They call it the Wet Tropics for a reason – put simply, there are few parts of Australia that get more rain than this stretch of coast between Townsville and Cairns. But don’t let that put you off. The lush vegetation just adds to its charm – a kaleidoscope of colour from deepest greens to the light and dark blue of the ocean to the golden sands of endless beaches.
From Cardwell in the south to Innisfail in the north, the Cassowary Coast offers everything from offshore resort islands such as Dunk and Bedarra to world-famous Hinchinbrook Island National Park, superb beaches, World Heritage rainforest, and yes, the giant cassowary, one of the heaviest birds on the planet.
Visit the reef, snorkel, dive, fish or explore the forest and its waterfalls, rivers and walking tracks.