The Queensland Story

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the South East of Queensland famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to the Dream World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Warner Bros. theme parks. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest, to only mention a few.

The abundance of high-quality sporting events is of a world class standard, these facilities are easily accessible from anywhere on the Gold Coast using the local public transport system of trains, buses and the recent completed light rail or tram system that runs from Broadbeach to Helensvale linking up with the fast train service to Brisbane ad the international airport.

It is the second most populous city in the state, the sixth most populous city in the country, and the most populous non-capital city and cross-state metropolitan area in Australia. The city’s northernmost point at Ormeau is located 42 kilometres south-east of the Brisbane CBD, making it easy to commute to and from Brisbane using the excellent public transport system and the multi-lane freeway complexes, if your work or choose to relax further afield. The Gold Coast region and its metropolitan area extend south along the coast to Tweed Heads in New South Wales. The amazing Gold Coast metropolitan area converges with that of Greater Brisbane, forming part of an urban combination of over 3 million people.

This is the place to live or invest in that investment property dream, whether you are a first-time investor or seasoned veteran. The Gold Coast offers you the home buyer and the investor opportunities starting from a very low commitment to a multi-million mansion, and with the quality, experience and knowledge of your chosen venture.

Even before your toes touch the sand of the sun-kissed beaches, you will have already been pulled into the energetic vibe that the Gold Coast is famous for, whether you are aware of it or not it will definitely happen ad grab you in the most positive way.

Holding onto its casual beach culture at the same time enjoying the 100’s of exquisite restaurants and other prestigious and delightful venues, the Gold Coast is growing up with nightly shows and entertainment venues, shopping and entertainment hotspots, with a huge array of watering holes; settling in and adding more flavour to its must experience lifestyle and holiday fun.

Follow the energy seamlessly from Surfers Paradise to the Hinterland, from swimming with dolphins to learning to surf, and from a casual dinner with a view to a night spent on the dance floor to having a flutter at the Casino.

Whatever you are into you’ll find yourself easily filling your days and nights with fun-times, smiling faces and a holiday to remember for ever. The fun will find you.

Waterfront canal living is a feature of Gold Coast. Most canal frontage homes have pontoons. The Gold Coast Seaway, between The Spit and South Stradbroke Island, allows vessels direct access to the Pacific Ocean from The Broadwater and many of the city’s canal estates. Breakwaters on either side of the Seaway prevent longshore drifts and the bar from silting up. A sand pumping operation on the Spit pipes; and under the seaway, are continuing this natural process.

There are over 890 km of river and canals with many thousands of homes bordering these fabulous waterways, a veritable boaties paradise, or, you may wish join a leisurely short cruise for a few hours or the whole day.

If you are looking for a sea change, a new and exciting place to live, a quiet retirement location to settle in or a very lucrative investment property, or just a fantastic holiday you have come to the right place.

The Gold Coast is a heaven for the shopaholics with many world class shopping complexes and 100’s of boutique and specialty shops spread the length and breadth of the region.

Business opportunities’ here on the fabulous Gold Coast, as the region rapidly grows and expands are huge. You may be seeking the service industry, small manufacturing, retail, hospitality and restaurants, or perhaps you own money making bar, or enter the lucrative industry of management rights, there is something hear for all of us. Most business owners actually come from their initial holiday visit and stayed for life. That’s how good the Queensland Gold Coast really is.


Welcome to Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and most populous city in the state, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane’s metropolitan area has a population of 2.4 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia’s most populous and prosperous local government areas, most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is Brisbanite.

One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples. Named after the Brisbane River on which it is located – which in turn was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825 – the area was chosen as a place for secondary offenders from the original Sydney Colony.

A penal settlement was founded in 1824 at Redcliffe, 28 kilometres (17 miles) north of the central business district, but was soon abandoned and moved to North Quay in 1825, opening the area up to free settlement in 1842. The city was marred by the Australian frontier wars between 1843 and 1855, and development was partly set back by the Great Fire of Brisbane, and the Great Brisbane Flood, but neither saw the state or its people lay down.

