Go for a swim
They don’t call it the ‘Sunshine State’ for nothing. With balmy to hot temperatures all year round, Queensland is made for taking a dip, whether it be in your hotel’s pool, under a tropical waterfall or along the coastline – of which there are over 4,000 miles of sand to choose from. Just remember to always swim between the flags at the beach and be sunsmart with sunscreen and a hat. Want more? Check out these 15 Places to Free Your Inner Mermaid.
Order a coffee in Brisbane
Melbourne may claim the best coffee in Australia but Brisbane takes the brew equally as seriously. You can find a good blend at almost any non-chain coffee shop, but for an award-winning cup, Merlo Espresso is famed for its smooth and velvety coffee. Make like a local and order a flat white. For more foodie finds, see our Food Lovers Tour of Brisbane.
Learn to surf on the Gold Coast
Never set foot on a surfboard? Don’t let that minor detail stop you. The Gold Coast not only has some of the best surf in Australia (and the world), it also offers surf lessons at almost every beach. Run by some of the most Aussie characters you’ll ever meet, these surf lessons are a fantastic way to not only learn (and laugh at) a new skill, but experience the beauty of this beloved beachside city beyond the shore. Don’t believe us? Here’s why Australians Love the Gold Coast.
Be inspired by Indigenous Queensland
Intertwined with the land, Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture is one of the oldest living societies on the planet. As a result, getting to know the culture is a fascinating way to get to know Queensland and its history, from seeking out food (known locally as ‘bush tucker’), to seeing ancient rock paintings and traditional ceremonies. Read more about Indigenous Queensland.
Whale watch, koala cuddle and more
With over 1,800 species to see – and that’s just fish at the Great Barrier Reef – Queensland offers a plethora of opportunities to encounter Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife. From July to November keep an eye out for migrating humpback whales, best spotted in Hervey Bay, while all year round you can get up close to koalas at the late, great Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. Read our recommended Nature Encounters in Queensland.
Experience the gourmet scene in Noosa
Noosa is one of Australia’s most beloved beach towns and well worth a stopover for a swim, a stay and a meal. Located an hour and a half’s drive north of Brisbane, Noosa is revered for its pristine landscape and gourmet scene. To taste the best, time your visit to 14th to the 17th May for the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. With more than 250 foodies ‒ chefs, wine makers and media ‒ the festival is a highlight in Noosa's calendar. Sink your teeth into some local seafood and attend new events such as a wild food dinner and the unveiling of new foodie trails. There are also plenty of discussions planned (with the country's top media and restauranteurs) spanning food trends, lifestyle and more. To get even more out of your visit, explore Noosa by Foot.
Drive on the beach
For a drive with the ultimate coastal views, put your pedal to the metal on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. To drive on the sand you will need a 4X4 and a vehicle permit. Alternatively you can experience the thrill of driving on the sand dunes with the help of an expert via an arranged tour. Find out more about Queensland’s New Great Beach Drive.
Mingle with the locals
Queensland is full of some pretty colourful Aussie characters. If you don’t find them at the local surf club or outback pub, you’re bound to meet them at one of the state’s many festivals and events. From Brisbane’s Royal Queensland Show (or The Ekka), to Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers these events are a great way to enjoy Queensland amongst a crowd of locals. See what events are coming up in Queensland.
In addition to its incredible beaches, Queensland is also home to some incredible outback as well. From dirt roads to farm stays and bushwalking, visiting the bush in Queensland is a must. For a road trip, be sure to set the satnav to stopover in some of the state’s charming towns like Emerald, Kingaroy and Goondiwindi. Or enjoy a glimpse of outback Queensland along the Savannah Way.
Get tropical in North Queensland
A visit to Queensland should always include a visit to North Queensland as well – famed home of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Daintree Rainforest and so much more. While there, be sure to dedicate some time for relaxation (Whitehaven Beach or qualia are perfect), and action (hike the Atherton Tablelands or scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef). Here are some more ideas on how to Splash, Bike and Hike in Tropical North Queensland.
Celebrate the New Year at Woodford Folk Festival
Escape reality and immerse yourself in cultures near and far when more than 2000 performers appear in concerts, dances, street threatre, comedy sessions and so much more! Whether you're inclined to move, laugh or listen, camping on site is the best way to get among the festivities. See where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Australia.
Our Queensland Holiday Expertise
We love Queensland. In fact it’s one of our favourite spots in Australia – shhhh, don’t tell anyone! And we reckon we love it more than anyone else too: we’ve got more stores in this magical region than any other travel retailer for starters. And, although we were born in Sydney, our HQ is in Brisbane, the vibrant capital of Queensland. With this wealth of local knowledge and access to our in-destination Experts, we offer an incredible range of Queensland holidays, all of which can be tailor-made as part of our Journeys range.
Tailor-made Queensland Holidays
There’s nowhere on earth like Queensland – which is what makes it the perfect destination for an adventure. Try one of our Journeys, Flight Centre’s range of tailor-made holidays, and you can embark on the ultimate thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping trip. Choose from our Journey across Queensland’s Nature Coast, wherein you’ll take in pristine beaches, the wildlife-packed Hinterland and laid-back towns along the Sunshine Coast like Mooloolaba. Then there’s our Tropical North Queensland Journey, an itinerary that packs in two of Australia’s biggest, best-known UNESCO sites: the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. All of our Tailor-Made Holidays also include flights, accommodation, transfers and other in-destination transport.
A Bespoke Experience
Whatever you want from your trip to Queensland, we can make it happen. No matter whether you want to do a beach-side road trip, spend your time tramping through rainforests, or hop from Queensland to one of the other diverse states, our Travel Experts can tailor make the holiday to suit your needs and budget.
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Service from Start to Finish
Need help finding the perfect restaurant, the right surfing instructor or the best 4X4 rental? From the moment you book your Queensland holiday to the moment you arrive safely home, our dedicated Travel Butler concierge service will be on hand to give you advice on all this – and more. With everything organised for you and a Travel Butler to help you along the way, there's never been a better way to experience Queensland.
A Tailor-made Holiday to Queensland with Flight Centre includes:
- A beautifully designed personal itinerary and travel documents
- Flexible deposits
- Balance due 10 weeks before departure
- Fixed change and cancellation fees
- Visa and vaccination assistance
- 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service
- Travel Butler concierge service – we will look after your every need from the moment you book to the moment you return safely home.