Perfect beaches, abundant wildlife, theme parks galore - and of course, the Reef
Spectacularly bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean, Queensland is home to UNESCO-listed wonders Fraser Island, Gondwana Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. This diverse and magnificent landscape lures holidaymakers to Cairns, the Gold Coast (aka 'Goldie', the country's theme park capital), Hervey Bay, Port Douglas, the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsunday islands and the lush Daintree Rainforest. Brisbane, the buzzing state capital, is just 100km north of neighbouring New South Wales.
Resource-rich Queensland is a paradise of tropical fruits: bananas, pineapples and mangoes are the state's bounty, along with grains, cattle, cotton, sugar cane, wool and a laundry list of precious metals and minerals. Native fauna can be found in abundance at Alma Park (Logan City), Currumbin Sanctuary, David Fleay Park, Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and UnderWater World.
'Banana benders', as Queenslanders are affectionately known to the rest of Australia, are passionate about rugby league, union and cricket (in that order). The rugby State of Origin series is widely considered a religious experience.
Fun in the tropics: the best things to do in Mackay
With a bounty of rainforests and beaches, urban lagoons and knockout architecture, Mackay sure has a lot of jewels in its crown.
Fun in the sun: Sunshine Coast for families
Get ready for some fun in the sun on a family beach holiday filled with wildlife and outdoor adventure.
Ahoy! Hamilton Island for kids
Planning to take the kids to Hamilton Island? Get ready for a whole lot of family-friendly fun, island-style.
The best things to do in Brisbane
A city of culture and sunshine where great food meets riverside views and inner-city vibes.
Chill out: the best things to do on Hamilton Island
Heading to Hamilton Island and not sure which adventure to tackle first? Start here.
The best things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Where glorious beaches meet tranquil hinterland, the Sunshine Coast offers a dream getaway for sun worshippers and nature-lovers alike.
How to do the Whitsunday Coast on a budget
Think a Whitsundays getaway is out of your budget? Think again. With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to have a top-notch trip without breaking the bank.
Top things to do in Townsville on a budget
Enjoying Townsville on a budget is easy: just follow the sun.
Best things to do in Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast
Finding bliss on Fraser Island is only the beginning.
Gold Coast on a budget: top things to do
Good as gold: five budget-friendly ways to experience the best of the Gold Coast.
Lava tubes - the adventure you'll never forget!
Enter an intriguing subterranean world in outback Queensland, into ancient lava caves thousands of years in the making.
Bellini and bug roll for $18? Only in Brisbane!
Ritzy joints with cool cocktails? Rooftop venues with to-die-for views? Traditional pubs where it’s all about the beer and music? Whatever your taste, there's a Brisbane bar for you.
The Whitsunday holiday guide every traveller needs to read
Found: the perfect stays for families, solo travellers and those seeking their own love island. Just add swimming, sailing, snorkelling, cocktails and more.
The one beach Aussies love going back to...
Our recent survey saw Whitehaven Beach voted Australia’s best beach. Planning a trip there soon? Here’s what to expect.
Cocktails, desserts and burritos: these vegan restaurants are something else
Having a plant-based diet doesn’t mean having to go hungry, especially in the vegan haven of South East Queensland. Nutella honeycomb vegan pancakes, anyone?
Is the Sunshine Coast Australia's best kept foodie secret?
There’s more to the Sunshine Coast than its beautiful beaches. Head to the hinterland for an indulgent weekend road trip of eating, cooking and relaxing.
Encounters of the wild kind in Mackay
This laid-back, scenic region in the middle of the Queensland coast offers an abundance of wildlife experiences, open-armed locals and real downtime. Here are the top things to do in Mackay and its stunning surrounds.
Gold Coast: best food, arts and cultural experiences
These days, a trip to the Gold Coast involves more than surfing and theme parks. Here's where to experience the region's food, culture and arts scene.
Heading to the Sunshine Coast? Here's where to go for a drink
From nautical-themed bars with knockout views to hidden local haunts boasting quirky cocktails and drag queen bingo, happy hour on the Sunshine Coast is an affair to remember.