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



Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and home to around 2 million people, making it Australia’s third largest city. It is a laid back and friendly city boasting year round warm climate, spectacular scenery. It is also Australia’s fastest growing city.

Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a large coastal city in south east Queensland. The Gold Coast is home to many districts including Surfers Paradise, Broad Beach and Coolangatta. There are many things to see and do in the Gold Coast from surfing, shopping and nightlife to spending a day at one of the world class theme parks.


Whitesunday Islands, QLD

The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. These islands are one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. There are many coral reefs for snorkeling and diving, pristine beaches and clear aquamarine waters.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas

About one hour from Cairns airport Port Douglas is ideal for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. With no building taller than a palm tree, Port Douglas maintains a village feel.


Noosa, QLD

Noosa is one of the major destinations of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Low rise resorts, upmarket shopping and dining line the sheltered beaches and parks.


Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park is known for its natural beauty, rainforests, birdlife, waterfalls, walking tracks and stunning mountain views. Most of the park is situated 900 meters above sea level and only 30 kilometers from the ocean.

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 ***

Witches Falls
“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 ****

Kingfisher Bay
“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 *****

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 ***

Rosegums Treehouses
“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

Great Barrier Reef1. Discover the Great Barrier Reef

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 >

Queensland Outback2. 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 >

Surfing3. 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 >

Themeparks Queensland4. 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 >

Whales5. 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 >

Fraser Island6. 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 >

Whitesunday Islands, QLD7. 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 >

Daintree8. 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 >

Shopping9. Shopping

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 >

Brisbane Museum10. 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 >

Queensland is a very large state, so depending on your time air travel is a good option. You can also easily get between cities with public transport (bus or train). Car rental or camper van is also a great way to explore the state.