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Queensland Islands, reefs and rainforests


From the bright lights of the Gold Coast to the brilliant underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland has a piece of paradise to suit every traveller.

By Martha Tattersall

Explore ancient rainforests, snorkel with rainbow fish, sink your toes into some of the world's whitest sand and watch whales on their annual migration. Discover the living masterpiece that is the Great Barrier Reef, stay at one of the world's best hotels or shop up a beachside storm on the cosmopolitan Gold Coast. Head north to admire the world's largest sand island, explore the tropical city of Cairns, and experience a thriving cultural and arts scene in an emerging world city – the state of Queensland really does have something for everyone.

Don't miss

  • Snorkel, scuba dive or take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Gaze at the Daintree, the oldest living rainforest on Earth
  • Join the locals at one of the Gold Coast's top beaches

How to get there

Queensland has international airports in Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast, with direct flights from many global hubs. Within Queensland, domestic air travel is an efficient and reliable way to get around, with airports located along the coast, on islands and inland. Road-tripping is another popular way to get around – the roads in Queensland are excellent and well-maintained.

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Snorkel, scuba dive or take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
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Join the locals at one of the Gold Coast's top beaches
2019/06/27 15:56
With its international airport and excellent shopping, the tropical city of Cairns, in Queensland's far north, is a convenient access point for the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, but don't miss the great things to do in and around town. You'll find brilliant cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches nearby. Relax by one of the pools at a five-star resort, day trip to the nearby stylish villages of Port Douglas and Palm Cove, or spend your days out and about exploring this city oasis.
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A short ferry ride from Hervey Bay is World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island
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