Top 10 Queensland Tourist Attractions
Queensland is an incredibly exciting state to holiday in. From 4 wheel driving adventures to theme parks, spectacular beaches, unique wildlife and the largest coral reef on the planet, there are so many attractions that there is bound to be something for everyone.
Because we don’t want you to miss out we’ve put together a list of the best attractions throughout Queensland. Don’t get me wrong, you could spend months travelling around this beautiful state and still never have a dull day, but these are the things you can't miss. So check out our top ten Queensland attractions (in no particular order) and plan your holiday around what stands out to you - no matter if you'd like a relaxing, scenic, nature or adventure holiday!
The Great Barrier Reef
How can you visit Queensland and not see the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef? Honestly, how can you? It stretches along 2,300km of the state’s coast line (you can even see it from space!). No matter where you stay in north Queensland you’ll have the opportunity to cruise, swim, snorkel or dive this majestic marine park (which is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world) where more than 1,500 unique species of fish flourish.
- More information about the Great Barrier Reef
Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Enjoy the luscious rainforest views of the Kuranda Range with a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway - stop in to Kuranda Village for the local arts and craft markets and beautifully restored historical buildings, or take the historic train for a journey to Barron Gorge National Park. Kuranda is also home to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which spans 7.5 kilometres over pristine rainforest and lets you glide metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable gondola cabins that fit up to 6 people.
- Book a combined Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway Tour.
There are 74 islands scattered throughout the dazzling blue waters of the Whitsundays. You’ll find plenty of resorts and hotels out here catering to everything from your pampered luxury holidays to tropical huts and sailing adventures.
Swim in the sparkling blue waters of the Coral Sea, relax on bright white sandy beaches and explore the kaleidoscopic world which lies beneath the water.
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Gold Coast Theme Parks
There’s plenty to see and do one the Gold Coast, but the most notable (for the kids at least) would be the major theme parks on offer. Head to Dreamworld for an adrenaline packed day on the big 8 thrill rides, and neighbouring White Water World for all the water park rides you could possible imagine. Families will love Warner Bros. Movie World, where movies come to life, as well as splashing around at Wet’n’Wild. With Sea World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Adventure Parc and more, you can’t miss the family entertainment on the Gold Coast.
- Want to book? Buy theme park tickets & multi-park passes and save.
Daintree National Park
A visit to World Heritage listed Daintree National Park is one that you won't soon forget. As the oldest living rainforest in the world and only a few hours from Cairns, the Daintree is home to a myriad of attractions, activities and accommodation options (ranging from luxurious eco-lodges to budget backpackers). You can trek through the beautiful wilderness and experience cascading waterfalls and a dazzling display of wildlife. 4WD tours, jungle ziplining, relaxing cruises along the Daintree River, Indigenous cultural experiences and much more - the choice is yours!
- More information about activities available at Daintree Rainforest.
A few hours north of Brisbane, Fraser Island is a World Heritage listed 120km long sand island known for its incredible sand dunes.
Fraser Island is a popular camping and 4WD spot where visitors can sand board, swim the beaches and pristine freshwater lakes, hike through ancient forests or enjoy a spot of fishing. There are plenty of 4WD tours to help you explore the Great Sandy National Park.
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Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast
What could be more Australian than the home of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter? Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast is home to a vast array of animals and wildlife adventures with stacks of shows throughout the day. Watch crocodiles launch from the water’s edge for a snap of food at the Crocoseum with the Wildlife Warriers, or discover the wonder of snakes, cheetahs, red pandas, koalas, wombats, dingoes, tortoises, tigers and more!
- Want to book? Buy Australia Zoo tickets at the lowest prices online.
The most photographed pub in the world! Ettamogah Pub is a wonderfully quirky shaped pub off the Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast, where you can stop for a beer, have a meal at Bluey’s Bar & Grill and experience the fun of Aussie World.
Based on a popular pub in an Australian cartoon strip, you can’t miss the quirky 18m high building when you’re driving between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
- More information about Ettamogah Pub & Aussie World.
South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
Originally designed for Brisbane’s hosting of World Expo 88, the South Bank Parklands are still a popular place for locals and visitors, a place where beautiful gardens meet culture, delicious food, trendy markets and boutique shopping.
Take a walk through the vine covered arches, dine with a view of the Brisbane River or visit the museums and art galleries nestled in the Cultural Centre.
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Longreach, Central Queensland
Head away from the coastline for a traditional outback adventure in Central Queensland. Longreach is home to a great deal of Australian history, with the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame paying tribute to rural life and the Qantas Founders Outback Museum displaying the history of the Australian airline. From Longreach you can easily take tours of some of the local farming areas and even see a cattle muster.
- More information about Longreach