Queensland Holidays

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With a nickname like ‘the Sunshine State’, you know you’re in for a good time with a Queensland holiday. Located in the north-east corner of Australia, the state is beloved by locals and tourists alike for its natural wonders, Indigenous culture, sunny weather and laid-back way of life. It’s in Queensland where you’ll find the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, the ancient Daintree Rainforest, the idyllic Whitsunday Islands and countless beaches including the Sunshine Coast. Fly in and out of the state’s key cities including Brisbane and Cairns, or set off on your own Queensland adventure by car or campervan; whatever your travel style, our Australia Experts are here to help. Browse our Queensland holiday ideas and advice below.

Popular Tailor-made Queensland Holidays 

From tropical rainforests to endless beaches and coral reefs teeming with fish, there’s so much to see in Queensland. To help you see the best the state has to offer, our Experts have created a fantastic range of tailor-made Queensland holiday itineraries. These itineraries take in a number of destinations throughout the state and Australia, and are priced to include everything from flights to hand-picked hotels, transport and additional experiences like wildlife encounters and adventure tours. For more ideas or to tailor a holiday to suit you, talk to our Experts today.

Where to Go in Queensland

As Australia’s second largest state (seven times the size of the UK) it can be difficult to know where to start your holiday in Queensland. For holidays to southern Queensland, the most popular entry point is Brisbane, the state’s growing capital and the perfect starting point for a road trip north along the beaches and villages of Australia's Sunshine Coast, or south to the Gold Coast. For Tropical North Queensland holidays, your best bet is the laid-back town of Cairns, with its convenient access to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, the only place on the planet where two World Heritage sites sit side by side.

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is perfectly located for reef and rainforest adventures. Spend lazy days in the city chilling out and relaxing in the sunshine, shopping in the beachwear stores and sipping coffees in the cafés. Don’t miss a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef, an underwater world of colourful corals and tropical fish, perhaps by helicopter, semi-submersible vessel, on a cruise, or on a diving and snorkelling excursion.

Further north you’ll find Port Douglas and the nearby Daintree, the world’s oldest living rainforest. Far away from the trappings of life, this ancient land offers plenty of natural experiences including jungle surfing, horse riding and wildlife watching in Cape Tribulation. The waterfalls, forests and lakes of the Atherton Tablelands, accessed from the picturesque village of Kuranda, offer further adventures, as well as a unique insight into the Indigenous culture of the region.

The Sunshine Coast

Just north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is home to secluded beaches and a string of welcoming towns and villages, including surfing hotspot Noosa, where you’ll find a selection of stylish seafood restaurants and trendy cafés. Popular with whale watchers, it’s worth spending some time along the Sunshine Coast to get under skin of the region. It’s not just about the beaches either – hike the Hinterland and the Glass House Mountains, explore the galleries and artists’ workshops, pay a visit to Australia Zoo, owned by the late Steve Irwin, and watch for wildlife in Noosa National Park.

Queensland Holiday Types

One of the greatest joys of a Queensland holiday is its endless opportunities, so every time you visit, you'll experience something different. From modern cosmopolitan cities to laid-back country towns, pristine beaches and ancient Indigenous culture, a holiday in Queensland lets you choose your own adventure. If you’re looking for inspiration you’ll find it in our Queensland holiday types below. Browse our itineraries or talk to one of our Australia Experts about creating a bespoke holiday.

Queensland Holiday Ideas and Advice

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More About Queensland

Capital city: Brisbane

Currency: Australian Dollar

Language: English

Vaccinations: Extra vaccinations are not required.

Getting There

Flight time: London to Brisbane flight time is around 21 hours and will include a stopover.

Main airports:

  • Brisbane International Airport
  • Cairns Airport
  • Gold Coast Airport

Visas: British citizens require a tourist ETA visa, which you can apply for online.

Top 3 Things to Do in Queensland

  • Explore the islands, beaches and corals of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Kick back and enjoy the glorious beaches of the Sunshine Coast
  • Spot wildlife and discover nature in the Daintree Rainforest

When to Go to Queensland

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing; the vast majority of Queensland experiences an average of eight to nine hours of sunshine a day, meaning you’ll find great weather within the state year-round. Queensland is at its hottest during the summer months of December, January and February. The winter months of June, July and August are hardly winter though, with average temperatures sitting between 15 and 25°C. In addition to fantastic weather, Queensland is also a busy state with a revolving calendar of annual events. Check out our guide on when to go to Queensland for more information.

Why Book Your Queensland Holiday with Flight Centre

Local knowledge: Flight Centre was born in Australia, giving us access to incredible Queensland knowledge and expertise. With a large network of stores and staff across the UK and the Sunshine State, we’re able to offer you the widest choice of Queensland holidays plus recommend hotels and experiences that have been tried and tested by our team.

Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.

Travel Butler and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a holiday to Queensland from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive Travel Butler concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.