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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

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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!

 

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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.

 

Queensland, Australia

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    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:
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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
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    US$ 3,356
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  • 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$ 3,812
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  • 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$ 3,732
    Trip Type:
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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$ 1,468
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  • 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:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 2,513
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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$ 1,389
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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$ 2,673
    Trip Type:
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  • 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
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    US$ 16,562
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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$ 692
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Airlie Beach: Kiana Sail and Dive Adventure

    Sail onto the open waters of the Whitsundays to snorkel through coral reefs and experience the incredible climate of this coastal island chain. This Australia vacation takes you to dive sites across the Whitsundays and stops off at world-famous islands and beaches along the way.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 683
    Trip Type:
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  • 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$ 1,948
    Trip Type:
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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$ 1,370
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
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  • 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$ 976
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  • Brisbane & Sunshine Coast: Australia Zoo Private Tour

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most beloved tourist destinations on this private tour of the Australia Zoo. During your tour, you’ll learn about the Irwin Family’s dedication to conservation and get up-close-and-personal with all manner of exciting critters, from koalas and wombats to snakes and crocodiles.
    Duration:
    8.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane or Gold Coast: Brisbane's Best Full Day Tour

    Experience the best sides of Brisbane from land and water on this full day tour. On this exploration of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, you’ll cruise along the river to see Brisbane’s highlights, visit Mount Coota-tha to enjoy stunning views of the Great Dividing Range and Moreton Bay, and cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices:
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    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane or Gold Coast: Croc Express to Australia Zoo Tour

    Take six hours to visit the famous Australia Zoo and get up close and personal with Australia’s exotic wildlife. On this tour of the park, you’ll learn about the legacy of Steve Irwin and engage with crocodiles, snakes, and marsupials as you tour the park. On your way back to your accommodations, you’ll enjoy majestic views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
    Duration:
    8.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane or Gold Coast: O'Reilly's and Lamington National Park

    Take a day in coastal Queensland to explore the rainforest and enjoy spectacular views of the McPherson Ranges. On this day tour you’ll explore the quaint centres of Canungra and Tamborine Mountain, climb to the world’s first Treetop Walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, and visit an alpaca farm.
    Duration:
    9.15 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • 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$ 2,977
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Brisbane: Koala and River Cruise

    This popular Brisbane river cruise has been taking locals and visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 70 years and is a “must do” experience and a PERFECT tour to do when visiting Brisbane.
    Duration:
    5.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane: Afternoon Lone Pine & Mt Coot-tha Tour

    Take an afternoon to explore Australia’s largest koala wildlife reserve. On this tour, you’ll visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala. Afterwards, you’ll head to Mount Coot-tha to enjoy spectacular views of Moreton Bay and the surrounding Brisbane landmarks.
    Duration:
    4.15 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane: City & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Full Day Tour

    Your knowledgeable guide picks you up from your accommodation and heads straight to Mt Coot-tha for stunning views over Brisbane's downtown, out to the islands. On the way, you pass through the beautiful tree-lined inner suburbs with historic 'Queenslander' homes, learning about Brisbane's journey from English prison to modern metropolis.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane: Essential Bicycle Tour

    The tour is the perfect introduction to Brisbane's best highlights with interesting facts and local insights by our friendly local and knowledgeable local guide. It's particularly useful if you have limited time in the city, taking you to sights including the historic Kangaroo Point Cliffs, and the iconic Story Bridge.
    Duration:
    2 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane: Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight

    From Moreton Bay to the mountains of the Gold Coast hinterland, Brisbane and its surrounds are truly spectacular from the air. This half-day expedition lets you take it all in at once from the serenity of a balloon, with a maximum of 10 passengers per flight. It's a view of 'Brissie' you'll never forget.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Brisbane: Morning Bicycle Tour

    This tour offers a scenic and leisurely ride around the Brisbane river (which means no hills and no cars!). Visit all of the main inner-city areas of Brisbane, stop regularly to hear some stories and take photos. This is a highly recommended tour if you have the time and even a little cycling experience.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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