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Vacation - Queensland

Updated on January 23, 2010

Vacation Queensland

Ah Queensland! The Gold coast, those long legged Queensland girls! Surfers Paradise, the Great Barrier Reef, Sea World, the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island.................. The weather? Beautiful one day perfect the next! These are just a few reasons to holiday in Queensland.

Queensland is Australia's Second largest state by size and Third largest by population which is growing rapidly as people opt for better lifestyle choices.

This is a diverse and beautiful state the climate ranging from mild to hot.

For those who love the tropics as I do, Queensland has more to offer than most tropical locations in the way of sheer diversity, romantic settings and rugged outback if you go off the beaten track..

Victorians go to the Gold Coast in the winter months for the fantastic climate and fishing.

Queensland reaches right to the top of Australia, where it is very hot and tropical, with very few inhabitants at all, apart from the aboriginal people who have been there for 40,000 years that is! you can get a permit to visit some very isolated places in the far north of Queensland, but most access is without any of these restrictions.

Brisbane at twilight

Brisbane Skyline
Brisbane Skyline

Brisbane :

Brisbane the Queensland capital city is built on the beautiful Brisbane river with modern bridges and free-ways. This is another wonderful coastal city that has been located on a river.

Brisbane was originally the Moreton Bay Penal Colony, where so called recidivist convicts from New South Wales where sent to complete their terms.

Fortunately free settlement was encouraged, and today Queensland's economy is dominated by the Natural Resource, Agricultural and Tourist sectors.

Being a capital city of such a vast state Brisbane is very diverse and interesting.

For more information on Brisbane check out our Hub on Brisbane.

The famous Surfers Paradise beach!
The famous Surfers Paradise beach!

Queensland's beautiful beaches

Queensland has some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Many towns and cities are built directly facing the beaches. Such as the famous Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay and continue right up the sunshine coast running through modern tourist cities and towns along Queensland's magnificent coastline.

Queensland is big river country, making it very attractive for fishing, sightseeing in the huge river valleys or boating as well.

For further information about The Gold Coast please visit our Hub on The Gold Coast.

For further information about Surfers Paradise please visit our Hub on Sunshine Coast..

Hamilton Island.

The Hamilton group of Islands sits just off the coast in some of the most beautiful colored sea you have ever seen. Sunrises and sunsets are what you would expect in a place where you can see horizon to horizon through clean air. This is the place to go if you would like to be based in amongst beautiful uninhabited Islands yet close to big city life on the coast.

Spectacular sailing in the Whitsunday passage is available to suit all budgets. 

For further information about Hamilton Island please visit our Hub on Hamilton Island.

Cairns Qld.

This rock is covered in floods and was washed here by the water
This rock is covered in floods and was washed here by the water

The Atherton Tablelands come quite close to the coast at Cairns, so all you need to do if the climate gets too hot or cold is change altitude to change climates!

At the top of the climb up to the tablelands is a beautiful little town Kurandra. You can find plenty to do here as farmers have tours of tropical and other crops, as well as jungle trips. You could also just take in the spectacular views or ride the scenic railway. the cable car offers an amazing view of the area as does the train.

Suddenly you are in lush tropical rain forests, little farming towns, Gorges, wildlife and wonderful villages with great local food, the list goes on.

There are many day trips from Cairns and plenty of car hire firms.

Skyrail  at Kuranda
Skyrail at Kuranda


Pool Artwork at Cairns
Pool Artwork at Cairns

Cairns and North Queensland.

If you love the heat but wish to get away from it sometimes, you can do that from Cairns in about 25 minutes or even less if you don't stop to see the scenery!

The huge rock you see in the picture would have been moved there by water from the torrential rains that cascade down here to the sea. This is rugged country.

Cairns is a great place to visit if you would like to meet a few local crocodiles while staying in a classy hotel only an hour away from the wild crocs.

Cairns has heaps of modern accommodation and a muddy bay in the centre of town instead of a pristine beach!

The up side of Cairns is that Just a few minutes north of Cairns are some of the worlds most magnificent wild ocean beaches.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a scenic cableway running above the Barron Gorge National Park from the Cairns suburb of Caravonica to Kuranda Queensland

Barrier reef view from air

The unbelievable Barrier Reef
The unbelievable Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef!

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Queensland.

The worlds largest coral reef system is also the worlds most beautiful.

Situated in the Coral sea off the coast of Queensland the reef can be explored, in glass bottomed boats or dived.

The Great Barrier Reef is so large it can be seen from outer space and covers some 133,000 square miles! The best place to see the reef is near the Whitsundays and the Cairns region.

A large portion of the reef now forms the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This helps to limit the impact of human use, such as overfishing and tourism.

Other environmental dangers to the reef and its ecosystem include the quality of run-off water , climate change which is believed to be the cause of mass coral bleaching, and outbreaks of the crown of thorns starfish.

Historical Toowoomba Town Hall
Historical Toowoomba Town Hall

Darling Downs

Inland from Brisbane ,The Darling Downs region, is located about 99 miles (160 kilometres) due west..

The area is a fertile agricultural area and is west of the Great Dividing Range and stretches south to the New South Wales border. The hub of the Darling Downs is the beautiful regional town of Toowoomba, and also includes places such as Goondiwindi, Southern Downs and Western Downs.

This is rugged and beautiful country.


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