Occupying Australia’s northeastern corner, this vast state is awash with dazzling landscapes, vibrant cities and 300 days of sunshine a year. It’s also home to some of the country’s most notable highlights, from the golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the luminous green of the Daintree rainforest and Daintree Village to the clear blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
It hides some of the country’s lesser-known treasures, delivering wow-factor with gusto. You only have to peel back the postcard to find corners seemingly untouched by other visitors – Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park with its ancient rainforests, the white sandy beaches of the Whitsunday Islands, vibrant and unique Aboriginal festivals and jaw-dropping sunsets. Brisbane will delight city slickers with its lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and, in the north, Cairns is a travellers’ mecca. Between the two are strings of towns and islands, each with its own flavour but all brimming with Queenslander hospitality.
For the active traveller there are oodles of opportunities for white-water rafting, scuba diving, snorkelling, bushwalking, horse riding, surfing, bungee jumping, abseiling… The state is also home to more tours accredited under the national eco certification scheme than any other, so you can safely explore, rather than exploit, this beautiful state.