Sun yourself on the golden sands of beautiful beaches, snorkel through the technicolour treasures of the Great Barrier Reef and four wheel drive Fraser Island. Explore the magical Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide or charter a yacht to the pristine Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy resort relaxation in Noosa, frolic on the beaches of the Capricorn Coast and see dinosaur footprints near Winton. Go diving from the gracious town of Bundaberg and bushwalk through national parks near Mackay. Visit wineries and rodeos in Southern Queensland Country and go horse riding on Townsville’s Magnetic Island. However you experience Queensland, the landscapes and lifestyle will never leave you.
With its sunny sub-tropical climate and relaxed atmosphere, Brisbane is the gateway to the Great Sunshine Way, the Southern Queensland region and all its wonders. Built around the Brisbane River, this modern capital city of Queensland showcases architecture and lifestyles geared to the outdoors and enjoyment of sunshine. It is a place where feeling alive comes naturally. Fresh experiences, fresh adventures and a fresh approach to life – this is what Brisbane is all about.
The Great Barrier Reef
As one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Islands of the Great Barrier
Reef are right at the top of the ‘must do’ list. Under it, on it, in it, above it – there are so many ways to experience this magical wonder and the crystal clear waters surrounding it. Home to an abundance of native Australian wildlife, the hundreds of islands and coral cays scattered throughout the more than 2,000 kilometres long Great Barrier Reef, offer a uniquely spectacular natural setting for a holiday of a lifetime.
Cairns & the Tropical North
Escape to Queensland’s Tropical North and discover a place of vast beauty and natural wonders – Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef – an Australian tropical adventure brought to you by nature. Being the only place on earth where two World-Heritage areas meet, adventures are as diverse as trekking through an ancient rainforest one day, to diving on the world’s largest coral reef the next.
A haven of cool lush greenery, sweet floral aromas, trickling streams and exotic wildlife. The Daintree Rainforest or Wooroonooran Rainforest is a must-see – it is the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth and is home to the most species of plants and animals in Australia.
Tour the Daintree Rainforest with an expert indigenous guide and gain an insight into the lives of those who have lived on this land for thousands of years. Discover ancient rock-art sites, learn about the culture and traditional bush foods and watch traditional dance, all within Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
You can sail, swim, snorkel, dive or just relax in the Whitsundays – 74 pristine, palm-fringed islands tucked inside the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Enjoy five stars of resort luxury on Hayman Island and party on Daydream or Hamilton islands. Visit Whitsunday Island and walk the pure white, silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. Camp on the wilderness of Hook Island or get a natural holiday on South Molle Island. You can stay in the carefree, backpacker town of Airlie Beach or take in the tropical islands from a chartered sailboat.
Four wheel drive past coloured cliffs, rainforest and fresh water lagoons on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Or visit Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Cruise next to giant humpback whales and their calves from Hervey Bay between early July and late October. See the gracious Queenslander and colonial homes in historic Maryborough. Follow a wine trail through the fertile South Burnett Valley, then camp and bushwalk amongst strangler figs and Bunya Pines in the Bunya Mountains rising up behind.
This is nature at its awe-inspiring best. Four wheel drive along the highway of sand on the ocean beaches or explore the sandy tracks that lead through thick forest to secret lakes, hidden in subtropical rainforest, their glassy surfaces reflecting the vegetation and deep blue sky.
It is one of Queensland’s most renowned national parks, around 98 per cent of Fraser Island is protected. The 165,280 hectare park was named K’Gari in local Aboriginal language, or “paradise”.
Home to possums, gliders, wallabies and dingoes. Be careful of the Dingoes inhabiting the island. Please inquire about and be mindful of the Island’s management strategy which ensures control of these animals. Fraser supports rainforest trees such as satinay and brush box, some more than 1000 years old. There is resort accommodation and camping facilities on the island and tours available to see the breathtaking sites including the Wreck of the Maheno, Central Station, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and The Cathedrals.
- Great Barrier Reef day trips/extended tours
- Bushwalking through the Rainforest
- Hand feed wild dolphins
- Whale watching
- Go surfing