Queensland or “QLD” as many call it, is located in the north-east of Australia.
Its coastline stretches for nearly 7,000km making it an incredible destination of pristine beaches and coastal towns.
Just offshore sits the Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest coral reef system and a snorkeller’s paradise.
There’s also an incredible range of national parks and historical rainforests to explore on foot.
If surfing is more your jam and you want to experience the “beachy” lifestyle, head on over to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
These coastal towns lie just outside of Brisbane, the state’s capital.
Click here to learn more about Queensland & the top things to do.
Top Things to See & Do in Queensland:
- Explore Brisbane CBD
- Jump on a roller coaster at one of the many theme parks: Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World or Wet’n’Wild
- Relax at the beaches and go surfing along the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast
- Go hiking in Glass House National Park
- Visit the coastal town of Noosa
- Explore Cairns and Port Douglas up north
- Admire the nature and scenic views of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest
- Drive up to the tip of Australia, Cape York
- Indulge and relax in the Whitsundays and visit Whitehaven Beach
- Explore the Great Barrier Reef
- The rainy and humid season during Summer (October to May) and
- The dry season that falls during the cooler months of Winter (June and October)
The best way for travellers to get around Queensland is to drive or fly between the main cities.
There is a lot of ground to cover between the key cities/towns – afterall, it is one of Austalia’s largest states.
The best options in the cities:
- Hire a car
- Book a Taxi/Uber
- Catch public transport
- Hire a bike
- Hire a car, 4WD or caravan and road-trip
- Local flights between the main cities
- Regional trains and coaches
The Best Adventure Activities in Queensland are:
- Go snorkelling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
- Road-trip up to the tip of Austalia, Cape York.
- Go bungee jumping in Cairns. The only place to bungee jump in Australia.
- Swim with sharks and whales
- Go white water rafting down Tully River
- Explore the vast outback
- Hike through QLD’s many national parks and rainforests
- Go mountain bike riding
- Get an adrenaline-rush riding a roller coaster at one of the many theme parks
- Go skydiving or sailing in the Whitsundays
- Glide through the skies whilst Hot Air Ballooning
- Surf along the coast
- Cost of Living 65% 65%
- Safety 90% 90%
- Landscapes & Scenery 100% 100%
- Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 95% 95%
- Adventure Rating 95% 95%
Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.
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MY TOP 3 RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR QUEENSLAND
Clothes packing cells are great because they allow you to organise your clothes into different sections.
That way you can find an item you want, without having to pull out EVERYTHING within your bag (eg. a warm jumper).
Personally, I loved using different packing cells – one for my warm clothes and another for my Summer clothes.
Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world.
In fact, the UV radiation here is so strong, that it can even cause sunburn in as little as 11 minutes (on a fine summer day).
This is why sunscreen is a critical item to add to your travel gear packing list.
This is particularly important if planning to travel to Queensland during the hotter months.
Thinking of travelling solo?
Amazing! Ensure to check out our Solo Travel page that is loaded with important advice & tips to know before you go.
They will help you to prepare for the journey and overcome any personal obstacles you experience during your trip.
Need help or guidance on what to pack?
Finding the right gear for your trip can be overwhelming and expensive – especially if you don’t know where to start.
On our Travel Gear page, I list my favourite travel gear and accessories to help you narrow down the field, save money and buy quality gear at reasonable prices.
Ready to take the big leap?
There’s no doubt that planning and booking your trip is the most exciting part for any new adventure.
Here I outline 20 steps that you need to know in order to plan and book a successful trip & have fun whilst doing it.