the Cassowary Coast
owe it to yourself to experience this magnificent region
that contains all the natural tropical beauty that makes
the Far North so unique. Between the hustle and bustle
of Cairns and Townsville lies the Cassowary Coast!
The Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Wet Tropics
Rainforest, offshore islands, golden sandy beaches, cool
mountain streams, waterfalls, mangrove everglades, crocodiles,
cassowaries, butterflies, fishing, tropical agriculture,
history, culture - we have it all.
by the Bruce Highway this area from Innisfail in
the north to Cardwell in
the south, is one of the wettest in Australia, consequently,
it is also the greenest. The high rainfall means
that the rainforests are lush in the true sense of
The best part of the World Heritage Rainforest in this region
is its easy accessability - you don't need a 4WD - just turn
off the highway and visit places such as the Mulgrave Valley,
the Boulders, Josephine Falls, Mt. Bartle Frere, the Palmerston
National Park, Mamu Canopy Walkway, Mission
Beach, the Tully River and Cardwell's
Forest Drive. It's easy on your vehicle, easy on your body
and easy on your wallet. Many well marked walking tracks of
varying difficulty are located throughout the entire region.
know those golden sandy beaches overlooking the magnificent
Coral Sea that you came to the Far North to experience but
couldn't find, well turn off the highway and check out places
like Bramston Beach, Ella Bay, Flying Fish Point, Etty Bay,
Cowley Beach, Kurrimine Beach, Bingil Bay, Mission
Heads and Cardwell. Long stretches of clean golden sands with,
in most places, the rainforest literally fringing the pristine
beaches. Sit back under the shade of a palm and soak in the
When you think of the tropics you invariably think of islands
and the Great Barrier Reef. Did you know that along the Cassowary
Coast we have over 25 offshore islands? The most famous of
these are the resort islands of Dunk, Bedarra and one of the
world's largest island national parks, Hinchinbrook.
The islands offer everything from idyllic isolation to full
on resort excitement. Access to them is varied with commercial
cruise operations and water taxis servicing the most popular.
For complete freedom you can bring your own boat or maybe charter
a houseboat, motor cruiser or sail boat.
Great Barrier Reef is only 50 minutes away making
the Cassowary Coast the closest mainland access
in Queensland. Numerous cruise operators and charter
boats travel to the reef daily giving easy access
to this wonder of the natural world.
Scuba dive, snorkel or view in comfort in glass bottom boats
and semi-submersibles the truly spectacular underwater world
of colourful corals, surreal bêche-de-mer, anenomes,
turtles and a myriad of fish of all sizes and character.
This area boasts some of the best recreational and sports fishing
in the world. The ocean and local rivers teem with mudcrabs
and endless varieties of fish from the much sought after barrumundi
to the plentiful species of exotic reef fish.
For the self-drive visitors accommodation varies
from National Park camping grounds, caravan and tourist parks,
hotels, motels and resorts. All the major shopping supermarkets
have centres throughout the region. Restaurants are many and
varied catering for all variety of tastes and pockets.
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Take your time to
discover this amazing region!
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