Chillagoe in the Outback

This small red, dusty town on the edge of the outback in northern Queensland is no more than a three hour drive from two luxury lodges, or a much shorter heli flight, and provides an interesting day trip.

Chillagoe is an excellent place to visit if you want to experience a taste of the authentic Australian outback without the tourism overlay of places like Uluru or Kakadu. Watch out for Almaden, a small settlement 25 kilometres short of Chillagoe, where the cattle are almost as big as the houses and there is, as Lonely Planet once put it, a very general store …..

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Cairns Aquarium - So Much More Than Just Fish

A visit to the far northern Queensland area around Cairns takes you to a diverse natural environment that has been justifiably protected within two large World Heritage Areas. The two main ecosystems that have given this fascinating area its kudos are the all-important Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree wet tropics rainforest. Both are vast, amazing and well worth a visit. Read more ….

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Sue Farley
A Stay at Thala Beach Nature Reserve

It was almost dusk when we arrived at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, 45 minutes north of Cairns. Sitting atop a headland overlooking the evening blue Coral Sea, and with a distant view to the jagged ranges of the Daintree National Park, the outlook was compelling. Contrary to the name, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a beautiful, tropical resort offering a really nice stay – the nature reserve is an interesting additional extra …

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Noosa Heads National Park, Sunshine Coast

Noosa Heads National Park is a 10 minute walk from central Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and offers an easy experience in to the Australian bush. Come in winter and watch the whales passing in the distance along the coast.

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Sue Farley
North of the Daintree River

One of the key attractions in far north Queensland is the Daintree National Park. Starting less than an hour’s drive north of Port Douglas, this luscious, wild, tropical environment encapsulates what this beautiful area is all about. Find out more here ….

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Sue Farley