Brisbane was chosen as the capital when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859.

During World War II, Brisbane played a central role in the Allied campaign and served as the South West Pacific headquarters for United States Army under General Douglas MacArthur.

Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s-built heritage. It also receives attention for its damaging flood events, most notably in 1974 and 2011. The city is a popular tourist destination interstate and international pleasure seekers, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively.

Many large cultural, international and sporting events are held in Brisbane, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo ’88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, and the 2014 G-20 summit. In 2016, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked Brisbane as a Beta world city to mention just a few.

The Brisbane central business district is an area of densely concentrated skyscrapers and other buildings, interspersed by several parks such as Roma Street Parklands, City Botanic Gardens and Wickham Park. It occupies an area of 1.367 km².

The City is laid out according to a grid pattern surveyed during the city’s early colonial days, a feature typical of most Australian street patterns throughout the country. As a general rule, the streets aligned northwest-south east are named after male members of the House of Hanover, while the northeast-south west aligned streets are named after female members.

Queen Street was the central roadway in the city, that was turned into a pedestrian mall, which is now a renowned shopping precinct of international standards and forms the pivotal axis for the grid of roads within the district.

The Brisbane central business district was built on a spur of the Taylor Range with the highest spot in the suburb being Wickham Terrace.

North Quay is an area in the CBD that was a landing point during the first European exploration of the Brisbane River, another must visit spot.

Brisbane’s abuzz with creative ways to spend your days. Get to know where the locals eat, drink and play in the inner-city and nearby urban villages. Soak up our subtropical climate, explore the river, parks and outdoor spaces, or delve into a calendar of internationally acclaimed arts, cultural and sporting events. It’s a great place to entertain the kids too, or spend time without them!

You’ll discover some of the best restaurants in the country, as well as a vibrant live music, contemporary art and gallery scene. You can mix with the locals at weekend markets, shop for international brands and cutting-edge local designer fashion, or scour antique shops for just the right memento of your stay or pamper yourself at a beauty salon or day spa.

Whatever your pleasure, Brisbane will inspire you.

The subtropical climate may be warm, but Brisbane is decidedly cool which relates to a pleasant environment for exploring and being adventurous.

There is a lively young arts scene and the city has been ranked among the hottest places in the world for new music. Its young fashion designers are making a name for themselves, and the Gallery of Modern Art is bringing blockbuster exhibitions down under. But while the CBD skyline may be spiked by glittering high-rise buildings, and the river lined with big boats, thankfully, the city has not lost any of its friendliness in the make-over. Life is as relaxed as ever, and firmly focused on the outdoors.

Brisbane’s hilly terrain provides breathing space and a beautiful backdrop to the CBD. Step into the nearby suburbs and you will find stately Moreton Bay fig trees standing sentinel in the suburban streets and mango trees blooming in the backyards of those distinctive weatherboard houses on stilts known as ‘Queenslanders’. With their shady verandas and tin roofs just made for the patter of summer rain, which you can still find within walking distance of the CBD.
From the coast to the suburbs, the year-round warm climate means that Brisbane is ideal for a holiday; whether you want city parks or national parks, markets or museums, nightlife or wildlife, you will find it all here.

Brisbane has well-signed, well-maintained roads, but it’s not an easy city for first-time visitors to negotiate. The region’s growth has resulted in a crisscrossing network of major motorways and some significant new roadwork projects. In the city centre itself, there are many one-way streets. To make matters more confusing, the Brisbane River twists its way through the city and suburbs giving rise to some spectacular drives.

An up-to-date road map or a GPS, and some careful route planning at the beginning of each day is a good idea, as the city has become more crowded over the years but still a very pleasant experience.
Cycling has become a viable and healthy option for getting around the city, picturesque parks, landmarks and more locals are taking to their bikes as well as tourists, all discovering this pleasant stress-free form of sightseeing and exploring.

Brisbane boasts an ever-expanding network of picturesque and interesting bikeways and pedestrian paths, one can even purchase a subscription to cycle from a hire company, where you can pick up and drop off hired bikes from locations around the city.

