Tropical North Queensland

Occupying the north east tip of Australia, Tropical North Queensland is renowned for its environmental significance, rich indigenous culture and overwhelming natural beauty.

Packed with diverse and dramatic landscapes, unique flora and abundant wildlife, this is a dazzling playground of ancient jungles, rugged tablelands and lush gorges, fringed with a spectacular coastline of tropical islands and white-sand beaches.

Of course, it’s here that you’ll also find the World Heritage listed treasures of the Wet Tropics Rainforest—a collection of the oldest rainforests on Earth; and the famous Great Barrier Reef—the world’s largest coral reef, a 2300 km-long living ecosystem.

Approximately 1.5 hours south of Cairns on the Cassowary Coast is the Barnard Island Group, a pristine archipelago that is the traditional sea country of the Mamu people and part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Rising sharply from warm turquoise waters, the islands feature dramatic rocky outcrops and steep slopes swathed in rainforest, shallow fringing reefs, sand spits and deserted beaches—all home to a rich diversity of seabirds and marine life.

Join our outstanding Cassowary Coast Sea Kayaking adventure and be one of the lucky few visitors to paddle through this very special region of Tropical North Queensland.


Exceptional Leadership

As our client feedback will attest to, there is no better team of leaders than those at Australian Walking Holidays. Their expertise & knowledge is matched only by their friendly nature and their desire to impart everything they know about the Australian landscape to you.

Small Groups

We think small is good; it limits the environmental impact and allows you to forge life-long friendships with like-minded travellers. Feedback from our clients attests to the appeal of the small group dynamic – our clients say it's this that makes it special.

Your Comfort

The best available food, warmth and shelter is standard on our active wilderness holidays, with selected character lodgings as well as quality camp craft and equipment. This ensures that you have the most rewarding and memorable experience.


Sustainable Travel

Sustainable travel is at the core of everything we do, which is why have policies in place to ensure destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity. Environmental values filter through every aspect of the company, from the minimal impact camping procedures through to the interpretation of environment. The aim is to give you big adventures while we maintain a small footprint!

The tropical climate of North Queensland means that the best time to visit is during the winter and spring months. Rainfall tends to be at its lowest, and temperatures are mild and glorious for being out on the water and camping at night, ranging from 17-27 Degrees Celsius. September combines maximum number of clear days with low humidity. For trips visiting the coast, light winds are often present and can result in lowered temperatures and/or cooling sea-spray.