Queensland is one of Australia’s most famous destinations for tourists and holiday makers. Coral reefs, reef-fringed tropical islands, amazing surf breaks, golden beaches, and waterfalls are just a few of the natural treasures that attract people to Queensland. Popularly known as the sunshine state, due to the sun-soaked settings that provide a plethora of outdoor adventures, first time and repeat visitors will cherish the opportunity to see amazing sights like the glittering Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and Fraser Island, which is the longest in the world. Here are some exciting things to do in Queensland, Australia.
Explore the Gold Coast
The rapid increase in the number of high rise buildings and hotels along the Gold Coast from Coolangatta in the South to Southport in the North, has turned the area to one of Australia’s most-visited tourist sites. Traditionally known as the Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast has a unique area that is sought after by many because of its unique combination of sun, sand and surf. Other important places to explore at the Gold Coast for exciting family entertainment, include the Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Seaworld.
Visit Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the longest sand island on earth. This World Heritage site gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy 4-wheel drive adventures, that offer access to wide beaches, dense forests, crystal-clear streams and lakes, howling dingoes, complex rock formations, and sacred traditional sites. The 75-mile beach is the main thoroughfare on the island and you can use it to gain access to the famous Maheno shipwreck, the bubbling Champagne Pools, The Cathedrals, and Eli Creek.
Take a Tour from Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay is one of the costal cities located in the southern part of Queensland. It is a little over three hours drive from Brisbane. Hervey Bay is a popular location for whale watchers who want to have pretty close encounters with hump back whales during certain seasonal whale watching trips. It is also a popular take off point for many Fraser Island tour companies who offer a selection of Fraser Island Tours from Hervey Bay . Tourists who come to Hervey Bay will enjoy a wider variety of accommodation options and many local tour companies like to start their tours from here.
Take a Cruise to the Whitsunday Island
The Whitsunday island group has up to 74 scenic islands that are arranged along the famous Great Barrier Reef. Known as continental islands, these picturesque islands are summits that come out of a costal range that emerges from the midst of the sea. Eight of these islands have popular resorts that you would love to visit. The most popular are the Daydream Resort and Spa, Hayman Island, and the Long Island resort that has a long walking trail which stretches for 13 kilometres.
See the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is known as the world’s largest living organism. It is frequently rated as one of the 8 natural wonders of the world and it is even visible in satellite pictures taken from outer space. This fantastic natural wonder extends from the northeastern corner of the country to the north coast of Queensland at Mackay. Over the years, special attention has been paid to preserve this World Heritage site which is home to over 3,000 coral reefs, 300 coral clays, 600 continental islands, and various mangrove islands. Divers and snorkelers can view an overwhelming number of marine creatures including 1,600 species of tropical fish, dolphins, seahorses, giant clams, dugongs, sharks and many hard and soft corals.
Those are not the only exciting places to visit in Queensland, Australia. But you can start off with these, especially when you are coming to this state for the very first time.