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Eight must-dos in Queensland’s backyard

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In partnership with Tourism Australia

Bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have spelt disaster for many regional businesses across Queensland. So when you take a well-earned break this summer, put affected destinations at the top of your list. Try a few top local experiences to help give these communities the boost they need to bounce back.

GO WHERE THE RAINFOREST MEETS THE REEF

As the spot that marks the threshold between two natural World Heritage sites and untouched by urban development, Cape Tribulation is a remarkable place. Situated about 150 kilometres north of Cairns, the remote headland of Cape Tribulation is where the dense Daintree Rainforest pushes up against a narrow strip of sand before meeting the Great Barrier Reef. Explore this unique region by going on a 4WD tour, hiking through the rainforest to spy cassowaries, snorkelling in the Mackay and Undine Reefs, or even riding a horse along the beach.

More information: tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au

STAY ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Elevated at 1100 metres above sea level, Spicers Peak Lodge thankfully was unaffected by the 2019 bushfires. The surrounding heritage-listed national park, however, did not fare so well. Now, when guests take the guided Wallaby Walkabout tour, the commentary focuses as much on fire ecology and bush regeneration as it does on the red-necked wallabies that call the area home. A stay at the Lodge involves extreme indulgence, with spa treatments at Spa Anise, and culinary magic at hatted restaurant The Peak, where local seasonal produce is the hero.

More information: spicersretreats.com/retreats/spicers-peak-lodge

BECOME ONE WITH NATURE

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