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Most Romantic Destinations to Visit in Tropical North Queensland


Tropical North Queensland is one of the most loved destinations in Australia. With breathtaking coastal beauty, stunning waterfalls and exciting adventures awaiting on the reef, this is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway and Australia road trip.

Whether you are chasing the best beaches in Tropical North Queensland, venturing into the Daintree to spot the elusive cassowary, or seeking out hidden gems in Tropical North Queensland, there are endless opportunities to explore in North Queensland for holidaying couples. Looking for the most romantic destinations to visit on your upcoming road trip through Tropical North Queensland? We have put together a list of the top places to add to your list.

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Why do people visit Tropical North Queensland?

Queensland, and Tropical North Queensland in particular, is renowned for its warm weather all year round. Starting just above the Whitsundays, North and Far North Queensland extend all the way through Cairns and up to the top of the Cape York Peninsula. The tropical temperatures in this region create a unique environment for beautiful grasslands, thriving rainforests, native birds and wildlife. If that wasn’t enough, there are also endless stunning waterfalls and beaches to explore. These spots will keep you cool in the balmy temperatures.

There's nothing quite like taking a road trip to experience the beautiful scenery and enchantment of Tropical North Queensland with your favourite person. Whether you are seeking a holiday full of beachside relaxation, an adventure-packed holiday or simply want to wine and dine your way through paradise, Tropical North Queensland delivers. Here are some of the most romantic destinations to visit in Tropical North Queensland and things to do in Queensland on your upcoming trip:

Visit Daintree Eco Lodge

The Daintree Rainforest, or just simply ‘the Daintree’, is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. It is home to the elusive cassowary and one of the oldest rainforests on the planet.

There are many campgrounds and caravan parks throughout the area, but if you want to spoil your loved one for the night, don’t look past the Daintree Eco Lodge. A night here typically costs around $475. However, with an on-site spa, a lush rainforest location, restaurants and hampers, it’s well worth the splurge. The lodge also is home to a private on-site waterfall where you can join “A Walk Through Time” tour for $50 per person.

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Take a sunset cruise from Port Douglas

Port Douglas is the perfect addition to a romantic getaway, located just an hour north of Cairns. This town is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and surrounded by lush rainforests and mountains. There are plenty of activities you can do around Port Douglas, but one of the most romantic ways to experience this northern Queensland town is to join a cruise in Port Douglas.

This luxury adults-only cruise charters around the Great Barrier Reef and is the perfect way to experience the beauty of this region. Sit back and soak up the rainforest-covered mountains and the ocean breeze. All while you sip on your favourite drink and watch the sun go down together. For just $75 per person, this is the perfect activity for a romantic date night!

Discover Cape Tribulation on horseback

Riding through the rainforest on horseback is another great way to explore the classic Tropical North Queensland outdoors. Connecting with the great outdoors and your partner by your side, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. The lush rainforest and rugged coastline provide the perfect romantic backdrop for your adventure.

Cape Tribulation has some fantastic horse riding tours that will take you through some of the most beautiful areas of Tropical North Queensland for just $139 per person. Weaving through the majestic beauty of the Daintree and out to explore the coastline to wade in the shallows is bound to be an experience of a lifetime. The best part? No horse-riding experience is necessary!

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Explore Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a charming beachside village located just 30 minutes north of Cairns. This is the perfect destination for relaxing on the beach or getting out into the water snorkelling or diving. Hiring a bike is a great way to experience this little corner of paradise. While exploring, make sure to stop by the esplanade and marvel at the 500-year-old melaleuca trees fringing the foreshore. They are a sight to see!

To finish the day, one of the must-do’s for a romantic dinner in Palm Cove is Nu Nu. This beachfront restaurant has been nominated as the regional restaurant of the year and offers a range of award-winning Australian dishes. Looking to stay a few nights? Beach Almond and Vivo are a few other great options for eating out in Palm Cove. Serving fresh seafood dishes, salads, pizza and more!

Top Tip: Palm Cove holiday park is often credited as being one of the best camping spots in Tropical North Queensland. Close to Queensland’s cleanest beach and a watersports rental centre - there is plenty of beach fun to be had. Stay the night and check it out for yourself.

Relax at Fitzroy Island

If you are dreaming of a romantic island escape in Tropical North Queensland, Fitzroy Island should be at the top of the list. This unspoiled tropical paradise is home to sheltered beaches, walking trails and an abundance of wildlife. Located within the Great Barrier Reef, it also offers endless opportunities for spectacular interactions with the reef and wildlife that reside there.

Nudey Beach is one of the island’s top beaches, perfect for soaking up some sun, wildlife walks and cooling off in the tropical heat. This is also a top spot for snorkelling. Dip below the surface of the fringing reef to swim with the abundant marine life and colourful coral on display.

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Experience Aquarium Dining in Cairns

If you are looking for a unique and romantic dining experience for your upcoming campervan trip, then be sure to add Aquarium Dining to the list! Dundee’s Restaurant brings the flavours of Australia to your table in a remarkable way - in an aquarium! Enjoy the freshest seafood and fine dining as you marvel at the stunning 70,000-litre saltwater marine aquarium surrounding the dining room. Cosy up and enjoy the romantic ambiance of this one-of-a-kind dining experience. With meals ranging from $25-55, as well as catering to a range of dietary preferences, this is a great addition to any Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Snorkel at Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s top bucket list destinations, and it’s little wonder why! Boasting the title of largest coral reef in the world, it is home to hundreds of picturesque islands, golden beaches, and vibrant marine life. One of the best ways to experience this magical reef is with a Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour. Step on board a modern, state-of-the-art catamaran that will whisk you away to explore this world heritage-listed reef. For $205 per person, this tour includes pick up in Cairns, a barbecue breakfast, snorkel hire, lunch as well as a glass of wine on board.

However, if snorkelling isn’t your thing, there are endless ways to explore the reef's beauty. Whether you choose to explore in the water snorkelling and scuba diving or from above in a glass-bottomed boat, sailing or helicopter. The Great Barrier Reef is a must-do when in Queensland.

Peruse the Kuranda Markets

Kuranda is a rainforest township just 25 kilometres north of Cairns. Often referred to as the ‘village in the rainforest’, this village is surrounded by the world’s oldest living rainforest. While this popular Tropical North QLD destination is best known for being home to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the Kuranda Markets are hands down one of the best things to do in this mountainside town.

With over 100 stalls, this colourful market is a feast for the senses. The markets themselves are broken up into two sections: the Heritage Markets and the Original Markets. Among the two, you'll find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to meat, seafood, spices and herbs. If you're looking for souvenirs, there's plenty of Aboriginal art, handmade jewellery and wood carvings on offer. Best of all, these markets are open every day of the year, so you can simply show up and stroll around these vibrant rainforest markets. This truly is the perfect couples retreat worth a spot on any campervan adventure to explore Tropical North Queensland.

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Ready for a romantic getaway to Tropical North QLD?

Queensland is a tropical oasis just waiting to be explored. With plenty of fantastic dining, secluded beaches and activities for two, this is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. And what better way than with a campervan? Opt for a 4WD to get you off the beaten track or one of the Britz campervans. Whichever you choose, you’ll always have a place to come home to as you explore the beauty of this tropical north region

For more tips on choosing the right campervan for your trip, as well as reasons to hire a campervan to travel Australia, be sure to check out the Britz blog. With plenty of inspiration, travel tips and things you need to know before your campervan holiday, you have all the ideas to start planning your campervan trip.

Ready for a romantic getaway to Tropical North Queensland? Book your Britz campervan online today and then pick it up from any Britz branch before starting your journey.