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Get to know Queensland

 Queensland is Australia’s second-largest state located in the north-eastern corner of the country. Boasting over 260 days of sunshine per year, this is the perfect place to enjoy the laidback al-fresco lifestyle that the State is known for. Bookended by two gateway cities, cosmopolitan Brisbane in the south and tropical Cairns in the north, Queensland is surprisingly easy to navigate thanks to an incredible rail network, airport hubs and open roads.

Across Queensland, there are incredible experiences to discover that will feed your mind, inspire your heart, and connect you with the world that surrounds you.

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reefs, islands and beaches

Reefs, Islands and Beaches

Queensland might appear like any other beachside location, picture-perfect white silica sands, swaying palm trees and warm, tropical waters. But the Sunshine State is so much more than just good looks and good weather. Here you can dip below the waves and discover an underwater wonderland like nowhere else on earth. Where you can step off the beach and discover the Great Barrier Reef armed with nothing but a snorkel and mask. Where you can sail, fly or dive your way around 1,433 miles of living coral (and even sleep on it if the mood takes you). Whatever you seek in a reef, island or beach experience, you’ll find it in Queensland. ​

Natural Encounters

In Queensland, you’ll not only find ancient rainforests and coral reefs, ochre desert plains and lush, verdant hinterland, but you’ll also discover the plethora of wildlife that call these landscapes home. This is a place where you can come face to face with the weird and wonderful native wildlife, in all their strange and glorious forms. Have breakfast with kangaroos on the beach, witness sea turtles nesting in the warm sands, marvel at the world’s largest colony of wild koalas, or spot whales frolicking along the azure coastline. This is nature at its awe-inspiring, life-changing best. And it’s yours to discover.

natural encounters
Rainforests and National Parks

Rainforests and National Parks

Queensland’s rainforests are as wild as they are wondrous. Across the state, there are over 1,000 national parks, forests and other protected areas giving you ample opportunity to get some serene green time. In the Tropical North of the state is the Wet Tropics – home to the oldest tropical rainforests in the world including the Daintree Rainforest. With its mountain ranges, waterfalls and lagoons, this is a World Heritage-listed wonderland for wildlife lovers and those in search of a little solace. Further south lies the rainforests of the world’s largest sand island, K’Gari (Fraser Island), Eungella National Park in Mackay, and the World-Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests in Southern Queensland Country - so old that some of the trees here date back to a time when the land was connected to Antarctica. A peaceful yet beautiful place to be.

The Rich Red Outback

Further inland, the dramatic expanse of the dusty red Outback awaits. Here there are so many square miles of wilderness to explore - from wide-open landscapes, sand hills that merge into flat Mitchell grass plains, and gorges that form oases cutting through the arid landscape. Discover tiny towns and cattle stations larger than some cities, all complimented by the backdrop of mile high blue skies and sunsets that stir the soul. Not to mention the subsequent vast night skies that are lit by billions of stars. Escape west for an unforgettable journey to the heart of Australia.​

The Rich Red Outback