A view of Waddy Point on Fraser Island, Queensland

Things to do in  Queensland

Look beneath the surface

From the Gold Coast to the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine State has enough sun, sand, and surf to uphold its title as Australia’s flagship beach destination. But beach parties and theme parks aren’t the only things to do in Queensland. Explore the remote wilderness of the Cape York Peninsula, cruise out to the pristine beaches of Fraser Island and The Whitsundays, then snorkel and scuba dive along the world’s most famous reef. Or head inland, where mountainous hinterlands and UNESCO-listed rainforests provide excellent terrain for off-road adventures.

Top 15 attractions in Queensland

Great Barrier Reef

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Encompassing roughly 3,000 individual reefs and dotted with almost 900 islands and coral cays (small sandy isles), Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most unforgettable natural treasures. Snorkelers and certified divers flock here to see the unparalleled array of marine life.More

Brisbane River

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The Brisbane River winds its way through the heart of the city, from the neighborhoods of South Brisbane all the way to Moreton Bay. The river is also a center of local life, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the many waterfront parks and landmarks, riverside walks, and sightseeing cruises.More

Lake McKenzie

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fraser Island (K’gari, the largest sand island in the world, is filled with natural wonders and Lake McKenzie is one of its most wonderful. Also known as Boorangoora, the strikingly blue water of Lake McKenzie makes it the most visited of the island’s freshwater lakes and its most popular swimming location.More

Noosa Everglades

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Known as the “River of Mirrors,” the Noosa Everglades is one of Queensland’s most stunning natural landscapes and one of only two everglades systems on Earth. This stretch of wetlands, mangrove forests, and lakes is part of Cooloola National Park and harbors a rich diversity of flora and birdlife.More

Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island)

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With its miles of sun-bleached sandy beaches, towering dunes, shimmering lagoons, and pockets of wild bushland, Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) feels a world away from nearby Brisbane. A national park and among the largest sand island in the world, Moreton Island makes for a perfect day trip when you want to get in touch with nature.More

Tamborine National Park

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Located in the Gold Coast Hinterlands, Tamborine National Park is known for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and breathtaking views over the Gold Coast and the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Scenic Rim to the west. Queensland’s first national park, Tamborine is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.More

Mossman Gorge

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Marking the southern border of Daintree National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mossman Gorge is one of the most popular places to experience the world’s oldest rain forest. Dating back more than 130 million years, the dense forest and scenic river gorge harbor a rich biodiversity and provide a stunning backdrop for hikers and swimmers.More

Green Island

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Marooned off the coast of Cairns in north Queensland, Green Island is a tropical paradise of lush rainforest, white sandy beaches, and crystalline waters. The idyllic island is part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and harbors a variety of coral reefs, exotic fish, and marine life.More

Story Bridge

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Story Bridge is Brisbane’s answer to Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Iconic in its own right, Story Bridge is a heritage-listed, steel cantilever bridge that allows access between the northern and southern suburbs of Brisbane.Story Bridge was built between 1935 and 1939, and was known as Jubilee Bridge until mid 1940. The main attraction of Story Bridge, as splendid as it is to view from afar, are the bridge climbs which began in 2005. A guided tour takes visitors up the bridge to stunning panoramic views of the city, out to Moreton Bay, and west across the aptly named Scenic Rim as they stand 80 metres above sea level. It’s also possible to abseil down one of the bridge’s pylons and into Captain Burke Park.More

Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain

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Located on the grounds of the Cedar Creek Estate Winery on Mt. Tamborine, the Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain are one of the best spots on the Gold Coast to view glowworms. See thousands of these creatures during the daytime in a darkened, controlled environment designed to mimic their natural habitat.More

Eli Creek

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Floating down the shallow, fast-flowing waters of Eli Creek beneath a twisted canopy of trees is a highlight of a visit to Fraser Island. One of the largest freshwater creeks on the island, its cool waters provide welcome relief from the sunny shores of neighboring 75 Mile Beach.More

