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Queensland Holidays

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Queensland's calling

Seven times bigger than Great Britain and covering Australia’s north east quarter, Queensland is a geographical mammoth. Immensely diverse, it’s a sprawling blend of wetlands, rainforests, savannas, and the boundless outback. Queensland is also home to five of Australia’s 11 World Heritage Sites, including one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World – the incredible Great Barrier Reef. So if you’re considering going to Australia, a Queensland holiday is a very good place to start.

Almost the entire Queensland coastline is made up of sandy beaches, while offshore you’ll find a collection of pristine islands and coral atolls. In the north, there are numerous tropical islands to tempt you into the water, including the popular Whitsundays and the Cumberland Islands groups. Inland, meanwhile, lies a patchwork of mountains, rainforest, rivers and green sugarcane fields. A holiday to Queensland offers a snapshot of just how diverse Australia really is.

Dotted among these impressive natural landscapes, you’ll find dynamic cities and towns, including stylish Brisbane and the more relaxed Port Douglas and Noosa. Head to Brisbane – the state’s capital –for theatres, galleries, markets and restaurants, all drenched in sunshine. Brisbane may offer all the excitement of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, but it’s a place known for its relaxed vibe and warm, friendly welcome. 

Just north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is the place to go for world-class surfing and picturesque walking trails. And no holiday to Queensland would be complete without some time in Cairns, further north. This tropical city has a bustling harbour and hillside rainforests, but it’s most famous for being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Book a boat trip for some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving opportunities, or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the turquoise sea with a helicopter tour. Head an hour north and you’ll find the beach village Port Douglas. This place provides easy access to the Daintree rainforest – the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, which provided the inspiration for the film Avatar. 

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Things to do in Queensland

Queensland is a big place, with an even bigger selection of activities on offer. Friendly, palm-fringed Cairns, in the far north of the state, is popular with tourists and makes a great base for exploring Tropical North Queensland. Adventurous types can snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef, surf in Caloundra or even ride sand-boards over the dunes on Fraser Island.

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Slightly less adrenaline-fuelled activities include searching for glow worms in the Gold Coast’s rainforests, or enjoying a boat ride on the sky-blue waters that surround the Whitsunday islands. Dotted with mango and palm trees, the charming village of Port Douglas is a great base for reef trips and wilderness safaris in Daintree National Park, which is home to an array of unique Australian wildlife.

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Art and culture

If you’re seeking a cultural hit, get your fix in Brisbane. Here you’ll find a buzzing music scene, a host of galleries housing Australian masterpieces, and the country’s largest contemporary art gallery. Visit in the first weekend of May and you’ll catch Opera in Vineyard – a spectacular music event held among the vines of Ballandean Estate Wines in southeast Queensland.

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For something unique, be sure to explore Queensland’s bountiful indigenous culture. This is the only place in the world where both of Australia’s indigenous cultures converge and thrive. Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures date back over 40,000 years and descendants still practice indigenous cultural traditions in Queensland today. Across the state, you can gain an extraordinary understanding of the state’s ancient life through dance, art and guided tours. 

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Food in Queensland

Queensland’s culinary credentials are advancing all the time. The state’s signature foods rely heavily on the subtropical climate and, of course, the sea. Seafood reigns supreme – look out for delicacies like Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs, scallops and king prawns. Delicious fresh fruits, including mango, avocado and papaya, make a refreshing treat, while native Macadamia nuts pop up in all sorts of dishes, from salads to desserts.

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Brisbane is heaven for foodies, with its plethora of award-winning restaurants, sprawling farmers markets and trendy cafes. Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are known for their exceptional eateries. Queensland also knows a thing or two about tipples. In recent years, Brisbane has seen an explosion in microbreweries and specialist wine bars, while the Sunshine Coast has enjoyed a boom in craft beer. And Queensland’s Granite Belt wine region is a must-visit for wine lovers. 

