Summery Queensland holiday perfection wherever you look!
Perfect summer holidays can only happen in specific months, right? Wrong! In Queensland, the sun and sea can be enjoyed all through the year. Think horizon sunrises, cloudless days and endless opportunities to swim, sun-bake and completely unwind! Australia’s Sunshine State is so big, that no matter when you want to travel, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect Queensland destination to satisfy your needs!
Think luxurious resorts, tropical vegetation, fine-dining and boutique shopping. Port Douglas is just over an hour north of Cairns, nestled into a peaceful stretch of beach. A wonderful gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas’ resorts boast some of the most scenic pools in the tropics. An idyllic escape for couples and a natural playground for families, port Douglas is indulgent and exciting. wander the main strip for decadent dining,casual boutique shopping and vibrant nightlife then rest your head at acclaimed resorts including Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, Mantra Portsea Port Douglas, Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas and more!
Stay metres from the sand, try a new restaurant every day and make the most of the water sports and experiences that characterise tropical Palm Cove! This small beachfront community is set just north of Cairns and offers the postcard-perfect getaway for couples and families alike. Enjoy romantic indulgence at rejuvenating day spas and relax with the confidence the kids will be kept busy with new activities each day! Palm Cove is the ideal base for those wanting a peaceful, relaxed holiday while still enjoying easy access to iconic sights like the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and Kuranda. Stay at Peppers Beach Club and Spa Palm Cove, The Reef House Palm Cove– MGallery Collection and more!
If you’re after a touch of urban life, a dash of tropical landscape and a whole lot of Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is for you! This eclectic city has it all. It’s popular with divers, snorkelers and land-loving holiday makers alike. Head up to the Table Lands to explore the rainforests surrounding Kuranda, ride the sky rail, go zip-lining, 4-wheel driving and more! Dine at the many restaurants and bars that line the Esplanade, board a tour on a boat in the Marina or try your luck at the casino! While Cairns doesn’t have a beach, per say, you can swim in the incredible aquatic centre on the edge of the coast and take a dip in freshwater cascades under magical waterfalls. Resorts include Hilton Cairns, Riley Cairns, Pullman Cairns International Hotel and more!
Surrounded by startling blue waters and over 74 idyllic islands to explore, the Whitsundays region is a true treasure and coveted holiday destination in the Sunshine State’s tropical north! The Whitsundays include Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and more. Sail or catch a seaplane to the iconic Whitehaven Beach, with powder-fine sand, so soft you have to feel it to believe it. Snorkel through vibrant coral sections of the Great Barrier Reef from islands or outer reef platforms. Paddle out on the flat, calm waters or soak up the sun by sprawling resort pools. Amazing scenery abounds here, from lush vegetation to white-sands – rejuvenate in the beautiful Whitsundays! Check-in to the Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel to experience it all!
Kick back like the locals along the beautifully relaxed Sunshine Coast. With pristine white beaches, boutique shops and malls, national parklands, water-sports and a healthy dose of surf, this destination is one not to be missed! Head to the aquariums and nearby Australian themed zoos and theme parks for eye-opening experiences. Shop for designer labels on Hastings Street in Noosa or simply take your towel, togs and sunscreen out for a day in the sun. The Glass House Mountains form the Sunshine Coast’s hinterlands and offer beautiful silhouettes in the early morning or afternoon sun. These picturesque formations are full of quaint townships, waterfalls and hiking trails to explore! Stay at wonderfully located resorts including Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, the Monaco Caloundra and more!
Enjoy dazzling city lights, a booming arts scene and a healthy dose of café culture when you visit Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. Set around the banks of the Brisbane River, this city has a welcoming, open and energised feel. Lush green parklands make their mark among concrete skyscrapers while glorious mountains loom nearby. Beach lovers will love the man-made beach in the middle of the city beside the river at South Bank, a bustling family-friendly arts, culture and culinary hub. At approximately 1.5-hours north of the Gold Coast and 2-hours south of the Sunshine Coast, sand and salty surf are never far away from Brissy. Shoppers are spoilt for choice with designer malls, boutiques and markets throughout the eclectic city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods.
A coastal town with the soul of a global metropolis, the Gold Coast is a welcoming, family friendly holiday location full of iconic theme parks, vibrant city lights, endless stretches of pristine, white-sand beaches, famous the world over. The 8th World Surfing Reserve, it’s not unusual to run into world-famous surfing personalities here. From the relaxed southern neighbourhoods to the contemporary central and northern hubs, the Gold Coast is dotted with playful attractions, revolutionary foodie hot-spots, cultural and innovative arts scenes, championship golf courses, and breath-taking hinterland rainforests. Luxurious resorts offer world-class hospitality like the wonderfully located Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and many more unbeatable Gold Coast resorts!
Bundaberg: where beach meets reef, fresh local produce abounds, and world-class rum flows. Home of the turtles, this iconic Queensland city is an eclectic playground for adventurers, foodies and nature-lovers alike. Dive the depths of Southern Great Barrier Reef, befriend majestic turtles and eat your way around Bundaberg’s locavore food bowl. With popular year round events, pristine beaches, sandstone wilderness trails and more, Bundaberg is the ultimate destination to stay, play and be inspired.
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Travel to the tropical north for world wonders and natural serenity. Indulge in spa treatments, fine-dining and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree Rainforest awaits those wanting to hike or feel the magic of swimming underneath centuries-old waterfalls. There ample opportunities to spot iconic Australian wildlife, plus the temperatures will soon thaw out your southern-state bones! The mid-state is ideal for families and couples seeking a sea-change with balmy summer nights and salty enchanting days. The towns are sleepy, the water is calm and you can swim, sail or try water-sports to your heart’s content!
The south is home to the state’s capital hub. Embrace city life, arts and culture in Brisbane, surf on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast and get your heart pumping at the theme parks, mountain trails and adrenaline experiences that lie in between each! There are zoos, shops, golf courses and spas – the makings of the perfect holiday-in-the-sun, no matter who you are! Take a look below to learn more about Queensland’s perfect next destinations. Check out all the things to do and incredible experiences available in Queensland!