BRISBANE & SOUTH QUEENSLAND
- Tangalooma Dolphins, 2 days
- Friendly Brisbane, 3 days
- O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat, 3 days
- Fraser Island Resort, 3 days
- Exclusive Snowbird Getaways
- Two Wonders in One - Fraser Isl & O'Reilly's
- Brisbane to Cairns Reef & Rail Cruise
CAIRNS & TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
REEF & RAINFOREST
- Daintree Eco Lodge, 3 days
- Bloomfield, 4 days
- Cape Tribulation, 3 days
- Reef & Rainforest Experience, 5 days
- Brisbane and South Queensland
- Cairns Extension Ideas
- Port Douglas Extension Ideas
- Aboriginal Culture Experiences
- Play Golf at Australia’s Top Courses
STAYS OF DISTINCTION
- Lizard Island, 4 days
- Hayman Island, 4 days
- Silky Oaks Lodge, 3 days
- Bedarra Bay Resort, 4 days
- Ultimate Retreat, 12 days
- Cairns & Green Island, 5 days
- Heron & Wilson Island, 4 days
- Hamilton Island, 4 days
- Whitsundays Escape, 4 days
- Hayman Island, 4 days
- Coral Princess Cruises (Great Barrier Reef)
- DescaradA Cruises
- Murray River Cruises - Murray Princes
- Oceanic Discoverer
- Orion Expedition Cruises
- Barefoot Experiences 3 - 7 days
Thin Red Line
The movie, "The Thin Red Line" (starring Sean Penn) tells the wartime story of a US rifle company fighting Japanese forces in the Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands...but most of the filming was actually in the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland
Brisbane river boardwalk and skyline
THE SUNSHINE STATE
You'll find it all in Australia's 'Sunshine State'. The spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the virgin rainforest of the Daintree, thousands of pristine white beaches, the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and, of course, the Outback. You'll also find fantastic entertainment, shopping, dining and nightlife in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and the many tourist towns.
ORIGIN OF NAME:
Named for Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch.
Koala and Brolga
A badge featuring a royal crown.
"Bold, age, and faithful too".
Queensland lies in the Northeast of the continent, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the east, and the Torres Strait to the North.
Second largest state in Australia; 1,727,200 km2.
The North Coast is sheltered by Islands and the Great Barrier Reef System. Behind the coastal slopes of the Great Dividing Range and River Flats, are rolling plains. The land then becomes semi-arid desert.
2,546,400 mostly in four coastal areas. Approximate: Brisbane 734,750, Gold Coast 174,530, Townsville 100,530, Cairns 64,840, Rockhampton 56,520, Mackay 48,760, Mt. Isa 25,020.
The climate is mostly Tropical, with two main seasons: Wet and Dry - Queensland is known as "The Sunshine State" because of it's pleasantly warm winters and long hours of sunshine.
Cairns is the gateway to some of the most beautiful and exciting diverse parts of Australia. The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is matched on land by Australia's most prolific flora - the tropical rainforests of the coast, mountains and Tablelands.
Cairns, in the heart of the tropical wonderland is an international tourist mecca. It is a modern colourful city situated on the shores of a natural harbour, Trinity Inlet, with a magnificent backdrop of rugged mountains covered with thick tropical rainforest. The major glamour activity in Cairns is no doubt Big Game Fishing. Cairns is recognized as the Black Marlin capital of Australia with numerous fish over 450kg recorded each year. The game fishing season starts in early September and continues throughout to late November.
In Queensland's Far North, the continent's marine life reaches its most prolific and colourful form - the northern half of the Great Barrier Reef - 1200 km of reefs hugging the entire east coast and into the Torres Strait Islands.
More information on the Great Barrier Reef.
Also visit Diving Experiences.
The rainforest village of Kuranda, perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, is no newcomer to the beat of tourist feet. Back in the early 1900's southerners flocked to Cairns by coastal steamer to ride the famous mountain train, see the mighty Barron Falls, and venture into the rainforest kingdom then romantically dubbed "Fairyland". Despite early tourism and the influx of Allied Forces during World War II, Kuranda's old-world charm and leisurely ways have remained unchanged.
Cairns & Far North Queensland
Brisbane & Southern Queensland