The best things to do, places to visit, holiday destinations and attractions in Queensland

If you are wondering what to do in Queensland, look no further. Here I have compiled a list of the very best tourist attractions, things to see and do, sights, landmarks and places to visit in Queensland.

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Considering that Queensland home to some of the very best holiday destinations and attractions in Australia (just think of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and the Daintree Rainforest), you would expect that it has some great places to visit and things to see and do. And I'm happy to report that it doesn't fail to deliver.

With several weather classification ranging from tropical monsoon to arid savannah and desert, gorgeous coast lines, islands, 470 protected areas and reserves including 223 national parks and a whole host of natural wonders, Queensland has something for everyone.

It doesn't matter if you are looking for a holiday destination or simply some interesting landmarks, places to see or things to do, you will find something for everyone in Queensland

As such I had a bit of trouble condensing all the possible things you can do into one list, but I believe I got in the end. I hope you enjoy it!


Great Barrier Reef

This attraction is known by virtually everyone, and is synonymous with Australia. Stretching for approximately 2,300 kms, it is home to a vast wealth of rare, endangered, and unique animal and plant species.

It is hard to recommend one particular area of the reef to visit, but most people agree that the Whitsunday Islands are absolutely stunning, and I recommend taking a 2-3 day sailing trip/tour around the area.

With snorkelling and scuba diving areas literally everywhere you are bound to experience wonders that will stay with you for the rest of your life!

For more information you can visit the official website at


Whitehaven Beach

Located on Whitsunday Island, you can find the amazing Whitehaven Beach. It is one of the world’s most unspoiled and beautiful beaches and has even been named the ‘number one beach in Australia’ by TripAdvisor.

The beach stretches for seven amazing kilometres and is washed by swirls of turquoise, blue and green water. The sand is 98 per cent pure white silica, which gives it a brilliant, near luminescent colour.

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The Sunshine Coast

Located just an hour north of Brisbane, this location is comprised of several townships and regions. It is full of gorgeous coast lines and natural wonders.

There is so much to see and do in and around the Sunshine Coast it it impossible to list it all here. However, just a few of the destinations you should check out include the Glass House Mountains, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Noosa Heads, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore.

While there you can find a mass of activities to keep you busy, including bush walking, cruises, diving, fishing, scenic road tours, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and sailing, whale watching and a whole lot more.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Whitsunday Islands

he Whitsunday Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Great Barrier Reef. With a number of islands boasting luxury resort, diving, boat tours and much more, it is easy to see why.

There really is so much to see and do that I cannot recommend it highly enough. If diving isn't your thing why not try a lazy 3 day yacht tour around the island and reefs!

For more information you can visit the official website at


Fraser Island

Located just off the coast near Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. With over 120 kilometres of pristine beaches it is easy to understand why thousands of people visit each month.

The most popular way to get around the island is by hiring a 4WD for 2-3 days and explore where ever your fancy takes you.

With inland fresh water lakes, rainforests with rare flora and fauna, the Dingo, wrecks for snorkelling and scuba diving, gorgeous beaches, and much more, it is no wonder this paradise is such a sought after tourist destination.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Daintree Rainforest

Located in northern Queensland, approximately 110 kms north of Cairns (and don't forget to stop at Port Douglas on your way, it is stunning), this rainforest is a nature wonderland.

It is Australia's largest rainforest, about 30% of Australia's reptile, marsupial and frog species, 65% of the country's bat and butterfly species, and 20% of Australia's native bird species can be found within the Daintree Rainforest. It is also the home to the prehistoric bird, the Cassowary!

With so many things to see and do, including: crocodile boat tours, visiting one of several animal sanctuaries, going on a mangrove adventure tour, hikes, local Indigenous tours/history, it is easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers alike.

For more information you can visit the official website at


The Gold Coast

Located about an hours drive south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is a popular destination for international tourists and Australians alike. Despite the fact that the area is quite populated, there is plenty of outdoor activities to keep everyone busy.

All of the regular water activities that you'd expect can be found along its stunning beaches, including swimming, surfing, boating, sailing, kayaking, and much more. Due to its urbanised nature, the Gold Coast offers lots of fine dinning, shopping, markets, events and festivals.

Other popular activities and destinations near the Gold Coast, which are listed individually below, include the Theme Parks, Currimbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamborine Mountain, Springbrook and Lamington National Park.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Gold Coast Theme Parks

If theme parks are more your thing, you're in luck. In and around the Gold Coast you can find three major theme parks: Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild.

The three parks have something for everyone and are sure not to disappoint. There are shows, rides, exhibitions, and much more. Just make sure your energy levels are high on the day as the parks are jam packed full of entertainment and fun.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Currimbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Enjoy exciting, interactive displays and presentations in 27 hectares of lush eucalyptus and rain forest. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get among a mob of kangaroos or check out the reptiles, birds and marsupials in amazing wildlife shows and displays.

