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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 list down for you and created a range of Queensland holiday itineraries to help you experience the best of it for yourself.

Turtle and diver on the Great Barrier Reef

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 begins near Lizard Island at the very top tip of the state, and stretches 1,242 miles south to near Lady Elliot Island, off the coast of Gladstone.

How to do it: Along this stretch 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 or even a helicopter ride. For the ultimate experience though, consider our Great Barrier Reef holiday itinerary which includes a four-night cruise of the reef.

Boat just off the coast of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays

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. 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. 

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

Lady standing on boardwalk in the Daintree Rainforest

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.

Noosa's north shore lookout on the Sunshine Coast. Image: Tourism Queensland

Road trip along Australia's Nature Coast

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. Follow Australia's Nature Coast and you can see dolphins in Tangalooma, drive along the sandy highway of Fraser Island, swim at the beaches of the Sunshine Coast and see local wildlife at the late Stevie Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

How to do it: Our Nature Coast holiday itinerary includes seven days of car hire, Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Adventure tour, boat transfers from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island, a 4X4 Beauty Spots tour of Fraser Island, Australia Zoo day entry and much more.

A whale tail breaching out of the water in Hervey Bay

See whales 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.