Wanderlust: 5 Places You HAVE TO Visit in Far North Queensland


If I had a 10 cent coin for every time a reader asked 'oh my gosh, where was this photo taken?' I would be living like a Queen. Filling my readers with wanderlust for my tropical habitat puts a huge smile on my face. After all, I feel so blessed to be living in a dictionary definition of Paradise.

For all the readers who have ever loved looking at my photo shoot locations, I have listened and I am about to deliver: this one's for you! Get ready for a photographic tour of the natural wonder that is Far North Queensland.

Having first visited Cairns and it's surrounding areas as a backpacker in 2012, I quickly found myself falling deeply in love with the area. One evening, after a tour of the pristine Atherton Tablelands, I met my partner, a cairns local and ended up falling in love with him too (Eek- cheese alert much? CRINGE). The rest, as all corny novels say, is history...

All within a driving distance of the Cairns tourist hub, here's ten places you have to visit in Far North Queensland....
1. Millaa Millaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands
Millaa Millaa Waterfall
Nestled in pristine rain forest in the Cairns Highlands, Millaa Millaa falls makes you feel as if you have walked straight into a fairy tale.

With a 18m plunging cascade that vanishes into a pristine pool, it is easy to see why Millaa Millaa is the most photographed waterfall in Australia.
Millaa Millaa Falls

Made famous by the erm, interesting music video for Peter Andre's 'Mysterious Girl', you can take a dip in this refreshing mountain stream pool and maybe even do a hair flip while you're at it! It's apparently been featured in a Herbal Essences Ad too, and hey; who doesn't want to pretend to be one of those women?

The waterfall is situated on the Atherton Tableland's 'Waterfall Circuit', consisting of Milaa Milaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa and Pepina Falls. So if you have a car and a love for waterfalls: this one's for you!

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2. Daintree- Cape Tribulation
 Famously known as the place where the rain forest meets the reef, at Cape Tribulation you can literally see the coral touching the tree-lined shores.
Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation is an adventure. Setting off from the Daintree river, take a ferry across the most crocodile-infested river in Queensland and make your way up the winding rain forest path to Cape Tribulation.
Cape Tribulation

A true nature lovers paradise, you can spot Crocodiles basking in the wild by taking a Daintree River Cruise. You may even see an endangered Cassowary on your adventure!
 Swimming Cape Tribulation
Along the way, take refuge in private swimming spots (check for crocodile signs- PLEASE), visit sandy beaches and take a stroll along boardwalks set high among st  the rain forest canopy.

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3. Fitzroy Island, Cairns
If the dictionary had photographs, Fitzroy Island would be next to the word 'paradise'. Situated a mere thirty minute boat ride from the Cairns CBD, Fitzroy Island has a laid back, sunny vibe that will get you hooked.

Whilst on the island, be sure to visit 'Nudey Beach'; don't worry, I've never actually seen anyone there sans clothes! It's white sand beach and crystal turquoise sea is a beach-lovers haven.

Although the coral isn't the best quality off Fitzroy, it's a really wonderful place for a quick dip! There is even a water trampoline off the main beach. Alternatively, you can burn some serious calories by taking on the challenging 'summit track' to the island's highest points. Between June and October, you may even spot a humpback whale!

If you want to chill, the bar and restaurant on the main beach offers the most luscious cocktails.

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4. Granite Gorge, Mareeba
If you are an animal lover like me, go ahead and add Granite Gorge to your must-go list! A wonderful place to visit for a day trip or an overnight camp, Granite Gorge has several varieties of tropical birds, snakes and lizards you can hold and one crazy, head banging, parrot; who is my favorite resident!
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The beautiful rocky landscape is home to several colonies of wild rock wallabies, who you can feed and pet. #CuteAlert 
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The rock-dotted wilderness is joined by luscious fresh-water streams you can cool off in. Take the walking track to the far end of the wildlife reserve and spot 'Whale Rock.'
things to do Cairns

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5. The Low Isles, Port Douglas
Remember Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter? Just a few kilometers from the Low Isles was the place where the legend took his last few breaths. Don't let that put you off though! The Low Isles is an underwater garden of colorful soft corals.

As you put on your snorkeling gear and glide along the top of the crystal waters, it becomes obvious that you have entered a whole new world.  Swim with majestic sea turtles and witness an abundance of colorful, tropical fish!

Not had enough of your tropical fix? Stay tuned for part two!

Rachel
xoxo

74 comments:

  1. Thanks for recommending these places they look amazing!

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  2. There are no words to describe such stunning places
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  3. Wonderful places dear!!!Thank you to stopping by my blog...keep in touch!!!
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  4. Oh my, I am sitting here 22 weeks pregnant and cant wait to hop on the next plane to visit some more of Australias beauty. I have only ever been there for three weeks, so there is so much more left to explore!

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  5. I have to win a lottery, so I visit beautiful places like these. AMEN!

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  6. OMG! I want to go there now! haha..

    Beautiful!

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  7. Incredible places! Love the photography (:
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  8. I agree. There are not enough blog posts to justify Queensland!

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  9. Absolutely love the photography and Queensland looks so beautiful ♥

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  10. Such gorgeous pics! I need to visit here!!! Love it! Happy Friday!

