Queensland the sunshine state, home to 1,000 ecosystem types and five World Heritage-Listed sites is a natural wonderland. Travel from reef to outback savannas and deserts, through rainforests, mountains and hinterland, Queensland offers unique landscapes and unforgettable experiences.
Guide to the Gold Coast
Take in the sun and surf on the Gold Coast. Widely recognised for its long stretch of sand towered over by sky scrappers at Surfers Paradise, Beyond the beaches, explore the beauty of the Hinterland, laid back villages, World Heritage sites, booming culinary scene, emerging arts and crafts and famous theme parks.
- Exploring the 57 kilometres of coastline. Choose the sheltered waters at Coolangatta and Currumbin or visit the popular surf breaks at Main Beach and Burleigh Heads.
- Get your heart pumping at the equally famed theme parks. Warner Bros. Movie World is great for families, with plenty of family-friendly attractions as is Sea World and water-lovers should head to Wet n’ Wild. You can also get three-day pass offering unlimited entry. Dreamworld tickets can be bought separately.
- A Jetboat ride. Get your thrills and excitement with a Paradise Jet Boat Ride, cruise past Sea World, be captivated by Sovereign Island’s spectacular million-dollar mansions and watch for dolphins and other wildlife. It is as much a thrilling ride as it is a scenic cruise.
- Head back to nature in the World Heritage-listed rainforest and swim beneath waterfalls in the hinterland
Guide to the Whitsundays
An archipelago of 74 tropical islands, the Whitsundays lie just of the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef and home to the hotly contested crowns of Australia’s best beach, and on earth, Whitehaven Beach and the stunning Heart Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef protects the islands from large swells, making them the ideal place for sailing, swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the white-sand beaches.
- Stay overnight at a world-class resort. There may be 74 islands in the Whitsundays, but only four offer accommodation.
- Visit the swirling waters of Whitehaven Beach.
- Snorkel or scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
Guide to the Far North (Cairns and Port Douglas)
A little further north is Cairns and Port Douglas, known for where the rainforest meets the reef. The perfect base to see the local attractions including the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and more!
- Mossman Gorge, a 20-minutes’ drive from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth. Nestled in the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park.
- An outer reef experience. Visit Agincourt Reef, home to 16 dive sites making it a popular destination for divers and snorkellers. Quicksilver Cruises will take you on a day cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef where you can snorkel, dive and helmet walk in an underwater world.
- Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Discover the wildlife trail, get up close and personal with the oldest living reptiles on earth, the crocodile and marvel at the magnificent Cassowary as you stroll aviary.