Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef
Queensland also was known as the ‘Sunshine State’ is the second largest state in Australia, bordered by the Northern Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. This part of the Australian coastline is fringed by the Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea, so many natural highlights such as The Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands are easily accessible. From the sunny beaches of the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise to tropical rainforests of Northern Queensland, exciting cities, and the outback, there are plenty of things to be included in an action packed visit to this amazing state.
Millington Travel have a large number of staff who have visited this area so we have a wealth of knowledge and can provide a fantastic, informative list of activities along with many personal recommendations to make this an unforgettable destination.
Our top ten things to see & do in Brisbane & Queensland
- The Great Barrier Reef – The largest natural wonder of the world. Snorkel the reef and see a stunning display of marine life.
- Surf at Snapper Rocks. The Sunshine Coast – Where Australian surfing began.
- Whitsunday Islands Sailing – Make sure you stop at Whitehaven Beach for stunning powder white sand as you explore these 74 islands.
- Fraser Island – Take a 4 Wheel Drive adventure on the largest sand island in the world.
- Cape Tribulation – Where the rainforest meets the reef, include a visit to Daintree Tropical Rainforest and Mossman Gorge.
- White Water Rafting on the Tully River. Thrills and spills..literally!
- Australia Zoo – Steve Irwin’s famous zoo a short rail journey from Brisbane.
- Whale Watching from Hervey Bay – See these magnificent creatures up close as they migrate.
- Atherton Tablelands – drive yourself around a circuit of majestic waterfalls and lakes on this elevated plateau.
- Kuranda. Take the Skyrail cable car above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda for an Aboriginal adventure, returning by scenic railway along the Barron River Gorge.
When to go?
It can be a little difficult to plan the best time to visit Queensland as there are various different climate zones, however, these can be broken down into 2 main areas. Northern Tropical Queensland (Mackay and above) is typically wet from November to April with temperatures around 31°C and dry from May to October with temperatures typically ranging from 26°C – 28°C. In the wet season you can expect sudden tropical storms which can cause flooding and make some of the rainforest roads inaccessible. In the southern part of the state, the hottest months are October to March all averaging over 30°C but they are also the wettest months, however, the rain is always fairly warm and often quite refreshing. The coldest months are April to September, but still, temperatures rarely drop below 23°C. All in all you can visit pretty much anytime year round!