Laze on the stunning South East Queensland coastline and enjoy the best of Australia's sun, surf and sophisticated style. Get a buzz in Brisbane, whale watch off Hervey Bay or four-wheel drive the sands of Fraser Island. Soak up the pristine powder-white, palm-fringed islands of the Whitsundays and the technicolour wonder of The Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Daintree and Cape Tribulation's ancient heritage with an Aboriginal guide or set sail on your own adventure. Stay in luxury lodges, world-class resorts and high-rise hotels along the way as you discover Australia's paradise playground.
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Visit the ancient rainforests of Queensland’s Daintree, relax in Port Douglas and unwind on Lizard Island, a remote hideaway on the Great Barrier Reef.
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In between beachfront stays, this comprehensive itinerary will see you escape to the wilds of the Daintree Rainforest before enjoying a small-boat cruise through the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll stop at pristine reefs and secret islands for everything from snorkelling to glass-bottom boat tours.
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Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Be charmed by Sydney before discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of Australia’s East Coast as you wind your way north.
Between taking in the icons of Sydney and the riverside idyll of Brisbane, hop out to the white sands of the Whitsundays to enjoy some island relaxation. Here, you’ll divide your time between white sands and the chance to explore with everything from hikes and cruises to kayak and snorkelling trips.
Top places to stay in Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 resorts in the world, Lizard Island is a spectacular and secluded island escape that is the ultimate in understated luxury.
Situated on the northern tip of Hamilton Island in Queensland’s idyllic Whitsundays, qualia is one of Australia’s finest luxury resorts. You don’t have to take our word for it – in 2012 it was voted the Best Resort in the World in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards.
At Spicers Peak, warm, muted colours of natural materials such as stone and timber blend seamlessly into its green surrounds as the lodge offers luxury accommodation in an imitable location.
Where to go in Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
Australia's northeast is a tropical paradise. Chief among its unique natural attractions is its wildlife-filled ancient rainforests and the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Here you'll find an otherworldly underwater realm of spectacular coral and colourful marine life.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, located roughly 300 km north of Brisbane, off the coast from whale-watching hotspot Hervey Bay.
At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef the 74 paradise islands of The Whitsundays chain float like jewels in the Coral Sea. Charter a yacht and discover palm-fringed islands, powder-white beaches, isolated cays and luxurious 5-star resorts.
When to go to Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef
Northern QueenslandIt's wise to plan the time of your trip to Northern Queensland carefully. Between December and March, heavy rains lash the coast and many Outback roads are impassable. Another factor to consider are the marine stingers (box jellyfish), which inhabit the coast. Although they're present throughout the year, they are most prevalent around the islands and beaches between November and May. For the best weather, and to avoid the jellyfish, it's best to visit between June and September.Southern QueenslandApril to November is considered the best time to visit Southern Queensland. In the far south, April and May are particularly …
Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef articles
It's well-known that Australia is blessed with sands, sun and surf but, with so much to choose from, it's easy to get lost. With this in mind, this is our definitive guide to Australia's best beach resorts, from the Great Barrier Reef to Kangaroo Island.
From the Gold Coast to the Tropical North, Queensland has over 7400km of coastline inhabited by hundreds of species of marine wildlife.
The 74 islands at the centre of the Great Barrier Reef are fast becoming the choice destination for travellers, with a host of fine resorts, facilities and an abundance of natural beauty. We reveal the best beaches on the Whitsundays to help you plan which one to visit.
The Great Barrier Reef takes one of 2016’s top travel spots as David Attenborough’s new BBC documentary gives it renewed publicity – here are our favourite islands on which to make base and enjoy the fabulous region.
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