Tropical North Queensland Travel

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Introduction

Tropical North Queensland is a very attractive and sunny state of Australia, located in the North east region of the country. It is bordered by the South Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea in the east. The area consists of 1.8 square kilometers of beautiful landscapes, parks, islands, pleasant cities and beaches.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia most popular destination with great diving, boating or snorkeling spots. Port Douglas is the main visitor’s interests of the area. The far north of Queensland is very remote and can’t be explored without any preparation (but tours are organized in it). The tropical north is popular for tourists and offers plenty of resorts. Rainforests and tablelands are composing this part of Queensland. Queensland is a combination of natural marvels, very popular areas and unknown natural treasures including stunning beaches and untouched national parks. The beauty of the state is blended with a peaceful, friendly atmosphere and an incredible choice of activities and sports available including scuba diving, white-water rafting, snorkeling, bushwalking, horse riding, surfing, bungee jumping or abseiling. For nature lovers, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the Whitsunday Islands are really preserved and beautiful areas offering exceptional landscapes and natural marvels.

The Great Barrier Reef..

Is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, it is larger than the Great Wall of China and is visible from space. With so many islands, you are sure to find one that suits you. Hit the water sports on Hamilton, honeymoon on luxurious Hayman island or just chill out on the soft, white sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. For accommodation, you’ll find everything from five-star resorts to the back-to-nature simplicity of tents in natural settings. There is Green and Fitzroy Islands near Cairns, and Dunk, Bedarra, Hinchinbrook and Orpheus islands further south. Head to Hayman, Heron and Lizard Islands for superior resorts and diving.

Romance
The Great Barrier Reef Islands of Lizard, Dunk, Hayman, Brampton, Peppers Palm Bay, Hamilton or Haggerstone Island and the secluded and exclusive Orpheus Island are ideal for Honeymooners or couples just wanting an exquisite escape.

Indulge
If you are seeking absolute luxury, Hayman, Green Island, Orpheus, Bedarra, Peppers Palm Bay, Lizard and Qualia on Hamilton Island are what you are looking for. If you are looking for a fun filled family holiday, Dunk, Hamilton, Hayman or Daydream will make the perfect choice.

Active
Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Resort & Spa, or Long Island Resort, are ideal choices for something in between. If you would like do a reef and island cruise, the options are wide and varied on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world and it’s protected by its marine park status. It stretches for 3000 kilometers almost parallel to the coast of Queensland. Diving at the Great Barrier Reef is truly amazing, particularly around Cairns. The corals are bright and vivid and there is an abundance of underwater life. This experience will be even better than you imagined! 

The Far North

The Far North is a paradise for everyone; for those who are looking for relaxation and for the adventure-seekers. It is located in the northern-most point of Queensland. Explore the Great Barrier Reef; go swimming, snorkeling or diving. Visit the Daintree National Park and explore this ancient jungle, with amazing birdlife and other wildlife. The Far North is great to visit any season of the year.

Islands of Great barrier reef

Lizard Island
Outstanding in every respect, the beaches are plentiful, 24 in all, with fine powdery white sand, undisturbed, the unique pleasures of Lizard Island have created an idyllic retreat second to none. One of Australia’s northernmost resorts, Lizard is located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. This island is for snorkeling, if you choose, or deep-sea game fishing, or diving at The Cod Hole, one of the world famous dive sites which is just a short boat ride away. Enjoy secluded picnics on private beaches, five star cuisine and indulging spa treatments. It is little wonder that this tranquil escape has won a host of prestigious national and international awards for excellence. Lizard truly is one of a kind.

Dunk Island
This Island is Australia’s most spectacular rainforest island. Located in a national park, and lying midway between Townsville and Cairns, the resort is one of a few tropical islands that puts you within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef. Dunk Island offers tranquil beaches, gourmet dining, luxurious spa treatments, and a variety of activities such as Great Barrier Reef diving and snorkeling, 9 hole golf course as well as fishing. This makes Dunk Island the ideal family holiday, beach resort and couples holiday destination.

