Welcome to Queensland, Australia
Come as you are, leave a little different
Their yard is a one-million-year-old rainforest. Out the back is a red desert of dinosaur bones. And the swimming pool? The world's largest reef. In Queensland, you’ll find experiences like nowhere else on the planet. Think warm ocean swims in winter, hiking trails in the middle of cities, cuddles with koalas and stories from earth's oldest living cultures. Queensland is not one thing. It’s a patchwork of experiences that will invigorate your soul and leave your senses stimulated. So, what can you expect to discover? Find out below.
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Reefs, Islands and Beaches
Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen because Queensland is renowned for pristine beaches, picturesque islands and of course, the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. With its diverse coral and marine life, phenomenal diving and snorkeling spots and hidden islands, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Stretching for 1430 miles and home to over 1,500 species of marine life, it’s the ultimate nature-lovers’ location.
Discovery and Adventure
There’s a sense of excitement, adventure and discovery around every corner in Queensland, from the wonders of the rainforest to the splendors of the sea. Lace up your boots and take on an epic hiking trail or dip below the surface and explore some of the world’s best dive sites. Discover the Outback and hike the breath-taking trails at Carnarvon Gorge, stopping to cool off with a dip in a freshwater rock pool. Or explore Queensland from the water, kayaking to the secluded bays and beaches of Magnetic Island, or exploring the pristine and calming beauty of the Noosa Everglades.
Queensland’s breathtaking natural landscapes are home to a variety of unique animal and marine life that will make your holiday one you’ll remember forever. Snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef to encounter the Great Eight marine animals, including turtles, whales, manta rays and clownfish. On land, you can cuddle a koala or watch friendly kangaroos and wallabies searching for food at sunrise on a tranquil beach. With more than 1,000 national parks within Queensland, there’s plenty of natural wonders to explore, including the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and the Gondwana Rainforests.
Living the Queensland Lifestyle
Queensland is laid-back and relaxed, with friendly locals who are always willing to help or offer advice. Abundant flavors, local produce and the freshest seafood are at the heart of Queensland’s food experience. The year-round outdoor lifestyle and extraordinary natural environment set the stage to savor the ever-emerging vibrant food culture. Enjoy fresh scallops in Hervey Bay, a feast of locally sourced ingredients by the beach in Palm Cove or do dinner like a true Queenslander and pick up some of the best home-grown organic beef in the world and cook it up on the barbecue! Experience riverside dining at its finest at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, followed by a stroll through the city to South Bank.
Queensland is a great place to learn about the culture of Australia’s First People, with experiences that bring the rich culture, storytelling and customs of Indigenous Australians to life. Discover Stradbroke Island, known to the Traditional Owners the Quandamooka people as Minjerribah, or immerse yourself in the story and customs of the Yugambeh people on the Gold Coast in Burleigh Heads National Park. Further north, join a guided walk by the local Kuku Yalanji people through the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef to learn about the history of the region and taste native food.
Brisbane - Great Outdoors, 4-Nights
Life in Brisbane revolves around the outdoors. With stunning natural assets, clear blue skies all year round and a subtropical alfresco lifestyle, Brisbane is an urban metropolis with a relaxed vibe. Includes: Morning Brisbane by Bicycle tour, afternoon Laneways and Cafes Walking tour & Full-day Koala Cuddle tour to Australia Zoo.
Gold Coast - Beaches and Hinterland, 5-Nights
Stroll the golden beaches at sunrise or sunset and shop at the Surfers Paradise Night Markets, or perhaps, get your adrenaline pumping with a bungy jump. And then, escape to the natural wonders of the Gold Coast Hinterland and experience a rainforest retreat to energize the body, mind and soul.
Brisbane and Gold Coast, 6-Nights
As the capital of Australia’s Sunshine State, Brisbane invites you to kick off your shoes, grab your mates and enjoy the food, art and adventure on offer. See the sights of Brisbane on a walking tour and then kick back and relax on the Gold Coast. Visit the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary and get up close with native wildlife. Includes: Koala River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Brisbane City Essentials Walking Tour.
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