Somewhere in between steaming tropical rainforests and the Simpson Desert, Queensland is home to sparkling beaches & idyllic holiday destinations, forest-clad mountains and flat spinifex plains.
More than half of Queensland’s people crowd into Brisbane and the holiday playground in the south-east corner. The Gold and Sunshine Coasts up to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, contains beautiful beaches and resorts which attracts millions of leisure-seekers. Heading further north and the resorts begin to fade and the coast becomes a series of quiet, curving beaches, rocky headlands and captivating bays and inlets.
In the north you will discover richly green rectangles of sugar cane fields. Cairns has become renowned for its deep sea fishing, predominately chasing and catching marlin. Rockhampton is centre of the cattle industry. Townsville is home to James Cook University – one of the only other cities apart from Brisbane to have such a facility. Offshore runs the magnificent island maze of the Great Barrier Reef. The turquoise sea is filled with brightly coloured fish and coral cays which draws visitors from around the world.
Inshore, the mainland is covered in thick forest. Many of the state’s national parks are situated on the coastal plain. The Bunya Mountains, Carnarvon Gorge, part of Fraser Island and large areas of Cape York Peninsula are in parks.
West of the Great Dividing Range is the vastness of Queensland, the outback of large isolated sheep and cattle stations. Townships are scattered thinly and the main transport, road trains, rumble along lonely stretches.
The 700 kilometres spike of Cape York Peninsula attracts only the most intrepid travellers due to the vast unsealed road and tracks.
Situated in a sub-tropical position, there is so much to see and do all year round in Queensland’s capital city. Become familiar on your arrival with a Brisbane Walking Tour. Visit the Southbank Parklands for a leisurely dip in the man-made beach or enjoy the delights from one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes. Have a bird’s eye view of the city from the best vantage point at Mt Coot-tha lookout. Discover beautiful Moreton Bay and spectacular wildlife on an adventure cruise with Dolphin Wild.
The Gold Coast and Hinterland
With kilometres of beautiful beaches you have ample opportunity to learn to surf, body board or take a quick dip to cool off. Spend a day or two at one of the many theme parks. Stretch the legs on a day trip into the Hinterland to experience magnificent waterfalls, spectacular scenery and wildlife while bushwalking in any one of the National Parks. There is plenty to keep you entertained on the Gold Coast!
Glass House Mountains and Sunshine Coast
Only a short drive north from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway is the Glass House Mountains. For fit, adventurous types a steep climb up Mt Tibrogargan is rewarded by excellent views. Another lookout for the less adventurous, accessible by a 700 m walk to an observation deck, is Wild Horse Mountain looking to Brisbane, Bribie Island and the Sunshine Coast. The famous Australia Zoo is located at Beerwah.
The Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsundays is the perfect destination for snorkelling and diving combined with an overnight sailing trip. Located in Central Queensland in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef there are 74 tropical islands to be explored. Whether you are looking for relaxation, romance or adventure you can certainly find it here! Once you arrive to Airlie Beach, the gateway from the mainland, treat yourself to some pampering at the Airlie Day Spa.
Cairns and The Daintree National Park
Cairns is the gateway to Tropical North Queensland and boasts tropical warm weather all year round. While visiting Cairns ensure to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling or diving, Kuranda Village on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to meander through the markets and onto the Butterfly Sanctuary, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree region. Other popular destinations include Palm Cove and the Tropical Zoo as well as Port Douglas for it’s beach-side charm and seafood restaurants.
Longreach is positioned in western Queensland approximately 1184 kms from Brisbane and therefore is definitely considered to be in the “outback”. It is here where you will find the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Powerhouse Museum and the QANTAS Founders Museum. Get your timing right for the visit at Stockman’s Hall of Fame to afterwards enjoy a meal at the Cattleman’s Bar & Restaurant.
Be sure to visit the local tourist attractions including Big Rig and Oil and Gas Museum, Romavilla Winery and the Roma Saleyards. The winery is the oldest in Queensland. At the saleyards, cattle sales take place in Australia’s largest store cattle selling facility. The remarkable Carnarvon Gorge situated north of Roma is a natural attraction with a rich Aboriginal history.
Put on your cowboy hats and boots and take part in the annual Mt Isa Rodeo. Predominately a mining town, discover what it would be like to work underground at the Hard Times Mine. For angler lovers, try your luck catching a Barramundi in one of the ample fishing spots. You might even be in town for the annual Moondarra Fishing Classic.