If you’re visiting Australia, don’t look past Queensland too quickly. Queensland is where you will have some of your most ‘Australian’ experiences; beautiful warm beaches, lush tropical rainforests and surreal wildlife encounters. Here are 16 reasons why you must visit this beautiful state.
In case you haven’t heard, Queensland has some of the best weather in the country. The height of summer can get rough with thick air, we won’t lie. But time your visit well and you’ll get the best out of your trip with warm days and balmy nights.
Whether you’re visiting Brisbane and Southeast Queensland, or up north, you’ll find so many fantastic snorkeling options. Try Morton Island, Tangalooma or the many locales available in north Queensland’s Whitsundays.
Tangalooma Wrecks | © Wikimedia Commons
The Great Barrier Reef
Need we say more? Queensland is the gateway to Australia’s prized possession – the Great Barrier Reef.
Because of the beautiful winter weather, Queensland’s beaches are amazing all year round. The water doesn’t get as cold as the southern states in the cooler months, so take your pick of stunning beaches. Our favourites are Agnes Waters, Noosa Heads and Whitehaven Beach.
For the Love of Lamingtons
Queensland is home to one of the best baked good inventions of all time. Soft sponge cake, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. You’ll find the best ones in sunny Queensland, their alleged home state.
Lamingtons | © Jules / Flickr
Get stuck into some of the touristy stuff and visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to have a snuggle with a koala. It’s also likely you’ll see them in the wild too, so don’t forget to look up when you’re out and about.
The crocodile hunter’s home turf can be found in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Head to Australia Zoo in south east Queensland for some croc action, or alternatively, see them in the wild in Cairns.
Fruit picking in the sunshine
It’s all about the outdoors here and you’ll love to pick some of the native fruit for a chow. We grow strawberries, mangoes and apples.
For the rum
About four hours north of Brisbane you’ll find Bundaburg, the home to the famous Bundy Rum. Take a tour and try all the exciting rum flavours you didn’t know existed.
Locals are lucky to have stunning islands right off the coast from south to north of Queensland. Some highlights are Stradbroke, Fraser, Hamilton, Fitzroy, Lady Elliot and so many more.
North Stradbroke | © Flickr / Tobias Lange
Theme Park fun
There are three major theme parks all within the same stretch of highway on the Gold Coast. Head to Helensvale for some laid back fun in the sun, as you can get a pass to gain you access to all three super parks – Wet n’ Wild, Movie World and Dream World.
Hot Air Ballooning
With some of the most picturesque scenes from the sky, hot air ballooning in Queensland is an experience not to be missed. Our favourites are over the Gold Coast, Port Douglas and over the vineyards in Stanthorpe.
Incredible Hiking Destinations
With easy access to so many rainforests, mountains and coastal tracks, Queensland is definitely a must-visit if you love a scenic hike. Don’t forget your sunscreen and lots of water, as hiking in Queensland can be dehydrating business.
Some of Australia’s best seafood can be found in Queensland. Favourites are juicy Mooloolaba prawns, North Queensland snapper and juicy Queensland scallops. If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, head to ‘the Spit’ at Mooloolaba and eat your feast on the sand as the sun sets.
Watch majestic whales migrating in winter at many different parts of the Queensland coast. Our favourite spots are Harvey Bay and the Whitsundays, but it’s not uncommon to see whales from many beaches on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.
For the Winners
For the last ten years, Queensland has a long history of beating the New South Wales Blues team in the yearly State of Origin game. Come and bask in the winning team’s glory.