Australia's holiday paradise is renowned for its sunshine, tropical rainforests and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. From Brisbane's Gold Coast in the south to Far North Queensland's virgin rainforests north of Cairns you will enjoy the beaches, wonderful islands and national parks.
Besides being the gateway to the 'sunshine state', Brisbane offers great weather and is a city of bright lights, beautiful parks and exciting cultural scene. Brisbane offers the very best in food, shopping and arts entertainment with a relaxed sub-tropical flair. Visit the Queensland Art Gallery & Museum; tour the rainforest sanctuary or head out of town for fine beaches.
Overlooking Trinity Bay and the Pacific Ocean, laid-back Cairns is perfectly placed for exploring the natural wonders of tropical North Queensland. Wander along the Esplanade and head for Pier Marketplace, Trinity Wharf or the bustling marina. Cairns is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Gold Coast is a destination that lives up to its name. With 300 days of sunshine each year, world famous beaches, World Heritage Rainforests and world class attractions. From the lively beachfront at Surfers Paradise with its Theme Parks and jumping nightlife to a range of eco-tourism with rainforests and island escapes, which embrace wildlife and rural Australian life.
Northern Beaches & Port Douglas
The beaches north of Cairns have a stunning backdrop. Palm trees lines golden sandy beaches, idyllic resorts stand in magnificent isolation. Small resorts with interesting markets and stunning restaurants provide ample diversion for the tropical evenings. Port Douglas is a growing resort about an hours drive north of Cairns surrounded by forest and the Coral Sea. It is also the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.
When it comes to natural island getaways, Queensland has a well-deserved worldwide reputation. Choose from coral cay islands on the Great Barrier Reef, explore the world's largest sand islands, surf, walk along miles of rolling beaches or unwind at a remote hideaway. Whether you're planning a day trip from Brisbane to Stradbroke or Moreton Islands or a few days at world heritage Fraser Island, nothing beats the feeling of sinking your toes into the powdery dunes of Queensland's sand islands.
The Daintree and its popular destinations such as Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation can be experienced by various means including guided walks, 4WD safaris, river cruises or by staying at one of the fantastic retreats below. The World Heritage listed Daintree is a vast wilderness area of rainforest, rivers, waterfalls and beaches much of which is inaccessible.
The Great Barrier Reef stretches along most of the Queensland coast and is scattered with island groups. Access to the reef islands is usually from gateways along the coast, such as Townsville, Shute Harbour, Mackay and Cairns, dependent on which islands you are visiting. Some islands are accessible by air, while others have sea access only.
The Sunshine Coast boasts miles of quiet beaches and tranquil coastal towns such as Noosa Heads and Maroochydore with pleasant restaurants, cafes and shops.
Tours & Excursions
To truly appreciate the beauty and character of Australia, a visit to Queensland is a must. If its year-round warm climate, friendly locals and relaxed way of life aren’t enough to convince you, its stunning beaches, bustling cities, diverse natural wonders and exotic islands certainly will.