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 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.
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 of Townsville with kids
Sunshine, wildlife and heavenly beaches: get set for the family holiday you’ve been dreaming of!
ICYMI, this is the Gold Coast suburb where it's all happening
For cool restaurants from top chefs, trendy bars and unique shopping, head to Burleigh Heads on your next Gold Coast holiday.
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.
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?
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.
Where to start the day right on the Gold Coast
Offering delicious treats like ham and cheese cruffins to Moroccan waffles, these Gold Coast eateries are the perfect spots for breakfast and brunch.
10 things you didn't know about the Whitsundays
Not that you needed any more reason to visit this beautiful region, but there is so much more to it than the enviable weather and stunning natural beauty.
Swimming with whales in the Sunshine Coast – the ultimate adventure
Swimming alongside one of the world's biggest animals in the waters off the coast of Mooloolaba proves to be a once in a lifetime experience.
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 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.