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Best time to visit Queensland

Queensland has a subtropical climate with two seasons. October to May is likely to be wet and humid, while June to September is relatively dry. Generally speaking, you’ll find that precipitation increases as you travel north of Brisbane, and temperatures also rise the further up the coast you go. For instance, in summer between December and February, Brisbane temperatures average 28°C, while the mercury in Cairns often soars above 30°C.

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Things to do

Things to do in Queensland

Queensland is a big place, with an even bigger selection of activities on offer. Friendly, palm-fringed Cairns, in the far north of the state, is popular with tourists and makes a great base for exploring Tropical North Queensland. Adventurous types can snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef, surf in Caloundra or even ride sand-boards over the dunes on Fraser Island.

Show More
Show Less

Slightly less adrenaline-fuelled activities include searching for glow worms in the Gold Coast’s rainforests, or enjoying a boat ride on the sky-blue waters that surround the Whitsunday islands. Dotted with mango and palm trees, the charming village of Port Douglas is a great base for reef trips and wilderness safaris in Daintree National Park, which is home to an array of unique Australian wildlife.

Show More
Show Less

Art and culture

Art and culture

If you’re seeking a cultural hit, get your fix in Brisbane. Here you’ll find a buzzing music scene, a host of galleries housing Australian masterpieces, and the country’s largest contemporary art gallery. Visit in the first weekend of May and you’ll catch Opera in Vineyard – a spectacular music event held among the vines of Ballandean Estate Wines in southeast Queensland.

Show More
Show Less

For something unique, be sure to explore Queensland’s bountiful indigenous culture. This is the only place in the world where both of Australia’s indigenous cultures converge and thrive. Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures date back over 40,000 years and descendants still practice indigenous cultural traditions in Queensland today. Across the state, you can gain an extraordinary understanding of the state’s ancient life through dance, art and guided tours. 

Show More
Show Less

Food

Food in Queensland

Queensland’s culinary credentials are advancing all the time. The state’s signature foods rely heavily on the subtropical climate and, of course, the sea. Seafood reigns supreme – look out for delicacies like Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs, scallops and king prawns. Delicious fresh fruits, including mango, avocado and papaya, make a refreshing treat, while native Macadamia nuts pop up in all sorts of dishes, from salads to desserts.

Show More
Show Less

Brisbane is heaven for foodies, with its plethora of award-winning restaurants, sprawling farmers markets and trendy cafes. Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are known for their exceptional eateries. Queensland also knows a thing or two about tipples. In recent years, Brisbane has seen an explosion in microbreweries and specialist wine bars, while the Sunshine Coast has enjoyed a boom in craft beer. And Queensland’s Granite Belt wine region is a must-visit for wine lovers. 

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Queensland

Queensland has a subtropical climate with two seasons. October to May is likely to be wet and humid, while June to September is relatively dry. Generally speaking, you’ll find that precipitation increases as you travel north of Brisbane, and temperatures also rise the further up the coast you go. For instance, in summer between December and February, Brisbane temperatures average 28°C, while the mercury in Cairns often soars above 30°C.

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Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel, dive or stay dry and take a flight over this living, breathing masterpiece. The colours and textures have to be seen to be believed.

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Brisbane

Enjoy the city’s subtropical climate and outdoor spaces. You can immerse yourself in art and culture, sample culinary delights, and explore by paddle steamer, ferry or bike.

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Daintree National Park

Explore the oldest living rainforest on earth. You can spot crocodiles and turtles, stay in an eco-lodge, and marvel at a 600-million-year-old Zamia Fern.

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Whitsunday Islands

Sail to this idyllic archipelago, made up of 74 tropical islands. You can discover tropical fish, heavenly beaches and, if budgets allow, one the best resorts in the world.

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Whale-watching at Hervey Bay

Safe, sheltered waters make this one of the best spots on the planet to spot whales. Between July and November, humpbacks stop here to breed and nurse their young.
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