Take the segway safari, take some amazing photographs, check out the wildlife hospital, take an Aboriginal tour and much more.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Tamborine Mountain

Located just one hours drive from Brisbane and from the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is one of Queensland's secret treasures that should not be missed.

Apart from the National Park, which includes hiking, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (40 meters above ground in the rainforest canopy), and much more, the township of Tamborine and surrounding areas include a whole host of other activities from wineries, art galleries and exhibitions, markets, events, festivals, fine dinning, breweries, shopping, tours and much more.

For more information you can visit the official website at



Located only 100 km's south of Brisbane, Springbrook National Park is not to be missed. It is comprised of four main sections: Springbrook, Mount Cougal, Natural Bridge and Numinbah.

The place is full of walking tracks, lookouts and waterfalls. It is so rich in diversity that the area has been listed as the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Visit during the day for spectacular views or come at night and see the amazing glow worms at the Natural Bridge section. (More information here: Other activities include camping and horse riding.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Lamington National Park

Located about 110 km's south of Brisbane, near Springbrook National Park, you can find Lamington National Park. It is also part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area - the which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world.

If you enjoy getting out in nature this is a must see destination. The park is full of hiking tracks and trails ranging from the easy strolls to hard full day hikes.

The two main parts of the park are the Green Mountains and the Binna Burra section. In both you will find a huge array of unique wildlife and flora. You can camp in the park (fees apply), take one of the many hike, go on a guided tours, and view the local wildlife including the eastern whipbird, the Australian king-parrot, the lyrebird, the black land mullets (the largest known skink) carpet pythons, brushtail possums and much more.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Cape Tribulation

Located 150 km's north of Cairns you will find Cape Tribulation. Located in the heart of the Daintree Rain Forest and on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, you won't be lost for things to do.

There is so much to see and do. In fact, it is the only destination in the world where two World Heritage areas meet.

Plan to spend at least 3 - 4 days in the area and make the most of it. Just some of the things you can do include scuba diving and/or snorkelling on the reef, sea kayaking, exploring the rainforest (hikes, guides tours, horseback tours, 4WD, etc), cruises on various rivers in the area which include crocodile tours and of course enjoying the pristine beaches.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Kuranda Scenic Railway

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a name for the railway line that runs from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, to the nearby town of Kuranda.

It is a beautiful journey that trails through a tropical rainforest paradise framed by rugged mountains with waterfalls tumbling forever into deep ravines.

But that's not all. Once you get to Kuranda there is heaps to see and do, including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the Rainforestation Nature Park (with the Army Duck Tropical Rainforest Tour and Tropical Fruit Orchard Tour, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and Koala and Wildlife Park), the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, the Koala Gardens, Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, Barron Gorge National Park and the Kuranda Heritage Markets.

For more information you can visit the official website at


Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

You can take a day trip, or stay for as long as you like in the Eco resort.

It has everything you would expect from a tropical paradise island on the Great Barrier Reef, including swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, tours, and a whole lot more.

For more information you can visit the official website at



Cairns is the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north as is a must see destination.

Apart from all the other amazing destinations around Cairns (the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, Mission Beach, Port Douglas and Lizard Island just to name a few) there is heaps you can see and do in Cairns itself.

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Palm Cove

Located just 27 km's north of Cairns, Palm Cove is Australia’s most popular spa destination. It is a gorgeous beachside haven of relaxation, boasting top wellness centres and pristine beaches.

Apart from all the typical water activities you'd expect from a gorgeous tropical beach you can also partake in a range of relaxing spas and massages, take Hartley's Crocodile Adventures tour, visit the Cairns Tropical Zoo, take a Great Barrier Reef tour, sky diving, fishing, and a whole lot more.

For more information you can visit the website at


Even more...

This is just some of the things you can do in Queensland, there really is so much more to see and do...

Unfortunately I don't have time to list everything for you (although I hope to find time to come back and update this list again shortly), but if you are looking for other activities here is just a few to get you started:

  • Australia Zoo
  • O’Reilly’s Guesthouse
  • Paronella Park
  • Glasshouse Mountains
  • Mackay
  • Bundaberg
  • Rollingstone National Park
  • The Torres Strait Islands
  • Noosa
  • Boodjamulla National Park
  • David Fleay Wildlife Park
  • Hayman Island
  • Hervey Bay
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton
  • Lizard Island
  • Mission Beach
  • Port Douglas
  • Kinka Beach
  • Moreton Island
  • Townsville
  • Magnetic Island

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my list of things to see and do in Queensland. Feel free to share this page with your friends via the social media buttons.

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