A place of jewel-sea – Tropical North Queensland

“I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror, the wide brown land for me!”

Dorothea MacKellar



Tropical North Queensland is unlike any other place I have ever been to. From the moment touching down in Cairns Airport the air is alive, crackling with possibilities…as well as humidity!

There’s something about the atmosphere of the Tropical North that is hard to explain – it’s the wide open roads, dotted with fig and other large canopy trees, the laid back culture and people, and always the general air of expectation. Even in this description it’s hard to pinpoint – it’s like everything is just a little more alive in the North!

The Cairns foreshore is a wonderful playground for adults and children alike – the Cairns Esplanade is a wide open area, accessible to everyone – The Esplanade Pool is the centre of much of Cairns daily life – with the Esplanade always a buzz with activity. With regular markets, live music and family activities it’s easy to see why this area is a hub for locals and tourists alike!

Cairns Esplanade Pool

Cairns Esplanade Pool

A trip along the coastline road to Port Douglas is a must – it’s a drive that is well worth it. With scenery that will leave you speechless, with wide open ocean meeting blue blue sky against red rock cliffs – it’s the epitome of the ‘sunburnt country’ I love, and Dorothea MacKellar wrote about so well!

And then, just in an instant the scenery changes, as you enter the Daintree Rainforest and the temperature drops, the air becomes heavier and, for some reason, every conversation is said in a whisper. You can almost feel the history in the air – it truly feels like you could come across a dinosaur munching away at the ancient cycads!

Beautiful Mossman Gorge - the edge of Daintree Rainforest

Beautiful Mossman Gorge – the edge of Daintree Rainforest

And then the Great Barrier Reef – to swim with turtles is one of the most magical experiences of my life. These gentle giants living so placidly and peacefully are amazing to see up close – their natural grace in the water is something else! A day trip out to Green Island will definitely not disappoint – even if you are not a swimmer, the glass bottom boat tour gets you as close to the underwater action as possible, and the island itself, with sandy white beaches and blue-green ocean, is just the place to pause, relax and drink in the serenity that is the Tropical North.

If  you are thinking of an ‘out of the ordinary’ holiday, a holiday where you can relax and rejuvenate in some of the most beautiful surrounds possible – base yourself in Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific at Ramada Port Douglas and start your adventures in style and comfort!

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