110 OUTDOOR AREAS TO EXPLORE IN THE CAIRNS REGION

110 OUTDOOR AREAS TO EXPLORE IN THE CAIRNS REGION

What are your plans for the weekend? Why not get out there and explore all our beautiful region has to offer – with so many gorgeous locations and beautiful weather nearly all year ’round, there is plenty of fun to be had. We’ve compiled a long list of outdoor areas to explore in the Cairns region to keep the boredom at bay.

We’ve compiled a list with all the things there are to see in Cairns and surrounding areas. Best of all, it’s all free entry.

CAIRNS BEACHES
A day spent by the seaside is a day well spent. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Beaches

Life’s a beach in the Far North. No, literally; with so many beaches to choose from, what’s holding you back from exploring them? Get some sand between your toes and make your way to a beach you haven’t seen before.

1. Myall Beach, Cape Tribulation

2. Newell Beach, Mossman

3. Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas

4. Oak Beach

5. Ellis Beach

6. Palm Cove

7. Clifton Beach

8. Kewarra Beach

9. Taylor’s Point, Trinity Beach

10. Trinity Beach

11. Half Moon Bay, Trinity Park

12. Yorkeys Knob

13. Holloways Beach

14. Machans Beach

15. Cairns Esplanade, Cairns City

16. Bramston Beach

17. Flying Fish Point

18. Cowley Beach

19. Kurrimine Beach

20. Garners Beach

21. Wongaling Beach

22. Mission Beach

23. Cardwell

LAKES CREEKS RIVERS FNQ
Get your feet wet at one of the many lakes in the Cairns region. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Lakes, Creeks and Rivers

Lakes, creeks and rivers, oh my! There are plenty of places to explore, but not all are suitable for swimming. As always, exercise caution when swimming in the Tropical North by steering clear of wildlife, being on the look out for stinging trees and wait-a-while vines and never swimming in rapid moving waters (which is possible during the wet season, approx November-March).

24. Lake Eacham

Swimming: Yes

25. Lake Tinaroo

Swimming: Yes

26. Lake Barrine

Swimming: Yes

27. Lake Morris / Copperlode Dam

Swimming: No

28. Stoney Creek, Redlynch

Swimming: Yes

29. Mossman Gorge

Swimming: Yes

30. Cardwell Spa Pools

Swimming: Yes

31. Oasis Waterhole, Redlynch

Swimming: Yes

32. Ross and Locke, Gordonvale

Swimming: Yes

33. Little Mulgrave Swimhole, Gordonvale

Swimming: Yes

34. Lake Placid

Swimming: No

35. Harvey Creek, Deeral

Swimming: Yes

36. Babinda Boulders, Babinda

Swimming: Yes

37. Alligator’s Nest, Tully

Swimming: Yes (don’t worry – no alligators here)

38. Behana Gorge

Swimming: Yes

39. Spring Creek, Port Douglas

Swimming: Yes

40. Shannonvale Water Hole, Port Douglas

Swimming: Yes

41. Freshwater Creek

Swimming: Yes

42. Goldsborough Valley

Swimming: Yes

43. Five Mile Swimming Hole, Cardwell

Swimming: Yes

44. Syndicate Road Swim Hole

Swimming: Yes

45. Finlayvale Road Swim Hole, Port Douglas

Swimming: Yes

WATERFALLS IN CAIRNS
The stunning Barron Falls. Image courtesy of Brad Newton/Tourism and Events Queensland.

Waterfalls

Don’t go chasing waterfalls… actually, do go chase them, because there are plenty to discover. Which is your favourite?

