Dreaming of...QUEENSLAND!

  • May 21, 2020
  • Amber Mitchell
  • Australia, Queensland

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Queensland, the second largest state in Australia contains a mix of amazing wildlife, stretches of spectacular coastlines, magical reefs and outback adventures!  Whether you are discovering an island, sipping cocktails on a day cruise, white water rafting, releasing your inner thrill seeker on a rollercoaster or hiking through one of the many tropical rainforests, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Top destinations to visit in Queensland!

Brisbane

Brisbane is the lively capital of Queensland, known for its superb restaurants, botanical gardens and shopping outlets.  Southbank is a great place to relax and unwind with its man-made beach, pools and art museums it is the perfect spot for families or if you wish to experience a laid-back escape.

Bunderberg Region

Located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef this region is known for its outstanding wildlife opportunities.  Get up close to incredible marine life, swim with turtles & manta rays and snorkel over vibrant coral reef.  Or just take it easy and soak up some vitamin D on one of the many pristine beaches and indulge in the local cuisine.

Capricorn Region

Expanding from the Southern Great Barrier Reef to the Tropic of Capricorn this area offers a diverse range of outback landscapes to incredible coastlines.  Travel to the rural centre of Rockhampton, famed for its beef or take a trip to Great Keppel Island where you may like to kayak in the calm surf.

Fraser Coast

One of Australia’s most popular holiday locations, known for its fantastic lifestyle.  A great destination for all you adventure lovers out there.  Whether its passionate about fishing, whale watching, four wheel driving or spotting wild dingoes this is the place to be. Maybe camp on the beach and watch the sun rise over the ocean or splurge at one of the eco resorts on the island.

Gladstone Region

Located in the hub of the southern Great Barrier Reef  crammed with lots of activities and adventure to experience the great outdoors!  Learn to surf, visit Heron Island this area is an absolute paradise for nature lovers!

Gold Coast 

Where the bustling city of the Gold Coast meets golden beaches.  The perfect holiday destination for doing as much or as little as you like.  A gateway to the stunning Hinterland region filled with walking tracks, waterfalls and cool shady spots where you can be at one with nature, to incredible glow worm caves and local vineyards!  Wanting a  little more excitement then the Gold Coast is also home to the adrenaline filled theme parks that have something for all the family!

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef a world heritage site is one of Australia’s most remarkable and largest coral reef systems filled with hundreds of marine life, wildlife, coral cays, and pristine islands. Offering both luxurious holidays or budget holidays anyone can witness this natural masterpiece whether you enjoy swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing, or flying you can explore however you wish.

The Mackay Region

Situated in the centre of Queensland’s coast, home to many historic buildings, the blue water river and great fishing spots. Visit Mackay’s sugar mill and distillery at Sarina Sugar Shed to taste their renowned liqueurs, rum, schnapps and fairy floss. If taste testing isn’t your thing how about zip lining through lush rainforests or capture a photo of the wild wallabies that roam freely around Cape Hillsborough beach.

Outback Queensland

Outback Queensland is a unique experience that offers wide landscapes filled with great Australian history and green gorges. The outback has a range of enriching activities for everyone to enjoy from discovering dinosaur fossils & tracks to the lush rainforests & gorges to experiencing the sky light up over the Simpson desert.

Southern Queensland

The Southern Queensland Country is a renowned country destination showcasing incredible landscapes, wineries, national parks and gardens. Toowoomba is the garden city famous for the Carnival of flowers festival, a very popular event in the spring. Killarney is also a popular destination not to be missed if you love breath-taking walks through rainforests and discovering waterfalls along the way.

Sunshine Coast

North of Brisbane the beautiful Sunshine Coast shines bright with its sparkling coastlines, beaches, and proximity to nature. Visit one of the many beaches ranging from Caloundra to Noosa Heads the best way to relax beachside or wander around the coastal towns for great cafes and boutiques. Home to Australia’s famous crocodile hunter and animal lover Steve Irwin and his family check out Australia Zoo, cuddle koalas, watch crocodile feedings and see other spectacular animals up close. Escape the wildlife and beaches and head towards the Sunshine Coasts Hinterland a peaceful backdrop filled with natural beauty. Perfect for a retreat or time to unwind connect with the nature and explore Glass House Mountain National Park a picturesque landscape not to be missed or tune out to the sound of the dense rainforests.

Townsville, North Queensland

Escape north to Townsville, a vibrant coastal city close to many key attractions in Queensland. Wander around Townsville’s dining precinct for great local restaurants and cuisines surrounded by bustling nightlife and bars. Visit The Strand, a popular promenade great for families and scupper diving tours or explore Magnetic Island, just a short ferry ride from Townsville to find relaxing beaches and rainforest walking tracks.

Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland offers secluded beaches, luxurious resorts and crystal, clear waters a short ferry ride from Cairns connecting you to fantastic islands off the coastline. Meanwhile Cairns, offers a perfect mix of city life and the laid-back tropical lifestyle with loads of activities to explore, such as cooling off in a natural lagoon to catching up with friends, family or travel buddies at a unique cafe.

The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is made up of 74 islands right near the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, the perfect hub to discover water activities, vibrant reef systems and flawless beaches. Island hop your way around the islands, splurge on a sunset dinner cruise, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, jet ski into the beautiful marine park or test your inner thrill seeker with a speed boat ride from Airlie Beach.

 

Photo: Lake Mckenzie, Fraser Island

What to drink?

The mixologists at the Bundaberg Distillery have come up with an Aussie take on a classic drink

This delicious recipe varies from the classic Moscow Mule by just one ingredient – it is made using another Aussie classic: Bundaberg Rum. It has a smoothness that can only come from the taste of a spiced rum. Combined with Bundaberg Ginger Beer it’s a match made down under!

Watch on to see our recipe for the Aussie Mule with a kick!

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Our top travel tips…

  • Be mindful to factor in the Great Barrier Reef environmental management charge, which helps preserve and protect the reefs floor and marine life.
  • Ensure the beach is safe to swim in before swimming as beaches could be home to marine stingers and sharks.
  • Avoid school holiday periods at the theme parks as they can be quite crowded and long waits for rides.
  • Always be sun safe when out exploring the beaches and national parks as the humidity can be quite high depending on the time of year.
  • Apartment style accommodation can be a great option for families who are on a budget but still wanting to be close to main attractions and city centres.
Photo: Toowoomba’s vibrant Sunflowers
  • May 21, 2020
  • Emma Spelman
  • Australia, Queensland

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