Queensland is like a world of its own. Travel from the north to south, east to the west, and you’ll discover diverging landscapes that move from the tropical to the arid, the ancient to the modern. Adventure awaits you here, but so does luxury and leisure. The world may not be fully open, but with a whole host of experiences waiting for you in Queensland, and the Queensland borders open, there is nothing standing between you and a holiday of a lifetime.
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So what are the best experiences you can have in Queensland?
Did you know over 9 million overseas visitors flew to Australia in 2019? It’s no small wonder, our holiday credentials are stacked, and if you’re having to adjust your travel ideas this year, you’ll find that Queensland can supply pretty much everything you’re looking for.
Diving in the Maldives vs Diving the Great Barrier Reef
The Maldives are a bit of a poster child for paradise, but when it comes to diving, there is nowhere in the world that beats the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest reef system and considered to be one of the globe’s greatest natural wonders. It covers some 2300km, beginning in Bundaberg in the south and ending at Cape York Peninsula in the north.
The biodiversity here is astonishing, with a coral system that is millions of years old, and home to more than 1500 fish species! It also boasts 6 species of turtle, and around 30 species of porpoise, whale and dolphin. There are lots of expert operators that run trips to the reef all down the coast. With borders open, when will you visit this incredible Australian wonder?
Island hopping in Indonesia vs island hopping in the Whitsundays
Okay, so Indonesia has Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands, though you can find paradise closer to home, in the Whitsundays. If you don’t know much about this archipelago, we’re here to help! There are 74 islands in total, that rise from the cradle of the Great Barrier Reef and span the region’s coastline.
If the white sand beaches and aquamarine sea don’t sway you, then perhaps the long list of available activities will. You can go sailing, snorkelling and diving all across these islands. You can also beach hop, and hike them too. There is a variety of island resorts to indulge in barefoot luxury. During the day you can fly over the Great Barrier Reef and take in icons like Hill Inlet and Heart Reef, or indulge in a spa treatment. When night falls, you can enjoy fine dining restaurants and sunset bars.
Hiking in California vs hiking in Queensland
Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon are incredible national parks, but there are some truly spectacular national parks right here in Australia too. In fact, did you know that in Queensland alone there are a thousand national parks and protected areas?
In the north, you can hike the oldest rainforest in the entire world, the Daintree Rainforest, whose natural and indigenous history is an integral part of Australia’s national heritage. You can even stay there – either by camping under the stars, or booking into a luxury eco-lodge. In the south lies the Gondwana Rainforests, home to a network of national parks, which have glittering waterfalls, hiking trails and pristine flora. On the coast, you’ll find Noosa National Park, which offers up spectacular sea views, hiking tracks around the headland, and the famed Coastal Walk. Getting back to nature has never been so easy.
City break in Singapore vs city break in Brisbane
Are you missing the thrill of a city break? For shopping, dining, a great nightlife, and an excellent cultural scene, fly to Brisbane. In the past decade Brisbane has rocketed up the charts as one of the most visited places in Australia thanks to its reinvigorated CBD, celebrated dining scene, and its proximity to the gorgeous Gold Coast.
Visitors won’t be disappointed either, a weekend can have you staying in a sleek skyscraper with expansive city views, or a boutique hotel in one of the trendy neighbourhoods, like New Farm. Of course, you could do something totally different and enjoy an island getaway…
Typically, this would be the remit of the Whitsundays, but did you know that Brisbane has not one but two islands within about an hour’s ferry ride? The first of these is North Stradbroke Island, one of the world’s largest sand islands, and home to kookaburras, kangaroos, coloured lakes, and superb beaches. Moreton Island, is known for its excellent swimming and surf beaches, but it also boasts lofty views over Moreton Bay and out to the Glass House Mountains. It is also a place where you can hand feed wild bottlenose dolphins.
Don’t wait for adventure – with the Queensland borders open, you can experience some of the best the world has to offer, right on your doorstep.