SummaryDiscover the many attractions ofQueensland in Australia, a state that boastsgreat weather, a laid-back lifestyle andsome of Mother Natures finest wonders.Take a look at our guide to top things to seein Queensland.
About QueenslandQueensland is a massively populardestination for tourists, thanks to its manyattractions, both natural and man-made.From bustling cities to golden beaches andexotic rainforests, Queensland has so muchfor you to see and explore.Read our selection of the top things to seein Queensland.
Sunshine CoastGeographically, the Sunshine Coast is a line ofbeaches that stretches northwards from the city ofBrisbane.Famous for being the home to many a surfer, theSunshine Coast is also inhabited by ordinary families,retired couples and others who like the goodweather and relaxed way of life.Behind the beaches stretches the hilly hinterland ofQueensland, a barrier of rainforests and small villagesthat sits between the beach and the vast AustralianOutback.
Sunshine Coast (cont’d)There are several laid back beach towns dottedalong the length of the coast, includingMaroochydore, Moolooaba and AlexandraHeadland.These places are full of cheap places to stay withplenty of opportunities to sunbathe, surf or body-board.If you fancy somewhere more sophisticated, thenyou can always pitch up at Noosa, an upmarkettown that Lonely Planet compares to that of FrancesNice in character.
CairnsThe city of Cairns attracts backpackers in their drovesand is a real tourist town.A mixture of old style trading post and travellers stop-offpoint, Cairns is full of character.The nearby Great Barrier Reef provides a lot of businessfor the town, with a huge number of diving, snorkellingand cruise operators running trips to the reef for tourists.The city is also a popular meeting point forbackpackers who are criss-crossing the country on theirtravels.
Great Barrier ReefOne of the natural wonders of the world, the GreatBarrier Reef is home to a wide variety of fish andcoral.At 2000 kilometres long, the reef is larger than theGreat Wall of China and is the only living thing visiblefrom space.A spectacularly beautiful diving experience, theGreat Barrier Reef is easily reachable thanks to themany boats and catamarans that transport touriststo the reef every day.
Mossman GorgeThe Aboriginal Kuku-Yalanji people own thestunning Mossman Gorge, situated in theshadow of Mount Demi.Experience wonderful walks through therainforest with extremely knowledgeableAboriginal guides. There is also a superb 2.4kilometre walking trail.
BrisbaneThe third largest city in Australia, Brisbane shouldbe on your must visit list.One of the most desirable places to live inAustralia, Brisbane has become a cosmopolitancity with many attractions as well as awarm, subtropical climate and friendly laid-back locals. Visitors can enjoy its great live musicscene, café culture and fascinating artgalleries.
Fraser IslandFraser Island is the worlds biggest sandisland, measuring 120 kilometres by 15kilometres, made from sand that drifted acrossfrom the eastern coast of Australia.The island features rainforests, freshwater lakesand impressively high sand dunes.Tourists can visit the island by taking a ferry fromHervey Bay or Rainbow beach.