Queensland’s Top 5 Attractions

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Queensland's Top 5 Attractions. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

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Queensland occupies the northeastern corner of the Australian mainland and is bordered by the Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery and natural environments. Nicknamed the ‘sunshine state’, its beaches, azure waters, reefs, islands and tropical rainforest make it a holiday destination that offers an endless array of sights, activities and unforgettable experiences. When most people think of Australia, they think “sun, sand and sea”. You’ll find all three in Queensland! If you’re planning a trip to the sunshine state, here’s a guide to five of Queensland’s top attractions.

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Great Barrier Reef. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

1. Great Barrier Reef

A trip to Australia is not complete without a trip to the world’s largest system of coral reefs—the Great Barrier Reef. So big that it can be seen from outer space, the entire reef is comprised of almost 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park stretches over 3000km almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The reef lies between 15 and 150 kilometres off shore and offers one of the most spectacular underwater experiences around. The reef system is dotted with tropical islands, which offer spectacular accommodation on their white sand beaches. With amazing experiences offered both above and below the water, it’s no wonder the Reef is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations, and thousands of visitors flock here each year to see this natural wonder and World Heritage listed site first hand.

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Whitsunday Islands. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

2. Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands are a chain of islands off Queensland’s coast between Mackay and Bowen. The islands are a popular tourist destination for those wishing to visit the Great Barrier Reef, but the islands are home to a few renowned gems of their own. Whitehaven Beach is a 6 kilometre stretch of power white soft sand on Whitsunday Island that has repeatedly been voted one of the world’s best and cleanest beaches. The amazing reefs and islands of the Whitsundays are often accessed from Airlie Beach and the most popular way to see all that these islands have to offer is from chartered sailing trips.

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Daintree Rainforest. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

3. Daintree Rainforest

A tropical rainforest on Queensland’s far north coast, the Daintree is an ecological and biological wonder, and was added to the World Heritage List in 1988. The Daintree Rainforest covers 1200 square kilometres and is over one hundred and thirty-five million years old. The rainforest is home to a diverse array of fauna and flora, as well as a number of rare and endangered species. The Daintree is most commonly accessed from Cairns, another popular Queensland tourist destination. There are a number of tours, activities and sights for visitors to experience in the spectacular Daintree region. Cheap flights to Cairns can get you there from other Australian and Queensland destinations.

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Fraser Island. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

4. Fraser Island

This island, located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 300 kilometres north of Brisbane, is considered the largest sand island in the world. Most visitors camp on the island, and spend their days four-wheel driving over the windswept sand dunes and swimming in the island’s spectacular freshwater lakes. Another tourist pull on the island is its population of Dingoes, however their numbers are declining and reports of dingoes biting tourists are common!

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Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

5. Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast

If you’ve had your share of nature and adventure, and are after hotel accommodation and bustling nightlife, then include a stop at Surfer’s Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Just 80 kilometres from Brisbane, the wide surf beach, skyscraper skyline, and bustling bar and restaurant scene of Surfers Paradise offers visitors the ultimate combination of city and beach lifestyles. Surfer’s Paradise is easily accessed from Gold Coast and Brisbane. There are a number of cheap flights to Brisbane and the Gold Coast from most Australian destinations.

If you’re planning a trip to Queensland, then make sure you include these destinations in your itinerary.  Queensland is home to some of Australia’s most iconic and spectacular sights and attractions. With the increase in available cheap flights, Australia—and Queensland—should be considered for your next holiday destination. You won’t be disappointed!

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