Exploring Queensland – 5 Stops Along The Way

Queensland is one of Australia’s most exciting states, famous for its many world heritage sites and natural wonders – there are a lot of places to visit and things to do in the state so before visiting you should definitely do some planning.

Here are 5 places we recommend putting on your itinerary when exploring Queensland …

Fraser Island

Made up of sand that has been accumulating for 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock, Fraser island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world.

But unlike many sand islands, it’s actually a lush island with an abundance of plants and wildlife (thanks to some funghi in the sand) – the island has over 100 freshwater lakes with some of the cleanest water in the world, with Lake McKenzie being the most popular to go swimming.

The champagne pools is another swimming spots on the island and nature’s on jacuzzi, formed by waves crashing into rock pools – taking whale watching tours from the island is also popular, but you can even spot them from the Seventy-Five Mile Beach between June and September.

Cairns

One of Queensland’s most northern cities, Cairns is becoming more and more popular as people start to find out just what a great hub it is for bucket-list adventures.

Everything from hot air balloon riding to white water rafting, game fishing and wild life exploring, the outskirts of Cairns are a playground for outdoor activities – meaning Brisbane is the ultimate base.

Many people also choose Cairns as their base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef

Perhaps Australia’s most beautiful and famous natural wonder, the Great Barrier reef is an experience unlike any other.

Being the world’s largest coral reed system stretching over 2600 kilometers, composed of 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands, diving Great Barrier Reef is simply any diver’s must0-do!

But you don’t have to be a diver to enjoy the reefs, just bring some snorkel gear along and you will be able to see a ton of incredible fish and corals.

Noosa

Noosa is one of our favorite towns on the Sunshine Coast, it has a really nice relaxed and yet sophisticated lifestyle – the beaches are gorgeous, and the surf is perfect for beginners. Everyone seems to be out enjoying sports, from backpackers to retirees who in their late 60’s are out paddle surfing.

Noosa is also a good base for exploring the narby Noosa National Park and Great Sandy National Park.

Also make sure to visit Australia Zoo, run by the Irwin family (you know Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter”). It’s a great zoo and you can tell that they treat their animals very well.

Lamington National Park

It might be surprising, but Queensland isn’t all about beaches. Situated only two hours south of Brisbane, this is a good end to your journey if you’re planning to fly out from Brisbane.

The national park is absolutely stunning, so peaceful and an abundance of wild life – many claim that it features some of the best walks in the country with views, creeks, waterfalls and forests.

Spend the night in Binna Burra, an eco lodge founded in 1933 in one of the most beautiful areas of the park.

What are some of your favorite places in Queensland that you would recommend?

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2 Responses to Exploring Queensland – 5 Stops Along The Way

  1. Annelies May 29, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Nice blogpost!

    Whitehaven beach was my favorite! Jumping out of a plane over there was one of my highlights in Queensland.

    And I thought the Great Barrier Reef was a bit of a disappoinment since most of it was destroyed! Or did you experience differently?

  2. Jon F May 31, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    We really enjoyed the Reef. Such a natural wonder with the colorful coral and many types if fish and other creatures. Would have loved to see a shark though!