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  • Ferry on Brisbane River with skyline in background
  • Heart Reef on the Great Barrier Reef is a special place to visit while on your Australia vacation.
  • Tropical rainforest waterfall in far north Queensland
  • Harvesting sugar cane - a major export of Queensland
  • Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast
  • Whitehaven beach - The Whitsundays
  • The tropical Millaa Millaa waterfall

 

Queensland is known as the Sunshine State because of its approximately 300 days of annual sunshine, a good reason to be there on an Australia vacation. It is the 2nd largest state in Australia and the 3rd most populous - Brisbane is its capital.

The state has many excellent tourist regions to visit on Australian tours. Its best known treasure is the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system with 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands located off the coast of Queensland.

Here are some of the other tourist regions to consider on trips to Australia. The Whitsundays Islands are a popular tourist destination off the central coast. Most of the islands are deserted but there are eight that offer accommodation and tourist facilities.

Just one hour north of Brisbane in Queensland is the region known as the Sunshine Coast with a 50 kilometre/30 mile stretch of unbroken beaches and a diverse and scenic hinterland.
The Gold Coast is a major Australian tourist destination with 60 kilometres/35 miles of coastline, year round sunshine and a subtropical climate. It is also known as the entertainment capital of Queensland with long stretches of sandy beaches.

Cairns is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, and is one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From here, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. From Cairns, one can travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Brisbane itself is a major tourist destination with its well known Lone Pine Animal Sanctuary.

It's almost impossible to not include at least one of our Queensland holidays as most of our "Globetrotters" include a stop in Cairns when visiting Australia. C’mon say G’day Downunder. Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

 

State of Queensland Quickfacts

Origin of Name: Named for Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch.
Capital: Brisbane
Floral Emblem: Cooktown Orchid
Faunal Emblem: Koala and Brolga
Gemstone: Sapphire
State Flag: A badge featuring a royal crown.
State Motto: "Bold, age, and faithful too"
Location: Queensland lies in the Northeast of the continent, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the east, and the Torres Strait to the North.
Area: Second largest state in Australia; 1,727,200 km2.
Landform: 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.
Population: 4,708,500 mostly in four coastal areas. Approximate: Brisbane 2,238,394, Gold Coast 591,473, Townsville 189,238, Cairns 156,169, Rockhampton 82,551, Mackay 74,219, Mt. Isa 33,200.
Climate: 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: 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.
The Reef: 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.
Kuranda: 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.

 

 

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Australia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Australia vacations. 

Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia vacations today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Australia vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Australia.

 

  • Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney with Virgin Australia

    Explore the iconic cities and landscapes of eastern Australia with Virgin Australia. Get a feel for the “World’s Most Livable City” in Melbourne before jetting up to the Great Barrier Reef in northern Cairns and closing out your tour with a yacht cruise on the harbour in Sydney.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,929
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
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  • Sydney & Great Barrier Reef with Virgin Australia

    Explore Australia’s largest city and the world’s largest coral reef with Virgin Australia. Cruise Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht before heading north to Cairns to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore the surrounding rainforest.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,469
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
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  • Classic Australia 12 Day

    Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,328
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Classic Australia 15 Day

    Enjoy Australia’s most famous sites from Sydney’s Opera House to an Aboriginal “Dreamtime” walk in Kuranda with stops at the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Darwin in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,017
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder from Melbourne to Auckland

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Visit Australia's iconic sites and cities before commencing a journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,658
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,615
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Classic Golden Triangle

    Visit the Classic Golden Triangle of Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. See the penguins of Phillip Island, swim in the Great Barrier Reef then get to know the historic side of Sydney.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,470
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic South Pacific

    Enjoy the Classic South Pacific by encountering Fijian, Maori and Aboriginal cultures. Travel from Fiji to New Zealand to Australia taking in fantastic sights and experiences on route.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,608
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Classic Sydney, Rock & Reef

    Venture to three of Australia’s most famous spots. Get to know Sydney before catching the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then explore Cairns and the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,346
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Highlights & Wildlife

    Experience the historic side of Sydney before exploring the wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Visit Australia’s world renowned wineries followed by stops at Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,564
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Adventures in Paradise Luxury Adventure Cruise: Cairns to Cairns

    Escape to the remote paradise of Papua New Guinea to explore fascinating islands and exotic underwater worlds. Cruising aboard the True North, you’ll scuba dive through wrecks from World War II around the Deboyne Islands, visit the Trobiand Islands to learn about the villagers’ exotic customs, and fly in a helicopter over Benua Cave on Bougainville Island.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 16,584
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Affordable Diver

    Enjoy uninterrupted cruising and diving on Pro Dive’s live-aboard dive voyage. For certified divers or snorkellers, sleeping onboard gives you more time to discover the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 693
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Aussie Adventure

    Explore the best of Australia combining the excitement of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with visits to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo and the amazing Blue Mountains. An ideal family vacation.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,950
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
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  • Aussie Sampler

    With kids in mind, this introduction to Australia visits historic Sydney and the Gold Coast. It even includes a trip to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,371
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Best of the Tropical North

    From Cairns experience easy access to tropical islands, rainforests, mountains, palm-fringed sands, beautiful beaches and the Great Barrier Reef, one of nature’s wonders of the world.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 978
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Brisbane to Cairns (Reef & Rail Cruise)

    This fabulous tour features a journey onboard the Spirit of Queensland train, in an innovative RailBed seat, an eco-cruise through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and a rainforest and Aboriginal experience.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,981
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Byron Bay Adventure

    Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay has been a much-loved haven for artists and free thinkers for decades.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 413
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Lodges & Beach Stays, Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cairns & Green Island

    Eco-sensitive Green Island Resort is luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled amid lush rainforest, indulge in gourmet dining, adventure and island romance in this natural wonderland.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 883
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Cairns Barrier Reef

    Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforests. Enjoy time on a wave piercing catamaran then board an amphibious army duck to venture into the rainforest.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 584
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cairns to Hinchinbrook Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

    Embark on a cruise that introduces all the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Hinchinbrook Island, a tropical paradise, spending time snorkelling, diving and soaking up the sun.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,303
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cairns to Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise (from Cairns)

    Cruise scenic Trinity Bay then discover historic Cooktown. Uncover Lizard Island, the Ribbon Reefs and the incredibly rich coral gardens while swimming with spectacular marine life.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,714
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cape Tribulation

    Located north of Port Douglas is the World Heritage listed Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Park, Australia’s largest tract of rainforest. Enjoy the natural beauty that abounds here.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 476
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

    Explore the Australian outback aboard a luxury train, then round off your journey at the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Rail Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Aussie Sailing

    A 2 day, 1 night cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or simply enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Reef while anchored in a picturesque bay offering unspoilt beaches.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 319
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Coast & Hinterland Self Drive

    Spend a week with a self drive car from Brisbane with stops along the Sunshine Coast with its dramatic cliff scenery and white sandy beaches. You will also have a guided overnight tour to Fraser Island plus a stay in the hinterland of the region.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 995
    Trip Type:
    Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
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