20 Must-Visit Attractions in Queensland, Australia

The Tangalooma Wrecks off Moreton Island are made up of 15 rusty ship hulls
The Tangalooma Wrecks off Moreton Island are made up of 15 rusty ship hulls | © Image Professionals GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Alice Duffield
25 August 2020

From the obvious to the unusual, here are 20 of the very best things to see and do while making your way across Queensland – also known as the sunshine state.

Great Barrier Reef

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It’s the world’s largest living structure, comprised of more than 3,000 coral reefs, 600 islands and 300 coral cays, and it’s home to thousands of tropical fish species as well as sharks, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and more. Needless to say, you could swim, surf, snorkel, sail and scuba for months and still not see everything this amazing part of the world has to offer.

Big Red

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a 4WD enthusiast reaching the crest of the 'Big Red' dune after crossing the Simpson Desert.
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This massive, 40m (131ft) tall wave of red sand is the first of more than 1,000 parallel dunes that stretch across the Simpson Desert. This lovingly nicknamed dune is a source of inspiration for photographers and an unnerving challenge for four-wheel drivers.

These recommendations were updated on August 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.