Become mesmerised by the striking reefs, unwind on the lovely beaches and become immersed in a tropical rainforest in Queensland – a place full of adventure.
1. Discover Queensland’s subtropical capital Brisbane is one of the most cosmopolitan nature and friendly cities Down Under. The Brisbane River and iconic Story Bridge are must-sees and the area is chock full of food and art and bars. And it’s not far to surf beaches, mountain ranges and a subtropical rainforest.
2. Climb up, abseil down
The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of the most thrilling activities on offer in the area; those who dare can scale the structure climb and abseil down this famed edifice. If you’re looking for a bungee site, AJ Hackett sends people hurtling off a 50 metre high platform, perched above a gorgeous pool of clear mountain water. Surrounded by waterfalls and tropical rainforest, it’s definitely the best view around.
3. Wacky races
The Outback has its own spin on racing, here locals used it camels, and the Boulia Camel Races is a brilliant day out. Attracting more than 3000 people, there are fireworks, bands, magicians and markets as well as running humped mammal to keep you entertained. Meanwhile, those with a sense of humour should head over to Winton, where they hold the annual Dunny Races (racing with toilet cubicles).
4. Food and Wine
Queensland is full of mouth-watering temptations to get your palette going. You have access to seafood straight from the trawlers, fresh juicy fruits and award winning restaurants. If you fancy a nice glass of wine visit the winery placed within the hills of Southern Queensland Country.
5. Australian Age of Dinosaurs
This non-profit natural history museum in Winton welcomes your participation in uncovering the secrets of the past. It holds the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and volunteers can drill the soil off bones or take part in an annual dinosaur dig each August.
6. Harry Redford Cattle Drive
Travel 200km along the most distinctive cattle trail in Australia, made famous by cattle thief Harry Redford (aka Captain Starlight), this is the place to learn the secrets of horsemanship, develop your droving knowledge, set up a campfire and witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
7. Discover Fraser Island
The world’s biggest sand island is full of coloured cliffs, rainforests and fresh water lagoons. Visitors can go for a rainforest walk, laze around on the tropical beaches and become one with nature while watching whales, dolphins, sharks, and over 350 species of birds.
8. Take a dive
Visit the Great Barrier Reef for a truly memorable diving experience. It is recognised as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and can be seen from outer space. The reef stretches over 2300km and is easily accessible from Cairns or Townville. During June and August it’s possible to swim with the dwarf minke whale, which reach up to seven and a half metres in length.
9. Surf the Gold Coast
Queensland’s beaches boast consistent waves – perfect for surfing competitions. There are 70km of warm beaches and four point breaks makes this destinations a surfers paradise. Expert surfers can book surf safaris to the best breaks and beginners can learn to surf at pristine beaches. 10. Dive Great Pacific coast road By taking the Pacific Coast Tour you can marvel at the area’s costal attractions in all there glory, from pristine islands to the Great Barrier Reef. And there are plenty of places to stay along the way from secluded island retreats to hostels and campsites.
10. The Great Pacific Coast Road By taking the Pacific Coast Tour you can marvel at the area’s costal attractions in all their glory, from pristine islands to the Great Barrier Reef. And there are plenty of places to stay along the way from secluded island retreats to hostels and campsites.
*In partnership of Hills Balfour