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.
Encounters of the wild kind in Mackay
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Gold Coast: 5 of the best food, arts and cultural experiences
These days, a trip to the Gold Coast involves more than surfing and theme parks. Here's where to experience the region's food, culture and arts scene.
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 5 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top relaxing things to do in the Sunshine Coast
Cut the technology ties and get back to nature for a Sunshine Coast holiday big on health benefits and low on cost.
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.
Moreton Bay, the ultimate chill out island holiday
A short drive from central Brisbane, hit the coast and jump on a ferry to the unspoilt islands of Moreton Bay.
The art of food: Brisbane's best eats
Brisbane is using Foodie-fuelled street art and craftsmanship to bite back at the big culinary capitals
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.
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.
A date with adventure in the Daintree
Hike, helicopter, boat, jungle surf (or even sleep) your way to true discovery in a rainforest more ancient than the Amazon.
Cairns & Port Douglas: Eat, Stay, Play
The low-down on where to eat, stay and play in Cairns and Port Douglas