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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
Best time to visit Queensland
Brisbane and Southern Queensland has a subtropical climate with warm or hot weather for most of the year. Most rainfall is in the summer months from November to April. Northern Queensland enjoys a tropical climate, with two distinct seasons, the dry season from May to October with mild temperatures and then the wet season from November to April with warmer temperatures.
Queensland holiday highlights
Southern Queensland offers the quintessential all-round Australian experience; here it’s not just about the main city and beaches, but the theme parks, waterparks, wildlife sanctuaries and even the world-famous zoos. While the stunning coastline does take most of the glory, there are plenty of alternative attractions just waiting to be discovered. Head away from the surf and you’ll discover ancient rainforest and cascading waterfalls, while just a short distance from the mainland lies the largest sand island in the world.
Tropical North Queensland is unlike anywhere else you’ve ever experienced. This is pure bucket list material. Enveloped by rainforest and fringed by reef, it’s an area of astounding natural beauty and fascinating geological wonders. This is where you’ll find the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world and one of Tropical North Queensland’s most remarkable ancient wonders. It’s also the spot where you’ll find some of the world’s most picture-perfect islands. But it’s not just about the offshore treats here – this is also the home of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest and the stunning Wet Tropics.