When Sydney reaches peak miserable weather in the winter months, you just have to escape. And where better than Tropical North QLD with its laidback beaches, Wet Tropics rainforest and unique outdoor adventures?

  1. Horse Riding

You’ll be whisked away to the cutest stable/farm in Cape Tribulation where you can ride your horse through the rainforest and into the ocean as well!

My favourite part was riding up to see Mt Sonder in the distance. I also had a lovely horse-riding neighbour who very helpfully told me that every beach on the coast line was INFECTED, nay, littered with crocodiles and ain’t nobody got time to be eaten alive by them. Before I could emit a fearful guttural sound, the horse leader swooped in on his horse (if such a thing is possible) and told me that in winter no such things would happen. The ocean water was too cold or something. I naturally wanted to believe the horse leader. The O-mighty one. More so because he was tanned and very bushman like. Like someone who would be on the cover of a Kathmandu dehydrated food package.

But, yeah, I definitely didn’t swim anywhere near Cape Tribulation. So, I’m glad I did the horse riding because someone should go into the beautiful waters there (even if it was just the horses).

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Cape Trib Horse Riding

$99 AUD
1800 111 124
For all horse riding levels.


  1. Snorkelling at Low Isles

We caught the Wavedancer cruise from Port Douglas to Low Isles. The ride takes a gazillion years and if you get sea-sick you will get told it’s all ‘in the mind’ but then as you try to control your mind you may feel more queasy than ever. But, once you get there the ride is worth it as Low isles is formally registered on the Commonwealth Heritage List. It’s a tropical paradise.

You can choose to snorkel, swim or laze about until they call you to lunch on the cruise ship. Nothing exhausting required and it allows you to tick off the Great Barrier Reef with ease.

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Wave Dancer Low Isles Cruise

07 4087 2100


  1. Swimming with Crocs (jokes)

On the first day of my road trip in Tropical North QLD, I drove up from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, stopping at pretty much all the beaches and lookouts I saw on my way up. Google maps told us it would take 2 hours and 43 minutes. It took us 8 hours. From all the obsessive stopping I can tell you which spots will not have crocs and are worth stopping at:

  • Ellis Beach

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  • Rex Lookout



  • Trinity Bay Lookout


  • Myall Beach

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Let us know what your favourite adventure in Tropical North QLD is!

Thanks to JUCY for helping me make this road trip possible. Find out more at www.jucyworld.com and follow them on social media @JUCYworld

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