"Queensland is the Sunshine State of Australia"
Thinking of Queensland holidays? With it's warm climate, fantastic beaches, beautiful islands and towns, is it any wonder that the locals choose Queensland for their break from work?!
Queensland is the second largest state in Australia (after Western Australia) and is the third most populated after NSW and Victoria. The locals refer to the Queenslanders as Banana Benders..something to do with the large number of banana plantations!
Brisbane is the main city of Queensland where a high proportion of the Queensland population live. Whilst it's a great place to stay for a few days, Queensland offers even more fantastic places to experience Queensland holidays.
The following travel advisory Australia should give you enough information to plan the perfect holiday here in the Sunshine state
When is the best time to come?
The great thing about here is that you can experience Queensland holidays throughout the year.
You should split Queensland into two. The bottom half nearest to the border with NSW is best visited in the traditional summer months from the end of October to end of March. The hottest months are December, January and February - and it is hot. Unlike Sydney, it's not a dry heat - it's very humid.
The top end of Queensland, from Cairns up, is referred to as tropical north Queensland. The best time to come here is in the dry season of May to October. Outside of these times, and in particular Jan, Feb and March, you can expect a lot of rain even though the temperatures are still high.
So, whatever time of year you are planning to visit, you can enjoy Queensland holidays all year round.
Getting here is relatively easy. There are lots of towns on the coast of Queensland that have an airport. Given this is classic holiday territory, the cheap air lines tend to fly here. Check out Jet Star and VIrgin Blue.
The Australian bus network also operates a great service in this area. This is a good option if you are wanting to stick to a budget and travel down the
East coast of Australia
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Other than that, why not hire a car and explore the coastline. It is a LONG coastline so depending how long you have for your Queensland Holiday, be realistic as to how much to cover. Noosa to Sydney is a good distance to cover in about 10 days.
Where are the best places to go?
My travel advisory Australia would recommend the following Queensland Holidays:-The Whitsundays
This appears top of the list for good reason! They are amazing and totally stunning! Off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays are a collection of 174 islands. You can either cruise round them on a yaucht or you can opt for total relaxation on one of the islands. Click here for more information on The Whitsundays australia
The Sunshine Coast
A couple of hours drive from Brisbane is the sunshine coast. It's renowned for its beautiful beaches and stunning coastal views. It's also well known for its surfing and National parks. This is Queensland holidays at its best with the trendy Sydney set heading here for long weekends to recharge their batteries.
The most well known and nicest place to stay is Noosa Click here for more information on Noosa australia
The Great Barrier Reef
No visit to Australia is complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef is off the coast of Queensland with the best access points being Cairns or the Whitsundays.
It's also a great place to Learn to dive
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Port Douglas and Tropical North Queensland
Whilst Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, most opt to stay an hours drive north of Cairns in Port Douglas. This is a lovely, fairly chic town, with resort style accommodation where you can kick back, relax and also travel to explore the tropical north. Here you can experience Daintree rainforest, Crocodiles, Cape Tribulation (another stunning beach and National Park) and of course, the Reef.
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and here for what to do in
Tropical north Queensland
The Gold Coast
Queensland holidays don't come much better than this if you are young, into surfing and or partying. This is a bit like a mini Las Vegas but with stunning beaches! A great place for a girls' or boys' weekend away. It's also (believe it or not) perfect for the kids, as there are heaps of theme parks. Click here for more information on
The Gold Coast holidays
Brisbaneis the capital of Queensland and is fast becoming the best place in Australia to enjoy the arts and theatre. It's worth a stop off here for a few days and a day out at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Fraser Island
Perhaps I have indeed saved the best of the
until last. This is a great trip and a bit more adventurous than the norm. Fraser island is an island totally built of sand, which means you get to drive a 4WD through stunning rainforests and long sandy beaches. Whilst you can stay in 4 star luxury, it is so much more fun to camp on the beach - at least for one night. Access point is Hervey Bay from the mainland. Click here for more information on fraser Island
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