Destination Overview

Tropical North Queensland has established itself as one of the world’s most desirable destinations for both leisure and business visitors from Australia and overseas. Our region combines adventure and relaxation with some of the greatest natural wonders of the world, offering visitors direct access to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands and beaches, as well as the world’s oldest tropical rainforests and the outback.

From the unspoilt wilderness of areas like Cape York, Torres Strait, Gulf Savannah and the Cassowary Coast, to first-class facilities and a wide range of adventure activities, Tropical North Queensland is well positioned to attract both the first-time visitor and the repeat traveler.

Regional Coverage

Tropical North Queensland incorporates the Cairns, Tablelands, Cassowary Coast, Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Councils and the Shires of:  Aurukun, Burke, Carpentaria, Cook, Croydon, Doomadgee, Douglas, Etheridge, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mareeba, Mornington, Mapoon, Napranum, Pormpuraaw, Torres, Wujal Wujal, and Yarrabah.

These Shires are represented by the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC), and the Aboriginal Local Government Association of Queensland.  The region covers 22% (377,718km2) of the total area of Queensland and yet is home to just 6% of the State’s population (approx. 250,000) half of which reside in the Cairns Regional Council area.

TNQ boasts fertile soil and valuable minerals that support the flourishing industries of farming and mining.  While several other industries also contribute to TNQ’s economy, the tourism sector is a significant contributor to the gross regional product (GRP) equivalent to that of mining and agriculture combined.

The community has a rich multicultural base, including Australia’s largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  There is a high level of appreciation for the benefits indigenous tourism can provide to the community and in particular, increasing interest in its potential for economic development.


TNQ Region to Cardwell