Coming to Queensland? Here’s 6 must do’s, as told by a local who has had the pleasure of calling Australia’s Sunshine State home for 27 years…
The Great Barrier Reef
If you come all the way to Queensland and don’t go to the Great Barrier Reef, are you really even living? The reef may not be alive for much longer so don’t miss out on seeing one of the Natural Wonders of the World while you still can. From Airlie Beach (or Cairns), jump on a boat out to the reef where you can snorkel, scuba dive or take a helicopter ride to really appreciate its size and beauty.
The Gold Coast
The beach, pubs, restaurants and clubs are all on your doorstep in one of the biggest tourist destinations in QLD, The Gold Coast. Pancakes on the rocks is a must try for foodies if you’re in Surfers Paradise, whilst a short drive north will take you to our 3 biggest theme parks: Dream world, Wet n Wild and Movie World.
Camping on the beach is a massive luxury us Queenslanders often take for granted, and driving along the beach trying to find the perfect camping spot is all part of the fun. If you’re not into camping, there are also plenty of options to stay in houses/apartments at Rainbow Beach while also being able to book 4wd (four wheel drive) tours for the day.
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Want adventure and nature all in the one area? Cairns is your place. Daintree National Park is a must see if you’re a nature lover or adventurer, and the sky rail rainforest cableway is especially amazing (as long as you don’t suffer from a fear of heights…). Looking for something a little more luxury? Palm Cove will have you covered, with an idyllic location right on the beach.
Talk about having a tropical oasis in your own back yard, amiright? Sailing the Whitsundays is a travel experience everyone should get to enjoy at least once in their life, as is seeing Whitehaven Beach, one of the top 10 best beaches in the world. Even for Australians this place never gets old. Pure paradise.
The Sunshine Coast
Beach, beach and more beach, that’s why it’s called the Sunshine State! And let me tell you, the Sunshine Coast lives up to its name. Just an hours drive from Brisbane you’ll find yourself surrounded by idyllic sandy beaches, prestigious restaurants and awesome bars. Quieter and more laid back than the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is is the perfect place to put your feet up and enjoy what this great state has to offer: ocean views as far as the eye can see.
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Do you have any locals tips on how to make the most of travelling in Queensland? Share the love and let us know in the comments below.
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