a locals guide to the best businesses and holiday spots in the region
Cairns has been named the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Cairns Esplanade is lined with restaurants and bars and has a swimming lagoon. North of the city is Daintree National Park which spans gorges, beaches and mountainous rainforest.
Townsville is a coastal city located in northeastern, Queensland, Australia. There are multiple attractions most notably the Strand Esplanade, with its waterpark and iconic pier. Other attractions worth mentioning include Magnetic Island with its coral reefs and a National Park full of wildlife; The Reef HQ Aquarium has coral and marine life from the Great Barrier Reef, plus a sea turtle hospital. Townsville is also home to the 2015 Grand Final winners, the North Queensland Cowboys. The Cowboys are an Australian professional Rugby League Football Club based in Townsville, the largest city in North Queensland.
Mackay is a city in Queensland, on Australia’s east coast. Mackay itself is known for its Harbour Beach, Marina and Bluewater Lagoon and its city water park. Eungella National Park located 80 km west of Mackay is a habitat for rare frogs and platypus and is considered to be the longest continual stretch of sub-tropical rainforest in Australia.