Holiday and Tourist information for Queensland

Queensland is home to seventy percent of Australia's tourist infrastructure so no Australian holiday is complete without spending a good percentage of your holiday time in Queensland, the sunshine state. Queensland is situated on the north east coast of Australia and its climate ranges from temperate to tropical. Along most of its eastern seaboard lies the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef which is the largest living organism on the planet. This is one destination that every tourist must see and whether you visit it on a day trip, an extended trip or spend some time on an island on it, it must be a part of every visitor's travel itinerary. Most of Queensland's attractions lie on the pacific Coast. In the south places like the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are dominated by their closeness to many of Australia's best surfing beaches and some world famous zoos and holiday theme parks. The late Steve Irwin's Australia zoo, Dreamworld, Seaworld and Movie world all attract thousands of visitors every day. This area is accessed from overseas through Brisbane international airport which is the states capital.

Gold Coast theme parks

As you move north there is lots to see and do. Fraser Island lies just north of the Sunshine Coast and it and Lady Elliot Island, which is the southern most island on the Great Barrier Reef can be accessed from the coastal city of Hervey Bay which is famous in its own right as the whale watching capital of the world. Every year thousands of humpback whales visit its protected waters to calve and raise their young and between the months of July and November you can visit here to view this wonderful spectacle. Travelling further north you will reach the Whitsundays region which is home to some of the countries best island resorts. The town of Airlie Beach on the mainland is the home of a vibrant bare boat charter industry for sailors wanting to holiday in and explore the sensationally beautiful waters of the Whitsunday Passage. Australian and international visitors alike will flock to the island resorts in the Whitsundays. Hamilton Island is the most popular and it has its own airport with regular flights arriving and departing daily from southern and northern ports. Ferry transfers are available to other islands in the Whitsundays including, Hayman Island, Daydream Island, Long Island and Brampton Island.

Gold Coast Attractions

In the far north lie the resort towns and cities of Townsville, Cairns, Mission Beach Palm Cove and Port Douglas. This area is a tourist magnet and there are thousands of quality resorts and apartments to choose from. The dive industry has made Cairns its home and there are so many different tours on offer to show you the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can choose from a day tour or an extended live aboard cruise. The Atherton tableland which is located inland from cairns also contains many places of interest and a wide range of tour options are also available. North of Port Douglas lie's the Daintree Rainforest and Cape tribulation. This is one of the world's largest expanses of remaining rainforest and it is sensationally beautiful. You can stay in a resort here also and see the unique wildlife and vegetation for yourself.

Many organized tours are available to show you all of the major beauty spots in Queensland and you can also find excellent Queensland hotel accommodation, or hire a modern campervan or motorhome and treat yourself to a touring holiday by travelling to your own choice of destinations at your leisure. Australia is a safe place to travel in and you can spend your holiday being confidant that where ever you go, you will meet friendly Australians and share in one of the worlds most vibrant cultures. This guide to Queensland travel will assist in both planning and booking your holiday.

Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef

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