In laid-back Queensland, sparkling coral waters dotted with picture-perfect islands combine with city-lined beachscapes and a thriving bar and café culture.

From stretches of secluded sand backed by national parks to popular surfing spots just metres from a city’s skyline, Queensland is home to some of the most varied beachscapes in Australia. Southern Queensland is a subtropical haven, famed for its casual laid-back lifestyle and entertaining attractions, while in the tropical north lies one of the world’s most remarkable landscapes and some of the most diverse rainforest in the world.

  • Australia's East Coast route is the probably the most popular of all Australia and great for self-drive holidays - we'll help you perfect your own unique itinerary
  • Brisbane and the Gold Coast have a vibrant beach culture whilst the Sunshine Coast, including Noosa, is slightly more relaxed
  • Fraser Island is popular - not least due to the amazing beaches, forests and lakes only accessible by 4x4 vehicles
  • There's plenty to do in and around Cairns; there's also Port Douglas which is a popular, quieter alternative for access to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Tropical North Queensland is as much about the rainforest as it is the reef - head to the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation to see the forest meeting the reef on a simply stunning beach

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +10 hours

Capital:

Brisbane

Currency:

Australian Dollar

Flying time to destination:

Brisbane 21 hours, Cairns 20 hours

More facts

When to visit Queensland

Jan

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Feb

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Mar

Recommended

Good time to escape

Apr

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

May

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jun

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jul

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Aug

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Sep

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Oct

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Nov

Recommended

Good time to escape

Dec

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

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If you only have a short time in Australia, Southern Queensland has it all. See whales, swim in a freshwater lake and trek the rainforests on Fraser Island one day, and the next you can be sipping espressos or relaxing on the beach in cosmopolitan Noosa.

Just a few hours away you will find yourself in Brisbane, where you can see the city sights aboard a river boat, and the Sunshine Coast, where you can cuddle a koala at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. Finish your trip by trying your hand at surfing at bustling Surfers Paradise or at the quieter suburb of Coolangatta.

Charlotte Dawson