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.
Hervey Bay on a budget: best things to do
Plan a low-cost holiday to Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast, filled with sunshine, natural wonders and outdoor adventure.
How to do Hamilton Island on a budget
If you think a tropical holiday might be out of your budget, think again. With a bit of insider knowledge, you can have a holiday on Hamilton Island and still live it up.
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.
The best of Townsville with kids
Sunshine, wildlife and heavenly beaches: get set for the family holiday you’ve been dreaming of!
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.
The best things to do on the Gold Coast
Go for gold: experience the very best of the Gold Coast with our top tips.
The best things to do in Cairns
With so many amazing attractions in Cairns, it’s hard to know where to start. These are our top picks.
Fun facts about Townsville
Drag yourself away from the beach and discover Townsville's lesser-known charms.
Best surf beaches in the Gold Coast
Bare feet, sun-kissed skin, curling waves and boundless beach days are what the Gold Coast is all about. Here’s where to go to surf or chill.
Top things to do in the Whitsundays
We’ve got four fabulous things for you to do in the Whitsundays to experience Australia’s northern island paradise. Dip your toes in or try them all.