploreTNQ

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4 weeks ago

On the #KirramaRangeRoad you'll spy Blencoe Creek, plunging a dramatic 90 metres into a pool before cascading a further 230 metres to the bottom of Blencoe Gorge where it joins the Herbert River in the spectacular Herbert River Gorge 🍃 Set up at. the campgrounds (just out of view ) & enjoy the short walks & lookouts around Blencoe Falls 🏕 Photo by ​ @miller raelene #exploreTNQ

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4 weeks ago

"Dadddddd, I see hoomans!" An inquisitive juvenile Cassowary no doubt calling for his nearby protector. Did you know it's actually the daddy Cassowary who hatches the chicks & raises them until they leave home? He teaches them how to forage for food in their rainforest home, totally nailing that single-dad-life! Photo by ​ @pb ay #exploreTNQ

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3 weeks ago

Nestled between two headlands is a favoured local hangout, @trinitybeachcairns Beach almonds dotted between coconut trees provide shady hangouts to lounge on the sand between swims 🌴🏊🏼‍♂️ Perfect for active travellers with walking tracks along the waterfront & headlands or the more challenging 1km steep climb to the summit of Earl Hill 🏃🏽‍♂️ Photo by @kieranpjbuckley #exploreTNQ

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4 weeks ago

Forget Cappadocia’s famous balloons, the @athertontablelands is where it's at! Imagine stepping out of your camper or tent to a sky full of balloons? 🎈 Reality when staying in #Mareeba between Atherton & Kuranda. If you're staying atop the Tablelands, book in & self-drive to the Mareeba Heritage Centre for pick to your lift-off zone ⛺️ Photo by @_tribeofsix_ #exploreTNQ

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4 weeks ago

You'll see plenty of turtles in our feed, possibly manta rays & for a period of time each year we'll put the spotlight on whales too but this animal is so rarely spotted on the @gbrmarinepark , you might not know what it is! 🤷🏻‍♂️  @kieranpjbuckley was lucky enough to encounter this #Dugong at the @franklandislands recently, where they're spotted more often than most reef sites. Have you ever seen one, where were you?

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4 weeks ago

Say hello to one of the best outlooks in the #DaintreeRainforest , atop Devil's thumb! Until recently, you'd have to traverse this ancient landscape unguided, which can be a bit challenging if you're unfamiliar with the area. Luckily for you, @backcountryblissadventures is now offering guided hikes on the 10km-return trek 🥾⛰ Make scenes like this one captured by  @curlycally a reality on your next visit to @portdouglasdaintree 🍃 #exploreTNQ

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4 weeks ago

At just 2.5 hours south of Cairns, a road trip to Cardwell is something you should definitely consider adding to the itinerary! Cardwell Forest Drive wraps around the #GirringunNationalPark & is peppered with magical spots like the famous #CardwellSpaPool , Attie Creek Falls, Deadhorse Creek & an incredible lookout with views over the Hinchinbrook Channel 🚙🌲 Photo by @darylcawthorne #exploreTNQ

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5 weeks ago

Wallicher Falls is part of a network of walks in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran  National Park. Along the highway you’ll find TchupalaFalls, Crawfords Lookout over the North Johnstone River & Nandroya Falls 🌿💦 It’s waterfall country in these parts! Photo by @mattiamaggiocarluccio #exploreTNQ

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Yidinji people believe that the spirit of a beautiful girl named Oolana guards the waters of Devil’s Pool at #BabindaBoulders & she can be heard calling for her long lost love, Dyga 🍃 Discover the ancient history of the boulders on interpretive signage located near the main swimming area & at lookouts. Photo by @the_roadofdreams #exploreTNQ

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They say good things come in threes 💭🐢🐋 Scuba diving on the Coral Sea is a bucket-list experience & no one does it better than the team at @mikeballdive out of Cairns. This time of the year is even more special as Minke Whales migrate from the cold waters of the south to the warm waters of North Queensland! 🎥 by @islandjems #exploreTNQ

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263 corners, 19kms & 800m elevation with World Heritage views, say hello to the Gillies Range Road! 🍃🚙 @doingdownunder got high above the twists & turns of one of Cairns' most famous roads, which really puts things in perspective. If you've ever wound your way up the Gillies, to the @athertontablelands , then you'd know that atop the range you'll find volcanic crater lakes & the start of the #TinarooDam 🌋 #exploreTNQ

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The drive into the sanctuary that is @thalabeach sure does set the scene 🌴 Located on a private headland between Cairns & @portdouglasdaintree , check into your deluxe eco cabin & enjoy the lodge's nature & wildlife walks or star gazing nights at their unique outdoor observatory before nabbing a table in the treetops at the popular Ospreys Restaurant 🌌🔭 Photo by @florols #exploreTNQ

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