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  11. So many beautiful places! I would love to visit Millaa Millaa Falls :)

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  12. Amazing places I wanna absolutely visit one day!
    Last two are my fav, I love animals!
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  13. That waterfall looks heavenly! So many amazing places to visit X

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  14. Queensland looks amazing. I'd love to go there. My bf is obsessed with Oz and loves Melbourne, so I think we will visit other areas next year , hopefully. <3
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  15. Ah gosh I am definitely jealous and would love to take the plunge to move at some point for sure, so sweet that you met your partner too and fell in love with aus from backpacking! xxx

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  16. Amazing pictures! Love the suggestion!
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  17. From the waterfalls and the views, I would love to visit each and every one of these places. Everything just looks magical and absolutely wonderful. Thanks for posting about htis.

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  18. Amazing photos!!

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  19. Such a beautiful places, absolutely loving the photos!

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  20. Stunning! The cascade is gorgeous and the wallabie is so cute! The Low Isles looks fantastic. You look amazing in all the outfits

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  21. Australia really is stunning. I've been to the Daintree and I wish I had time to see the others but there is always time on the next trip!

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  22. That baby wallaby is so cute next to it's mother! I'd love to visit someday :)

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  23. These all are fabulous places! Millaa Millaa falls really can make you feel as if you were in a fairy tale. Have a great weekend!

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  24. This is such a wonderful guide...thanks for sharing it! I seriously need to visit these places! :)

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  25. I have been to Queensland so many times but for some reason I still haven't been to the north! These pictures are gorg, the fourth outfit looks like you stepped straight off the seed catalogue hun xoxox
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  26. This place looks like a piece of heaven! Beautiful pics!

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  27. Awesome shots!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  28. places very gorgeous
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  29. The Fitzroy Island looks amazing place!

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  30. Such stunning photos! Love all the outfits too ;)

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  31. I definitely should visit them! These places are beyond beautiful, you are so lucky! Amazing pictures and beautiful you Rachel! Have a nice weekend!
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  32. Oh wow...paradise !!! Amazing photos !
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  33. You look gorgeous in these photos! What an incredible place!

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  34. My goodness, this place is mesmerizing! And you look like a nature goddess of some sort there. Lovely!

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  35. I'm obsessing over that cute burgundy hat of yours! I still need to get one for fall, hopefully I can pull it off as well as you:-). You always take such gorgeous photos! Making me want to travel again

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  36. Thanks for the tips! I always wanted to visit Australia, I have some high school friends who live there now and I hear some great things about it :)

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  37. these photos are the proof you live in a kind of paradise, babe, would love to visit it one day....
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  38. these places all look so breathtaking and amazing *_*
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  39. Amazing photos <3 <3

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  40. These are some of the most beautiful places I've seen, especially the falls :)

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  41. Very lovely! Hope you have agreat Monday!

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  42. Wow!!! SO amazing places Rachel....these place are a dream!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
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  43. Wonderful places and outfits. Love your blue dress in the water. :-)

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  44. Amazing places, I would like to visit them all!!!
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  45. Ooh, not only is this a great recap of some of your gorgeous images, it's also so useful! I'm so, so keen to visit Australia (it's super high on my travel list now!) and so if I ever find myself in your area, I'll be sure to refer to this blog post :) Have a lovely week ahead Rachel.

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  46. what a fun post! all these spots look so dreamy!

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  47. Exquisite photographs, what dreamy locations to experience
    Props that that is the actual Mysterious Girl waterfall, haha I have to go there!

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  48. Millaa millaa falls and Fitzroy island are literally the place that dreams are made of. So stunning!

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  49. AMazing pics!
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  50. Beautiful photos! I'd love to visit all of these places! :) xx

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  51. These places are a dream, so beautiful and romantic. I would love to visit such place. You look pretty in all your outfits <3 Kisses <3
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  52. Your photos are always amazing darling. Love them all! Great blog & great post! Happy Monday my gorgeous friend :D
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  53. Now I know why you have lived in Australia, nit here in the cold depressive UK lol PLEASE TAKE ME THERE PLEASEEEEEE I have never done a photo shoot surrounded by such beautiful waterfall before!

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  54. You've just made me want to check out the Millaa Millaa Falls theyy areee so beautiful! every time you photograph pictures you make me want to come & check it out more & more the views are BREATH TAKING Rach <3

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  55. You've just made me want to check out the Millaa Millaa Falls theyy areee so beautiful! every time you photograph pictures you make me want to come & check it out more & more the views are BREATH TAKING Rach <3

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  56. I like this! Great post. :D

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  57. Wonderful places. Hope I could visit one of them soon.
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  58. Ahhhhh. I want to visit North Queensland so bad now! I have always dreamt about going to Australia and, if I ever make it, I definitely want to go here!

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  59. wow amazing places so beautiful. You are really living in paradise.
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  62. I'm definitely going to have to visit these places someday! Thanks for sharing!

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  63. These places all look so amazing but Granite Gorge looks the best!! I love interacting with animals! I'll have to put it on my list of places to go <3

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  64. I have to visit the 5 places!

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  65. This looks absolutely stunning and amazing. I have only heard good things about North Queensland. I've only been as far north as the sunshine coast.

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  66. Such a great post! I hope you have a lovely day.

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  67. How sad is it that despite living in Australia my whole life, I have never been to any of these places! I suppose that's how it is though... you tend to venture out more and not really explore the cities that are closer to you :( Will definitely need to put these places on my list - they are beautiful!

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  68. All of these places look incredible, some of the places look breathtaking. I've just been to Queensland but now after reading this post I definitely have some great ideas for what to do on my next trip!

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