This year, I sincerely promise to give myself a break. Luckily, living in Tropical North Queensland there’s so much stunning nature that I can refresh, relax and get to back to nature quite literally in my own back yard.
Get your heart eyes at the ready, here’s some of the most picturesque beaches, waterfalls and secret spots in Tropical North Queensland.
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It may be the end of January and New Year’s Resolutions may seem as dated as floral sofas, but here it goes….
“In 2018, I sincerely promise to cut myself some slack”.
Translation: I will not send myself into a raging spiral of guilt for not posting on Instagram every day, spending less time on Twitter or posting a blog post every week religiously. Yes really.
Don’t get me wrong: I adore blogging. However, it’s sometimes hard to switch off and enjoy the world around you. #FirstWorldProblemAlert
This December and January, I did just that.
Having not seen my Sister and Brother-in-law for two years and not seen my parents for a year, I made sure that I spent as much time with them as I possibly could.
Having just started a full-time job in digital and social media marketing, my blog sort of fell to the back of my priority list. It’s hard to forget that bloggers/influencers/that-you-tuber-whose-highlighter-is-always-perfect is just the same as you; they are human.
Ok… so now you’re probably thinking “put that mini violin away and show us your Tropical North Queensland adventures.”
You asked. I deliver.
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If waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland were Destiny’s Child, Nandroya Falls would be Beyonce. A passionate roar of cascading water that drops a whopping 40 metres, this beauty will dwarf you with it’s grandeur.
The mossy backdrop and wide, sun-drenched swimming pool are just two of the reasons that Nandroya Falls are my favorite waterfall in Cairns.
Nandroya Falls can be reached via a walking trail on the Palmerston Highway. The 2.2km walk may be longer than most around the area, but the reward at the end is totally worth it.
The walk also passes by Silver Falls (top photo), that would be the ‘Michelle’ of the waterfall world; sweet, soulful, but not as memorable as the main attraction.
If you’re exploring the Atherton Tablelands, I recommend stopping off at Tchupala Falls and Wallicher falls, both of which are very close to Nandroya.
Dunk Island is like living out a Survivor fantasy. Without any torches/obstacle courses/scheming contestants of course.
This island paradise is just a stone throw away from the tourist hub of Mission Beach, but is bizarrely quiet, serene and off the tourist trail.
A great place to head if you’d like to do a bit of beach hopping.
Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island has just been voted the number one beach in Australia! With an ombre turquoise ocean and boulders that were made for picnics, it’s easy to see why.
Where are you hoping to travel to this year? Let me know in the comments below…