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.
Best things to do in Townsville
Whether you like your tropical holiday action-packed or laidback, Townsville is your town.
A budget-friendly guide to Cairns
With its knockout beaches and urban lagoons, you don’t need a million to enjoy this 5-star town!
The best things to do in Cairns
With so many amazing attractions in Cairns, it’s hard to know where to start. These are our top picks.
Gold Coast on a budget: top things to do
Good as gold: five budget-friendly ways to experience the best of the Gold Coast.
Your guide to Gold Coast Airport
Flying into Gold Coast Airport? Check out these handy tips about how to get there, what's available and how to get to your hotel.
Gold Coast: 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.