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Experience Queensland:

Where to stay to soak up the sun, surf and spirit of the Sunshine State!

Made up of 14 unique and captivating destinations for you to explore, Australia’s Sunshine State truly is like no other place in the world. If you want to experience Queensland for yourself (and we really think you should!), pack some sunscreen, a waterproof camera, a good book and get ready for an unforgettable holiday in a piece of Australian paradise! Read on for a complete breakdown of some of the best places to stay if you want to soak up the sun, surf and spirit of Queensland!

Gold Coast

If a seriously good time is the plan for your Queensland holiday then look no further than the Gold Coast! You will have endless amounts of fun here with all the activities, sun and surf that it has to offer. With 57 kilometres of beach to choose from and some of the best weather in Australia, your perfect day awaits! Dive into the water and catch a wave or, if you don’t know how, learn from some of the world’s greatest surfers. The Gold Coast is the perfect destination for a family holiday! Spend your days at the theme parks, on the golf course, shopping and dining.

Sunshine Coast

Experience the incredible lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast! With its endless beaches, incredible mountains, bushlands, shops and friendly locals, it’s a part of Queensland where you will feel at home from the moment you arrive. The Sunshine Coast stretches all the way from Caloundra to Noosa. There is so much beach to choose from! Paddle in the waters of Noosa’s Main beach with a surf lesson at the home of long-boarding, hire a boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board in the calm waters of the Pumicestone Passage or read a book on Mooloolaba Beach. The Sunshine Coast is the perfect mix of exciting and laid-back and is perfect for family escapes!


If you’re looking for beautiful sunny days and lots of action, Brisbane is the destination for you! It is one of the fastest growing capital cities in the world but, at the same time, is laid back and fun-loving. The year-round subtropical setting draws people from their beds to smell the coffee, bask in the sunshine and marvel at the incredible views of the winding Brisbane River. There is so much to see and do here! Cycle up the Brisbane River, walk through the City Botanical Gardens and climb the Story Bridge. If you want to experience the beach while staying in the city, there are plenty of them just a short drive away. These include Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island and, of course the stunning Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

The Whitsundays

If you are planning a trip to Queensland then visiting the Great Barrier Reef should be on your itinerary, but where you travel to see it may actually surprise you! The Tropical North Queensland areas of Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas are most commonly presented as the places to go to experience this opportunity that should not to be missed. The Whitsundays are located near the central part of the Great Barrier Reef. This part of Queensland will take your breath away with stunning corals reefs, colourful marine life and an abundance of blue water. Get on a boat and sail through paradise. Stop to swim, snorkel or scuba dive in the pristine waters and, when you’re done, return to absolutely luxurious island accommodation!

Tropical North Queensland

Full of untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure, Tropical North Queensland is one of the top destinations to visit in Queensland. You could make a bucket list of things to do in this beautiful destination alone! Snorkel or dive in waters full of curious whales and sea turtles, zipline through the incredible Daintree Rainforest where you will meet local tree kangaroos, ride along outstanding mountain bike trails in World Heritage Listed rainforest and walk or gallop your way along Cape Tribulation Beach. Tropical North Queensland is full of natural wonders. It has a climate unlike the rest of the state and a visit here will feel like a quick and easy getaway to a relaxing, overseas tropical island!

If reading this has got you ready to plan your next Queensland holiday, contact our My QLD Holiday Experts for more information and accommodation options!

Post by Charlotte Hird

Charlotte is a Gold Coast based writer with a passion for travel. Her mind is always on the beach, sun and her next holiday destination!