Queensland, Australia

 

Queensland is also known as the sunshine state. This tropical state has some of Australia's and the world's best beaches, the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, ancient rainforest, and the vast yet beautiful outback. So whether it is romance, adventure, relaxation or wildlife you are wanting on your next holiday, Queensland has somewhere you can find it. 

Gold Coast

 

 Located in South east Queensland, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations.

 

The Gold Coast offers everything you could possiblity want for your next holiday. Stunning beaches, beautiful rainforest, vibrant city and night life, Australia's best theme parks, wildlife, island lifestyle, and an endless array of fun activities for everyone.

 

Come and visit for yourself to what what all the fuss is about. 

 

Top Tips

 

  • Head up to the Hinterland for devonshire tea, quant shops, waterfalls and rainforest walks.

  • Enjoy a wine at the cellar door vineyards in Mt Tamborine.

  • Take a photo at the Natural Arch or go a night to see the glow worms light up the cave.

  • Walk along Burleigh Headland.

  • Visit Marina Mirage for lunch on the water.  

Brisbane

 

 Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland and is located in South East Queensland. 

Brisbane itself is just a city with the Brisbane River running through the centre of it, however 40 minutes out of the city can take you to some spectacular natural experiences. 

So whether you want to explore one of the national parks, take the barge across to a sand island and hand feed dolphins, or check out the underwater world with a scuba dive, a visit to the Brisbane region will provide you with many great choices.

 

Top Tips

  • Head up to the D'Aguilar National Park for a walk through the rainforest.

  • Hand feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island.

  • Scuba dive with manta rays at South Stradbroke Island.   

Sunshine Coast

 

As the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast offers sunshine and stunning coastline.

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Top Tips

  • Head up to the D'Aguilar National Park for a walk through the rainforest.

  • Hand feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island.

  • Scuba dive with manta rays at South Stradbroke Island.

Fraser Coast

 

As the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast offers sunshine and stunning coastline.

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Top Tips

  • Head up to the D'Aguilar National Park for a walk through the rainforest.

  • Hand feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island.

  • Scuba dive with manta rays at South Stradbroke Island.

Southern Great Barrier Reef

 

Lady Elliot Island is the southern most island on the Great Barrier Reef.

This small coral cay island can only be reached by small plane and accommodates a limited number of guests which helps keep the island in a pristine condition.

The marine wildlife here is abundant and it is possible to see many of the marine animals in one single dive such as turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, colourful corals and the ever cute nemo fish.   

Top Tips

  • Head up to the D'Aguilar National Park for a walk through the rainforest.

  • Hand feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island.

  • Scuba dive with manta rays at South Stradbroke Island.

Bundaberg

 

As the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast offers sunshine and stunning coastline.

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Top Tips

  • Head up to the D'Aguilar National Park for a walk through the rainforest.

  • Hand feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island.

  • Scuba dive with manta rays at South Stradbroke Island.

Capricorn Coast

 

As the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast offers sunshine and stunning coastline.

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Top Tips

  • Go on a cruise to visit the Keppel Island group.

  • Hike through the Byfield National Park.

  • Visit the beautiful Capricorn Caves.

  • Enjoy a steak in the town known for their beef.

Whitsundays

 

As the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast offers sunshine and stunning coastline.

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Top Tips

  • Join a live-aboard dive or snorkel cruise.

  • Or skipper your own yacht to explore the islands at your own pace.

  • Visit Whitehaven Beach, voted the worlds best beach many times, for it's white silica sand and crystal clear blue water.

  • Do a crocodile spotting tour on the Proserpine River.

Great Barrier Reef

 

Australias Great Barrier Reef stretches across 2300km of Queenslands coastline and offers so many different experiences to be enjoyed. We put put this travel video guide together to give you a brief insight into this natural wonder of the world.

The reef can be accessed from many great QLD destinations such as Cairns, Port Douglas and Townsville, just to name a few. It is also home to a great range of sea animals and birds and is dotted with many beautiful islands like Lady Elliot and Heron all providing you with very unique and enjoyable natural things to do.

Top Tips

  • Stay overnight on an island on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Scuba dive or snorkel with one of the many reef charters companies.

  • Watch turtles nesting and hatching between December and April.

Cairns & Tropical North Queensland

 

Cairns is known as the gateway tot he Great Barrier Reef where you can jump on a boat to cruise to this wonder of the world for a day.

There is so much more to explore also with the ancient Daintree Rainforest an hour north and the pristine Atherton Tablelands an hour west. Hike rainforests and swim in freshwater swimming holes. Even try some of the local tropical fruit wines. Keep a camera on hand in case you manage to spot the elusive and endangered Cassowary.  

Top Tips

  • Walk through ancient rainforest in the Daintree.

  • Keep an eye out for the elusive Cassowary.

  • Swim in fresh water swimming holes and waterfalls.

  • Visit the Atherton Tablelands.

  • Head out for a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

Cooktown

 

In this Adventure on our drive through North Queensland we venture north of Cairns, up the famous Bloomfield track and visit the destination of Cooktown.

Cooktown is steeped in Australian History and rich in culture so we spent a few days checking out many of the great things to experience in this great Queensland destination.

Top Tips

  • Stop in to the Lions Den Hotel at the top of the Bloomfield Track.

  • Book a tour with Guurbi Tours and let Willie Gordon to you to his family rock art site.

  • Visit the James Cook museum.

Cape York

 

There are a number of ways you can tackle this drive experience. You can take on the OTT or OTL (Old Telegraph line track) where you will experience the great remote wilderness of Australia. This track starts at Bramwell junction and finishes at the Jardine River. There are two bypass roads that allow travellers to get from the Peninsula Development Road to The Tip without having to navigate all of the creek crossings and rough roads. They pass mainly through the highlands to the east and west of the route, and are heavily corrugated which makes for a rough drive.    

Top Tips

  • Book early to camp overnight at Elliot Falls.

  • Go fishing in Cape York.

  • 4WD the OTT track.

  • Walk to the northern most tip of the Australian mainland.

Torres Straits

 

The Torres Strait Islands which lie just north of Cape York, Australia's most northern point, and south of Papua New Guinea.

The Torres Strait Islands creates a fusion of Melanesian and Australian Aboriginal cultures. The Torres Strait Islands are comprised of 274 islands, of which 17 are inhabited with approximately 20 communities. The islands and the surrounding reefs provide diverse habitats for marine life.

We visited Thursday and Horn Island the most well-known of the Torres Strait Islands.

Top Tips

  • Do a Thursday Island tour to hear the history of the island.

  • Visit the Green Hill Fort.

  • Have a look through the Torres Strait Heritage Museum.

  • Go fishing off the pier.

The Outback

 

The Queensland outback is as vast and rugged as it is diverse and spectacular.  

Top Tips

  • Head up to the D'Aguilar National Park for a walk through the rainforest.

  • Hand feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island.

  • Scuba dive with manta rays at South Stradbroke Island.