Queensland is one of the most beautiful holiday locations in the world, with an abundance of natural life and beautiful places to visit.
Here are our picks of the top 5 places to visit:
1. The Great Barrier Reef
You can’t visit Queensland without going to the World Heritage area the Great Barrier Reef, which spreads across around 350,000km. Apart from the stunning coral, there are multiple island chains including the beautiful Whitsunday Islands that contains idyllic resorts and getaways, such as Hayman and Orpheus. The star of the show is surely the wildlife though; there’s plenty of tropical fish, manta rays, sting rays, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, dugongs and sea turtles to see. Of course, the best way to do this is by snorkelling or diving. And there are plenty of other activities, such as boating, cruises, fish feeding and hiking. Random fact – the Great Barrier Reef is the only structure that can be seen from outer space.
2. The Daintree Rainforest
The 1,200km Daintree Rainforest is an ancient forest located in the north east coast of Queensland. In fact the Daintree is the largest rainforest in Australia and is a protected World Heritage area. People come from all over the world to see the unique flora and fauna that are found in the rainforest. Out of 19 of the primitive flowering plants on Earth, 12 are found in the Daintree Rainforest, making it an amazing place to visit. Apart from bush walks, you can go on an ocean safari, jungle surfing, horse riding, 4WDing, Kayaking, wildlife tours and even a helicopter ride. There’s definitely a lot to do in the rainforest.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and has the third highest population in Oz. The city has lots to offer to anyone on holiday. Travel on the city tram, go hot air ballooning, shop at the open air markets, abseil the river rock faces, visit the Alma Park zoo, stroll down the South Bank riverside gardens, then go onto the Botanic Gardens. And of course the relaxed city is packed with arts and culture, so make sure you visit the Powerhouse for an Opera performance or play. Do everything Brisbane has to offer because there is a lot!
4. Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Once you have finished enjoying the city life, it’s back to nature! Head 720km north-west of Brisbane to Carnarvon Gorge; a treasured area for the indigenous people of Australia. You’ll need around three days to truly enjoy the park and there are lots of different trails for all levels of walkers. This is truly a natural wonder, with spectacular sandstone cliffs amongst luscious green flora and fauna. Many travellers visit the Gorge to discover for themselves the amazing Aboriginal rock art, such as rock engravings and freehand paintings. Keep in mind that the park is protected, so you can’t take any souvenirs away with you.
5. Outback – Matilda Country
Away from the forests and beaches follow the Matilda Highway to the heart of the outback of Queensland. You’ll have a unique Queensland holiday experience and a real fair dinkum Aussie memory. The towns have a rich history of stockmen and shearers dating back to the 19th century. Make sure you visit the Skywatch observatory and the Royal Flying Doctor centre in Charleville. And then head north 300km to the famous town of Blackall, which has the history of the shearer Jack Howe, famous for sheering 321 sheep in a short 7 hour period. Look out for his famous statue in the town centre.
From the beautiful sandy beaches to the incredible rainforests, Queensland is the ultimate holiday destination.
Lauren from Hayman has the beautiful Great Barrier Reef as the backdrop to her office. When she’s not at work she enjoys exploring the reef and travelling further afield.