Australia is extremely famous for its sunshine, beaches, seafood as well as relaxed Aussie way of life. You are able to find all of these things all over Australia, however, nowhere covers it better than Queensland.
This is the perfect state for a weekend (or week!) away, whether you prefer lazy days on the beach, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree, or for adventures such as diving, bushwalking, or four wheel-driving.
If you’re visiting Australia, don’t look past Queensland too quickly. Queensland is where you will have some of your most ‘Australian’ experiences, beautiful warm beaches, lush tropical rainforests and surreal wildlife encounters.
The Great Barrier Reef
Housing more than 1 500 fish species, turtles as well as beautiful corals, the Great Barrier Reef is far too unique to miss. It is the biggest coral reef in the world, which is even visible from outer space. Down here, you are able to visit this World Heritage Site on a boat and get under the water. Departing from Cairns, you’ll have a once-in-a lifetime snorkelling or diving experience. Another very exciting way to see the Great Barrier is on a scenic flight.
Daintree Rain Forest
Only two hours out of Cairns, there is a perfect place to unwind away from the crowds. The Daintree Forest is also World Heritage Site which you will love that is full of jungle trails and waterfalls. Travel deep into the rainforest with a native guide and then learn all about the endangered species which live here.
If you’re searching for paradise on earth, you need to head out to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Islands. This is the ideal mix for those who want to relax on the pure white sand and also enjoy some water activities. With the Great Barrier Reef being just off the coast, this is a great spot for diving as well.
With a total of 74 islands that are located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, there is plenty to explore in this area of Australia. And the most blissful way to do it is on a three-day sailing trip, which includes food and accommodation.
Theme Park Fun
There are three main theme parks all within exactly the same stretch of highway on the Gold Coast. Head to Helensvale for some laid-back fun in the sun as you can get a pass in order to gain you access to all three super parks – Wet n’ Wild, Movie World as well as Dream World.
Some of Australia’s finest seafood are to be found in Queensland. Firm favourites are juicy Mooloolaba prawns, North Queensland snapper in addition to juicy Queensland scallops. If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, go to ‘the Spit’ at Mooloolaba and eat your feast on the sand as the sunsets.
Brisbane Culture And Museums
Brisbane, which is Queensland’s capital city, features amazing museums. This includes the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in addition to the Museum of Brisbane. After a hard day of culture, cool off along Brisbane’s South Bank at the free swimming areas in South Bank Parklands, complete with storage lockers to keep your gear safe.