Experience Australia the Queensland way. Queensland boasts a coastline stretching 4,600 miles with hundreds of islands just off the coast, making it the ideal beach getaway. With bustling Brisbane in the heart of it all, it’s also a culturally-rich experience that puts paradise right beside a world-class city.
You’ll have to choose your beach experience because you won’t be able to hit them all. Countless beaches make up the coastline of Queensland that includes some of the world’s best. From family-friendly beaches, to luxury hideaways, to surfing meccas, the beaches range.
Sand highways along the Fraser Coast make for surreal driving adventures right along the glistening water; and the pinnacle of paradise conditions in Port Douglas or Palm Cove beckon guests to lie back on a hammock to take it all in beneath the shade of a towering palm.
Top beaches include the world-famous Whitehaven Beach in The Whitsundays, located in the heart of the otherworldly wonder, the Great Barrier Reef. Oftentimes considered Australia’s most immaculate beach, it’s truly pristine; protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, it’s always spotless. A hot spot for yachting, it tends to attract the rich and famous, and the almost-luminescent white sand is also definitely part of the draw.
On the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Main Beach is great for families, boasting gentle waves ideal for surf lessons. The beach is also just steps from great shopping on Hastings Street, luxury accommodations, and great restaurants and bars, including beachfront spots with ideal views.
A beach with a cool name with an equally cool setting is Rainbow Beach along the Fraser Coast, a remarkable beach that is beyond photogenic. Take the Great Beach Drive along this stunning coastline, a boat ride to gorgeous Fraser Island, and even ride a horse to the water right on the soft sand.
For surfers looking for that perfect Australian wave, look no further than Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. One would assume Surfers Paradise Beach the ideal surfing spot – as amazing as that beach is, it will suit mostly beginners. Snapper Rocks is home to the annual Quiksilver Pro World Surfing League Gold Coast competition, so you’ll literally be surfing the waves the pros love. For experienced surfers only, this beach is a great place to try and catch a serious wave.
For some island time, Queensland offers up 900 for you to choose from, ranging from those perfect for a family getaway to those ideal for a romantic retreat. Many with great views and nearby colorful reefs, they offer plenty of adventures when on island time in Queensland. Some majestic islands include the Whitsundays, Orpheus Island – for some private beach time – and Hinchinbrook Island, ideal for amazing hikes. North Stradbroke Island gives you a great opportunity to spot some whales in their natural habitat, or to go four-wheeling right on the sand.
Basically – you imagine the island and Queensland has it. Just like its beaches.
After a day of relaxation on the beach or an adrenaline-packed water adventure, find your way to vibrant Brisbane for a city experience like no other. This riverside capital city is near Queensland’s stunning nature, including the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests and other national parks, but is also a world unto itself. Discover the heart of a culture bursting with art, city views – check out the South Bank and walk across the Victoria Bridge – museums, theaters, and truly delectable restaurants and bars. It’s a great city experience while also being extremely unique.
Just twenty-minutes from city center, you’ll also find the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The world’s first, and now the largest, koala sanctuary, home to more than 130 koalas, sets the cute factor into overdrive. This world-class koala research facility in partnership with Brisbane City Council lets visitors interact with 100 species of Australian wildlife, including two platypuses. Featuring informative presentations and real experiences, like hand-feeding kangaroos or holding a koala, the facility is a must-visit when in Brisbane.
From its beaches to its city-life, a range of experiences awaits in Queensland, with endless luxury options for your stay. Contact a Travel Advisor to make your Queensland getaway a seamless experience.