One of Australia’s six states, Queensland is also the second largest and one of the most populous states in this country. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea to the east, the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the south west, and New South Wales to the south, Queensland is most well known for being the location of a number of distinguished world heritage sites, including the world famous Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. Although there are arid regions, it is also most appealing for its vacation friendly climate of tropical and subtropical weather, making Queensland a top notch destination during summer or winter season.
Airline companies that service the area of Queensland, including Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia, offer numerous interstate flights while those flying in from overseas can choose any international flights landing at the major airports of Gold Coast or Cairns. There are also domestic airports in Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, the Sunshine Coast, and Townsville that offer direct interstate flights around Queensland. Once in Queensland, tourists and guests can choose from different modes of local transportation to move around the area, starting with many buses that provide services between towns and cities in Queensland and the rest of Australia. The well-paved roads and the wide open parking spaces, on the other hand, make it more appealing to explore Queensland by car. Those who would rather sit back and relax while travelling can always opt for one of the many unique travel experiences offered by Traveltrain Holidays, offering services to many major travel destination including Longreach, Charleville, Cairns, Townsville, and Whitsundays via train. Those who are heading to South East Queensland destinations can opt between traveling with buses and cruising with ferries.
One of the best ways to start exploring the Sunshine State is by visiting one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef, which is located in the Coral Sea. The majestic subterranean maze offers an amazing attraction not to be found anywhere else in the world. Explore this wonder of nature in many ways, starting with diving and snorkeling to see the beautiful corals, enjoying an enthralling aerial view aboard a helicopter, marveling at the reef aboard a pontoon, or by sailing aboard a boat with exciting glass flooring.
Another World Heritage site found in Queensland ought to be in anyone’s travel list. Daintree National Park, situated in Far North Queensland, is home to numerous endemic creatures, including the colorful Boyd’s forest dragons, the eastern yellow robin, and the magnificent blue Ulysses butterfly. Experience the crystal clear Mossman River and have an adventure of a lifetime at the Mossman Gorge.
While in Queensland, one of the most worthwhile things to do is explore many of its national parks, starting with the Wallaman Falls National Park, which is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Site. Characterized by exciting bushwalks, endemic animals like the endangered cassowaries and rat kangaroos, lush rainforest, and the highest single drop waterfall found in Australia, visitors to the park can also opt for any of the three hikes that comprise the Wet Tropics Great Walk to explore the national park further.
Other worthy places to visit while in Queensland are the Undara Lava Tubes located in Tropical North Queensland that provide a spectacular view of one of the longest and well preserved lava tubes in the world, and the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves in Cedar Creek Estate.
Queensland is also known for many of its lovely water attractions. A tourist can begin an exploration of its water treasures by visiting Moreton Bay, just right at the mouth of the Brisbane River. Others can also marvel at a very exhilarating view of Whitehaven Beach aboard a helicopter or be amazed at Queensland’s marine treasure through many of its underwater observatories, including those located at Reef HQ and UnderWater World.
Queensland, much like the rest of Australia, will never run out of exciting activities for its adventurous guests and tourist to join, starting with a magnificent view of migrating whales on Hervey Bay during winter, witnessing flatback, leatherback, as well as other turtle varieties nesting along the Queensland coast, or checking out the shipwreck of SS Yongala lying within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. One should also include visiting the Atherton Tablelands and checking its lovely lakes and waterfalls, as well as its tropical rainforest, in their list of places to see in Queensland, as well as marveling at the spectacular view that Q1 Observation Deck offers. Those traveling with little children will also enjoy watching the spectacular fireworks during River Fire, or the last night of the River Festival, celebrated by the locals every year.