A challenging hike to the summit of Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland at 1,611. The peak has the second-most elevation gain of any summit in Australia.
A popular Daintree bushwalk, the Mossman Gorge Rainforest Circuit passes a swimming hole on the Mossman River, many giant fig trees and cascades along Rex Creek.
A short walk in the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, exploring two self-guided caves and Balancing Rock, an enormous limestone boulder. Near Balancing Rock is one of two accessible Aboriginal art sites in the Chillagoe Caves area.
The Nandroya Falls Loop bushwalk in the Wooroonooran National Park passes some small cascades, with the destination being a spectacular plunge waterfall and large swimming hole.
The very distinctive Walshs Pyramid is about 30min south of Cairns. The steep climb up the summit rewards with sweeping views over the Atherton Tablelands and surrounding peaks.
A short loop walk in the Dinden National Park (an hour from Cairns), the Davies Creek Falls circuit track combines great views, a waterfall and many idyllic swimming holes.