Planning your trip to the land Down Under? Flight Centre can help you plan the best Queensland holiday, as Brighton Travel Expert Mel Donoghue explains. Fresh off a trip to Australia‘s Sunshine State herself, here she shares her first-hand travel advice for your trip…
How can a Flight Centre Travel Expert help someone book a holiday to Queensland? What practical support can you offer holidaymakers?
We’ll organise absolutely everything for you from start to finish. We can sort out international and domestic flights, visas, hotels, car or camper hire, day trips – everything! We tailor make all our itineraries to ensure that the experience we offer is exactly what our customer wants, and it’s all pre-booked so when they get there they can just relax. We want to take the worry out of planning a holiday. Customers will always deal with the same consultant, so they receive a personal and consistent service.
Tell us about your trip to Queensland.
Yes. I was there last year exploring the Tropical North, so I can advise first-hand on the best places to stay and things to do. My favourite part of the trip was the helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef — a truly unforgettable experience.
What are the key dos and don’ts when visiting Queensland?
Wear plenty of sun cream, stay hydrated and wear sensible footwear when walking in the Outback. Be aware of spending too much time in the sun — it’s so easy to burn in that part of the world.
What are your top three pieces of advice for someone who’s booked a holiday to Queensland?
Plan your itinerary before you go, so you can manage your time away effectively. Pre-book any tours before you leave to avoid disappointment if the tour is fully booked when you get there. If possible, consider seasonal events when planning your trip, such as whale-watching from May to October, or turtle season from November to February.
What are the top three unmissable things to do there?
A day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, including a helicopter tour; a hot-air balloon ride over the Tablelands; and a trip to Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge — you can see both on a day tour.
What would you say to people who are keen to see Queensland but wary about the distance and cost of flights?
I would recommend having a stop along the way for a night or two to break up the journey. This will prevent you from being overtired by the time you reach Australia and will help make the most of your trip, usually with no added airline cost. I think this really adds value to your holiday as you get to see more than one destination. We tailor make fabulous itineraries that you can lock in with a low deposit, which means you can pay for your trip over a few months. You can book up to 11 months in advance so there is plenty of time to plan and save.
Is there any further advice you can offer someone who’s thinking of booking a holiday to Queensland? What might they not have thought about?
One crucial thing they should consider is how to get around. Not every trip is a drive away. The distance between Brisbane and Cairns, for example, is 1,043 miles, and it would take 22 hours to drive it. Obviously, taking a two-hour flight would be much easier.