Queensland Backpacker Guide

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 Map

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.

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Dreamworld Rollercoaster – Gold Coast

Cairns City Queensland

Cairns City – North Queensland

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

Whale watching - Hervey Bay Qld

Whale watching – Hervey Bay Qld

Wildlife parks in Queensland

Gold Coast

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at Currumbin
  • David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh Heads

Sunshine Coast

  • 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 TimesCoastal Drive Distances
Sydney – Brisbane  12 hoursBrisbane – Gold Coast 100km
Brisbane – Hervey Bay 5.5 hoursBrisbane – Sunshine Coast 110km
Hervey Bay – Rockhampton 7 hoursSunshine Coast – Hervey Bay 190km
Rockhampton – Mackay 4.5 hoursHervey Bay – Rockhampton 470km
Mackay – Airlie Beach 2 hoursRockhampton – Mackay 335km
Airlie Beach – Townsville 4 hoursMackay-Airlie Beach 150km
Townsville – Cairns 6 hoursAirlie Beach – Townsville 280km
Townsville – Mt. Isa 11.5 hoursTownsville – Cairns 350km
Brisbane – Longreach 18 hoursCairns-Cape Tribulation 150km

Annual mean weather stats for Queensland

CityMin TempMax TempNo Clear daysRainfall
Brisbane15.7 °C (60.3 °F)25.5 °C (77.9 °F)1131,149 mm (45.24 in)
Mackay19.0 °C (66.2 °F)26.4 °C (79.5 °F)1231,570 mm (61.84 in)
Cairns20.8 °C (69.4 °F)29.0 °C (84.2 °F)892,006 mm (78.99 in)
Townsville19.8 °C (67.6 °F)28.9 °C (84.0 °F)1201,136 mm (44.75 in)


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