Just sitting on the northeast coast of Australia is its second-largest state of Queensland. It has every traveler’s wishlist compiled into one location. From the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem to the pristine coastline of Gold coast. From the completely untouched Daintree Rainforest to the largest sand island in the world. Queensland has it all covered. Adding a little garnish of tropical islands, vibrant cities, and beautiful sunshine on top, Queensland serves up a delicious platter for any traveler.
In the last couple of decades, Queensland has become a tourist magnet. It attracts people globally towards its array of exciting activities: from whale watching to wine tours to snorkeling and surfing. Also, being the most picturesque location of Australia, Queensland boasts of many beautiful destinations. One visit will never be enough!
During our visit to this mesmerizing paradise, we were fortunate to be able to cover quite a few different destinations. Apart from the beautifully designed cities, the exotic flora and fauna amazed us, like never before.
If you are planning a holiday in Australia, make sure Queensland features high on your priority. And just so you know why, please find our list of remarkable places we visited.
1Whitsundays Islands in the Great Barrier Reef
Our desire to see the world’s most beautiful place brought us to the Whitsundays Islands. It is in the biggest coral reef ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef.
Whitsundays Islands is an archipelago of 74 jaw-dropping tropical islands with dazzling turquoise water and year-round warmth. Most of the islands are forested national parks that boast sandy white beaches and colorful reefs. However, only 4 islands are open up as vacation spots.
On our 3-day trip, we stayed in the Hamilton Island, which caters only 5-7 stars global hotel chains. The location is remarkable as it is just a few feet away from the beach. We ended up island-hopping during our stay. From the Hayman Island which probably is the most isolated spot to the cleanest beach on this Earth, Whitehaven Beach. Definitely a highly recommended way to experience this region!
If you want to experience the ultimate beach holiday, then the Gold Coast would be a no-brainer for you. Situated in the heart of Queensland’s capital city – Brisbane, the Gold Coast is a glamourous strip of luxurious hotels and expensive resorts hiding behind the charming sandy beaches.
This coastal city has been attracting about 5 million tourists every year. And it has, not surprisingly, topped the list of the best vacation spots in Australia for a decade.
The Gold Coast is well known to offer something to every age and personality: from its immaculate white sand beaches to its rich sub-tropical rainforests with cascading waterfalls. Whether you want to indulge in some extravagant shopping or dine at a fancy beachfront lounge while sipping some mojitos, or simply engage in some thrilling adventures, this metropolitan city delivers it all.
Since we also embrace the child in us, we couldn’t stop ourselves from visiting the best theme park, we visited the Warner Bros Theme Park during our stay. The experience of spending a fun-filled day with one of our favourite animated characters absolutely thrilled us. The park has the most electrifying and adrenaline-rushing rides to offer which makes it a must-visit. I would also suggest you visit the Lamington National Park or Tamborine Rainforest for a day’s trip. But if you have been to the Daintree Rainforest, then you could consider giving this a miss.
This beach town sits right at the top of our list of Queensland’s most charismatic destinations. With so many options of things to do in the Goal Coast, even a week falls short to experience it all. So do plan enough time for your stay here!
Exploring the Daintree Rainforest is on most travelers’ to-do list when they visit Queensland. The Daintree Rainforest, located a few hours north of Cairns and Port Douglas, is the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest. It attracts around half a million visitors each year and provides the perfect mixture of relaxation and adventure.
It’s tall bracken and shamrock green vines build a natural rich canopy for a perfect jungle experience. Even the team of the movie Avatar found the right amount of inspiration to film the movie in this magical setting.
During our visit to the Daintree Rainforest, we spent a couple of nights at the Daintree Ecolodge. Probably the most ideal spot for us to unravel and experience the ancient tropical wilderness. The Daintree Ecolodge offers luxury rooms with a breathtaking location and view of the beautiful rainforest.
We spent our days touring through the unknown jungles and discovering the unique flora and fauna on our way. The place is huge and we were easily lost a few times. But nevertheless, we were able to see some nearly extinct creatures. We were fortunate to sight the White-lipped Tree Frog which is the world largest tree frog. The rare glimpse of the Green Possum and the Tree Kangaroo added much more delight to our exploration.
We even tried the zipline through the trees to have a birds-eye view of this spot. There are even some Daintree river cruises which provide a good way to catch of glance of the saltwater crocodiles living here.
The capital city of Queensland and one of the most vibrant places to be in Australia. With its distinct Queenslander architecture and remarkable diversity of global population inhabiting this city, it displays a thriving vibrant culture. It’s also because of this cosmopolitan culture, that Brisbane seems to be changing always, without losing its core identity and character.
The city center can be explored on foot as nearly everything is within walking distance. Also, there are many conveniently placed bridges and small cross-river launches which link both sides of the city.
While vacationing here, we stayed around the South Bank area which was our best decision. South Bank is a gem of a location offering a plethora of activities one could possibly imagine. Besides its calmness, the South Bank even has a small botanical garden known as Epicurious Garden, where you can handpick any herbs for free. We used these herbs as a garnish for our lunch by the bank.
Brisbane also has a vibrant nightlife because of which the locals even named this place “Brisvegas”. We went bar hopping on a Saturday night in the Fortitude Valley. The Valley very swiftly transforms from a commercial hub to the center of the city’s nightlife. A great atmosphere and the chance to meet fantastic people, added so many stories to our nights here.
In addition to so many activities, Brisbane is surrounded by the most remarkable places on the Australian East Coast which makes it a perfect base for day trips to all the surrounding areas.
5Some Other Places You could Visit:
- FRASER ISLAND
- PORT DOUGLAS
- SUNSHINE COAST
- NOOSA SHIRE AND NATIONAL PARK
Australia is a vast continent and if you think we missed some really interesting places in Queensland, please do let us know! Also, if you feel the world needs to know of some really undiscovered experiences in this region, please comment below; we’d would want to experience them ourselves when we visit Australia again.