Queensland Facts

There are some interesting Queensland facts.

It is not to wonder that Queensland is the most travelled state in Australia.

The weather is always warm, people are friendly and happy, and there is no end of interesting and beautiful places to explore. Most campervans bear the numberplate "Victoria - the place to be"! Sorry, but I just wonder - so what the heck are you doing here?? Let's see what brings the snowgropers and other globetrotters to Queensland...
Hardy Reef, Queensland, Australia
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Top five Queensland activities:

1. GREAT BARRIER REEF

2. WHITSUNDAYS

3. DAINTREE RAINFORESTS

4. FRASER ISLAND FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

5. GOLD COAST  AND SUNSHINE COAST THEME PARKS



Brisbane Travel Information - Queensland Facts
First, there is Brisbane with its beautiful Story Bridge, busy Queen Street Mall and Treasury Casino in the CBD, museums and beach on the South Bank, and the trendy suburbs Fortitude Valley, New Farm and West End around Brisbane River.
 
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I first came to Brisbane from Sydney, and I said, jeez this city is friendly! When in Sydney trains people stare the walls and tramp on your toes without saying sorry, in Brisbane they actually look at you, and can sometimes even smile to you. (I was at that stage happily unaware of the fact that it can get better because I had never been to north Queensland ;-)
Brisbane City Skyline at Dusk, Queensland, Story Bridge Illuminated, Brisbane River, Australia
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Here are some great time and money savers in Brisbane:
 
BRISBANE SIGHTSEEING TOURS, RIVER CRUISES, STORY BRIDGE CLIMB, TANDEM SKYDIVE, DOLPHIN FEEDING AT TANGALOOMA RESORT ON MORETON ISLAND, BRISBANE AIRPORT ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TRANSFER PACKAGES, AND BRISBANE, GOLD COAST AND SUNSHINE COAST ATTRACTION PASSES.

Gold Coast Travel Information - Queensland Facts
South of Brisbane there is the Gold Coast - one of the most touristy coasts in Queensland. Some people love it, other people hate it, but there has to be a reason why millions of tourists flock the place every year, to - drink, gamble and go to expensive theme parks.


Or, maybe I am being unfair - Surfers Paradise has a lovely long white-sand beach and as the name says, good surf waves. But anyway - I am glad there is the hinterland, with lots of bushwalking in Lamington, Tamborine and Springbrook National Parks.
Main Beach, Gold Coast, Australia
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Save time and money on Gold Coast:

GOLD COAST AIRPORT TRANSFERS, THEME PARK PASSES, JET BOAT RIDES, CRUISES, HINTERLAND NATIONAL PARK 4WD AND BUSHWALKING TOURS, HOT AIR BALLOONING, HELICOPTER RIDES, TRIPS TO BYRON BAY AND MORETON ISLAND, TICKETS TO THE "OUTBACK SPECTACULAR"

Sunshine Coast Destinations - Queensland Facts
North of Brisbane, there is the Sunshine Coast. It's a beautiful coast with sandy beaches and emerald blue waters, and it's less commercialised than the Gold Coast but that, I am afraid, won't last forever. The first theme park, Underwater World, is already here, and so are the skyscrapers. But most of it is pretty relaxed and there are beaches you can still have for yourself.


My absolute favourite is Noosa National Park, but Bribie Island and Glasshouse Mountains National Park are also great. The little town of Eumundi is known for its Saturday Markets; near Yandina there is an interesting Ginger Factory; Nambour has the Big Pineapple, and near Caloundra is the famous Ettamogah Pub. And crikey, don't miss the Australia Zoo near Beerwah, whether you are interested in Australian animals or our famous late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin himself.
Mouth of Noosa River, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Tours and passes on Sunshine Coast:

And remember that booking online is almost always cheaper ;-)

TICKETS TO STEVE IRWIN'S AUSTRALIA ZOO, LUNCH AND AFTERNOON CRUISES ON NOOSA RIVER, TEN HOUR TOURS THAT INCLUDE SUNSHINE COAST, NOOSA AND THE FAMOUS UNDERWATER WORLD



