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.
Sun, fun and little ones: Mackay with kids
With its beaches, pools and wildlife, Mackay is kid-fun central.
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Plan a low-cost holiday to Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast, filled with sunshine, natural wonders 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.
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.
Make the most of the coast: Sunshine Coast on a budget
From beaches and sunsets to rainforests and mountains, here on the Sunshine Coast some of the best things in life are free.
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.
The best of Townsville with kids
Sunshine, wildlife and heavenly beaches: get set for the family holiday you’ve been dreaming of!
The best things to do in Brisbane
A city of culture and sunshine where great food meets riverside views and inner-city vibes.
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.
A budget-friendly guide to Cairns
With its knockout beaches and urban lagoons, you don’t need a million to enjoy this 5-star town!
Best things to do in Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast
Finding bliss on K’gari (Fraser Island) is only the beginning.
Brisbane for kids: best free things to do
Planning a fun, family-friendly holiday in Brisbane on a budget? Check out these free activities for keeping kids – and wallets – happy.
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.
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.
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.
Fun facts about Townsville
Drag yourself away from the beach and discover Townsville's lesser-known charms.
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!