If you want your trip down Under to be most exciting and memorable, then consider these top five destinations in Queensland that would leave you wanting to stay for more.
1. Sunshine Coast
Get the most enviable tan by visiting the Sunshine Coast in the Queensland paradise. Get your surfing gear and hit the blue waves with fellow surf addicts. The golden sand and the blue waves make it the best spot to laze about and just have a relaxing good time. With lush surroundings and pristine coastline, it would come as no surprise that there’s hardly an empty spot to lay down your beach stuff. If that’s the case, then just take a scenic drive down the Tanawah Tourist Drive then hop out and brave the elements with a bushwalking trail.
Located right up in Northern Queensland, it is blessed with warm tropical weather, lovely waters and uncountable tourist spots. No wonder both backpackers and honeymooners alike consider it as a favourite place to hang out. From white water rafting to bungee jumping and skydiving, you’re sure to find one, or a couple, to try. And don’t forget to indulge in your ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure. Knob Palm Cove, Kuranda, Trinity Outlet and Yokes, are just few of the names that come into mind among the numerous tourist hotspots to visit too.
There are so many things to see and do in Brisbane that it can be overwhelming on where you should start. You can have brunch in the basket at Southbank Parklands and check out the Alma Park Zoological garden with its myriad variety of fauna. For those who want to explore the laidback delights, a ferry ride to Stradbroke Island or the Story Bridge Climb are the best bets. Then there’s the aquatic playground of Moreton Bay, the mountain villages of the Scenic Rim, the lakes and country charm of Country Valleys and the heritage town of Ipswich which adds plenty of things to see and do to your list.
4. Carnarvon Gorge National Park
It is a paradise carved from the rugged sandstone that has been hailed by most trael guide books as a top destination in Queensland. The passage of water and time created the spectacular gorge which carries special significance in Aboriginal mythology and is equally important as an historic geological landmark. Explore the 21 kilometre of graded walking tracks, view Aboriginal art sites, and relish the moment amidst hordes of exotic birds, wildlife and flora around.
5. The Great Barrier Reef
It would foolish to miss the world renowned scuba diving site, which is also one of the natural wonders in the planet. Bommies, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life stretch for the entire 2,300km length of the reef. Catch up with the exquisite coral formations with underwater diving at the Lower Barrier Reef Islands—Heron, Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot—all part of Queensland. Choose from a wide range of dive sites along the Great Barrier Reef. There are calm, protected, shallow spots around the islands, perfect for first-timers. There are also gentle reef sites, rich in fish life and corals while the deeper sites on the outer reefs for those with some experience.
A few days might not be enough to explore such wonders but one thing’s for sure – you will relish every minute of your stay in Queensland.