Australia Travel Planning: 20 Things to Do in Queensland

One Travel has some great tips on incredible things to do in the heartland of "Down Under." 

 

Queensland, one of Australia’s states, located on the northeast corner, is a hot-spot destination for both tourists and vacationing locals given its tropical climate and varied landscape.

 

It is also the state I’ve traveled to the most in Australia now that I live in Sydney simply because it is so accessible and has loads of options for things to do (it’s a win - win for the traveler).

 

To get an idea of what you can do in the state of Queensland, have a quick read of this list:

 

       Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, an UNESCO World Heritage site, or go for your first scuba dive.

             Instead of visiting, you could just get a Googlestreet viewof the Great Barrier Reef!

 

       Visit the Gold Coast for some surfing, shopping and clubbing (just remember to avoid going during “Schoolies” week).

 

             Be sure to tick through this planning list for the Gold Coast for a little insight.

 

      Visit crocodile farms, or see some in the wild on a Daintree River cruise.

 

      Visit the Australia Zoo of former Steve Irwin (“Crocodile Hunter”) glory.

 

      Hike in the Daintree Rainforest.

 

      Drive up to Cape Tribulation for a secluded beach experience.

 

      Catch a glimpse of the dinosaur-like cassowary bird in its native home near Mission Beach.

 

      Take a photo of yourself with the Giant Mango outside Bowen, or any of the other roadside “big things” in the country.

 

      Sail out to the Whitsunday Islands with your mates.

 

             Hamilton Island is one of Australias top islands and is located in the Whitsundays.

 

      Go on a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands outside of Cairns.

 

      Ride a cable car from Cairns to Kuranda -- the village in the rainforest -- or take the scenic railway.

 

      Go whale watching in Hervey Bay where mothers and baby humpbacks gather for several months of the year.

 

      Feed rock wallabies (they’re so tiny and cute!) in Mareeba’s Granite Gorge.

 

      Venture north of Cairns to the secluded and tropical Cooktown where Captain James Cook once landed.

 

      Go on an Aboriginal tour and learn about living off the land.

 

      Shop in the markets of Port Douglas.

 

      Spot a platypus in the wild at Eungella National Park outside Mackay.

 

      Test your nerves on the Brisbane Bridge Climb.

 

      Rent a 4WD vehicle and hit the sand of Fraser Island before swimming in the clearest waters of Lake McKenzie and catching a glimpse of dingoes in the wild (just don’t bring any babies with you!).

 

      Spot a koala in the trees of Magnetic Island, or just stay in a bungalow in its rainforest.

 

 

Planning tips:

 

Once you’ve looked through this list, it is best to tick next to the activities you might be interested in doing -- and then simply connect the dots.  The best way I recommend for visitors to explore Queensland is to do it by campervan as it gives you the freedom to venture to these often remote locations in addition to providing more up-close-and-personal encounters with nature.  There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to the sound of kookaburras laughing in the trees!

 

Before booking a campervan, however, it is best to come to the realization that Queensland is one gigantic state!  If you wanted to do all of these activities on this list, you would need time... lots of it.  A month would be cutting it extremely tight and probably still wouldn’t let you get around to all on the list.  In these cases, it is best to consult budget flights within Australia to get you from place to the next.  And, that also means paring down the list to your top choices.

 

Don’t worry if you can’t get to all 20 right away.  It just means you have an excuse to return to Australia in the future!

 

 

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