From the obvious to the unusual, here are 20 of the very best things to see and do while making your way all across the sunshine state.
The Great Barrier Reef
It’s the world’s largest living structure, comprised of more than 3,000 coral reefs, 600 islands and 300 coral cays, and 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.
It’s the world’s largest sand island and one of the best island escapes in the country. Whether you camp or stay in a luxury eco resort, you’ll enjoy the ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes, sandstone cliffs, rock pools and creatively named 75 Mile Beach.
The town itself is charming and folksy, but it’s a journey you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You can take the steam train that winds through the rainforest and along the gorge, or glide over the treetops in the cable car.
Queensland Cultural Centre
The cluster of monolithic, architecturally-designed buildings on across the river from Brisbane’s central business district are home to the state’s best classic and modern art collections, library, museum collections, performance centres and more.
A short swim off the coast of Brisbane’s Moreton Island, the fifteen rusty hulls of the Tangalooma Wrecks make for an unforgettable scuba or snorkelling experience.
Venture beneath the craggy limestone ridges of the Berserker Range to discover an incredible cave system. Follow the boardwalk or abseil directly into the heart of the cavernous underground chambers.
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre
There are countless pioneer museums dotted throughout the outback, but few are as engaging, interactive or innovative. This Longreach based museum is a tribute to the outback explorers, the early pioneers and Indigenous Australians.
This boulder-strewn valley valley is a stand out spot in the already impeccable Daintree National Park. The Mossman River runs crystal clear and is perfect for a lazy swim.
It’s not the only zoo in Queensland, but thanks to its founder – the late Steve Irwin – it’s certainly the most famous. A short drive from Brisbane, it’s the perfect spot to see crocodiles, snakes, dingos, wombats and a whole host of amazing Australian critters.
Historic Village Herberton
With over 50 lovingly-restored heritage buildings, this historic township gives far more insight into early Australian life than any regular museum trip.
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum
The museum building – a hunking mass of iron perched on a red dirt plateau – is impressive in itself. But the collection inside, including two locally-found dinosaur fossils, needs to be seen to be believed.
Mt Hypipamee National Park
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the Mt Hypipamee Crater is a breathtaking 70m wide, 138m deep crater. The lush green of the waterweed that sits on top of the crater lake provide stunning contrast to the stark grey granite walls.
SkyPoint Observation Deck
There’re thousands of things to do on the Gold Coast and you have the chance to see them all at once from this 230m tall observation deck in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise.
Of all the wineries and vineyards around Stanthorpe, the French and Italian style wines of Boireann Wines are perhaps the most highly regarded.
Min Min Encounter
The locals can’t really explain the strange lights that appear in the sky near Boulia, and you probably won’t be able to explain this weirdly wonderful show about those lights.
Chillagoe−Mungana Caves National Park
There are more than 500 limestone caves to explore in this national park. While they’re all impressive, make sure you visit the caves at Mungana and Wullumba to experience the ancient Aboriginal rock art, painted on the cave walls.
Hou Wang Miau Temple
It’s not the most ornate Chinese temple in the world, but with its corrugated-iron cladding and gold rush era establishment, it’s certainly one of the most unique.
Carnarvon Gorge National Park
This majestic gorge runs for 30 km through the rugged ranges of Queensland’s highlands. From 200m tall sandstone cliffs to the quiet waterholes, there’re plenty of reasons to lace up your hiking boots and explore.
This massive, 40m 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.
Charleville Bilby Experience
They are incredibly tiny, absolutely adorable and nearly impossible to spot in the wild. Take this rare opportunity to see Australia’s answer to the Easter Bunny up close.