Queensland Holidays

Holidays in Queensland feature some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes – from golden beaches to lush rainforests and vibrant coral reefs. The Sunshine State offers nearly 7,000 kilometres of sun-kissed coastline, perfect for exploring on a road trip as a family or couple. Cairns, the tropical city, is the gateway to adventure, and thrill-seekers can sail the 74 Whitsunday Islands and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. Other adventures in Queensland include exploring Fraser Island in a 4WD and trekking through the 180 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest.

For relaxation, Queensland has plenty of luxurious hotels, sunshine and some of the world’s best beaches – from Whitehaven in the Whitsundays to surf spots in Noosa. Get your city fix in cosmopolitan Brisbane, the region’s capital, or head to the Hunter Valley for wine tasting. Queensland is also a haven for animal lovers, with whale watching, turtle hatchlings, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and wild dingoes on Fraser Island.

Luxury holidays in Queensland 

Planning a holiday in Queensland? Hayes & Jarvis has over 65 years of experience in creating tailored, luxury breaks in Australia. Whether you’re looking for adventure and wildlife, relaxation or city sightseeing, we have the expert knowledge to plan your dream break. Start with our suggested self-drive itineraries, which cover the region’s highlights and include stays in chic hotels.

Build your holiday beyond just one destination, with our Queensland Classic itinerary, which begins in Brisbane and features a tour of Fraser Island by 4WD, a Whitsundays sailing trip and visits to Magnetic Island and Cairns. The Coastal Explorer  has a focus on marine life, beaches and islands, taking you from Perth along the Coral and Sunshine Coast to Noosa’s Everglades. To discover more of Australia’s treasures, pair a Queensland trip with the Pacific Coast Explorer, which will take you from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and bohemian Byron Bay.

Destination Highlights
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hike through tropical rainforests
  • Relax on flawless beaches
  • Sightsee in trendy Brisbane
  • Sail to idyllic islands
  • Wine tasting in Hunter Valley

Time Zone

+10 hours (GMT)

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Queensland is approx. 22 hours with 1 stop at Hong Kong or other destinations. Flight times vary depending on the stop-over and onward connection

Currency

Australian dollar

Visa Information

All tourists require an Australian Tourist Visa, you can apply for an instant tourist visa, this is also known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa

Language

English

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations

Queensland Attractions

Queensland offers activities for all tastes, be it hiking in national parks, visiting museums in Brisbane or snorkelling to see exquisite marine life and thriving coral reefs. There are world class beaches and surf spots, including Byron Bay, as well as five World Heritage Areas for nature and wildlife lovers. Don’t forget boat trips to pristine islands, wine tasting and visiting cute seaside towns.

  • Snorkel and island hop in Queensland

    Don’t miss a diving or snorkelling trip to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders and its biggest coral reef system. Island hop around the famous Whitsundays and sail to Lady Elliot or Heron Islands to see turtle hatchlings between January and March. Visit champagne pools and shipwrecks on World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and head to Magnetic Island to see the country’s largest population of wild koalas.

  • Visit national parks and rainforests

    Queensland has over 1,000 national parks and forests packed with wildlife. These include the world’s oldest continually surviving rainforest, Daintree, and Noosa National Park, which boasts everglades, freshwater pools and rainbow beaches. You can also visit the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests or the extinct volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains. For natural history, discover 25 million year old fossils at Riversleigh Fossil Sites or head to Carnarvon National Park for aboriginal rock art.

  • City sightseeing in Brisbane

    Soak up the culture in Queensland’s largest city, Brisbane. Take a stroll on the South Bank among lush parks or enjoy a meal at a world class restaurant. Head to Queen Street for shopping and explore some top museums, botanic gardens or nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Other Queensland city highlights include tropical Cairns and Townsville, which has a spectacular sunset mountain viewpoint.

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