Queensland Destinations

Summery 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, sunbake 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 QLD destination to satisfy your needs!

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, there ample opportunities to spot iconic Australian wildlife, plus the temperatures will thaw out your southern-state bones! The mid-state is ideal for families and couples seeking a sea-change. 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 destinations. Click the words for more on things to do or experiences to have in each!

Whitsundays

Surrounded by startling blue waters and full of over 74 islands to explore, the Whitsundays region is a gem in the Sunshine State’s tropical north! The Whitsundays include Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and more. Visitors can spend their days sailing to the iconic Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling through vibrant coral sections of the Great Barrier Reef, paddling on the flat, calm waters or soaking up the sun by the pool. Amazing scenery abounds—from lush vegetation to white sands, all of your senses will be rejuvenated with a holiday here! Check-in to the Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel to experience it all!

Cairns

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 inland holiday makers alike. Head up to the Table Lands to explore the forests surrounding Kuranda, ride the sky rail, go ziplining, four-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. Resorts include Hilton CairnsDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel CairnsPullman Cairns International Hotel and more!

Brisbane

Enjoy dazzling city lights, a booming arts scene and a healthy dose of café culture when you visit the capital, Brisbane. Set around the banks of the Brisbane River, the city has an open, energised feel. Parklands dot their way through skyscrapers and mountains loom nearby. Beach lovers will enjoy being approximately 1.5 hours north of the Gold Coast and 2 hours south of the Sunshine Coast and shoppers will have the time of their lives! There are malls, boutiques and markets all around—even the suburb shopping centres are not too far away—the perks of the city being on the smaller side!

Sunshine Coast

Immerse yourself in beauty on the 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! Shop for designer labels on Hastings Street in Noosa, visit Australia Zoo or simply take your towel, togs and sunscreen for a day in the sun. The Glass House Mountains form the Sunshine Coast’s hinterlands. These picturesque formations are full of quaint townships, waterfalls and hiking trails to explore! Sunshine Coast resorts spread all up the coast. They include Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, the Monaco Caloundra and more!

Gold Coast

Fun, sun, sand and glamour—all await on the Gold Coast! Complete with theme parks, championship golf courses, world-famous surf beaches and stunning hinterland mountains, the Gold Coast is the ideal destination for all travellers. Fine-dining restaurants and bars stretch along the coast, luxurious resorts stand proud and tall and there are countless activities to enjoy in the glittering Surfers Paradise strip! Stay at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast for a taste of incredible luxury, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort for a peaceful, all-inclusive retreat or choose from many more unbeatable Gold Coast resorts!

1770 & Agnes Water

1770 is located at the southern end of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, almost exactly half way between Bundaberg and Gladstone. This stunning beachside location proudly offers beach holidays how they used to be—ultimate relaxation in an area that few have discovered! Float, paddle, jets-ski, or surf on the ocean. There’s both a lagoon areas and wave breaks and stinger suits are not required! 1770 neighbours the township of Agnes Water, just 8km apart. Both towns are sleepy but in a relaxed way. With restaurants, art galleries and a range of activities on and near the water, all kinds of holiday makers will enjoy this unique region!

Palm Cove

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 know that the kids will be kept busy with new activities each day! Palm Cove is the ideal base for those wanting peace while still being able to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree and Kuranda. Stay at Peppers Beach Club and Spa Palm CoveThe Reef House Palm Cove– MGallery Collection and more!

Port Douglas

Think quiet, 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. Like Palm Cove, there are plenty of children’s activities on offer, plus excellent access to the Great Barrier Reef. The resorts in this destination boast some of the most scenic pools in the tropics. This adds to the family appeal of Port Douglas, but also to the indulgent escape-factor, that couples search for! Resorts to stay at include the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas ResortSheraton Mirage Port Douglas VillasPeppers Beach Club Port Douglas and more!

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. It is located just off the east coast of Hervey Bay (approximately 3.5 hours north of Brisbane). Tourists can access the island by ferry or private boat, then get set to explore the many sand dunes, bushland trails, rainforests, beaches and lakes. The most startling lake on Fraser Island is Lake Mackenzie (Boorangoora). This 1.2km long by 900m wide perched lake sits well above the water table in the Great Sandy National Park. It is filled with pure rainwater and is a brilliantly clear aquamarine colour! Dingos are common on Fraser Island as are other native flora and fauna. Tourists can travel for the day or stay a while. Eco-friendly practices are to be upheld by those that do as Fraser Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 and on the National Heritage List in 2007.