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.
Hervey Bay on a budget: best things to do
Plan a low-cost holiday to Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast, filled with sunshine, natural wonders and outdoor adventure.
K’gari (Fraser Island) with kids: best family-friendly things to do
How to have an unforgettable island holiday with plenty of family adventure.
Cheap and cheerful: Mackay on a budget
Feel like a Mackay getaway but not sure the budget will stretch? With these tips, it totally will.
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.
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!
How to do the Whitsunday Coast on a budget
Think a Whitsundays getaway is out of your budget? Think again. With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to have a top-notch trip without breaking the bank.
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.
Your guide to Gold Coast Airport
Everything you need to know about flying to and from Gold Coast Airport with Jetstar.
Fun facts about Townsville
Drag yourself away from the beach and discover Townsville's lesser-known charms.
Cairns with kids: best free things to do
Cairns is all fun and sun and perfect for a family holiday. Keep the kids entertained without breaking the budget with these free, family-friendly ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.