Cairns Visitors Information Guide
Tropical Far North Queensland

Cassorwary Coast

The Cassowary Coast is the region just south of Cairns starting from the small township of Gordonvale and extends 180km kilometres south to Cardwell.

The Cassowary Coast is named after the beautiful and exotic bird which inhabits the region, the Cassowary. These majestic birds are large flightless birds shorter than an emu with large heavy bodies, these tropical birds are on the brink of extinction with only a few thousand left, and careless drivers accidentally kill these rare birds every year.

When taking a drive through the Cassowary Coast, you'll pass through small townships that are surounded by banana and sugarcane farms, and nestled in away from the main highway are golden stretches of beach and quaint holiday villages. Inland from the coast are rainforests, mountains and fresh water swimming holes that are very popular swimming areas and picnic stops.

The "Jewel" of the Cassowary Coast is "Mission Beach" a little hideaway off the main road and enveloped in tropical rainforest.Offshore are the amazing group of Islands incorporating the very popular "Dunk Island".

It's other attractions include:

  • Bellenden Ker Mountain Range
  • Mount Bartle Frere "Queensland's Highest Mountain"
  • Franklin Islands
  • The "Boulders"
  • Eubenangeee Swamp
  • Paronella Park
  • Josephine Falls
  • Tully "White Water Rafting Country"
  • Babinda
  • Bedarra Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island



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