Why choose Queensland for your next holiday?
Queensland is like no other place in the world. Known as Australia’s playground, the Sunshine State is the perfect destination to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! The state boasts 7,400km of stunning coastline and 1,727,000sq. kilometres of land to explore. It is home to some of the most iconic natural wonders in the world, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the beautiful beaches of the Whitsundays and the south coast. Queensland is a destination where the sun is always shining. You’ll always find a smiling face to great you no matter where you go—from the cityscape of the capital and the Gold Coast, to the technicolour underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient awe-inspiring Daintree Rainforest, Queensland has something for everyone to enjoy!
What destinations is Queensland made up of?
Queensland is much bigger than most people realise! It’s the second largest state in Australia and is made up of 14 truly unique regions. One Queensland destination is completely different to the next, with everything from tablelands, mountain ranges, rivers and rainforests to white beaches, coral reefs, city skylines and, of course, the Australian outback! The south of the state is home to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Southern Queensland Country and the state’s metro hub, Brisbane. Tropical North Queensland dominates the north of the state and the Whitsundays, Townsville, Mackay, Capricorn and Gladstone regions make up central Queensland. Find out more here.
How do I get around Queensland?
How you get around QLD entirely depends on what your holiday plans are! There is a domestic airport at most of our My QLD Holiday destinations, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and the Whitsundays. There are also international airports in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns, should you wish to travel further after your time in the sun! Our QLD Holiday Experts can help to arrange car hire if you want to road trip from one destination to the next, otherwise, each of our destinations have taxi and public transport services available to get around. Our QLD Holiday Experts can provide a more detailed insight on travelling around QLD—contact them here.
What can I do there?
Anything, everything or nothing at all! Queensland is Australia’s playground, home to incredible natural wonders and contains a range of world-class day spas and exquisite restaurants. Explore the underwater wonderland of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, stroll along the pristine white sands of Whitehaven Beach, hug a koala or feed a crocodile at Australia Zoo or ride a rollercoaster at Australia’s best theme parks on the Gold Coast. Explore the wet tropics of the stunning Daintree and Kuranda rainforests, watch the splashing of migrating humpback whales and get to know our Aboriginal culture! The opportunities are seemingly endless, so check out our experiences and things to do!
How do I get there?
Getting to Queensland is a piece of cake! There’s a selection of domestic airports spread out across the state, including the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hamilton Island and Cairns. You can fly right into where you need to be (or just a short distance from your final destination!) plus, if the air doesn’t appeal, there are other ways to get there. Alternatives include buses, trains and a range of cruises. These depart from locations across Australia as well as Brisbane and Cairns. What makes getting to Queensland even easier is that the flights and transfers are all included in our My QLD Holiday deals. Take a look at all of them here and start planning your next summery Queensland escape!
What is the weather like?
With an average of 260 clear and warm days a year, it makes sense that Queensland is known as the Sunshine State. In saying this, Queensland is huge and the weather conditions do vary slightly depending on where you visit. The southeast experiences year-round average temperatures of approximately 20°C. The climate here ranges between temperate and tropical, with humid summers/pleasant winters on the coast and dry summers/cold winters inland. The sun shines a little brighter up north, with temperatures averaging 31°C year-round. There is little variation between the summer and winter months, except for some rain. Click here to read more!
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Queensland depends on which region you’re travelling to and what you want to do during your holiday. If you’re heading to Tropical North Queensland, the wet season runs during November to April. This is also Stinger Season, when Box Jellyfish are common in the waters. You can still swim during this time—stinger resistant enclosures are at local beaches, providing a high degree of protection and special suits can be worn out of the Great Barrier Reef. If the south east is your destination, then the cusps of winter (in April/May) is an ideal time to visit. The tourist scene is quieter and the weather is to die for. Click here to read more about the best time to visit or find out more about Queensland’s weather here.
What should I pack?
Lightweight clothing, a swimsuit and lots of sunscreen! Remember, the Australian sun can be fierce at times so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Lather on the sunscreen before heading out for the day and reapply as recommended on the bottle! The waters around Queensland offer a refreshing break from the sun, so definitely plan to take a dip plus, rest assured that most places are air-conditioned and beautifully designed to capture all of the incredible sea breezes! If you’re travelling to Queensland during winter, pack a few light layers. The evenings, in particular, can get cooler in the southern parts of Queensland so a light jacket or sweater is recommended.
What is the time zone?
Queensland operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). This is the same as New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Queensland is half an hour ahead of South Australia and the North Territory and 2 hours ahead of Western Australia. During summer, Queensland does not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). Between October and April, Queensland time remains the same while NSW, VIC, SA, TAS and ACT turn their clocks forward 1 hour. Gold Coast tourists should be careful during this time—the suburb of Coolangatta sits close to the New South Wales border. If activities are planned there you’ll need to make sure which side of the line they are!
My QLD Holiday Hot Deals
Experience the wonders of the Sunshine State with an exclusive My QLD Holiday deal. Explore the urban hubs of the southeast, the tropical wonders of the north or any of the sleepy beach towns and bushlands that are hidden in between. Our Queensland Holiday Experts have hand-selected the best of the best for you and our packages will get you there for an incredible price. With flights, accommodation, transfers and bonus value extras, you’re sure to enjoy Australia’s playground with a Hot Queensland Deal!