Queensland, Australia covers the most of the north-east quarter of the continent. It is an immense place with outstanding natural attractions to tempt the adventurous traveller. It has a coastline of over 7000km, offshore treasures and an incredible landscape in the interior too, with unique wildlife, heritage wonders and breathtaking ecosystems.
Any list of attractions in such a large area is bound to be woefully incomplete, but here are ten amazing attractions that deserve to be right up there when it comes to choosing what to do and what to see in this majestic quadrant of Australia:
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on the planet. It can be seen from space. This is a string of coral reefs and islands that stretches for an incredible 2,300km. It breathtaking marine beauty and complex and delicate ecology must be seen to be believed.
This area is known for its scenic beauty, eco reserves, nature parks and water sports including world-class surfing. Here you will find a plethora of tourist amenities and yet a variety of unspoiled natural land-and-sea-scapes too, especially within the Great Sandy National Park.
At over 120km long, this is the world’s largest sand island. This is a popular eco tourism and camping destination with amazing panoramic viewpoints and spots perfect for swimming. The island lies off the coast of Hervey Bay. It is just to the south of the Great Barrier Reef.
These islands are a good jumping off point for explorations of the Great Barrier Reef but they are also a wonderful attraction in their own right. Located between the Queensland Coast and the Barrier Reef they are a large collection of idyllic coral islands that teem with life.
This lowland rain forest is the largest area of tropical forest in Australia. It is said to be some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world and contains a variety of utterly unique flora and fauna. The forest is around 1,200km2 in size and is located in the far north of the state, above Mossman and Cairns.
This suburb of the Gold Coast is world-renowned as a first-class surfing destination. It also has tranquil, calm spots that are perfect for a gentle dip. There is the wild, natural headland to explore. This headland is protected within the Burleigh Heads National Park.
Noosa National Park
Visit Noosa National Park for hikes and relaxation in a natural coastal paradise. There are majestic coastal views and plenty of beautiful beaches and forests. This is the most visited National Park in the country.
Lamington National Park
This is a park of untouched, pristine rainforest. It is located on the Lamington Plateau of the MacPherson Range and it is right on the border between Queensland and New South Wales. There are walking trails galore and rare and unique wildlife.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Take this scenic railway journey through a World Heritage Listed Rainforest from Cairns to Kuranda. The route snakes its way up into the McAllister Range and the views are astounding.
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