There is a multitude of incredible things to do in Queensland, otherwise known as Australia’s “Sunshine State” and when you travel this far in the world, you’ve got to experience life to the fullest! I am currently living in Australia after travelling around the East Coast and exploring every nook and cranny of the Sunshine State and I’m here to share my top 10 attractions of Queensland!
- Great Barrier Reef
Put your flippers and life jacket on and get ready to immerse yourself in a tranquil marine world where fish, turtles and plants of all sizes and colours will excite and delight you. The Great Barrier is one of the only places in the world where this kind of underworld view can be enjoyed so freely and easily! It’s the world’s largest living structure (2,300km long) and can even be seen from space!
- Fraser Island
Tap into your adventurous side and go wild with four-wheel driving, dunes and dingoes on the World Heritage Site listed Fraser Island! Camp at night in the wilderness, visit sacred aboriginal sites and bathe in Lake McKensie.
- Daintree National Park
Hike through the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, swim in hidden creeks and get up close and personal with cassowaries, crocodiles, koalas and rat-kangaroos. This park harbors the most amount of rare and endangered species of animals and flora than any other area in the whole world so it’s definitely a must-see!
- Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail
Chug past multi-hued rock formations, cute waterfalls and lush forests on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Explore the charming village of Kuranda on the Atherton Tableland and hop on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Take incredible photos of the Barron Gorge and tropical rainforests from heights at least 545 metres above sea level!
- Josephine Falls
Put on your swimming gear, grab a few friends and a picnic and head to the tiered cascade waterfall at Josephine Falls, Cairns. It makes for the perfect day out and is also child friendly! Plunge down the natural waterslide and relax in the crystal-clear waters with the tranquil rainforest backdrop setting.
- Whitsunday Islands
Prepare for your mind to be blown when you see the natural wonders of the Whitsunday Islands. Take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach, one of the most incredible coastal sights in Australia and try your hand at diving, surfing and snorkelling.
- Bundaberg Distillery
Visit the home of Australia’s most popular rum and take a tour around the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Afterwards, go for a relaxing walk in the nearby Mon Repos Regional Park, home to the most amount of sea turtles in the one place!
- Magnetic Island
Spend a few days on the “Koh Pha Ngan” island of Australia and prepare to be dazzled by the tropical beauty, unspoilt coastlines and tranquil surroundings. If you’re a party animal, head to the island for New Years Eve and experience Australia’s only Full Moon Party!
- Seventeen Seventy
Known as the birthplace of Queensland and a town with a very strange name, 1770 is a popular stop for travellers for its Scooteroo tour. Hop on a Harley Davidson and go for a spin around the town at 80mph! Keep an eye for kangaroos, there are plenty!
- Glass House Mountains
Experience the jaw-dropping landscapes of the Glass House Mountains at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Climb the craggy peaks of Mount Beerwah, the highest of the ten volcanic plugs in the mountains and abseil down the cliff face. Don’t forget to get a panoramic shot of the view from the Wild Horse Mountain lookout!