Bedarra Island
When you simply don’t wish to be found, when you need to, unwind and escape to the finer things in life, there is no better place to disappear to than Voyages Bedarra Island. Bedarra Island is a boutique island resort at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. With just 16 architecturally refined Villas positioned into the rainforest, Bedarra Island is very much a place for the dedicated few. This is Australia’s most exclusive resort, an indulgent tropical private haven, lying off the coast of Cairns. Venture from your boutique Villa and discover exquisite food, flawless service and secluded beaches.

Orpheus Island
Located amongst the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by pristine national park, Orpheus Island is a nature lover’s paradise. Strictly limited to 42 pampered guests and with the exclusion of telephones, televisions, day-trippers or children under 15, Orpheus provides the ultimate escape. The waters off the island are home to a vast array of vibrant, colored marine life, showcasing 1,100 species of fish and 340 of the 350 known species of reef coral. This Island also has superb snorkeling and diving, easy access to the largest known site of giant clams in the Southern Hemisphere, and a spectacular butterfly colony!

Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island has a wide range of restaurants, bars, takeaways, boutiques and shops plus a commercial marina, sports complex and chapel (Could there be a more perfect place to say “I do”?) Hamilton has it all. Whether you’re looking for action, relaxation, romance or a fun family getaway, it’s all here in abundance, with new experiences and adventures waiting around every corner. Sail your day away stimulating your surroundings on board a luxury yacht, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach, renowned for the dazzling perfection of its white powdery sand. Swim, dive or snorkel to your heart’s content, then test your sporting ability with a full-day game fishing trip, followed by a dinner of the day’s catch (yours, of course) cooked to perfection on the barbecue. Lovers of fine food should make your way to the award-winning Beach House for what might prove the longest (and best) lunch you’ve ever had – our five-course degustation menu.

Hayman Island
A private island of astonishing natural beauty, revitalizing peace, adventure and indulgence, and also has a front row seat of the Great Barrier Reef. Hayman Island is a quiet mountainous continental island mainly covered with eucalypt and hoop pine, Hayman offers you a feast for your eyes on any one of many bush walks available. Hayman Island also has the beach experience down to fine art! Go swimming, catamaran sailing, windsurfing or paddle skiing on the beautiful crescent-shaped beach that hugs the resort.

Daydream Island
Daydream Island Resort and Spa is a small but dynamic resort located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. it offers affordable luxury for couples and families. The Island offers secluded beaches, azure waters and stunning rainforests and are complimented by a diverse range of fun-filled holiday activities, exquisite dining experiences and contemporary facilities, including a world-class rejuvenation day spa. You need only take a few steps off the island to go snorkeling on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. For active types, the fun starts with sail boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, coral viewing, reef fishing and scuba diving, and just keeps going with activities such as tennis, volleyball and badminton or golf! Perhaps you are looking to relax? Spend the day lazing by the lagoon-style swimming pools and spas or visit Daydream Island’s Rejuvenation Day Spa – one of the most advanced day spas. Then catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster alfresco-style outdoor cinema’s 44-foot movie screen. Daydream Island is also a destination for romance, Daydream provides the ideal setting for a private island wedding or commitment ceremony – either on the secluded beach at Lovers Cove or in the glass-fronted Endeavour Wedding Chapel.

Brampton Island
Brampton is big on fun and activity – and with so much included, it’s a perfect haven for couples in search of a romantic hideaway with all the trimmings. With only 107 rooms, Brampton Island is an intimate retreat offering a range of island accommodation from the Premium Ocean View rooms which afford magnificent views to the Carlisle rooms in a garden setting and best of all you don’t have to share your piece of paradise with day trippers. On Brampton Island the magic begins the moment you arrive and before you know it, the shoes are off, the swimmers are on and you’re off to indulge in this tropical paradise.

