Queensland Gets the Royal Seal of Approval from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Today, Monday, 22 October, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touch down on the soft sands of Fraser Island – the largest sand island on the planet. The visit is part of their official Royal tour around Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand this month, and will be the couple’s first visit to the UNESCO-listed spot. But while we love Fraser for its blissful sunsets, the spectacular Lake Mackenzie and the luxurious Kingfisher Bay Resort, there’s still so much more to see in the Sunshine State.
So why not check out our most luxurious things to do below for your next Queensland holiday? It is called QUEENSland, after all.
With its fusion of beaches, river, national parks, hinterland and the Noosa Everglades – not to mention it’s also the main jumping-off point for Fraser itself – Noosa is packed with things to see and do. Visit Australia Zoo – made famous by the late-great Steve Irwin – stroll through Noosa National Park and take home some fresh local produce from the Noosa Farmers’ Market, which runs on Sundays. For an experience that’s fit for royalty, consider horse riding around the region, for views across to the iconic Noosa Heads and beyond.
All that glitters is gold, and we just know the Royals would be drawn to the glitz and glam of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Shop some of the world’s most iconic, luxury brands at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, charter a yacht and cruise across the Pacific Ocean, or watch the sunrise from a hot-air balloon. For a more down-to-earth experience, head for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas and watch flying bird displays.
World-class coffee and a burgeoning food scene make Brisbane the perfect spot for any young Royal looking to get immersed in Queensland’s culinary culture. For all-out luxury, head for degustation-only Urbane – the city’s only three-hatted restaurant – or perhaps sample modern and sophisticated Australian cuisine at Malt Dining. We love the seafood here in particular! While exploring the city, be sure to stroll the South Bank area, visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and head out for a hike in the nearby Glass House Mountains.
No visit to Queensland is complete without seeing the Outback. Gaze at arrestingly beautiful sunsets – especially beautiful from atop Big Red, the highest dune in the Simpson Desert – head out on a 4X4 adventure, follow the dinosaur trail around Winton or check out the stunning Boodjamulla National Park. To cover the most ground in the most luxury, soar above all the sights in a private plane – transport perfect for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or anyone looking for that once-in-a-lifetime experience. From above is also the most scenic way to take in the untamed Outback wilderness of Carnarvon Gorge.
Remote island stays don’t get fancier than Lizard Island, an hour’s flight from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. With just one resort on the island - which is among the Luxury Lodges of Australia - this secluded property offers a true slice of paradise on the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. So you can enjoy gourmet wining and dining, indulge in the on-site spa, laze in villas with plunge pools and – most importantly – have immediate access to the most beloved coral system on the planet.