There are many spellbinding things to do in Queensland. Some of them are listed for you in this article. Hope they help you make your trip better! It is a treat to be on the Queensland coast as there are so many exciting things to do in Queensland.
Queensland is a coastal state of Australia covering almost 7000 km of its northeastern space. It is well-known for its beaches and tropical islands. Over 200 national parks are covering more than 6 hectares across the state. There are also lush rainforest, bushland, and great conditions for faring.
The world’s largest coral sea with a coral reef system, Queensland’s offshore Great Barrier Reef, is home to thousands of marine species. The capital city, Brisbane city, is surrounded by surfing and diving famous beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. There is no better place than Four Mile Beach to have a quiet drink from a stand-up paddleboard.
Queensland is famous for its island getaways and wildlife reach national parks to the famous Australia zoo to experience the ultimate wildlife adventure and family-friendly theme parks.
There are plenty of fun things to do in Queensland to keep your kid entertained either over a weekend or during school holidays. There are so many things to do on Queensland Beaches.
The South Bank Parklands are also one the famous places to be at. The South Bank is famous for various facilities provided by it, such as free swimming, various walking tracks, quiet and serene licensed picnic areas, and much more.
There are various Queensland attractions that one can visit in and many things to do in Queensland.
1. Live it up on Gold Coast Hinterland
The Gold Coast is home to numerous theme parks in the world. One of the best places for theme parks is Dreamworld. It also has the benefit of having a national park where you can see native Australian animals and also various water parks with various cool water slides.
The other few theme parks located on Gold Coast include Movie World (known for its roller coasters), Sea World (as the name suggests famous for its marine life and some awesome rides), and Wet n Wild (home to some of the most astounding water slides in the world)!
The Tropical North Queensland Gold coast is perfect for a one-day trip. To the south of Queensland there located on the Gold Coast, where the golden beaches and spectacular Hinterland make this another place to be added to your bucket list.
Gold Coast suburbs are located on the eastern foothills of the hinterland. Many small villages are considered a part of this hinterland. It is just a place packed with lush vineyards, farmer’s markets, ancient national parks, and much more.
You can spend a night at the family-run enterprise, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. It is suitable for both, a family visit or to spend a night in the wild. There are many such things to do in Queensland.
Live it up at the Gold Coast theme park. Surfers Paradise, a coastal town located in the city of Gold Coast is also a good place to visit.
It is known for its high-rise building and Surfers Paradise Beach. It would be ideal for a quiet evening, strolling along the markets lined along the beach. There are also several cafes and lively nightclubs located there to keep you entertained.
2. Swim in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is also known as surfers’ paradise due to its great beaches. It is almost impossible to list out the beauty and ecological importance of this World Heritage-listed natural wonder. It is the world’s largest living place, also seen from space. Great Keppel Island Hideaway accommodation provides you with the best experience of the Great Barrier Reef.
This World Heritage-listed marine park is home to most of the reefs, which extends off the northern coast of north Queensland to the northeastern coast of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef has different species of corals ranging from 3,000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays, and a patch whole of mangrove islands.
There is also Green Island Resort, a 4.5-star eco-certified resort, located on the beach to provide you with a better experience. Far North Queensland is the northernmost part of the Queensland part in Australia. It is where Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef are located in.
Diving or snorkeling is the favorite activity of an Australian to do outdoors on the Great Barrier Reef. The striking sea world that the beach provides attracts visitors from worldwide. They have a diversity of marine life with more than 1,600 species of tropical fish inhabiting the reef, sharks, dolphins, and much more.
There are many other tourist attractions located on the Great Barrier Reef. They range from beautiful scenic flights, island-hopping, sailing trips, etc. On the mainland, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Port Douglas, and Palm Cove are some of the top fleeting places and towns for tours.
There is also a marine park for your stay. There are various routes and adventures for you to try here. The Great Barrier Reef is also a good place for road trips.
3. Soak your feet in the white silica sand at Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven beach is located on Whitsunday Island, Australia. They are located off the coast of Airlie Beach. It is also known as Chalkie’s Beach on Haslewood Island. It is also the largest beaches of the 74 beaches on the island.
The best place that offers you a vivid place to explore the reef would be The Whitsunday Islands located off the coast of Airlie Beach.
It has a shiny layer of pure white silica sand feeling soft in between your toes. Island hop at the beach is one of the first things to try out there as Whitehaven beach is a group of 74 stunning islands strung along the Great Barrier Reef.
Whitehaven beach is only a thirty-minute drive on a high-speed catamaran. Hamilton Island offers you several beach day trips and tours. Spend your days swimming, exploring, or simply laying near the beach soaking in the sunlight and the natural beauty of the beach. It also provides you with a scrumptious barbeque on the beach.