Long Island
Nestled in the adored Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Long Island Resort has all the facilities you’d expect from an award-winning three-and-a-half-star resort – including a day spa, 25-metre lap pool and two flood-lit tennis courts – plus a host of activities and entertainment for all ages. It’s little wonder that the resort is a favorite for couples, honeymooners, families and friends looking for an idyllic value-for-money island escape.

Great Keppel Island
Located slightly north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the island enjoys an ideal sub-tropical climate and near-constant sea breezes which, combined with the crystal-blue clarity of its waters and the beauty of its fringing coral reefs, creates a holiday escape unique to the region. Whether relaxing on a quiet beach, indulging in some soft adventure, or going wild with the resort’s adrenaline activities, Great Keppel Island offers something for everyone.

Heron Island
If you’re a nature lover, Heron Island really is a special place. It’s a natural coral cay 89kms off the coast of Queensland, so it’s not another Great Barrier Reef resort; it’s a resort on the Great Barrier Reef. Heron offers a variety of activities such as guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises and private beach picnics. An amazing collection of animal and bird life can be discovered throughout the year, including the delightful green and loggerhead turtles as well as migrating whales. Little wonder that Heron Island is part of a World Heritage listed area and home to one of Australia’s premier marine research stations. Heron Island adds their passion for food and service and complements it with the little luxuries that make holidays complete.

Wilson Island
Voyages Wilson Island is a tiny coral cay located just 40 minutes from Heron Island. Those that are drawn to Wilson Island will enjoy the natural beauty of our Great Barrier Reef island, its seclusion and the freedom from modern-day living are part of the appeal. The Island offers comfortable designer-inspired tent accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef for a maximum of just 12 guests. Our accommodation offers panoramic Great Barrier Reef and ocean views. with access to the magnificent reef and beach environments, including rare turtle and bird breeding grounds.

Lady Elliot
The southern most of the Great Barrier Reef Islands. A declared “Marine National Park Zone”, Lady Elliot is one of the few islands where you will see live coral and abundant bird and marine life at every level. Popular with visitors of all ages, its little wonder Lady Elliot is renowned as a nature lover’s nirvana. Given Lady Elliot’s status as one of the best diving locations in the world, scuba diving is, unsurprisingly, a major activity. Step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive in an underwater world of radiant colored marine life, or simply relax and absorb in the natural island atmosphere. With considerably clear water year round, you may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral and fish as well as the giant manta rays that are synonymous with Lady Elliot. Those visiting in the right season may see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales blow and breech.

Qualia, Hamilton Island
Qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah) in Latin means “a collection of deeper sensory experiences” Located at the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. With its own definitive style of understated elegance and quality, and captivating calmness, Qualia is a place of rare natural beauty. It’s a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. Sit back and feel time unravel at Qualia. From the smooth stones underfoot on the pebble beach, to the scent of the surrounding eucalyptus trees; from the sound of water breaking on the Coral Sea shore to the soft breeze that sighs across the point – Qualia allows you to relearn the meaning of relaxation.

Climate

Tropical North Queensland has an average year round temperature of approximately 85F (29°C). The variation in temperature between summer and winter is much less than you experience in Europe, North America, and northern Asia.

Average Temperature
Summer: 102F maximum (35°C) 70F minimum (21°C)
Winter: 72F maximum (22°C) 50F minimum (10°C)

Average Water Temperature
Summer 77F (25°C)
Winter 66F (19°C)

The Whitsundays has a tropical climate but with less average rainfall than measured on the mainland in nearby Proserpine.  Summer months are warm and sultry. July is the coolest month, January the warmest.

Southern Queensland has bright, sunny days and some balmy nights as it is a subtropical area. It’s quite warm in summer and mild in winter and there is really no ‘bad’ time to visit. Seasons in Australia are the reverse of North America and Europe. Summer is December to February, autumn (fall) March to May, winter June to August, and spring September to November.

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