Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland is one of Australia’s most temperate locations with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Home to the largest sand Island, Frazer Island, through to world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, its’ little wonder why this state is one of the most popular destinations to holiday in Australia.
Flying into Brisbane, the urban metropolis fast becoming a cultural and food meccah for the state, visitors are spoilt for choice with entertainment, shopping and restaurants serving fresh local produce as well as a bustling night life with bars, clubs and pubs.
From Brisbane visitors can easily access the Gold Coast in less than one hours drive, home to theme parks such as Movie World and Sea World, Surfers Paradise and the peaceful hinterland region. Famous for fun, the Gold Coast has been keeping families, couples and tourists happy for years – marrying idyllic beach experiences, with hinterland adventures and a growing cultural scene that keeps visitors returning year after year.
Holidays to Queensland are not complete without a visit to the Sunshine Coast, home to Australia Zoo, the chic Noosa precinct, The Glasshouse Mountains and kilometres of patrolled surf beaches. Visitors can relax and unwind in the many villages that pepper the coastline, with beachfront restaurants and clubs providing picture postcard views.
Frazer Island, the largest sand island is accessible by ferry from the mainland, and visitors can hire a four wheel drive car to take themselves to remote pockets of the island, for peace and serenity away from the daily grind. Accommodation from hotels to camping are on offer on this island paradise, which is high on a “to do list” for every visitor to Australia.
Heading to North Queensland, visitors marvel at the natural beauty where the tropical Daintree Rainforest meets the ocean and white sands which will enchant even the most seasoned travellers. Palm Cove is the gateway to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, providing visitors with a relaxed town ambience, full of resorts, hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.
The beauty of Queensland is not limited to the mainland. Off the coast of Airlie Beach is home to the 74 Whitsunday Islands, including Daydream, Hayman, and Hamilton. Some are uninhabited and others include marinas, five star resorts and amenities. One of the highlights of the region is exploring via sailing boat or catamaran.