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Things to Do in Queensland

Heart Reef Things to do in Queensland

Did you know that the Australian state of Queensland has over 4,000 miles of coastline? And over 200 national parks? And five UNESCO-listed natural wonders? With so much ground to cover, and so many incredible sights to visit, we’ve narrowed the things to do list down for you, and created a range of Queensland holiday itineraries to help you experience the best of it for yourself.

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Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef

The world-famous Great Barrier Reef is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Queensland. Located off the coast of the Sunshine State, the reef is made up of 2,900 individual reefs stretching for 1,242 miles along the Queensland coast, with 1,500 fish species, 30 types of whales, dolphins and porpoises and six species of sea turtle calling it home.

How to do it: There are a huge array of cruise companies who can take you out to the reef to snorkel and scuba dive. If you’re not a confident swimmer you can also see the reef via glass bottom boat, submarine and helicopter, or you can even sleep on it! For the ultimate experience though, consider our Great Barrier Reef holiday itinerary which includes a four-night cruise of the reef.

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Cruise the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is a group of 74 tropical islands located off the north-east coast of Queensland and nearby the Great Barrier Reef. Mostly uninhabited, and famed for having some of the best beaches in the world, the Whitsundays are perfect for a luxurious Queensland holiday taking place at one of the island’s lavish resorts, or via a leisurely cruise. Explore the remote bays, deserted coves and peaceful beaches of this breath-taking national park, including the impossibly blue waters and swirls of pure white sand on the sublime Whitehaven Beach.

How to do it: Enjoy a cruise of the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach on our Best of the East Coast holiday itinerary

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Explore the Daintree Rainforest

Located on the north-east coast of Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continuing rainforest in the world, not to mention the most biologically diverse. Thanks to its incredible vegetation, the Daintree is home to a range of rare local wildlife including the large blue and black Ulysses butterfly and the large cassowary bird.

How to do it: Hike the Daintree Rainforest with the help of a local guide on our Great Barrier Reef holiday itinerary.

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Drive a 4x4 across Fraser Island

Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, is home to home to lush rainforests, tranquil freshwater lakes and a plethora of wildlife. Exploring by 4x4 is the way to go, either driving yourself or with a guide. Along the way, stop to admire shipwrecks; go fishing; spot whales on a cruise from the Kingfisher Bay Resort; or spend your time snorkelling, kayaking and SUPing through turquoise tranquillity. 

How to do it: Fraser Island is best accessed from Hervey Bay or Noosa, such as in our Queensland’s Islands and Beaches holiday itinerary. Chat to one of our Queensland Holiday Experts about adding a day or overnight trip to Fraser Island to your Queensland itinerary.

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Watch the world go by in Brisbane

The Brisbane café culture is one of the most emerging things to do in Queensland. Sitting on a café patio in the year-round sunshine, cup of caffeine in hand, soaking up the city vistas and people-watching – we can think of few better ways to while away an afternoon. Finish the day off with a stroll through the city’s entertaining South Bank, a confection of restaurants, parklands, galleries and bars. Brisbane is a perfect place to begin a road trip of Queensland and, while there are many itineraries to follow, few can compare to driving north along the coastline, following Australia’s Nature Coast.

How to do it: Brisbane is a great place to start or end your Queensland Holiday. With its own airport, it is easily accessible from all over the country and beyond. Perhaps use it as a base to discover the Great Barrier Reef and the Hinterland.

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Whale watching in Hervey Bay

Located around a 3.5-hour drive north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is a popular coastal town known for its close proximity to Fraser Island, as well as being a popular sight for seeing humpback whales. In the winter months of June to August, humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Australia to breed before travelling back to the ice between September and November.

How to do it: If you are visiting Queensland between June and November, talk to one of our Holiday Experts about adding a whale-watching tour to your Queensland holiday itinerary.

For more ideas on what to do in Queensland, browse our Queensland holidays.