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Discover Queensland

Soak up the Aussie beach culture in the Sunshine State

Queensland is easily the best known Australian state & one of the world’s great holiday destinations.

Where else can you dive the Great Barrier Reef, drive your 4WD along Seventy Five Mile Beach on Fraser Island, go whale watching, enjoy all the Gold Coast attractions, relax on the Sunshine Coast and explore the World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest .

It’s simply about adventure and soaking up the Aussie beach culture!

Explore Queensland destinations & experiences

Great Barrier Reef

One of the seven wonders of the Natural World. The Great Barrier Reef has a breathtaking beauty and is the world’s largest coral reef system. Expect an abundance of colourful marine life, idyllic tropical islands and golden beaches. Choose between half-day, full-day, overnight or multi-night snorkel & dive tours.
Don’t forget to get in touch with Wavelength Reef Cruises. 

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Overnight stay on the Reef in a small live-aboard
  • Take a night dive with plenty of fish and no crowds
  • Marvel at the Reef from a Heli Scenic flight
  • Meet the great 8: Clownfish (Nemo), Giant Clams, Huge Manta Rays, the friendly Maori Wrasse, Turtles, Whales (in season), Potato Cod & Sharks

Far North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef. Cairns is the gateway to both World Heritage-listed sites: The Great Barrier Reef, and the Daintree Rainforest. Travel north and enjoy the stunning beachside settings of Port Douglas or Palm Cove. This region delivers plenty of iconic Australian experiences. Click for Vicki’s tips & info on where to stay. 

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Snorkel or Dive The Great Barrier Reef
  • Appreciate the Daintree Rainforest
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Mossman Gorge
  • Explore the foodie delights of the Atherton Tablelands

Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is fantastic for boating with 74 islands and protected bays to explore. It is idyllic beauty at its best. Based in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, there are a myriad of activities and island accommodation options. Don’t miss Whitehaven Beach, consistently voted one of the world’s best beaches.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Don’t miss stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Take a sunset cruise or charter a boat
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Laze on a gorgeous Whitsunday beach

Fraser Island (K’gari)

Fraser Island (K’gari) is the world’s largest sand Island and is recognised with a World Heritage-listing. The island boasts amazing natural beauty. Swim in the numerous inland freshwater lakes, discover plenty of lush-forested areas, dive the HMAS Tobruk and 4WD along 75-mile beach. Located just 2 hours north of the Sunshine Coast.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Drive along 75 mile beach
  • Swim in Lake McKenzie
  • Stroll the Rainforest trails
  • Look for wildlife

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday destination. Explore plenty of laidback beachside towns and hinterland villages. Expect beautiful beach resorts with stunning beaches, boutiques, and restaurants. Don’t miss the spectacular hinterland, with its rural vistas, rainforests, and waterfalls. A must visit is the Noosa National Park and Australia Zoo.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Enjoy a day at Australia Zoo
  • Swim or learn to surf at the local beaches
  • Feed the wild dolphins at Tin Can Bay
  • Shop at the Eumundi Markets

Gold Coast

With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches, World Heritage-listed rainforests, Theme parks, shopping and nightlife…. the Gold Coast is the coast with the most! Discover pristine beaches and high-rise apartments only one hour from Brisbane. Head inland to the picturesque rainforest mountains and rural regions for spectacular hikes, waterfalls, and charming villages.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Enjoy some family fun at the Theme Parks
  • Explore the Tamborine Rainforest
  • Don’t miss a day at the famous Surfers Paradise Beach
  • Cuddle a Koala at Currumbin Sanctuary

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