With its long golden beaches, vast expanses of emerald green rainforest and breath-taking marine life boasting every colour of the rainbow, the Sunshine State offers nearly 4,350 miles of sun-kissed coastline, perfect for exploring on a road trip alone, as a family or couple.
Queensland holidays offer you the chance to explore some of the world’s best beaches, with the powdery white sands of Fraser Island, the stunning sunrise surf spots in Noosa, and the tropical shores of Cape Tribulation, fringed by the lush green flora and fauna of the ancient Daintree rainforest.
Get your city fix in cosmopolitan Brisbane, the region’s capital. Alternatively, if you’re looking to escape the bright lights and big buildings then hit the road and head north for a tropical slice of paradise.
Cairns is the gateway to great Aussie adventures where you can embark on an unforgettable cruise, sailing past the 74 Whitsunday Islands, snorkelling over the Great Barrier Reef. You can even spend the day swinging in the treetops on a Jungle Surfing canopy tour in Cape Tribulation.
Queensland Holidays: The Sunshine State
With plenty of beaches to choose from, catering to all levels of ability, why not book a surf lesson on the Gold Coast? If you’re travelling with your family and looking for plenty of fun, then you can enjoy an action-packed day at one of the many adventure parks such as Movieworld or Dreamworld, or you can head towards the Sunshine Coast and spend a day at the world-famous Australia Zoo.
Queensland is a haven for wildlife lovers, with natural events such as the whale migration in Hervey Bay and turtle-hatching in Bundaberg. This is your chance to see some of the greatest spectacles in the world.
Whether you’re looking for adventure and wildlife, relaxation or city sightseeing, Queensland holidays offer incredible diversity. Our Destination Specialists are experts in bringing the perfect Queensland holiday to life, give us a call today to find out more.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Queensland holidays. With so many options for your Queensland holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
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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.
Best time to visit Queensland
Queensland is a year-round destination, however, the best time to visit Queensland is between June and October, which is classed as Queensland’s dry season. During this time of year, the weather is warm and mild. It’s also a great time for whale watching. The wet season is between October and May and weather can become hot, humid and prone to monsoons and flooding.
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“As well as snorkelling and diving the Great Barrier Reef, why not view it from a different angle with a scenic flight? Viewing the ocean’s spectacular coral gardens and turquoise waters from above is a one-of-a-kind experience that can never be forgotten.”
“When visiting the Sunshine Coast, don’t miss out on Eumundi Markets, held every Wednesday and Saturday in Eumundi. This has to be one of the best open-air markets in Australia, offering live music and hundreds of stalls with fresh produce, street food, tasting platters and an abundance of authentic Australian art, crafts and souvenirs.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Queensland holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Queensland offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Noosa Food and Wine Festival
In mid-May, the Noosa Food and Wine Festival celebrates great food, wine, live music and entertainment. Whether you are looking for beachfront brunches, dinners with celebrity chefs, live cooking demonstrations or a party under the stars, there’s something for everyone.
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival
The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival hosts free international and Queensland talent across 20 outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Woodford Folk Festival
One of the biggest folk festivals in the world, Woodford Folk Festival is centred around folk music, showcasing artists from around the world as well as comedy, film, street theatre, and more. You can attend workshops, see the fireworks, and enjoy the incredible food and drink at this must-see festival.
Brisbane Street Art Festival
Held in May, Brisbane Street Art Festival is the biggest street art festival in Australia. Taking place within Brisbane’s CBD and its surrounding suburbs, you’ll discover incredible creations displayed by local artists everywhere.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Queensland holiday. Expect fresh and flavoursome home-grown ingredients used in many dishes. Queensland has a multicultural background and is a melting pot of influence, boasting trendy cafes, stylish restaurants, bars and tasty street eats. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
There are so many exceptional seafood restaurants in Queensland is where you can tuck into buckets of tiger prawns, creamy oysters, succulent Moreton Bay bugs and freshly grilled barramundi.
Australian game meat
From crocodile to kangaroo, emu to ostrich, you can sample a wide range of the distinctive flavours of these exotic game during your Queensland holiday. Australian game meat is high in protein and low in fat. Why not visit a local butcher and pick up a selection of meats for your own traditional Aussie BBQ? Alternatively, visit a local restaurant to try a tasting platter.
Queensland’s Aboriginal people have been eating the native macadamia nuts for thousands of years. The land and climate provide the perfect conditions for macadamia trees to flourish. For a macadamia treat, visit the Noosa Chocolate factory and get yourself some delicious chocolate-coated macadamias.
Brisbane is crazy for cronuts. A cronut is a pastry that resembles a doughnut but is created with a crunchy, buttery croissant-like dough that is fried, glazed and usually loaded with a delicious cream filling. ‘Flour and Chocolate’ serve up some of the city’s best pastries, so why not head here to get your hands on one?
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