Discover The Top Attractions Of Queensland
Widely regarded as the most picturesque region of Australia, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to holidays in Queensland, in the north east of Australia. Not only have you 300 days of sunshine, but there are plenty of outdoor attractions, rural and urban locations, coastal holidays and trips to the famed outback of the region.
Interested in visiting? Then read on for more about the top attractions of the state of Queensland…
The Great Barrier Reef
This is the world’s largest reef system and home to nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands. The reef itself is actually viewable from outer space and is one of the national icons of Australia. The GBR achieved World Heritage Status in 1981 and supports a wide variety of marine life, from porpoises, turtles, humpback whales, birds, to exotic fish and crocodiles.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protects the area from excessive tourism, and in particular fishing. The Reef was built by billions of organisms known as coral polyps, and is located in the Coral Sea. If you are into water sports, why not take a scuba diving tour of the region, or take a pleasure cruise of the whole area? The whole area is vital to Australian Tourism, taking in over 4 million AUD annually. Glass bottom boat tours, cruises and helicopter tours are hugely popular in recent years.
The Whitsunday Islands
These tropical islands are surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and all 70 plus of them are a joy to behold. The white sands of the beaches and the warm turquoise waters are truly paradise. The islands are situated north of Mackay (around 150km away) and 900km from Brisbane. Just 8 of the islands are inhabited, and the capital of the island chain is Hamilton Island. The islands attract on average 700,000 visitors per year and are divided into groups such as The Whitsunday Group, Lindeman Group, Northern Group and the Molle Group.
The capital city of Queensland state, Brisbane has everything a tourist needs in a large city. Some of the major tourist attractions in the city include the State Library, Museum and Botanical Gardens. Why not take a trip on the City Cat River Taxi and see all of the city from along the River Brisbane? The Queensland Cultural Centre is to be found in South Brisbane and is a must visit. You will find the Queensland Arts Centre here, plus the facilites for the local arts, from museums and art galleries to the local cinema.
For that bit of holiday shopping, why not head along to the Queen Street Mall, or for some gambling excitement, check out the Conrad Treasury Casino. Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and the South Bank Parklands (where EXPO ’88) was held. Here the Wheel of Brisbane (where a 15 minute trip will let you see the whole of Brisbane from a great height), and Streets Beach (a man made beach made from reclaimed land) are worth checking out.
Cairns has it all for the tourist: The wonderful Daintree National Park and the Cape Tribulation Rainforest, an hours boat trip from the Great Barrier Reef and a wonderful and vibrant city. Cairns is located in the far north of Queensland. Cairns Esplanade is one of the most popular attractions in the city. It has an outdoor arena, a sandy swimming area, picnic and recreation areas, and walking routes. Why not take a tour of the wonderful Rainforest areas via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway? The near 8km drive over Barron Gorge National Park is well worth checking out. The Daintree Rainforest contains wonderful flora and fauna and is a must visit if in the general direction of Cairns.
The Sunshine Coast
Located in southeast Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is located 100km to the north of the state capital, Brisbane. Noosa and Caloundra city are the main areas in the Sunshine Coast region. There are plenty of beaches that will appeal to the visitor, including Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba, Coolum and Kings Beach. Take a drive into the Glasshouse Mountains, regarded as the prettiest mountain range in Australia. The high peaks rise high above wonderful forests and fields and feature wonderful nature trails for tourists. Beerwah Mountain is the largest mountain in this range. For more exploration, why not drive out to the typical Australian small towns of Maleny and Montville, which offer charm and character.
Possibly the biggest tourism draw for Queensland, especially as an urban destination. There are plenty of theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. Located in the south east of Queensland, it is a known paradise for surfers. The beaches are plentiful, from The Spit to Mermaid Beach and Broachbeach. Duranbeach is perfect for surfing. The Q1 Building is the worlds tallest building where people reside. To learn more about native Australian fauna, why not visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary?
Check out this small seaside resort town, which is located on the sunshine coast. It is popular all year with surfers, has a magnificent beach, quirky shops and great eateries. You are close to the Noosa and Cooloola National Parks here. Where could you go in the world where you are so near the rainforest and beach at the same time?
This is a perfect place to base yourself before you head to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The seaside paradise is a perfect holiday spot for couples and families alike.
Stanthorpe & Wine Region
In the Stanthorpe area, you will find a cool climate and a fantastic landscape. Located in the Granite Belt area, Stanthorpe is regarded as the main wine area of Queensland. There are more than 50 wineries in the area, with some wonderful national parks such as Sundown and Girraween. As it has the highest altitude in Queensland, Stanthorpe is a perfect place for grape production and vine growing.
Lamington National Park
Located about 2 hours to the south of Brisbane, on the state border between Queensland and New South Wales, lies Lamington National Park. This National Park is known for its natural beauty, fantastic rainforests, birdlife, waterfalls, trekking trails, mountain views and ancient plants and tree life that originated in the Antarctic.
The park is located 900km above sea level, yet is less than 50km from the Pacific Ocean. The bushwalks are well marked and originated in the early 20th century. Some of the flora and fauna are the finest you will see in any national park in Australia. The park is located on the northern side of the Tweed Volcano, and the volcanic activity in the area millions of years ago has led to wonderful landmarks being formed in the area.
This is a just a guide to some of the top attractions of Queensland – you may well come across many more! Hope you found our guide to the attractions and activities of Queensland useful. Heading to Australia on a holiday of a lifetime? The best way to get around is to hire a car. For the best deals in car hire, check out our car rental Australia page
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