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Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

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Introduction

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.

Top itineraries in Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,750 pp incl. flights

Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sydney to Brisbane Boutique Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,775 pp incl. flights

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.

Sydney, the Whitsundays and Brisbane

15-day tailor-made journey from £1,970 pp incl. flights

Between the sights of Sydney and Brisbane, hop out to the Whitsundays to enjoy some island relaxation alongside hikes, cruises, kayak paddles and snorkelling trips.

Hong Kong, Sydney & Port Douglas

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,865 pp incl. flights

This three-centre holiday combines the great city destinations of Hong Kong and Sydney with the tropical charms of Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Top places to stay in Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Contemporary lodge

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.

Qualia, Great Barrier Reef

Accommodation

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.

Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim

Accommodation

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.

The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites, Brisbane

Historic hotel

The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites is sited in Brisbane’s financial, and more importantly geographic, heart. It offers refined luxury and a Good Food Guide recognised restaurant.

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Where to go in Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

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 Coast

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.

Whitsundays

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.

Australia's Sunshine Coast

Just north of Brisbane and you'll find the relaxing towns and coastline of the Sunshine Coast. From the surf beaches and esplanades of Caloundra, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba to the cosmopolitan café culture of Noosa, the region is arguably the most beautiful holiday area in Queensland.

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When to go to Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

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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 …

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Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef articles

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    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.

  • Best Queensland Marine Life Experiences

    From the Gold Coast to the Tropical North, Queensland has over 7400km of coastline inhabited by hundreds of species of marine wildlife.

  • The Best Beaches in the Whitsundays

    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.

  • Where to stay on the Great Barrier Reef

    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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