Trains, buses and ferries cater for all needs, and there is a couple of bus routes designed specifically for visitors. The public transport system in Queensland is nothing short of excellent, although there are hundreds of tour companies and car and camper rent companies that cater for all local and international visitors so you won’t miss a thing.

A boat trip on the Brisbane River is a must. Plenty of tours are available to riverside tourist attractions and there is an excellent commuter ferry and catamaran (CityCat) service.
The City Cats travel at high speed and standing on the deck and feeling the cool wind in your hair and on your face is one of the best ways to see and feel Brisbane. A Go Card is a cheaper alternative to buying paper tickets and can be used on all transport – ferries, trains and buses (see you can also purchase a day pass.

The Brisbane River (indigenous name Maiwar) is the longest river in South East Queensland, Australia, and flows through the city of Brisbane, before meeting with Moreton Bay. John Oxley, the first European to explore the river, named it after the Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane in 1823. The penal colony of Moreton Bay later adopted the same name, eventually becoming the present city of Brisbane.

Early travellers along the waterway admired the natural beauty, abundant fish and rich vegetation along its banks as do all travellers today and the local commuters never tire of these spectacular floating experiences. From 1862 the Brisbane River has been regularly dredged for navigation purposes and is one of the cleanest safest rivers in the world. The river served as an important carriageway between Brisbane and Ipswich before a railway linking the towns was built in 1875 so your journey is covered in history.

The river travels 344 km (214 miles) from Mount Stanley to the Bay and is dammed by the Wivenhoe Dam, forming Lake Wivenhoe, the main water supply for Brisbane. The waterway is a habitat for the rare Queensland lungfish, Brisbane River cod and many other marine creatures.
The largest ship built on the river was the Robert Miller and the 66,000-tonne vessel became un-moored in the 1974 Brisbane flood.

Extensive port facilities have been constructed on the Fisherman Islands, now known as the Port of Brisbane and the river boasts 16 major bridges that cross the river.
The Clem Jones Road Tunnel, opened in 2010, and is the river’s first underground crossing for road transport.

Tangaloom a Island Resort is on Moreton Island, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) off the coast of Brisbane adorned with sandy beaches lining the island’s ocean side are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing, while the sheltered western side is more relaxed, with crystal clear blue water gently lapping against its shore this magnificent Island is a National Park which covers 98 per cent of the island’s area.

There’s so much to do at Tangalooma Island Resort. Enjoy the hiking and walking trails traversing the island, join a 4WD tour or go on a desert journey, which includes an exhilarating toboggan ride down the sand dunes. In the impossibly clear water, you can kayak, snorkel, parasail or even go on an underwater safari and every evening, hand-feed the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the beach while taking in the beauty of a Queensland sunset as the sun slow set over the water.
From villas and suites, to luxury apartments, all accommodation options put the island’s dazzling beaches front and centre. Or check into one of the exclusive island holiday houses with million-dollar views over Moreton Bay and the Glass House Mountains. There are five restaurants and cafés on the island, Whaler’s Bar and barbecues if you prefer to cook for yourself and the Resort Shop has all the supplies you’ll need.

Moreton Island “The Gem of South East Queensland” is one of the best experiences that Australia has to offer. Brisbane is fortunate in having on its doorstep one of Australia’s largest sand islands, making Moreton Island perfect for that much needed getaway. Moreton is almost completely sand with no roads, so a 4wd is needed if going further than walking distance from the ferry landing points.
Just across the bay from civilisation, Moreton is quickly being discovered as an unspoilt paradise for people wanting to relax and enjoy nature. This is a place where the crashing of the waves sets the pace and the mood of your day.

Take the ferry across the big blue yonder to Moreton Bay and come explore the beaches, starry night skies, with its unique adventures, experiences and accommodation of one of Brisbane’s Island paradises. Moreton Bay and Morton Island delivers amazing scenery, massive sand dunes, glassy lakes, rocky outcrops, wild forest, beautiful beaches, stunning vistas and a lonely lighthouse – you name it, Moreton Island has it all!

