There is no place quite like Queensland; ocean-kissed coastline, verdant tropical rainforests, arid Outback countryscapes, and some of Australia’s most beloved holiday go-tos. These destinations need the support of travellers more than ever, as small local economies have been ground to a halt following the impact of bushfires, travel restrictions and drought.
Visiting these communities and townships is vital to help with regeneration efforts and throwing your support behind this recovery is as simple as booking a trip. Booking local accommodation, eating at the corner pub, shopping at independent boutiques, and taking home finds from the weekend farmers’ market means your support goes straight to the town’s residents and its economy. Make for the balmy weather and heritage-listed rainforests of Tropical North Queensland, and base yourself on one of the islands of the Whitsundays and see more of these isles with boat charters, glass-bottom boat tours or even helicopter joy rides. See another side of the Sunshine State by heading inland to the agricultural towns and farming communities of Outback Queensland and divide your time between the big cities and beloved hotspots of the South East and Central Coast. And if you need more inspiration on what to do, see and tick off while you’re away, again look to the suggestions and recommendations of those who know the areas best: Queenslanders.
See just some of what Queensland’s regions have in store below and book your Sunshine State trip today.
- Places to keep in mind: Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowomba, Harvey Bay, Noosa, Fraser Island
- Places to keep in mind: Rockhampton, Mackay, Emerald, Gladstone, Clermont
- Places to keep in mind: Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Hook Island, Daydream Island
Tropical North Queensland
- Places to keep in mind: Townsville, Mission Beach, Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Georgetown
- Places to keep in mind: Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Mt Isa, Boulia, Winton, Charleville
When to go & weather:
- High Season (June - September): Mild weather, best time to see whales and the Great Barrier Reef
- Shoulder Season (April - May & October - November): Warm and pleasant, longer sunny days for the beach, fewer crowds
- Low Season (December - March): Wet season is hot and humid with torrential rains
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