It is one of the most cleanest and beautiful beaches in the world. It is hence recently been ranked as the world’s third-best beach. It is hence also often referred to as ‘Australia’s Best Beach. It is protected under the Whitsunday Islands National Park due to its rarity.
The Lizard Island, located on the northern island, is famous for its top-class resorts. Lady Elliot Island, also known as the reef’s southernmost coral cay, has widespread eco-resorts for the people.
4. Bask on the beaches of Noosa Heads and the Sunshine Coast with Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park is one of the best places to experience the best view of the coastline. The park is a wildlife sanctuary, protecting the precious eucalypt forests, woodland, melaleuca wetland, and dense rainforests. It is also home to many Koalas due to the vast eucalyptus leaves availability.
It is also a perfect place to take walks. There are various walking tracks provided around the national park. There are various coastline walking trails between the surf clubs to Tea Tree Bay and to the beginning of the Sunshine Coast where whales are squeaking and breaking the barrier at the end of the walk. Mountain biking is even allowed in some areas of the beach.
You can walk through Noosa’s infamous Hastings Street. This iconic strip runs parallel to Noosa Main Beach, one of the most preserved jewels in the crown of the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast is located to the north of Brisbane.
Due to this well-known beach, Queensland is often called the ‘Sunshine State’ due to its warm climate, tropical beaches, tropical rainforest, and whatnot. Sunshine Coast is popularly known for its surf spots, beach resorts, and many more adventurous things that one can try out here.
The Sunshine Coast consists of various coastal cities and towns, such as Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Coolum, Sunshine Beach, Rainbow Beach, and much more.
The main beach of Noosa can also be visited from here. It is one of the great beaches on the coast. There flows the Noosa river between the forest providing a great view. Also, don’t forget to visit the Australian zoo located on the Sunshine Coast.
5. A Safari Tour of Daintree National Park and Port Douglas
In the far north, Queensland has located the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. The Daintree national park located at a drive of 2.5 hours from Cairns, is the oldest tropical rainforest.
Daintree rainforest offers you a place to cruise and see saltwater crocodiles. People are taken out on boats to have a breathtaking view of these crocodiles. It gives one the perfect thrill needed for one to be satisfied. There is a breathtaking view provided at the Mossam George, where clear water flows over great boulders in the river.
The most known tourist attractions provided include the lush dense forests, cool freshwater streams, pristine beaches, and much more. You can roam around in the forest canopy or completely unfurl at the cozy Silky Oaks Lodge. There is also Burleigh Heads National Park that you can visit in Queensland. There are many such things you can do in Queensland.
Port Douglas is known for its beach resorts and also is home to The Great Barrier Reef. Turning south to Port Douglas would take you to the popular Four Mile Beach. The town has great attractions- great tours, historic sites, and local attractions. It provides you with the best and one of its kind experience with its unique rainforests and wildlife experiences.
6. Enjoy 4-wheel-driving on K’Gari (Fraser Island)
Fraser Island is among the largest sand islands in the world. It stretches 122 km long just off the east coast of Australia. It is amongst the top tourist destinations on the list. It is only accessible by boat and no other means of transport is supported here.
The World Heritage-listed, Fraser Island is the largest island in Queensland and the 6th largest island in Australia. Fraser Island is the only island to have rainforests grown from sand, which leads to many exploration trips or guided tours.
The island is home to the Butchulla tribe, which has been estimated to stay there for the past 5,000 years. The traditional name of Fraser Island is K’Gari which means ‘paradise’ in the Butchulla language. There are over 500 archaeological sites located on the island that excluded the regular residence of people.
Keep your eyes open for the colorful sands on Rainbow Beach. The old tales believe that there is a rainbow shattering happening in the Rainbow Beach sky which in turn changes the colors of the sands. There are many such things to do in Queensland.
This beautiful stretch of sand dunes is also the starting point to K’gari (Fraser Island) and Cooloola National Park.
7. The Whale Watching Capital- Hervey Bay
A few kilometers away from Fraser Islands, there located is the whale watching capital of Australia, Hervey Bay. It is also a great holiday location. It is only a 45-minute drive from Brisbane which makes it a very accessible holiday destination.
It provides you with a beautiful and serene environment due to its awesome sightseeing locations. It also has the world’s largest sand island. The largest artificial reef is located at Hervey bay.
There are also many underwater wonders to discover here. One can rent a car and can go on drives in the wanderlust. It also has various activities like diving, cruise travel, cozy rentals for a comfortable stay, and much more.
There are also hot-air balloon services provided depending on the conditions that day. So if you are lucky enough, you can also have a chance to ride the hot air balloon over the capital city of Australia. There are many such things to do in Queensland.
