Queensland is Australia’s Sunshine State. This fast growing state is home to approximately 3.6 million people and features one of Australia’s major icons, The Great Barrier Reef.
Queensland has a sub tropical to tropical climate with very mild to warm temperatures all year round. In the summer time the average maximum temperature is usually around 29 degrees C in Brisbane, and as high as 32 degrees C in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. Minimum temperatures in summer are generally around 20 degrees C in Brisbane, and 23 degrees C in Tropical North Queensland. In winter the maximum temperature in Brisbane is around 20 degrees C, whilst up in Cairns it is still around 25 degrees C. Minimum temperatures in winter can be as low as 9 degrees in Brisbane and 17 degrees in Cairns.
Whether it be adrenalin pumping action and adventure, experiencing traditional bush tucker and culture, relaxing on the beautiful beaches or swimming with the thousands of varieties of fish on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland has it all.
Queensland, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef State, is a land of contrasts and colours.
It’s a warm and wonderful year-round destination filled with an extraordinary mix of green rainforests, azure coastline, Great Barrier Reef, red Outback, white-sand islands and golden beaches. Five World Heritage areas.
The major regions in Queensland include…
The Gold Coast and Brisbane, the capital city
The Sunshine and Fraser Coast
The Coral Coast (including Bundaberg)
Central Queensland (including Gladstone and Rockhampton)
Tropical North Queensland with Cairns, Daintree and Cape Tribulation
Great Barrier Reef
2000km of Great Barrier Reef.
World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.
Wildlife galore – cuddle a koala or dive with a fish.
Sunshine and Gold Coasts
Family of fun on Sunshine and Gold Coasts.
World Heritage rainforest and miles of beach on Fraser Island.
Must Do Activities
Great Barrier Reef – Home to Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and the Great Barrier Reef
- Snorkel, scuba dive, or see “the Reef” from above.
- Relax and be pampered at the island and rainforest retreats and spas.
- Hike, 4WD or take a tour of the world’s oldest living rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest.
- Travel up a mountain by Kuranda Railway, then down over rainforest canopy on Skyrail to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Centre.
- White water raft, sea kayak, and skydive in Australia’s adventure capital.
- Venture to the historic pubs, towns and burnished landscape of the Outback.
- Sail around or relax on one of the 72 Whitsunday Islands.
Southern Queensland – Home to Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
- Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary.
- Chat with a croc at Australia Zoo, former home of “The Crocodile Hunter”.
- Hand feed dolphins and sand toboggan at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.
- Surf the curl on the Gold Coast.
- Bask on sophisticated Sunshine Coast’s family-friendly beaches.
- Explore 135km of ocean beaches, coloured-sandstone cliffs and World Heritage rainforest on Fraser Island.