There are tons of things you can do in Queensland. From immersing in its rich culture to swimming or surfing its long stretch of coastline, down to trekking its luminous green forests. Getting around its tourist destinations is also a zilch because they are close to each other. To get the most from of your travels, we recommend that you get a motorhome or campervan and go on a road trip using this travel guide.
Planning Your Trip To Queensland
If you are planning to go to Queensland there are some things you need to know about this region so you can optimize your vacation or road trip.
First, Queensland actually has five climate zones. But it can be divided into two main areas. The upper two-thirds(Mackay and above), has a tropical climate with summer running from November to April. The lower part of the state (Mackay and below), has a humid tropical climate whose drier months span from October to March.
The best time to visit Queensland is by the end of October (spring time) when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. However, you can enjoy Gold Coast’s awesome beach life most of the year because it has an average of 300 days of sunshine.
Whether you’re visiting Queensland for the first or tenth time, this list of must-go places will help you get the vacay of a lifetime.
Must Go Places In Queensland
Starting points- Brisbane and Cairns
Brisbane is a great starting point for your journey in Queensland. The city’s lively landscape is accentuated by lush green spaces and high-rise modern structures. Sitting on the banks of Brisbane River, you can also get around this metropolis by kayak and ferry. Mt. Cootha, a nearby lookout post, offers a great view of the city’s landscape.
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The city is also surrounded by national parks and waterfalls, which are just a few minutes drive away. Our top picks are Springbrook National Park that shelters the Natural Bridge, a waterfall inside a cave and the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine Mountain.
Up north, you can start your road trip from the city of Cairns, which is known as a gateway for some of the thrilling vacation spots in Queensland. If you want to explore the Australian gem- the Great Barrier Reef then you definitely must pass through here.
1. Beach Hopping
Without going far away from Brisbane or Cairns, beach lovers can enjoy Queensland’s pristine summer getaways.
Heading north from Brisbane will take you to the warm stretch of Sunshine Coast where you can swim, surf and do other water sports on beaches such as Coolum, Mooloolaba and Kings Beach. These places also has some great eateries near the shore where you can take a quick bite after hitting the waves all day.
Going down south, summer seems not to leave you. The coastal waters of Gold Coast, is just an hour drive away (or two by tram). Swim or just go sunbathing on some of the tourist-friendly beaches like Nobby, Burleigh and Currumbin.
If you have the extra budget and time, do not miss seeing the Great Barrier Reef. Tour packages for touring the largest nature-made structure in the world range between $100 to $300 per person, depending on your chosen activities and package inclusions.
Another great swimming spot around Cairns is the Whitsunday islands that that is home to the much-praised Whitehaven Beach- a constant contender (and winner) for the top beach in Oz.
2. See Australia’s Wildlife
If you are travelling with your kids, Queensland is a great way to introduce them to some rare animals. The Australia Zoo at Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah made famous by Crocodile Hunter, houses over 1,200 animals and has free shows daily. It is only less than 90 kilometres from Brisbane. Entrance fee is $35 for children and $59 for adults. Family admissions and other packages are also available.
Another great place to see rare animals is at the Cairns Tropical Zoo at Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove. You can hand-feed their tame kangaroos and select animals for a more up close experience. Admission fee is $17 for kids and $34 for adults.
Often, you can even spot animals in the wilds just by visiting these places:
Whales: Hervey Bay
Dolphins: Moreton Island and Tin Can Bay
Koalas: Magnetic Island, Townsville
Crocodiles: Proserpine River and Daintree River
Emus: Outback Queensland
Cassowaries: Cape York, Mission Beach and Daintree Rainforest
Wallabies: Cape Hillsborough, Mackay
Dugongs: Moreton Bay, Brisbane
3. Learn to Live Like the Aborigines
The town of Laura in Quinkan Country has figurative stencils, paintings and engravings that date between 15,000 to 30,000 years old. You can take a three-hour indigenous-guided tour over the Split Rock and Yalangi galleries. If you don’t want to travel through caves or trails, simply head to the Quinkan Cultural Centre that also displays the same rock art for an entrance fee of $5.00.
If you want to learn how to survive the wilderness, head to Cooya Beach and Daintree Forest where they teach Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques. You can then explore these areas which are known to have the highest number of endangered plant or animal species in the world.
These are only some of the awesome things that you can do in Queensland. To complete your trip in this amazing state, rent a campervan or motorhome for a worry-free trip. Visit Hippie Camper’s website and get the lowest rates on our camping vehicles.