Tropical North Queensland is considered one of Australia’s most exciting honeymoon destinations. After all, it’s where the rainforest meets the reef.
Discover a unique and dazzling array of World Heritage listed natural attractions from tropical rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef – all within easy reach of Cairns, Port Douglas and Townsville.
Cairns is the perfect base to explore the best of Tropical North Queensland, Port Douglas to the north provides a stylish resort town close to the pristine Daintree rainforest, Mission Beach to the south offers a string of beach villages that are famously home to the endangered cassowary bird, while just offshore sit a choice of stunning tropical islands.
Discover the romance of a perfect honeymoon at some of Tropical North Queensland top honeymoon destinations.
With a year-round outdoor lifestyle, unique natural attractions, energetic nightlife, award-winning restaurants and luxurious accommodation options, tropical Cairns offers all the ingredients you need for a memorable honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Trek through a rainforest, snorkel and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef or go white-water rafting.
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Port Douglas manages to combine a laid-back, relaxed ambience while offering a range of world-class accommodation, dining and shopping options as well as a fabulous wide, 6km-long palm-fringed beach that begins at a rocky headland just a few minutes walk south of Port Douglas.
Leave the crowds behind on this long and uninterrupted curve of palm- and rainforest-fringed golden sand that stretches south from the black basalt outcrop of Clump Point to the residential enclave of South Mission at Kennedy Bay.
Four quiet hamlets lie scattered along the 14km-long beach, collectively known as Mission Beach.
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Indulge yourselves in sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and swimming from white-sand beaches that shelve into the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Sunbathe on white sand beaches or follow bush trails through the national park’s 730ha of bushland and tropical rainforest, looking out along the way for the island’s famous electric-blue Ulysses butterflies.
Follow bush trails through the park’s 730ha of bushland and tropical rainforest, looking out along the way for the island’s famous electric-blue Ulysses butterflies.
Try the challenging 9.2km-long circuit hike, enjoy panoramic views from the top of Mount Kootaloo (271m) and perhaps visit the alternative lifestyle of Bruce Arthur’s Artists Colony, where you can browse original paintings.
Along the way try to spot monitor lizards, skinks, pythons and tree snakes as terns and noddies soar overhead.
The inspiration for E. J. Banfield's book Confessions of a Beachcomber, Dunk Island offers all the ingredients you need for the perfect honeymoon holiday or romantic getaway.
While Dunk Island Resort remains closed, visitors are welcome to come on a day trip or camp out in the campground.
Dunk Island is located 4km offshore from Mission Beach, an easy 10-minute boat ride from Wongaling Beach or slightly longer from Clump Point Jetty.
Unwind in seclusion on this small tropical island that lies in the centre of the Family Islands National Park.
Sunbathe on a choice of powder-white beaches that fringe tiny picturesque coves or get active with a range of watersports such as kayaking, sailing, water skiing, fishing, snorkelling and diving, and be pampered in luxurious accommodation.
Follow rainforest trails to a choice of secluded white-sand beaches, join a diving excursion to the Great Barrier Reef or, for the ultimate thrill, try skydiving over the Family Islands National Park with views out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Bedarra Island lies in the waters of tropical North Queensland and is reached via a 45-minute flight to Dunk Island from Cairns followed by a 20-minute courtesy boat transfer from Dunk.
With a 339ha national park, a picturesque rocky foreshore indented with white-sand beaches and coral reefs almost completely surrounded the island, Fitzroy Island offers a perfect playground for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and bushwalking on a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
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Discover a tiny coral cay covered with a scenic rainforest, edged by a gorgeous white-sand beach and surrounded by a marine park teeming with sea life – the perfect spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway holdiay.
With more than 700ha of offshore reefs, Green Island is the perfect spot to dive and snorkel above pristine coral gardens.
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On Hinchinbrook Island National Park, you can discover Australia's largest National Park island – an area of breathtaking beauty of lush flora, unique fauna, rugged granite crags, mangrove waterways, pristine golden beaches and sheltered bays that are just perfect for sea kayaking.
Encounter turtles, dolphins, dugongs, mantra rays and even humpback whales. Snorkel the offshore reefs, swim in clear fresh water pools or paddle a kayak through the calm, clear waters.
Hinchinbrook is a bushwalker's paradise: try the famous Thorsborne trail, a 32km-long wilderness walk through the rainforest of Milky Pine, Palm Figs and vines, and spot some of the more than 66 species of birds, 22 species of butterflies and many varieties of fish and crustaceans that inhabit this beautiful island.
Hinchinbrook is located about 120km north of Townsville and 180km south of Cairns. Ferry connections to Hinchinbrook depart from Lucinda or Cardwell.
Escape to this scenic island of forest-clad hills and gorgeous white-sand beaches surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with a vast array of marine life.
Sunbathe on a choice of seven white-sand beaches and swim and snorkel the island's fringing coral gardens to see colourful reef fish and green sea turtles.
A total of 1100 species of fish and 340 of the 350 known species of coral found on the Great Barrier Reef are here at Orpheus Island.
Dive the Great Barrier Reef among manta rays and dugongs and, from June to September, spot migrating humpback whales.
Explore the 1368ha national park on three sign-posted walking tracks that wind through the rainforest, looking out for echidnas, bandicoots, green tree frogs and harmless brown and green tree snakes along the way.
Relax in comfort at the exclusive 4-star Orpheus Island Resort – with no televisions, telephones or children under the age of 15 in sight – the perfect spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.
Located 24km offshore in the warm waters of tropical North Queensland, Orpheus Island is around 80km north of Townsville and 190km south of Cairns. The island is easily reached by seaplane from Townsville and Cairns.
With its choice of sheltered bays and coves, unspoiled golden-sand beaches and pristine forest-clad hills, Magnetic Island (or ‘Maggie’ as it’s known to the locals), offers all the ingredients you need for a perfect island honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.
Make your own footprints on a choice of more than 20 gorgeous white-sand beaches that fringe this secluded island located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
Swathed in tropical rainforest and surrounded by a sheltered 10m-deep lagoon, Lizard Island offers the perfect tropical island honeymoon hideaway.
Stroll, bike or roller blade along The Strand, a beachfront promenade of palm trees fronting swimming beaches, pretty picnic spots, a water park, chic restaurants and bars with great water views.
Climb Castle Hill for great views over the city and Magnetic Island, discover funky nightclubs on Flinders Street East and bars and restaurants along Palmer Street.
Townsville is the perfect stepping-off point to experience the best of the region, from white water rafting and exploring nearby rainforests and waterfalls to visiting tropical islands and diving the Great Barrier Reef.
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Latest update: Tropical North Queensland Honeymoon: 24 September, 2023