Seven times the size of Great Britain, the state of Queensland is a geographical behemoth. Its natural diversity is pretty impressive too, with 27 bioregions supporting over 1000 ecosystem types, from rainforests and wetlands, to savannahs, dry tropics and the coast. Five of Australia’s eleven World Heritage listed natural sites are found here, including the immensely spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Throw in some laid-back towns, including Brisbane, the glamorous Gold Coast, and chic Noosa and Port Douglas, and you quickly realise there is a lot to discover here! For adventure lovers, Queensland is a veritable haven. Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef is on many people’s bucket lists, but the region is also famed for many other activities. Sand-boarding the dunes on Fraser Island, surfing in Caloundra or sailing the Whitsundays are some of the most sought after adventures of the young and young at heart. For a completely different experience, why not try searching for glow worms in a Gold Coast Hinterland rainforest!
Like nearly everywhere in Australia, Queensland has a fantastic food scene. With enviable produce to boast, top class chefs and artisan producers are sharpening Queensland’s culinary cred, and a craft-beer boom has led to an explosion of cool microbreweries across the state.
Best time to visit
May - October is generally a good time to visit, with warm sunny days and cooler evenings. September is considered the ultimate month to visit Queensland, with the perfect climate and ideal water temperature for swimming, snorkelling and discovering the Great Barrier Reef.