Imagine seeing the spectacular sunset as it falls behind the Glass House Mountains while lazing about on the soft white sandy beaches of Moreton Island.

Once the sun goes down the stars come out for spectacular light show in the night sky, so clear without any city lights you could almost reach out and touch them. Then sleep under the stars in a tent, in beachfront accommodation, or at the resort, all just steps away from the crystal-clear water of Moreton Bay that twinkles and sparkles like diamonds in the light.

Every day is an opportunity to do something you have never done before in a place that is unforgettably beautiful, enjoyable and excitingly relaxed. It doesn’t matter if it is your first visit to the Greater Brisbane area or your 100th’s, come back again to wonderland, refresh your memory, engage you senses and experience all that Queensland has to offer.


The Spectacular Sunshine Coast

South East Queensland is the most populous and fastest growing region in Queensland and the Sunshine Coast is up there with the best of them.

Renowned for its relaxed approach to the Queensland life style, the Sunshine Coast is famous for its uncrowded white sand beaches and green scenery situated to the north of Brisbane. Stretching for nearly 70 kilometres, the Sunshine Coast falls within the Sunshine Coast Council’s jurisdiction and provides for a great (and popular) escape from Brisbane, or the Gold Coast. A holiday Mecca even for South East Queensland locals, the Sunshine Coast is a great place to relax, unwind and taste the amazing local produce and hospitality.

From its myriad of wineries and art galleries to expansive bushwalking tracks, state of the art equine facilities, growing rural communities and friendly country charm.

Sunshine Coast is a peri-urban area and the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland. Located 100 km (62 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland on the Pacific Ocean coastline, its urban area spans approximately 60 km (37 miles) of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin. The estimated urban population of Sunshine Coast is well over was 310,000 making it the 9th most populous in the country.

The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres and popular tourist destinations for the hinterland region.

The Sunshine Coast, as a term recognised by Australians, is the district defined in 1967 as “the area contained in the Shires of Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa, but excluding Bribie Island” another great destination to visit and explore.

James Cook on the deck of HM Bark Endeavour in 1770 became the first known white person to sight the Glass House Mountains, located south-west of Caloundra.

In the 1820s, the Sunshine Coast saw its first white inhabitants: three castaways (Finnegan, Pamphlet and Parsons) who shared the life of the local (Kabi Kabi) Aborigines for eight months. Thereafter, during the 1830s to 1840s, the district became home to numerous runaway convicts from the Moreton Bay (Brisbane) penal colony slightly to the south.

In 1842, Governor George Gipps had the entire Sunshine Coast and hinterland from Mt Beerwah north to roughly Eumundi declared a “Bunya Bunya Reserve” for the protection of the bunya tree after Andrew Petrie advised him of the importance of bunya groves in Aboriginal culture.

Major rivers of the Sunshine Coast include Noosa River, Maroochy River, Mooloolah River and the Stanley River. The region includes several lakes such as Lake Cootharaba and Lake Weyba. Ewen Maddock Dam, Wappa Dam and Baroon Pocket Dam have been built for water storage.

Beaches along the Sunshine coast, are to say the very least, spectacular and rate as some of the best pristine beaches in the world today. Large stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches – from Sunshine Beach near Noosa to Coolum Beach the coast from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba the Maroochydore–Mooloolaba stretch and from Buddina past the Caloundra CBD to Pelican Waters covering Alexandra Headland, Kawana Waters and of course the world famous Noosa and Kings beaches.

The Sunshine Coast is a centre for tourism, attracting more than 3.2 million visitors a year. There are significant and magnificent must visit attractions, such as Steve Irwin‘s Australia Zoo, Under Water World marine park, Aussie World with the Ettamogah Pub, The Buderim Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple, the Eumundi Markets and the Majestic Theatre at Pomona, and of course the Big Pineapple. The area also plays hosts to many annual sporting events such as Mooloolaba Triathlon, Noosa Triathlon and Sunshine Coast Marathon.

Beaches, hiking, surfing fresh local food and world-class events, the Sunshine Coast has it all! The only thing more refreshing than the water is the lifestyle. With its sunshine, endless coastline, lush rainforests and easy smiles – it’s a place where you’ll feel like a local from the moment you arrive.

