Accommodation in Queensland
Queensland is known as the Sunshine State of Australia because of its pleasant temperatures and large amount of sunshine throughout the year. The state is located on the east coast of Australia and has a coastline of more than 5000 km. You will find plenty of resort towns such as Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mission Beach, Airlie Beach, Noosa and Surfers Paradise.
The different parts of Queensland
The northern part of Queensland is in the tropics, so therefore it is more to do with climates – rainy and dry season rather than winter and summer. Especially in the northern coastal area (Townsville and further north), you will find lots of tropical rainforest.
The best time of year to visit this part of Australia is from May to November. The interior of Queensland – also called the “Outback” has a mostly dry desert and savanna climate. In this area you will find few roads and villages, it is a sparsely populated agricultural area.
Along the east coast of Queensland is a mountain range – the Great Dividing Range – where numerous valleys and gorges can be visited. Here you will find a number of well-known national parks, such as Lammington National Park, Carnarvon Gorge and Cairns Barron Gorge. Off the coast of Queensland are many paradise islands – such as the Whitsunday Islands. North of Gladstone you will find the largest coral reef system in the world – the Great Barrier Reef. This beautiful reef can be visited for diving and snorkeling.
The largest city and also the capital of Queensland is Brisbane. The center with a mix of modern and historic buildings is located in a beautiful bend of the Brisbane River. To the east of the town you will find Moreton Bay well known for the dolphins that visit the beach in the evening.
Highlights in Queensland
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and accomodation in Queensland for all budgets!
Witches Falls Cottages ***
“Small family property located in the midst of nature at Mount Tamborine (a good alternative to Lamington National Park). Fantastic quality and price!!”
Kingfisher Bay Resort ****
“The really beauty of Kingfisher Bay Resort is that the resort is located on the island itself, so you can wake up to the peace and quiet without the larger number of tourists you will encounter later on in the day. Stunning property, set right amongst nature. ”
One&Only Hayman Island *****
“Stylish private island resort ideal for honeymooners. It has the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere. There is plenty to do on the island itself including hiking and snorkeling at nearby pearly bay. There is also a stunning sand bar only ten minutes by boat from the resort. ”
Rosegums Retreat ***
“Family run retreat where its friendly owners are based on site. A unique stay in a handcrafted timber tree house with spectacular rainforest scenery. ”
More information about Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometers and of course a World Heritage Site. A fantastic playground for snorkeling and diving amongst beautiful coral. Find Out More >
2. Queensland Outback
The Queensland Outback is a vast area including sand dunes, cattle stations, lunar landscapes and waterholes. Here the pace of life really slows you down. Find Out More >
3. Go Surfing
Whether you are a pro surfer or just learning Queensland is ideal for you. Popular areas include Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Find Out More >
4. Theme parks in the Gold Coast
Queenslands favorite theme parks include Warner Brothers Movie World, Sea World, and Wet n Wild Gold Coast. Located in Gold Coast a day or two at one of these parks is fun for the whole family. Find Out More >
5. Swim with Minke Whales
The minke whale is the smallest baleen whale, they have a characteristic white band on each flipper. From July to August each year there is an opportunity to swim with these beautiful marine mammals in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Find Out More >
6. Visit Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a stunning World Heritage Listed island and is the largest sand island in the world and one of the only places in the world where rainforest grows in sand. It is also home to a number of beautiful freshwater lakes. Find Out More >
7. Sail the 74 islands of the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 beautiful islands on the tropical coast of Queensland. A bgreat way to explore the islands is onboard a sailboat where you can stop to snorkel or scuba dive. Find Out More >
8. Daintree Rainforest
The world heritage Daintree Rainforest is located in far north Queensland. The Daintree is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The rainforest grows right down to the edge of the sea. Find Out More >
There is plenty of great shopping to be found in Queensland from big shopping centres and outlet malls in the Gold Coast and Brisbane to arts, crafts and boutique shops found in many towns. Find Out More >
10. Brisbane Museums & Art Galleries
In the city of Brisbane you will find many fantastic museums and art galleries worth exploring. Highlights include Queensland Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery and the Museum of Brisbane. Find Out More >