Queensland – The Sunshine State
Queensland, the Sunshine State has it all! From the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest, hundreds of pristine white beaches, the beautiful Whitsundays, to the great Aussie Outback. You’ll also find fantastic entertainment, shopping, dining and nightlife in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and all the major tourist towns throughout the State.
Queensland Tourist Destinations
The main tourist destinations of Queensland include, Brisbane, Far North Queensland including Cairns, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest, Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, Hervey Bay and nearby Fraser Island, North Queensland including Townsville and Magnetic Island, North Stradbroke Island and South Stradbroke Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays known for Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island and Daydream Island.
The Gold Coast of Queensland is often referred to as “Australia’s Theme Park Capital“, with five major amusement parks, being Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and WhiteWater World.
Wildlife parks in Queensland
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at Currumbin
- David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh Heads
- UnderWater World at Mooloolaba
- Australia Zoo near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains, home of Steve Irwin until his sudden death in 2006.
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at Fig Tree Pocket
- Brisbane Forest Park at The Gap
North of Brisbane
- Alma Park Zoo at Dakabin
- Kumbartcho Wildlife Sanctuary (originally Bunya Park Wildlife Sanctuary)
|Express Bus Drive Times||Coastal Drive Distances|
|Sydney – Brisbane 12 hours||Brisbane – Gold Coast 100km|
|Brisbane – Hervey Bay 5.5 hours||Brisbane – Sunshine Coast 110km|
|Hervey Bay – Rockhampton 7 hours||Sunshine Coast – Hervey Bay 190km|
|Rockhampton – Mackay 4.5 hours||Hervey Bay – Rockhampton 470km|
|Mackay – Airlie Beach 2 hours||Rockhampton – Mackay 335km|
|Airlie Beach – Townsville 4 hours||Mackay-Airlie Beach 150km|
|Townsville – Cairns 6 hours||Airlie Beach – Townsville 280km|
|Townsville – Mt. Isa 11.5 hours||Townsville – Cairns 350km|
|Brisbane – Longreach 18 hours||Cairns-Cape Tribulation 150km|
Annual mean weather stats for Queensland
|City||Min Temp||Max Temp||No Clear days||Rainfall|
|Brisbane||15.7 °C (60.3 °F)||25.5 °C (77.9 °F)||113||1,149 mm (45.24 in)|
|Mackay||19.0 °C (66.2 °F)||26.4 °C (79.5 °F)||123||1,570 mm (61.84 in)|
|Cairns||20.8 °C (69.4 °F)||29.0 °C (84.2 °F)||89||2,006 mm (78.99 in)|
|Townsville||19.8 °C (67.6 °F)||28.9 °C (84.0 °F)||120||1,136 mm (44.75 in)|
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