Glitzy high-rise skylines give way to rainforest and stretches of secluded sands backed by national parks on this tropical part of the Southern Queensland coastline.

Combining the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, Australia's Nature Coast is where the focus begins to shift to the country's unparalleled natural beauty. Tranquil mainland towns buzz with travellers venturing idyllic islands offshore – including the largest sand island in the world. The surrounding waters are rich in marine life, from whales that can be spotted along the coastline to turtles and manta rays that are best seen from underwater.