To the locals, along with holidaymakers who regularly visit here, Far North Queensland is the perfect picture of a tropical paradise - palm trees wafting in a balmy breeze above endless clean white beaches.
Why go overseas when paradise is right here on your doorstep, they say, and after spending some time exploring the region, you can't help agreeing with them. After all, Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef Region is the only place on earth where rainforests meet the reef.
Providing an inspiring visual backdrop to this magical tropical coastline are majestic mountains and tablelands containing tropical rainforests, waterfalls, crater lakes and ancient lava tubes, the remnants of long extinct volcanoes. For visitors, the Tablelands and the Outback beyond present opportunities for bush walking, bird watching, limestone cave tours, a wildlife cruise, wildlife spotting, hot air ballooning and water sports as diverse as fishing, water skiing and white water rafting.