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.
Best things to do in Townsville
Whether you like your tropical holiday action-packed or laidback, Townsville is your town.
Best things to do in Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast
Finding bliss on Fraser Island is only the beginning.
Brisbane for kids: best free things to do
Planning a super fun, family-friendly holiday in Brisbane on a budget? Check out these free activities for keeping kids – and wallets – happy.
10 surprising facts you need to know about The Whitsundays
The Whitsunday Coast has great beaches, resorts and the Great Barrier Reef, true. But it’s not just for honeymooners and backpackers. We bust seven commonly held myths.
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?
You must do this road trip when on the Gold Coast!
Explore a different side to this sun and sand destination discovering local secrets on a refreshing weekend road trip in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Best eats: top restaurants on the Gold Coast
Here's where to eat out in the Gold Coast, a city that is fast becoming one of Australia's top dining spots.
Is this the coolest thing you can do on water?!
Want to be launched into the air then (hopefully) soar above the ocean like an eagle? Try this fun new adventure sport.
Need a quick fix winter escape? Look no further than Tropical North Queensland
Hike, swim, relax and meet the wildlife on an easy long weekend in Cairns, with minimal fuss and maximum fun.
Discover spectacular Orpheus Island
Only accessible by helicopter or boat, this stunning reef island attracts researchers, day-trippers, campers and luxury seekers.
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.
7 myths about the Gold Coast
The Goldie may conjure images of skyscrapers, meter maids and sun-kissed surfers in thongs but scratch the surface – you'll find that there’s plenty of substance under all the glitz.
Discover a quirky side to Townsville
There are many secret wonders to discover in this coastal city of north Queensland.
Top 5 free things to do with kids in Cairns
Cairns is all fun and sun and perfect for a family holiday. If you want to get a heap of travel bang for absolutely no bucks, check out these free, family-friendly travel ideas.
Top free things to do with kids on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast might be known for its glitz and its glamour, but there’s a whole lot of free family fun to be had too!
Inside Airlie Beach's $23 million makeover
Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to Queensland's Whitsundays, but don’t pass through without stopping any more.
Insider's guide to the hidden secrets of Noosa
Australian singer and songwriter Katie Noonan loves Queensland's Sunshine Coast. She reveals her favourite places to visit.
Don't miss these top eats in Port Douglas
The laid-back town of Port Douglas is rapidly establishing itself as the foodie heartland of Tropical North Queensland.
Grail of trails: Mountain biking in the spectacular Daintree
In the northern reaches of Queensland, a mountain biking nirvana weaves its way through an ancient landscape.