Queensland is known in Australia as the sunshine state, and for good reason. With beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and incredible natural beauty, there’s so much to do in this summer paradise.
Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkelling
There is no better way to experience the beauty and the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef than swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Glide among the tropical fish and brightly coloured coral in this fascinating underwater world. Tours are available from many mainland and island destinations, and accredited dive instructors can prepare you to reach new depths with professional scuba gear.
Daintree Rainforest Tour
The Daintree Rainforest, located in Tropical North Queensland, is over 135 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world. You can explore this incredible natural wonder on a day tour that includes landmarks such as Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation Beach, and Jindalba Boardwalk. This rich ecosystem is full of wildlife to discover – you may even spot a crocodile!
Australia Zoo allows you to encounter animals from all over the world. Founded by famous ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, the zoo is focused on the conservation of wildlife around the world. Visit Australian favourites like wombats, koalas and kangaroos, exotic animals like Komodo dragons and rhinos, and friendly creatures like meerkats and red pandas.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
A favourite for kids all over Australia, the Gold Coast has become famous for its collection of theme parks. Adrenaline junkies will love the thrilling rollercoasters and waterslides, while those looking for a slower pace will enjoy animal shows and outback themed spectacles. A single pass can gain you entry to MovieWorld, SeaWorld and Wet’n’Wild.
Brisbane River Tour
For a relaxing way to view the city, why not try a Brisbane River tour. The river is the longest in South Queensland, and a boat ride will take you past iconic sights including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center, and Story Bridge. Learn about local history, take some great photos, and enjoy a meal while you glide along.
Hervey Bay Whale Watching
Whale watching is only possible during certain times of the year, but it’s well worth planning your trip around this amazing natural phenomenon. Hervey Bay is located near Fraser Island, north of the Sunshine Coast. A range of operators run whale watching tours, which allow you to get close to the migrating whales and view them from both above and below the water. It’s an unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of any trip.
Noosa National Park
For stunning clifftop nature walks, visit Noosa National Park at Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast. This spectacular wildlife sanctuary boasts captivating rainforest and a series of walking trails to allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take a walk along the coast and see if you can spot migrating whales from the lookout, or head inland and weave your way past streams and waterfalls through the calming eucalypt forest.