Fraser Coast Holidays - Queensland Facts
North of the Sunshine Coast is Fraser Coast, home to Fraser Island - the world's largest sand island, where in the Great Sandy National Park you can easily spend a week camping, bushwalking and driving on beaches. There is a southern entrance through the colourful Rainbow Beach, but the most usual gateway to the island is Hervey Bay - a town known for some great whale-watching between July and October. Also in the area is Childers where in June 2000, 15 backpackers tragically died in a hotel fire; Bundaberg where Australia's own sugar cane rum is made, and Mon Repos turtle rookery - a great place to watch large loggerhead turtles laying eggs on the beach between January and March.
Four Wheel Drives, Seventy Five Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
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Fraser Island is much more than just a trip to Kingfisher Bay.. it's all about rainforest bushwalks, dips in bright blue inland lakes and some of the best four wheel driving in Australia.
Make the most of it on an organised 4WD tour and you don't even need your own vehicle, let alone any 4WDriving skills.

FRASER ISLAND 4WD ECO DAY TRIPS


Capricorn Coast Australia - Queensland Facts

Further north along the coast is Capricorn Coast, so named for its position on the tropics of Capricorn. The biggest town here is Rockhampton, with Great Keppel Island just off the shore. Further south is Gladstone, the town where you can catch a ferry to Heron Island - one of the Great Barrier Reef's most beautiful coral cays with white sand beaches and emerald blue waters to snorkel and dive.

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Inland from Capricorn Coast is Carnarvon National Park; some gemfields (with some quirky Queensland characters :-) around Emerald, and Clermont - the town that was moved after a devastating flood following a tropical cyclone in 1916. You can still see a piano in a tree, and there is a memorial showing the water level - almost 5 metres.
Criterion Hotel, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
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Here is one of the greatest things to do in the whole Queensland:

If you are ever gonna do white water rafting in Australia, (or elsewhere), do it in Tully River.

It is the most popular place in Australia for a good reason!

FULL DAY WHITE WATER RAFTING ON TULLY RIVER


Mackay Region and Whitsunday Beaches - Queensland Facts

North of Capricorn Coast is Mackay Coast, and the famous Whitsundays - one of the most popular travel destinations in Queensland. Mackay is a lovely town surrounded by tropical rainforests and sugar cane fields. North of it is Cape Hillsborough National Park - famous for kangaroos that like to hop around on the beach, and west is Eungella National Park - known as a good place to see platypus. Whitsundays are north of Mackay, off the coast of Airlie Beach - a nice small town to stay, and the Whitsunday Islands are magnificent. All as beautiful as each other, they cater for different budgets. There is the expensive Daydream and the luxurious Hayman, the resort-packed Hamilton and the Club-Med style Lindeman. But there is also the low-budget Long Island and Hook Island, and the eco-friendly South Molle. And then of course, there is the Whitsunday Island itself, with its gorgeous Whitehaven Beach, many camp sites and bush walks. The whole area is very popular with sailing and boat charters.
Float Plane on Beach, Hayman Island Resort, Whitsundays, Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsundays is one of the best places in Australia for some great water activities!

SAILING

CRUISES

GREAT BARRIER REEF TRIPS

CROCODILE WATCHING

HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

ISLAND HOPPER PASS




The Burdekin Region and North Queensland Facts

Drive north from the Whitsundays and you come, through some sugar cane and mango country to Bowen, Ayr and the Burdekin Region. North from there is Townsville - the biggest city in north Queensland. Just outside is the beautiful Magnetic Island, and further out is the Great Barrier Reef. Inland from Townsville are the historical mining towns Ravenswood and Charters Towers (and Burdekin Falls Dam). North of Townsville are the Townsville Northern Beaches, Paluma Range National Park, the Italian-influenced Ingham, Hinchinbrook Island off the coast of Cardwell, Australia's wettest town Tully, the popular Mission Beach with the tropical Dunk Island, and Innisfail - the town that coped the worst of the tropical Cyclone Larry in March 2006 (the 2011 Cyclone Yasi mostly damaged Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell). North of Innisfail are more sugar cane and banana fields, and Queensland's highest peak in dense rainforests in Wooroonooran National Park. West from here is the lovely Atherton Tablelands with some huge fig trees, waterfalls, Chinese temples and coffee farms.
Looking South from Castle Hill in Townsville Towards Paluma Range, Queensland, Australia
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Best activities north of Townsville:

FULL DAY WHITE WATER RAFTING ON TULLY RIVER

FULL DAY TRIP TO ATHERTON TABLELANDS, ITS WATERFALLS, AND THE FAMOUS PARONELLA PARK

HOT AIR BALLOONING ABOVE THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS



