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Queensland Holidays

It’s easy to see why Queensland is Australia’s most-visited state, with highlights including the world’s oldest rainforest and the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef. Golden beaches stretch along the endless coastline, whilst the hinterland's mountains and forests offer an alternative backdrop in which to relax or explore.

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Brisbane and Cairns are the state’s two main gateways, worth spending some time in before venturing further afield. A strong Aboriginal heritage permeates northern Queensland with a number of cultural experiences available.

Offshore, numerous islands scatter the coastline, providing the ideal base from which to explore the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling, diving, sailing, glass-bottomed boat trips and helicopter flights offer a variety of perspectives on the corals and marine-life of this awesome State.

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Cairns & The Northern Beaches

Located in northern Queensland and surrounded by tropical rainforest, the thriving resort town of Cairns is the gateway to star attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, idyllic offshore islands and Cape Tribulation. North of Cairns lie Port Douglas and Palm Cove, friendly little towns fringed by sandy beaches.

Cape Tribulation & The Daintree

The ancient rainforests of Daintree National Park and deserted beaches of Cape Tribulation can be visited on a day trip, but with a little more time available you can immerse yourself in this remote and wild region.

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Islands Of The Great Barrier Reef

With so many islands to choose from, there is something to suit every budget and taste. Tented cabins, 5* retreats and family-friendly resorts make for a relaxing break and easy access to numerous watersports, including snorkelling and sailing.


Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city is full of character. Climb the Story Bridge, enjoy a cruise on the river or head further afield to Australia Zoo. Those with more time may wish to visit nearby K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) or Moreton Island, or relax on the beaches of the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

To the south and north of Brisbane respectively, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast offer endless stretches of sandy beaches and resort towns. The theme parks of the Gold Coast are great for families whilst the Sunshine Coast provides a laidback atmosphere.

When is the best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef?

Whenever you can! The Great Barrier Reef is spectacular year round. During the wet season, December to April, it is hot and humid with heavy downpours that can sometimes lead to poor visibility underwater due to river run-off – but boat operators can usually take you somewhere where snorkelling and diving conditions are good. The main season, however, is June to October with fine, mild weather and good visibility. There are several natural events that might influence when you decide to go: dwarf minke whales visit northern Ribbon Reefs from June-July; humpback whales are seen off Cairns between July and September; sea turtles nest on coral islands November-December; hatchlings emerge January-March; the annual synchronised coral spawning occurs on inshore reefs after the first full moon in October; corals on outer reefs spawn November-December. Stingers – including the potentially deadly box jellyfish and Irukandji – occur mainly inshore north of Agnes Water from November-May.

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