Queensland – The time of your life…

Welcome to Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine State.

Where else can you enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s amazing Outback, World Heritage Rainforest and the Aussie beach culture. And there’s no part of Queensland more vibrant than the people. You’ll find the locals friendly, helpful and more than accommodating.

So take a moment to start planning your trip and discover why Queensland welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Outdoor activities rule in Queensland and you won’t be able to avoid the water whether you’re on, in or under it snorkelling, diving, surfing, sailing, kayaking or swimming. Witness wildlife in their native habitats, attempt skydiving or even follow in the footsteps of early pioneers in the Outback. Quench a thirst with Aussie nightlife or get off the beaten track while bushwalking. With so much going on in Queensland, you’re guaranteed to forge lasting memories and make life-time friends.

Queensland boasts five World-Heritage listed areas out of Australia’s 16, including the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and pristine Daintree Rainforest. As well as featuring over 450 spectacular national parks and forests, and hundreds of pristine islands, Queensland is home to a diverse range of native Australian animals just waiting to be discovered, including kangaroos, koala, dolphins, turtles and whales.

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

As one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is top of the ‘must do’ list. Under it, on it, in it, above it – there are so many ways to experience this magical wonder and the crystal clear waters surrounding it.

Spend the day exploring the pure white silica sands of the world’s best beaches, or take a sailing boat on a day cruise or a bareboat overnight. Paddle a sea kayak gracefully through the blue, follow bushwalking trails overlooking the Coral Sea or simply relax with a cocktail by the pool.

Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is made up of more than 2500 individual reefs and 600 islands offering a choice of accommodation and activities for all tastes ranging from remote and secluded luxury lodges and elegantly sophisticated resorts, through to family oriented island getaways.

Brisbane and the Great Sunshine Way

Nothing quite compares with the rush of catching your first salty surf wave or the peace you feel sitting in a silent rainforest or gazing at a million stars twinkling in a clear country sky. But then you’ll encounter lots of amazing things in Brisbane and on the Great Sunshine Way.

Some of the earth’s most treasured natural wonders like world heritage-listed Fraser Island, and the ancient rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland are found here. You’ll discover a range of options radiating from the state’s capital, Brisbane, perched on the tranquil Brisbane River. And the region’s year-round idyllic weather and relaxed vibe make it the perfect touring destination.

The next day might see you rediscovering yourself mastering a challenging rainforest trek and sampling fresh regional produce elegantly prepared by chefs in their distinctly unique local style. There can be idyllic moments like canoeing on a picture perfect mirror lake or the thrill of the Gold Coast’s nightlife. Island hop around Moreton Bay, taste local artisan wines, experience native wildlife in wild habitats – it’s all possible within a few hours or a few days.

Queensland’s relaxed, friendly lifestyle and its diverse range of exciting experiences and destinations, has to be visited to be believed. Whether you’re after a relaxing and luxurious vacation, or a fun, energetic adventure, the Sunshine State will deliver the perfect travel experience – your only hassle will be having the leave this sun-drenched paradise.

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