Each year, millions of people from across the globe make the trip to explore international destinations and experiences that many more dream of, and it’s all in our own backyard just waiting to be explored. Did you know you can travel the world right here in Australia.
The jungles of South-East Asia have nothing on Australia’s World Heritage-listed rainforests that stretch across the country, covering every climatic type
Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural beauty of Tropical North Queensland (QLD)
You can trek through all five climatic types of rainforest in Queensland. In Tropical North Queensland, the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics includes Kuranda Rainforest and the Daintree – the oldest tropical rainforest on earth. If you’re looking for a warm winter escape, head to Tropical North Queensland for a natural and cultural experience you won’t soon forget. Connect with Indigenous Australian spirituality with Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel (running tours from 1 July), which invites you to step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites, Moore Reef & Milln or Flynn Reef. Then hit the jungle with Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas (available from 1 July), to experience the rich diversity of the Daintree Rainforest through various national park walks.
Let your hair down and experience a vibrant nightlife at Airlie Beach (QLD)
Gateway to the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is a coastal town of palm-fringed beaches, waterfront parks and alfresco restaurants. Spend a few days exploring before you head off on your island holiday where you’ll find plenty of action, from sailing to scuba diving to skydiving. The Airlie Beach markets are starting back up 27 June and are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts. Packed with top restaurants, cafes and nightlife, Airlie Beach provides the tempo of an aquatic playground, with nearby retreats to tropical rainforest and waterfalls in Conway National Park.
Swap South-East Asia’s fisheries for an Australian angler’s paradise
Cast a line on the Great Barrier Reef (QLD)
What keen angler could resist a sustainable fishing trip to the Great Barrier Reef? A staggering 300,000 square kilometres (116,000 square miles) of pristine waters, idyllic islands and unbelievably beautiful coral cays make up the reef, and charter boats will take you to places where it feels like no-one has ever fished before. Black and blue marlin, sailfish, dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and wahoo are among the incredible creatures that call the Great Barrier Reef home. Operators up and down the reef include Far North Sports Fishing, East Coast Angling, Renegade Fishing Charters and the luxury live-aboard Elizabeth EII.
Catch a Barra at the Top End (NT)
Catching a big barra is top of the bucket list for many anglers, and the tidal estuaries and rivers of the Northern Territory are among the best places to do it. The Top End also offers some spectacular blue-water sport fishing — with longtail tuna, queen fish and Spanish mackerel among the most popular species. The choice of operators and fishing experiences in the Top End is almost as vast as the array of fish. Set up camp in Arnhem Land or on the Cobourg Peninsula. You can even jump aboard a helicopter to go heli-fishing – whatever floats your (fishing) boat.
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