Hervey Bay has been also referred to as an important jewel in the crown of Queensland. The most popular thing to do here, as mentioned is watching whales. There are also various adventurous things to do here. There are activities like skydiving, jet-skiing, sailing, cruise ride, scuba diving, kayaking, etc. There are many other popular things to do in Queensland.
8. Visit World Heritage Sites and National parks
Australia is home to many heritage sites in the world. Some of them are located in Queensland. There are also 200 plus national parks located in the city of Queensland.
Australian Fossil Mammal Site- Riversleigh section, uncovers some of the world’s most outstanding fossils. The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites is divided into two sections- those being the Riversleigh section, in north Queensland, and the Naracoorte section in South Australia.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area are the traditional custodians of the Queensland section of the Gondwana Rainforest. There are many things to do in Queensland like this. With their ancient ravines, striking waterfalls, serene bushland, and much waiting for you in these Australia’s National Parks.
Lamington national park is also a part of the heritage sites. Lamington national park is known for its ancient trees along with waterfalls and walking tracks. There is also a wide variety of flora and fauna found here. There are many natural places like this and other things to do in Queensland.
Currumbin wildlife sanctuary is also a great place to visit in Queensland. It is almost a 75 years old sanctuary that was the first to be opened to the public. The park is known for its exciting daily shows, lost valley-where you can just wander around and feel elated with the experience, and much more.
The Currumbin wildlife sanctuary also has its own Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, which has been the busiest hospital in the years.
9. Don’t forget to visit various Tropical Islands in and around Queensland
Magnetic Island is just 8 kilometers offshore from Queensland, Australia. This island in Cleveland Bay has become a famous tourist spot and a frequent vacation spot for locals—a short ferry ride from Townsville. Magnetic Island offers you beautiful scenery of untouched heaven. It is home to koalas and also has Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas.
Magnetic Island provides you with the famous military history on Forts Walk and also different attractions. It is a cool beach town surrounded by palm trees, boulders, unblemished beaches, coral reefs, and much more. It also has the services of riding a cruise in a topless car. Magnetic Island would be a perfect place for a romantic getaway. It also is home to an install-famous surf break and SS Adelaide.
Moreton Island and Fitzroy Island are also some good places to be at. Moreton Island is just off the coast of southeastern Queensland, Australia. Moreton Island is protected and hence known for its beaches and steep dunes, for example, Mount Tempest.
If you are not known or taking the risk or are keen to have the burden of planning your trip, you can always take help from an organized tour or can also just fly directly to 274 Torres Strait Islands north of Cape York’s tip.
Thursday Island is mostly known as the administration center for the state. It is a great place to learn about the cultural history of the Torres Strait Islanders. Horn Island is known for its unbounded and its captivating military history. Roko Island offers a unique and of its kind camping experience.
There is also an island known as the Friday Island, where one can visit a pearl farm and can experience it in its original form. As this is one of the most popular island states, another popular thing to do out here is to go out for fishing near Weipa.
The best part about visiting these tropical islands is that you can have a calm and fun car drive between the islands or can drive on a ferry for a better experience. Taking in the sea while traveling itself takes all your stress away. There are long and short drives that one can opt for. The different wildlife on every island would also be intriguing for one.
There are many things to do in Queensland like tropical island hopping and much more. It is necessary to visit as many islands as you can while on the trip.
10. See the Australian Native Animals in the Australian zoo
Australia has always been famous for its vast and varied wildlife existence. Australia is home to various wildlife ranging from fishes, crabs, and all other sea world animals to the tropical region animals such as crocodiles, whales, koalas, and many more.
There are many things to do in Queensland when its wildlife is taken into consideration. There are many opportunities for seeing the native animals of Australia in the wild and their natural habitat in Queensland.
One can also go to all the various wildlife sanctuaries found in and around the land of Queensland. There are many wildlife sanctuaries and parks, some of them are Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast, and the Australia Zoo on the Sunshine State. The bird-watching center, which is the Lamington National Park, located in the state of Brisbane is also quite famous. There are quite a few things to do in Queensland.
There are various kangaroos also found in these parks. These parks are the perfect places to visit while on a family weekend or trip. If you have a good whole one day to spend in these parks, I would suggest you go and visit the infamous Australia Zoo.
There is Outback Queensland Association in existence to help you live the original experience provided in Australia. It guides one through the adventure holidays, drives, guided tours with the best theme park, various cultural experiences, hospitality outlets, various sporting facilities, and much more.
There is also a 7.5-kilometer scenic tourist cableway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway just running above the Barron George National Park. There are various more places that one can visit in and around Queensland.
Home to gigantic crab migrations and near to perfect pink lakes, Australia is known for its natural beauty.
One can have varied experiences in Queensland as there are so many things to do in Queensland. It has everything from theme parks to tropical surroundings with pristine beaches, it has everything that one wants. One should visit the state of Queensland. Bon Voyage!
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