Maheno Shipwreck

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The best-known shipwreck around the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the once-luxurious liner SS Maheno was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935. The shipwreck continues to deteriorate in the harsh environment, making for an impressive and haunting site.More

Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park

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Just across the river from Brisbane’s central business district, Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park offers sweeping views of Brisbane’s skyline, as well as excellent rock climbing and rappelling—suitable for all skill levels—on its cliffs. The cliffs were formed by convicts mining the volcanic rock in the middle of the 19th century.More

Daintree Rainforest

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From the dramatic jungle-clad gorges, wild rivers, and tumbling waterfalls of Daintree National Park to the deserted coast of Cape Tribulation along the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest is Australia’s largest stretch of rain forest, covering 460 square miles (1,200 square kilometers). A protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hiker’s paradise, the rainforest is renowned for its extraordinary biodiversity.More

Sea World Gold Coast

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One of Australia’s biggest marine parks, Sea World Gold Coast is home to dolphins, rays, sharks, polar bears, and seals. The family attraction has thrilling rides, educational exhibits, and daily live shows, and it’s also involved in marine life rescue and rehabilitation efforts along the Gold Coast.More

Top activities in Queensland

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K'gari (Fraser Island) Day Tour

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All about Queensland

When to visit

There’s a reason that Queensland is called the Sunshine State, and you can expect the sun to shine through all four seasons. Summer temperatures are hot and humid, with average temperatures around 85°F (30°C) and high rainfall, especially in the tropical north. Stick to the state’s southern beach resorts in summer, then head north during the dry winter months. May through October is the best season for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, with lower water levels and higher visibility.

Getting around

As Australia’s second-largest state, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Queensland. Most travelers touch down in Brisbane or Cairns, where long-distance buses, tourist shuttles, and ferries will whisk you between the coastal resorts and islands. Queensland’s public transport network is well-developed, but you’ll still find it quicker and easier to get around with a car, especially if you’re exploring the Hinterlands and national parks.

Traveler tips

Queensland is home to one of only two everglades in the world (the other one is in Florida). Part of the Great Sandy National Park, you can explore the wild waterways of the Noosa Everglades by boat or kayak, cool off with a swim in croc-free waterholes, and spot some 40% of Australia’s bird species.

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People Also Ask

What is the most breathtaking place in Queensland?

Queensland has no shortage of awe-inspiring natural wonders, most notably its two UNESCO sites—the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Magnificent beaches and sweeping ocean views await on Fraser Island and The Whitsundays islands, while photo opportunities abound in the Wooroonooran, Lamington, and Glass House Mountains national parks.

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What is Queensland best known for?

Queensland is renowned for its year-round sunshine, golden beaches, and natural wonders. Once you’ve explored the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and snorkeled the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, take your pick of beach resorts along the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, or cruise out to Fraser Island or The Whitsundays.

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Why do tourists visit Queensland?

Tourists visit Queensland to swim, surf, and sunbathe at the sandy beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, snorkel and scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef, or hike through the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest. The state is also renowned for its many family theme parks, national parks, and natural wonders.

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What can you enjoy in Queensland?

Queensland is all about getting outdoors. Enjoy swimming, surfing, and water sports along the beaches, snorkeling or scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef, or hiking amid canyons, waterfalls, and rainforests. Or get your adrenaline pumping at a theme park, sandboarding on Fraser Island, or visit Australia Zoo.

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What is the best month to go to Queensland?

Summer is peak season along the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, but expect hot, humid, and wet weather, especially in the state's north. Alternatively, the warm, dry winter months (June through October) are ideal for exploring the tropical north and visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

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Why is the Gold Coast so famous?

The Gold Coast is renowned for its year-round sunshine, beautiful golden beaches, and many theme parks. Encompassing towns such as Surfer’s Paradise, Miami Beach, and Broadbeach, it’s one of Australia’s most popular family beach destinations, where you can surf, shop, golf, whale-watch, or bushwalk and food-taste in the Hinterlands.

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