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Queensland

Diving in the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef

Queensland, also called the Sunshine State, is a state of many contrasts. From Brisbane to Cairns and beyond, Queensland covers much of the East Coast. Here you will find long beaches of Gold and Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforest and dry outback. With such a wide variety of landscapes, there is so much to explore.

General Information: 
Summer Temperature: 
21-29C
Winter Temperature: 
10-22C
Population: 
4.5M
Queensland State Map
Regions within Queensland
Coastal views on a hike in Queensland
Canoeing at Silky Oaks Lodge
Broadbeach in the heart of the Gold Coast
Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park
Cairns Esplanade overlooks the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns
Cairns is the capital of Tropical North of Queensland’s State. It is the jump off city to the main attractions of the region such as Kuranda Village and Rail, Great Barrier Reef, and Cape York Peninsula. It is also great for golf, whitewater rafting, diving and hiking.
Watersports at Tropical North Queensland's Reef
Tropical North Queensland
The Tropical North is where the rainforest meets the reef with access to dazzling coral and sea life of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests of the Daintree. Cairns is a bustling tropical city and gateway to the rainforests and the reef of far north Queensland.
Ross Creek runs through the vibrant city of Townsville
Townsville
A charming coastal city which is one of the main access points for the Great Barrier Reef as well as a gateway to the Outback. Boasting an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, Townsville combines glorious weather with a relaxed lifestyle and diversity of attractions including Magnetic Island, Reef HQ Aquarium and Billabong Sanctuary.
Join a liveaboard diving trip of the Whitsundays
Whitsundays
The Whitsundays consist of 74 tropical islands with Airlie Beach, on the mainland, as their gateway. This aquatic playground is a perfect escape for indulging in island fantasies, spas, pampering and sailing adventures. Islands in the Whitsundays include Hayman, Daydream, Hook and Hamilton Island.
The world's largest sand island known as Fraser Island
Fraser Coast
The Fraser Coast is bordered by 40km of pristine beaches and includes Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, with more than 120km of ocean beaches. View the sandstone cliffs, wildlife, sand dunes, over 40 freshwater lakes and the largest rainforest in the world growing in sand.
The Sunshine Coast is known for its golden beaches and warm year-round climate
Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is one hour north of Brisbane. The Sunshine Coast is home to some of the world’s best beaches, ancient mountain landscapes and sub tropical forests. The region extends from Caloundra to the Glass House Mountains, and Blackall Ranges north to Tin Can Bay, and west through the Mary Valley.
The Gold Coast beaches are a swimming and surfing paradise
Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a very popular holiday playground with 40 kms of unpolluted golden beaches and ocean surf. It offers sophisticated nightclubs, scores of restaurants and leisure activities and adventure parks of every kind including Movie World, Sea World, Wet 'n' Wild and Dreamworld.
Southbank Parklands and Brisbane City
Brisbane
Enjoy the vibrance and energy of the capital of the Queensland state. From here you can tour the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast, the rainforests and mountain lakes of the hinterland, cruise the Brisbane River and visit the many nearby wildlife sanctuaries. Take a sailing tour or cruise to Moreton Bay or North Stadbroke Island.