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
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Ahoy! Hamilton Island for kids
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Gold Coast: best food, arts and cultural experiences
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.