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.
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.
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 on the Sunshine Coast
Where glorious beaches meet tranquil hinterland, the Sunshine Coast offers a dream getaway for sun worshippers and nature-lovers alike.
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.
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.
The ultimate surfer's guide to the Gold Coast
With endless breaks and a laidback culture, the Gold Coast includes plenty to keep water babies happy in and out of the surf - whether you're a gun board-rider or just learning to surf.
Is this Australia's best kept snorkelling secret?
Home to a huge array of amazing sea life, the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve off Fingal Head is a Tweed Valley expedition not to be missed. Turtle-spotting is just the beginning!
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.
The ultimate hit-list for a trip to Mooloolaba
This sunny suburb on the Sunshine Coast offers the ultimate beachside holiday, whether you're in search of fun or relaxation.
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.
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.
Perfect way to spend a day in Port Douglas
From birdsong-filled sunrise to evening beach stroll, days are idyllic in the town where the rainforest meets the reef.
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.
Best adventure activities in the Daintree
Hike, helicopter, boat, jungle surf (or even sleep) your way to true discovery in a rainforest more ancient than the Amazon.
6 ways to feel totally glam on the Gold Coast
Whether you’re here for a special occasion, need to relax without lifting a finger or you have extra cash to splash, here are the finest ways to splurge.
The one thing you should add to a family holiday
Want to ramp up the holiday fun for the kids? Here are some neat ideas to add some wonder to a trip and turn them into life-long travellers.
Top things to do for families in the Whitsundays
There is no shortage of family fun in the Whitsundays – and plenty of it is free.