Out & About in Queensland

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Welcome to Queensland, where 300 warm and sunny days a year are the norm… pair that with over 6,000 kilometres of coastal shoreline and you’ll understand why Queenslanders are always so happy.   While you’re here why don’t you…

Explore the State’s hidden gems

Sure, the Gold Coast and Brisbane are great, but why not explore Queensland’s best kept secrets?

Cooktown surrounded by pristine beaches, tropical lagoons and waterfalls. Down in the old town, there is a cannon and the anchor from Cook’s boat, the Endeavour, and many heritage buildings, monuments and museums.

Just south of Cairns on the Coral Sea is Mission Beach which is comprised of four beach villages: South Mission, Wongaling, Mission Beach Village and Bingil Bay, and scattered along approximately 13km of golden sand between the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Seventeen Seventy is a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay.

Enjoy stand up paddle boarding, fishing and swimming at the calm waters adjacent to 1770 Foreshore, with extensive boardwalk, grassed picnic areas, barbecues and children’s playground.

Go on an adventure

Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef – it’s closer (and more amazing) than you think!

Hang ten on one of the legendary surf breaks on the Gold Coast or learn to surf at a family friendly beach on the Sunshine Coast.

Venture west to see big red, Birdsville or attend one of the weird and wonderful Outback events like the Yabby Races in Windorah or Boulia Camel Races.

Throw on your hiking gear and trek through a tropical rainforest or chase a waterfall or two.

Sail The Whitsundays for a once-in-a-lifetime waterfront experience.

Get your Cultural Fix

Cruise your way along the South Bank cultural precinct in Brisbane, where you’ll find the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Gallery of Modern Art to name a few.

Get tickets to one of the premier Queensland events like the Noosa Food and Wine Festival or the Woodford Folk Festival.

Listen to some of the biggest national and international acts at The Big Pineapple Festival at the Sunshine Coast or Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival in Byron Bay.

Seek thrills

Consider yourself a thrill seeker? Why not visit the array of theme parks on offer at the Gold Coast! With water slides, rollercoasters, animal attractions or live performances you’re after, there’s something for everyone.

Explore the city of Brisbane from the rocks of Kangaroo Point, in a kayak gliding along the Brisbane River, or for a real adrenaline rush, climb the Story Bridge!

Live fearlessly at AJ Hackett Cairns, Australia’s one and only Bungy Tower & Giant Minjin Jungle Swing – located in the rainforest 20 minutes from Cairns CBD.

Hit the road

Take the road less travelled and explore Queensland via car on a scenic drive. Whether it’s the Great Tropical Drive in North Queensland, the Savannah Way from Cairns to Normanton or Overlander’s Way in the Gulf Country region, you will discover an array of hidden treasures Queensland has to offer.

Don’t like sitting in the car for that long? The Scenic Rim, Gold Coast Hinterland and Coastal Drive at the Sunshine Coast offer shorter routes that are perfect for day trips.

Embrace Indigenous culture

Wanting to learn more about indigenous art, or going bushwalking to inject a touch of culture into your time in Queensland?

Go bush with an Indigenous guide at the Mossman Gorge Centre and be enchanted by the stories and heritage of the traditional owners of the gorge.

Listen to the tales behind contemporary art and traditional rock paintings left by past generations.

Head to Carnarvon National Park where Aboriginal history is revealed through the park’s rock art sites.

Visit Thursday Island. As well as being a top fishing spot, you can experience the island culture of the Torres Strait Islanders here.

Be pampered with indigenous inspired spa treatments set in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest.

Meet the wildlife

Cuddle up to some of our cuddly creatures – koalas, kangaroos, wombats and bilbys – on a tour through their native habitat or at one of the many sanctuaries around the state.

Wave hello to the migrating humpback whales in Hervey Bay from June through to October.

Watch the circle of life happen right in front of you during turtle season at Mon Repos from October through February.

Experience Queensland’s best events

Revel in the best that Brisbane has to offer at the Brisbane Festival in September, then celebrate Riverfire with the most colourful and spectacular fireworks display. If you love a good show, you can’t miss Queensland’s biggest and best-loved annual family event – the Brisbane “Ekka”, showering Brisbane in carnival atmosphere for 10 days straight in August.

For country music fans, the end of August each year means a pilgrimage to the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park near Gympie for the Optus Gympie Music Muster.

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