"Queensland is pure sunshine, in terms of both climate and scenery."
The sunshine state is a tourist mecca from the tip of Cape York Peninsula to the Gold Coast. Outstanding beaches, tropical rainforests, Great Barrier Reef, islands, national parks and the outback are just an inkling of what Queensland has to offer.
Cape York Peninsula
boasts the northern-most tip on the Australian mainland and getting
there is half the fun. The Old Telegraph Track appeals to four-wheel
drive enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to experience the
challenging track, the rugged wilderness of the Cape, the spectacular
scenery and the fabulous fishing. The Cape York Peninsula experience is
life in the great outdoors.
The Daintree is the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world. It is estimated to be over 110 million years old and the only place on earth where two World-Heritage entities, being the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, meet. The rainforest here is magic and the coastline is superb all the way to Cape Tribulation where the Bloomfield four-wheel drive track begins.
Lawn Hill National Park
in the northwest of the state is a diamond in the rough. In the middle
of outback Queensland is this stunning gorge fringed with palms, a
gorgeous set of falls and crystal cascades. Canoes are available for
hire, walking trails offer fantastic views and wildflowers are bright
and beautiful in season.
Cairns is far north Queensland’s capital and tourism hub. Sporting several scenic beaches, tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef offshore, Cairns is the perfect holiday location. There are plenty of attractions, natural and commercial, and what better climate than the tropics.
The Whitsundays consists of 74 islands scattered throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, offshore from Airlie Beach. Some have magnificent resorts, others just have magnificent beaches. Whitehaven Beach is blessed with pure white silica sand and is voted amongst the country’s top beaches and it’s easy to see why.
The Hughenden-Richmond-Winton dinosaur trail in outback central Queensland is an exciting and educational journey exploring the evidence of prehistoric times. Once an inland sea, the region is basically a dinosaur graveyard, with marine and land-based dinosaur fossils being excavated and restored. There are dinosaur centres in each of the towns, fossil displays, a bone preparation facility and even an insulated facility housing fossilised dinosaur footprints from a stampede over 95 million years ago. The Australian Dinosaur Trail is just fascinating.
Bundaberg is famous for its sugar industry and its legendary Bundaberg Rum Distillery. No visit to this part of the country is complete without a visit to the Bundy Distillery. You learn the Bundy story, experience the production process, visit the bar and sample the products. Then you stand in front of the 5 metre rum bottle grinning from ear to ear.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island stretching 123km long and boasting spectacular scenery. Fraser is an island paradise and popular with four-wheel drive enthusiasts. There are several lakes, pristine beaches, enormous sand dunes, lush rainforests, magnificent wildflowers and clear creeks.
The Sunshine Coast offers beautiful beaches between Noosa and Caloundra, just an hour drive from Brisbane. This region also offers scenic mountains, food and wine, Underwater World, Australia Zoo and the iconic Ettamogah Pub.
The Gold Coast is the epitome of popular tourist attractions. Boasting fabulous surf beaches, “Surfer’s Paradise” in the heart of it, theme parks galore on the outskirts and spectacular national parks in the hinterland, the Gold Coast has something for everyone.
Queensland is set to impress, whether you’re roughing it in the outback
or living it up in luxury, this state has some spectacular sights and
you’ll find yourself wanting to return again and again.
Our QLD destinations are marked on the map below. You can click on each icon to determine the name of each location and navigate the map by using your mouse on the map itself, or on its pictured cursors. “Double click” to zoom in further for more detail. You can also click on the “view larger map” link below to access travel directions and distances between locations anywhere in Australia. The “get directions” icon is in the top left corner when you click thru to the full size map. Simply type in your locations.
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