Queensland for Nature Lovers
A Natural Beauty Guide
Queensland is a paradise for lovers of wild beauty—from untamed rainforest and reminders of ancient volcanoes, to tranquil waters and slow sunsets. Experience the beautifully diverse natural landscapes of the Sunshine State with My QLD Holiday!
The coast is definitely one of the sunny state’s main natural attractions, and Queensland holidays would be incomplete without at least a glimpse of the largest coral reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is a certified natural wonder, but Queensland has so much more to offer. For tropical charm with half the crowds, check out the world’s largest sand island. Fraser Island’s National Park (recently renamed K’gari, its traditional Butchulla name) has it all. Hike, camp, or 4WD to experience panoramic viewpoints and cliffs striped with ribbons of coloured sand, Champagne Pools where the surf crashes over to create bubbling rock pools at the perfect temperature for a dip, and the only place on earth where tall rainforest grows right out of the sand.
The golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast have their own allure, but we’ll let you in on Noosa’s best-kept secret: the Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglade systems in the world (Florida Everglades being Noosa’s better-known brother). This 60 kilometre system of swampland, branching waterways and mirror-like lakes is pristine thanks to the protection of nearby Great Sandy National Park. Be soothed by the natural rhythm of slow-moving water and the ancient relationship between vegetation, water and wildlife that thrives with incredible diversity. Kayak down channels carpeted with waterlilies or explore banks and secret beaches from the many walking trails.
Queensland’s tropical climate is perfectly paired with its lush green havens, heritage-listed rainforests that are among the oldest in the world. The Daintree in the far north is sure to delight, but for a different kind of paradise take a day trip from Cairns to experience Paronella Park, where nature has reclaimed the beautiful, crumbling Spanish folly. Lush tropical plants meet enchantment and intrigue, where one man’s dream has become a sanctuary for many. To kick your rainforest cravings in the south, head inland from the Gold Coast to Springbrook, heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest created by huge a huge shield volcano 23 million years ago. Time and weather have shaped magnificent landforms, cliffs and caves, resulting in the rare beauty we get to experience today.
Get your head in the clouds in the natural playground that is the Glass House Mountains, a landscape of national significance about an hour north of Brisbane. These rugged volcanic peaks are packed with hiking and horse-riding trails that lead to epic views. Tibrogargan and Ngungun are open for bushwalking, offering easy trails or challenging summit hikes, as well as rock-climbing and abseiling for the more adventurous. Get ready to experience the stunning natural beauty of open eucalypt forest, heathland, and diverse wildlife, no matter what height you climb to!
Post by Alana Eising
Alana is a writer and a wanderer who almost always wishes she were somewhere else. That’s why she writes about the fabulous places she’s been, and all the destinations left on her bucket list.