There’ll never be a shortage of things to see and do on your Sunshine Coast visit. With glorious sunny days and warm water most of the year, it’s an ideal place for outdoor sports and recreation, alfresco dining, hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, cycling, golfing, shopping and the list goes on.

Explore the lush hinterland villages of Montville and Maleny, enjoy the pristine Caloundra beaches and Pumicestone Passage, and savour the fresh, juicy prawns direct from the trawlers in Mooloolaba. Take in the awe-inspiring Glass House Mountains, indulge in the naturally stylish and effortlessly cool Noosa, and find your sense of adventure in Rainbow Beach.

It’s easy to find your way around the Sunshine Coast so you can feel confident exploring the area solo. If you’d like some guidance on the local eco-systems and attractions, there are a multitude of guided tours. Of course, the kids will become instant fans of the beaches and attractions.

Explore the Sunshine Coast and experience the wildlife, breathtaking beaches and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. There is something for all the family to enjoy whether you prefer a guided tour or relaxing in the sun the Sunshine Coast of Australia has it all.

Queensland Tourism aims to provide all the information you need to make your visit to Australia’s Sunshine Coast as enjoyable as possible. Search for accommodation, dining, tours, attractions and a whole lot more with our easy-to-use search engine and guides.

Choose your patch of sand from over 100 kilometres of pristine coastline – stretching from Caloundra in the south to Noosa and the rainbow sands of the Cooloola Coast in the north – and soak up the warm sunshine and laid-back atmosphere.

Paddle into the home of longboarding with a surf lesson at Noosa’s Main Beach.
Hire a boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board and cruise the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage or one of the many lakes and inlets.

Build sandcastles, eat fish and chips, or just lay back with a book on Mooloolaba Beach.
Explore the natural beauty of the region, cosy cafes and boutiques waiting to be discovered.
Be entertained by local artists and stock up on arts and crafts at Eumundi Markets.
Take in the view from the Glass House Mountains or wander through national parks and trails.
Take a day cruise or rent a boat or jet ski.

Compare local cheese and wine in Maleny, or treat yourself to high tea and antique shopping in Montville.

With award-winning restaurants, food trails, vibrant food festivals and bustling farmers markets, the Sunshine Coast is one giant celebration of food and wine.

Tick off your foodie bucket list with beachfront and rain forest restaurants worth travelling for.
Sample just-picked strawberries and fresh-caught seafood at an outdoor farmer’s market.

Create your own cuisine at one of the many cooking schools.

The things to see and do on Queensland Sunshine Coast are virtually endless which will make you wanting to return over and over again.


Explore – The Norther Rivers NSW

From the great surfing beaches, playful dolphins and an abundance of things to be enjoyed along the East Coast of the NSW Northern Rivers region to World Heritage rainforests, this is a perfect place for fun, adventure and excitement for all ages. Go kayaking with dolphins and whales, or simply relax on a beautiful beach and savour freshly caught seafood.

Discover uncrowded beaches, tranquil rivers and lakes, explore the dramatic volcanic hinterland and snorkel and dive coral reefs in crystal-clear waters, or watch playful dolphins and majestic whales while kayaking, or on a boat cruise.

Along the North Coast you’ll find plenty of accommodation options to suit your budget, from 5 star to a quant B & B’s. Explore the multitude of fantastic eateries from quick snakes to the full silver service. Taste delicious fresh seafood on offer, including Hastings River oysters and prawns.
Driving south from the Tweed Valley you arrive at Kingscliff a coastal beach side community offering an extensive variety of holiday accommodation. Together with the villages Chinderah and Fingal, it is a tourist destination that provides beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and water sports.

Its main street, Marine Parade, contains many restaurants, cafes, local hotels, bars, shops and accommodation located directly across from Kingscliff beach and creek.

Kingscliff makes the ideal Gold Coast holiday destination for young romantics, couples, retirees and young families; this is mainly due to its location and safe environment.

