Queensland

From ancient rainforests to reef-fringed beaches, sunburnt plains to urban laneways, the exploration and adventure opportunities are endless.

Queensland hums with energy and possibility. Dive into the action-packed Gold Coast, enjoy the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast with Noosa's world-class restaurants, sail the crystal clear waters of The Whitsundays or head into the wilds of the Tropical North. Whether you take time to breathe it all in or jump in with both feet, you’ll never feel more alive.

Australia Queensland

Gold Coast

Sun-kissed surf, sand and relaxation; it's safe to say the Gold Coast is where the sun hides in winter. Famed for its bustling beaches and lush rainforests, the Gold Coast is also home to the family friendly Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World and Wet'n'Wild theme parks. For total respite from the buzz, head to nearby Sanctuary Cove and relax in total peace.

Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland is home to two of Australia's most iconic World Heritage sites: The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. The paradise ports of Palm Cove, Cairns and Port Douglas give ample opportunities to relax and lounge or adventure and explore. And a visit to the Outback provides the chance to reconnect to the ancient land and Indigenous Australian art and culture.

The Whitsundays

Crystal blue-green sea, icy-cool-soft-white sand and the most incredible abundance of colourful coral, there is no place quite like The Whitsundays. With 74 islands- including the famed Hamilton Island - that lie between the northeast coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, a visitor can expect the most pure conditions for sea, sun and sand in all of Australia.

Sunshine Coast

Multicoloured sand dunes, the striking Great Sandy National Park, idyllic coastal hikes through Mooloolaba to Alexandra Headland and Noosa National Park offer the best excuse to turn off the phone and tune into nature. It’s also a great destination for couples to enjoy a massage at a resort or indulge in dinner with an incredible ocean view or a beachside picnic.

About Queensland

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Great Barrier Reef - this incredible world heritage listed natural wonder stretches 3,000km, almost parallel to Queensland's entire coast. Take a day trip from Airlie Beach, Cairns, Bundaberg, or other coastal towns to snorkel, SCUBA, and swim among the brilliant coral and marine life.  
    • Daintree Rainforest (Tropical North Queensland) - the Wet Tropics of Queensland is considered the oldest rainforest in the world. A day - or many days - spent exploring Daintree on Safari, cruising along the Daintree River, or hiked and admired is a day spent in living history.
    • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (Tropical North Queensland) - witness the beauty of the tropical rainforest from on high. Leave from Cairns for a 7.5km journey in a comfortable gondola through the canopy and deep into the forest.
    • Whitehaven Beach (The Whitsundays) - famous for its brilliant, bright white silica sand, this beach on the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Get the best viewpoint of the swirling white sands of Hill Inlet from the lookout at Tongue Point. 
    • Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World (Gold Coast) - every child's - and adult's - fantasies come true with days spent at the exhilarating theme parks of the Gold Coast. From animals to animation, there's something to stimulate every visitor's mind, body, and soul.
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Explore the Great Barrier Reef - this natural wonder is completely mesmerising. Spend a day, or many days, exploring the vast living expanse and get the chance to teach a valuable lesson in environmental preservation.
    • Enjoy theme parks (Gold Coast) - the Gold Coast has earned the title of "theme park capital of Australia." Visit one, some, or all for some of the best family fun available in the country.
    • Meet indigenous animals at the Australia Zoo (Sunshine Coast) - Steve and Terri Irwin's vision was to create a world-class zoo and conservation facility, and this sure is it. 
    • Discovery turtles (Whitsundays) - just off of Hamilton Island live an incredible group of coral formations and marine life, including turtles. Take the family on a Turtle Discovery tour to see this delightful creatures up close.
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Brisbane Global Rugby Tens (February 2018)
    • Quiksilver Pro & Roxy Gold Coast (15-16 March 2018)
    • CMC Music Awards and CMC Rocks Qld (18 March 2018)
    • World Science Festival Brisbane (21-25 March 2018)
    • Noosa Triathlon Multi -Sport Festival (April)
    • Noosa Festival of Surfing Bleach* Festival (April)
    • Australian Festival of Chamber Music (April)
    • Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival (May 2018)
    • Straddie Salute Triathlon Festival (May)
    • Noosa Food and Wine Festival (May 2018)
    • Cairns Airport Adventure Festival (June)
    • Quicksilver Reef Swim - Green Island (June)
    • Relish Food and Wine Festival (June)
    • Cooly Rocks On (6-10 June 2018)
    • Cairns Airport Adventure Festival (10 June 2018)
    • Scenic Rim Eat Local Week (30 June – 8 July 2018)
    • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival (June/July)   
    • Big Red Bash (10-12 July 2018)
    • Quandamooka Festival (July)
    • Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (12-15 July 2018)
    • Velothon Sunshine Coast: (20-22 July 2018)
    • McDonalds Townsville Running Festival (5 August 2018)
    • Gympie Music Muster (23 - 26 August 2018)
    • Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing (August)
    • Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing (August)
    • Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week (August/September)
    • Birdsville Races (August/September)
    • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (September)
    • Brisbane Festival (September)
    • Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast and Gold Coast Triathlon (12-16 September 2018)      
    • Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida (September)
    • Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival (October)
    • World Parachuting Championships (7-13 October 2018)
    • Gold Coast 600 (19-21 October 2018)
    • Rugby League World Cup (October – December)
    • Noosa Triathlon (November)
    • Woodford Folk Festival (December/January 2018)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Drive the Great Beach Drive (Sunshine Coast) - take a road trip by car or 4WD from Noosa to Rainbow beach and back.
    • Hike Coral Beach (The Whitsundays) - trek the 3.7km walk along rocky shores to a deserted beach lookout with stunning views of the Whitsundays.
    • Dip in the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools (Gold Coast) - take a dip in the naturally formed rock pools and see another side of the Gold Coast.
    • Trek the Bump Track (Tropical North Queensland) - this local's hike in Port Douglas goes up the mountain in the Mowbray Valley.