Lizard Island is a research station for reef conservation, keeper of Aboriginal history, and a heavenly getaway.
For viewers hoping to recreate the Lennox Hastie episode of Chef's Table, there's good news: this is the beach, this is the guide, and these are the mud crabs.
There's plenty to do in Cairns above and below the water.
It might not have any international tourists, but Australia's adventure capital still has plenty of international flavour.
Up on Cape York, it's hard to know where this country ends and the one next one begins.
Time and tide dictate the course of each day on Lady Elliot, an island that is, in effect, a mothership to the surrounding ocean.
It's wet and it's wild and if you like dramatic weather and no crowds - this summer is possibly the best time to explore Far North Queensland.
Whether you're looking for eco-friendly adventure, an island getaway or rock-star indulgence, paradise awaits in the Sunshine State.