Australia is a beautiful country in general with a variety of climates and environments, ranging from cold and mountainous, tropical to hot and arid. Of all the states, Queensland is one of the most popular with international visitors. Here are the top 5 reasons that everyone should pay a visit to the sunshine state during their Australian holiday.
1. Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise is a coastal town on the Gold Coast and is well known for its long stretch of white sandy beach and clear blue waters. There is a lot to do here, whether it is just lounging on the beach or checking out the town itself where there are an abundant amount of bars and restaurants and lots of shopping choices. There is plenty of surfing at the beach, as the name would suggest, paired with a friendly coastal vibe.
2. Daintree Rainforest
At an estimated 135 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the oldest in the world. It is located in northern Queensland just north of Port Douglas. There are a lot of different attractions in the Daintree as its make-up is not that just of tropical rain forest but sandy beaches and reefs as well. You can just spend the day wandering through the forest which has multiple tracks and trails to choose from to protect the flora and fauna. Camping is also an option and there are several camping areas in the park to choose from.
There are a myriad of trekking options all over Queensland due to its diverse geography and the sheer number of national parks. Some of the most popular treks include the Fraser Island Great Walk which is a 90-kilometre walk that takes around 6 to 8 days. Most people only know Fraser Island as the world’s largest sand island but this trek shows a surprisingly diverse ecosystem. Bartle Frere, at 1622 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in Queensland and has an impressive trek to get to the top of the summit. Bring those hiking boots and plenty of water!
4. The city of Brisbane
The capital city of Queensland, Brisbane, is a hub of bustling life and culture. It is located about 100 kilometres from the border of New South Wales. The climate, as with all of Queensland, is subtropical and agreeable all year round. There is so much to do in Brisbane. The city has the usual restaurants and bars to visit, as well as art galleries, theatres and river walkways in the South Bank area. The Eagle Farm races are part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival which runs from June to July annually if you are inclined to experience some of the local horse racing action. Farmers markets are popular all around Brisbane and are held every Saturday and Sunday. These are just a fraction of the things you can do while in Brisbane.
5. Theme Parks
There are 15 major theme parks in the surrounding area of Brisbane including Dreamworld in Coomera, Warner Brother Movie World in Oxenford and Sea World at Main Beach. Due to the warm climate, visiting Wet’n’Wild is also great fun. Each theme Park has something different to offer so do your research, or stay longer and visit them all!
There are plenty of things to experience in Queensland. It is no wonder why it rates as the international visitor favourite.