46. Barron Falls, Kuranda

Swimming: No

47. Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran

Swimming: Yes

48. Crystal Cascades, Redlynch

Swimming: Yes

49. Millaa Millaa Falls, Millaa Millaa

Swimming: Yes

50. Fairy Falls, Redlynch

Swimming: Yes

51. Zillie Falls, Tablelands

Swimming: No

52. Ellinjaa Falls, Tablelands

Swimming: Yes

53. Stoney Creek Falls, Kuranda

Swimming: Yes

54. Behana Gorge, Aloomba

Swimming: Yes

55. Davies Creek Falls, Mareeba

Swimming: Yes

56. Emerald Creek Falls, Mareeba

Swimming: Yes

57. Mungalli Creek Falls, Mungalli

Swimming: No

58. Mena Creek Falls, Innisfail

Swimming: No

59. Spring Creek, Port Douglas

Swimming: Yes

60. Halls Falls, Tablelands

Swimming: Yes

61. Hartley Creek Falls, Wangetti

Swimming: Yes

62. Pepina Falls, Tablelands

Swimming: Yes

63. Souita Falls, Tablelands

Swimming: Yes

64. Kearneys Falls, Wooroonooran

Swimming: No

65. Murray Falls, Cardwell

Swimming: Yes

66. Millstream Falls

Swimming: No

67. Cassowary Falls, Daintree

Swimming: Yes

68. Nandroya Falls, Wooroonooran

Swimming: Yes

69. Ponytail Falls, Tully

Swimming: Yes

70. Windin Falls

Swimming: Yes

71. Malanda Falls

Swimming: Yes

72. Dinner Falls

Swimming: Yes

73. Tchupala Falls

Swimming: Yes

74. Wallicher Falls

Swimming: Yes

75. Isabella Falls, Edmonton

Swimming: Yes

76. Wallaman Falls

Swimming: Yes (but there is a steep hike to the bottom pool)

GO FOR A WALK
Whether you want to go for a peaceful stroll or an adventurous hike, we’ve got you covered. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/Andrew Watson.

Go for a walk

Lace up those shoes and discover what Far North Queensland has to offer in one of the best possible ways – on your own two feet.

77. Cairns Esplanade, Cairns City

Difficulty: Easy

78. Red Arrow, Mt Whitfield

Difficulty: Moderate

79. Blue Arrow, Mt Whitfield

Difficulty: Moderate

80. Green Arrow, Mt Whitfield

Difficulty: Moderate

81. Yellow Arrow, Mt Whitfield

Difficulty: Moderate

82. Barron Falls Lookout Track, Kuranda

Difficulty: Easy

83. Fitzroy Island Summit, Fitzroy Island

Difficulty: Moderate

84. Kauri Creek Rainforest Walk, Lake Tinaroo

Difficulty: Easy

85. Crystal Cascades, Redlynch

Difficulty: Easy

86. Ivan Evans Track, Bayview Heights

Difficulty: Moderate

87. Douglas Track, Kuranda

Difficulty: Moderate

88. Earl Hill, Trinity Park

Difficulty: Moderate

89. Walsh’s Pyramid, Gordonvale

Difficulty: Hard

90. Mardja Botanical Walk, Cape Tribulation

Difficulty: Easy

91. Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield

Difficulty: Easy

92. Cairns Botanical Gardens, Edge Hill

Difficulty: Easy

93. Centenary Lakes, Edge Hill

Difficulty: Easy

94. Jack Barnes Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Airport

Difficulty: Easy

95. Koolmoon Creek Track, Misty Mountains

Difficulty: Easy

96. Glacier Rock Lookout, Kamerunga

Difficulty: Hard

97. Granite Gorge Nature Park, Chewko

Difficulty: Moderate

98. Mount Hypipamee Crater, Tablelands

Difficulty: Moderate

99. Jumrum Creek Walk, Kuranda

Difficulty: Easy

100. Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, Port Douglas

Difficulty: Easy

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND LOOKOUTS
Discover all the beautiful sights to see. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Lookouts

Sure, you can get some great views of Cairns and the surrounding areas if you get your hiking boots on, but there are also plenty of gorgeous spots accessible just by driving, so here are a few you can explore.

101. Henry Ross Lookout, Kuranda

102. Rex Lookout, Port Douglas

103. Copperlode Dam Range, Brinsmead

104. Wrights Lookout, Kuranda

105. Trinity Bay Lookout, Port Douglas

106. Millaa Millaa Lookout, Millaa Millaa

As with any outdoor adventure, prepare for a day out by bringing plenty of sunscreen and water. Remember to be respectful of the areas you visit, and take only pictures and leave only footsteps. Have fun!

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