Australias ultimate playground - a special kind of tropical
Close your eyes and envisage sun, sand, surf and stunning beaches
with a backdrop of lush rainforest, Disney-style theme parks,
wining, dining and shopping - this is The Sunshine
State, plus much more. Nature has blessed this sun-soaked
place with an abundance of holiday destinations that fulfil
Queenslands beautiful capital, Brisbane, is the perfect
base for exploration. The City of Sun Days offers
lush subtropical gardens, elegant buildings, lively arts and the
very best in dining and entertainment. Visit the South Bank
Parklands on the Brisbane River to see the excellent Cultural
Centre and lively weekend markets, take a paddle-steamer cruise
or visit the koala sanctuary. Shop at the marvellous Queen Street
Mall. The friendly charm of people here will surprise you, and
there is a real possibility you will choose to stay and relax in
The glorious Gold Coast is the most popular
of Queenslands holiday playgrounds - a magnet for sun
seekers and fun seekers. The focal point is Surfers
Paradise. Here you can cruise on the Broadwater, play golf,
go shopping, dining, gambling or clubbing to your hearts
content. Then for relaxation you can hit the beach with the
mandatory slip, slop, slap, in this ultimate holiday resort.
Fantasy lands called Movieworld, Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet
n Wild enable thrill seekers to ride rocketing roller
coasters and water slides, and the cavalcade of carnival magic
delights people of all ages.
The Sunshine Coast is a continuous chain of
sandy beaches from Caloundra in the south to Noosa Heads, backed
by the Glasshouse Mountains. On Noosa Parade enjoy the dining,
shopping and art and craft galleries. Take a trip to beautiful
Fraser Island, which is the largest sand island in the world.
Nearby is Hervey Bay where you can listen to the high-pitched
song of the whales. Offshore from Mackay are The Whitsunday
islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can
sail, dive, snorkel, fish, windsurf or charter a boat.
Tropical North Queensland is a balmy stretch of coast from
Townsville to Cape York. The twin wonders of the Great Barrier
Reef and awe-inspiring virgin rainforests of the Daintree and
Cape Tribulation National Parks, draw visitors to these northern
climes. Cairns is the ideal base for a visit to Kuranda, the
Atherton Tablelands and the Aboriginal Cultural Park where you
will hear fascinating stories of the Dreamtime.
Wherever you choose to stay in Queensland you are sure to enjoy
yourself. From the frenetic Gold Coast to the full on Cape York
adventures beyond the black swamp, all the
ingredients are there for a ripper of a good time.