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What to see in Queensland

Attractions


Queensland is one of Australia's main tourism hot spots, with attractions and activities enough to entertain anybody lucky enough to visit. It is a big state and it would be hugely challenging to take in all its glories in one visit. Although best known for its spectacular beaches and coral reefs, Queensland also boasts incredible rainforests and desert landscapes. The most popular cities, towns and resorts in the state include Surfer's Paradise, Hamilton Island, Noosa, Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, Burleigh Heads, Mooloolaba, Coolum, and, of course, Brisbane.

Queensland is home to an impressive five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island; The Gondwana Rainforests, ancient and teeming with wildlife; The Great Barrier Reef, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world; Riversleigh, Australia's most famous fossil site; and the spectacular rainforests of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Other must-see tourist sites include Magnetic Island, the Skyrail of Cairns and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, not to mention the many urban attractions of Brisbane and all the theme parks along the celebrated Gold Coast.


Fraser Island

This is the world's largest sand island, situated a two-hour drive north of Brisbane. Fraser Island has a unique ecological system of giant dunes, forests, streams and freshwater lakes, and in 1993…

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Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is inland from the Gold Coast, about 21 miles (34km) northwest of Nerang and about 40 miles (62km) from Brisbane. It is a popular scenic drive destination, as the area includes seven…

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The Esplanade

The recently renovated Cairns Esplanade is the entertainment hub for visitors to the city, providing numerous recreational opportunities, and lined with a host of good restaurants, bars and cafes.…

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Skyrail

The most popular tourist attraction in Cairns is the Skyrail rainforest cableway, which travels nearly five miles (7.5km) from the Caravonica Terminal, the gondolas gliding above the canopy of the…

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Surfer's Paradise

Formerly a small coastal resort town, the Surfer's Paradise holiday resort has blossomed into the pulsating heart of the Queensland Gold Coast. Set on a peninsula, about 50 miles (78km) from Brisbane,…

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to more than just the cute and cuddly koala, but also to kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas and various…

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South Bank

The South Bank is a central Brisbane district packed with world-class attractions and experiences for visitors. It attracts nearly 10 million people each year, mostly to the South Bank Parklands, which…

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Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, the Gondwana Rainforests are so-named as the fossil records show that when Gondwana existed it was covered by the same kind of rainforests.…

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Hamilton Island

The most developed of the Whitsundays, the privately owned Hamilton Island is also the most populated, boasting some of the most valuable real estate in Australia, and when you take a look at the breathtaking…

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