With its vast deserts, wonderful wildlife, inspirational indigenous culture and sophisticated cities, Australia is an awesome place to spend a few weeks or months.

And if you’re planning an extended break Down Under but don’t know which destination to base yourself in, here are 10 terrific reasons Queensland is quality.

  • Great Barrier Reef

Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most travellers, and since Queensland is the most convenient point to set off from, you should take the chance to dive right in and witness the world’s most amazing underwater kingdom. 

  • Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a unique ecosystem that blends beaches and rainforests – to stunning effect. It’s 4 hours north of Brisbane by car, 1.5 hours from Bundaberg and well worth a visit.

  • Boodjamulla National Park

Boodjamulla is an area of outstanding natural beauty, where the golden sandstone cliffs of the Lawn Hill Gorge contrast sublimely with the lime green surface of Lawn Hill Creek. It’s a homeland of the Waanyi Aboriginal people and infused with their culture and legends.

  • Agnes Water and Town of 1770

The twin coastal towns of Agnes Water and 1770 are nestled at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and are fantastic family holiday destinations. If you appreciate caravanning, camping, watersports and chic hotels, look no further.

  • Undara experience

For something completely different, touring Undara Volcanic National Park is pretty special indeed. Located in Gulf Savannah country in tropical north Queensland, this stunning underground volcano complex simply has to be seen to be believed.

  • Waterfall Circuit

If you’re up for a road trip with a difference, Tropical North Queensland’s Waterfall Circuit is absolutely outstanding. The region’s rainy season boosts existing waterfalls to bombastic proportions, as well as creating entirely new falls, all of which means photo opportunities aplenty and a wet and wonderful ride from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands and beyond.

  • Kuranda train and skyrail

Kuranda scenic train and skyrail are 25km northwest of Cairns and well worth a visit if you like the thought of riding above a verdant tropical canopy or aiming even higher and taking in the scenery from a hot air balloon. Visit skyrail.com.au for details. 

  • Movie World, Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s Warner Bros. Movie World is a bonzer place for visitors to Australia – it’s a blockbuster-based theme park packed with white-knuckle attractions like the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, Doomsday Destroyer and Batwing Spaceshot. Word to the wise – wait until after your rides to eat lunch! 

  • Whale watching at Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay is perhaps the world’s best spot for catching whales in their natural environment – book a tour at whalewatchingherveybay.com.au and get ready for a life-enhancing experience. 

  • Airport links

Queensland state’s superb airport provision mean you’re well-connected with the rest of the nation and the world, which is important for any serious traveller. If you’re driving to departures ahead of a weekend away, find airport parking at Looking4.com for Mackay, Brisbane, Gold Coast and everywhere in between.

That’s our list! Share your own Queensland travel tips in the comments section.

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