Far North Tropical Queensland Facts

Cairns is one of the best cities in Australia. It's cosmopolitan and colourful, its weather is always warm and it's surrounded by lush green rainforested mountains - wherever you watch, you know that you are in the tropics. The Great Barrier Reef is not far from the coast, and the Far North Qld Coast north of Cairns is one of the most beautiful coasts in Australia. Cairns' northern beaches are lined by coconut palm trees and further north there is a beautiful drive to Port Douglas, Mossman and Mossman Gorge. North from here is Cape Tribulation in the world-famous Daintree Rainforests with rivers full of crocodiles - you can go on a tour to see them. Inland from Cairns is Kuranda - a former hippie village that has turned into a tourist magnet with its famous markets; and the way they take you there from Cairns: one way by a historical train through rainforests, and the other by Skyrail over a mountain range with views over the blue ocean. Here is also the Tjapukai Aboriginal Village, one of the best places in Australia to learn about Aboriginal culture.
Evening in Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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There is an amazing amount of great things to do north, west and east of Cairns!!!


BUNGY JUMP, JUNGLE SWING, SKY DIVING, TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL PARK, TROPICAL ZOO AND CROC PARK JUST NORTH OF CAIRNS

TRIPS FROM PALM COVE - ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES


Cape York Peninsula - Queensland Facts
Cape York Peninsula in the northernmost end of Queensland is one of the last frontiers of Australia, with a great lot of wilderness and history, and the roads are unsealed so you need a 4WD. The coastal road north of Cape Tribulation is the so-called Bloomfield Road that comes to Cooktown - one of the most interesting towns in Cape York. Further north is the huge Lakefield National Park, known of its large populations of crocodiles. The busier inland road to Cape York goes through Lakeland, Laura, Musgrave and Coen to the northern parts of the peninsula where you can turn west to Weipa, or east to Iron Range National Park. Further north from here you can drive the adventurous Old Telegraph Track, or if you don't like crossing creeks and rivers, you can take the Bypass Roads. In the northern end of both is Jardine River National Park, and the small towns Bamaga and Seisia, where you can catch a ferry to Torres Strait Islands. North from Seisia is the the tip of Cape York and the northernmost point of mainland Australia.
Community Rangers at the Coloured Sands of Hopevale on the Cape York Peninsula, Australia
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Great trips from Cairns continued...

TRIPS FROM CAIRNS TO KURANDA

DAINTREE RAINFOREST TOURS FROM CAIRNS

GREAT BARRIER REEF TRIPS AND CRUISES  FROM CAIRNS

HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

WHITE WATER RAFTING

COMBO TICKETS

Gulf Savannah Region - Queensland Facts

South of the Cape York Peninsula is the Gulf Savannah Developmental Road with Mount Garnet, Undara Lava Tubes, Mt Surprise, Einasleigh, Forsayth, Gobbold Gorge, Georgetown, Croydon and Normanton. North of Normanton is the 'fishing village' Karumba, and west of it are Burketown, Doomadgee and Hells Gate. South of them is the beautiful Lawn Hill National Park, with a beautiful gorge to kayak, and many nice bushwalks.
Ripple Lines of Boat in Water in Karumba Shipping Channel at Sunset
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Trips from Port Douglas to...


CAIRNS, NORTHERN BEACHES, KURANDA AND MAREEBA

GREAT BARRIER REEF

DAINTREE RAINFORESTS

COOKTOWN

FLAMES OF THE FOREST DINING

CAIRNS AIRPORT TRANSFERS


Outback Queensland Travel Information - Queensland Facts
South from here is Flinders Highway with Camooweal, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Pentland and Charters Towers. Further south are Collinsville, Muttaburra, Aramac, Jericho, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Kynuna and McKinlay. In the western  Outback Queensland are Boulia, Middleton, Bedourie, Windorah, Jundah, Stonehenge and Birdsville. And in the south are Blackall, Tambo, Augathella, Charleville, Quilpie, Wyandra, Cunnamulla, Bollon, St George and Dirranbandi. Outback Queensland is one of the greatest places to visit in Australia.
Roadtrain Hurtles Through Outback, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Trips to Cape York and Cooktown...

GREAT FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRIPS TO HISTORIC COOKTOWN















Map of Queensland - Queensland Facts

Here's a map of Queensland with places mentioned on this web page tagged. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

 
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