Just off the main route is magnificent Mt. Warning which overlooks an idea climate and vistas, with green lush pastures all with good soil. The township of Murwillumbah is surrounded by five World Heritage National Parks which attract many eco-tourists to spend time in this unique sub-tropical wilderness. The township has some of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in Australia and a large selection of great local shops, catering for all tastes.

Brunswick Heads is a small unspoilt coastal village on the NSW North Coast, situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River. The town is 15 minutes north of Byron Bay and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast. It is only 30 minutes by car from both Ballina Byron Airport and Coolangatta Airport.

Nestled within the breakwater is a safe peaceful quiet beach, while a white sandy surf beach stretching south is only minutes away.

Despite the surrounding coastal development, Brunswick Heads has retained its traditional seaside village atmosphere.

Mullumbimby a famous hippie township which mixes mainstream and alternative lifestyles is a quiet country township which was once a rural centre servicing the surrounding farms. In the late 1960s it became one of the great alternative lifestyle centres in the country. It carries this reputation with much more confidence than its more famous partner, Nimbin, which is only a short distance away
The jewel in the Northern Rivers region is Byron Bay once a sleepy surfing village, Byron Bay over the last few decades has transformed itself into a glamorous destination without losing its charming appeal.

Attracting visitors from around the world with its natural beauty, as well as its casual, yet elegant lifestyle, Byron Bay has something for everyone, with a vast and comprehensive choice of accommodation options. A walk along the main street will corroborate that.

The restaurants seem to be never ending, and the cuisines are as varied as a jar of 100’s and 1,000’s satisfying the most discerning diner, weather quick snacks, take away or 5 star luxury dining one is never stuck for choice, once here you may never wish to leave.

Or perhaps avail and treat yours self to one of the magnificent health resorts or spas at prices you can afford.

The Northern Rivers region offers visitors a unique and magnificent mix of traditional and alternative exciting lifestyles experiences, world famous beaches, glorious hinterland, natural beauty and diverse holiday residences. Not to mention the farmers and community markets, a real must visit.

With its well-deserved reputation as an outstanding place to visit, explore and holiday, no wonder it’s so popular with locals and visitors alike.


Discover North Queensland

North Queensland, or the top end, is the northern part of the Australian state of Queensland that lies just south of Far North Queensland. Queensland is a massive state, larger than many countries, and the tropical northern part of it has been historically remote and undeveloped, resulting in a distinctive regional character and identity.

Tourism to North Queensland is a peak regional visitor destination for hundreds and thousands of domestic and overseas tourists – it offers so much in shear natural beauty that many people said they should have spent more time exploring and enjoying this fantastic region.

Travellers from Australia and around the world wonder at the splendour of the northern areas of this vast state which covers an area from a few kilometres north of the Sunshine Coast in the South up to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands in the North, and inland to the Gulf Savannah.

This is one of Australia’s huge growth regions with more than 2.3 million visitors to Tropical North Queensland each year and tourism being the number one employer in the region you can be guaranteed that your visit will be something very special.

Queensland Tourism Australia works closely with the individual members of the tourist industry promoting the many wonders on offer to the holiday maker, such as hotels, tour companies, attractions and hire car companies, to help visitors create their dream holiday.

Although Brisbane is the state’s capital city, a city full of energy, style, arts and culture, the lure of the north is extremely strong and compelling a place definitely not to be missed.

The Great Barrier Reef would be the initial fascinating draw card to the area which stretches 2300km along the Queensland coast; being home to a myriad of sea creatures and hidden gems, and the best way to explore the reef is to snorkel or scuba dive.

There are literally hundreds of Queensland islands where you can relax and indulge in all that island life has to offer. Sail the Whitsunday Islands or take a sea plane to a remote getaway where you can truly escape.

Unwind at a rainforest retreat in Tropical North Queensland. The World Heritage listed Wet Tropics offer spectacular scenery, deep gorges, numerous waterfalls and mountain summits, providing expansive rainforest views and vistas.

The Queensland Outback is nature of a different kind, one that delivers Australia’s final frontier, with desert sand dunes and lush fishing holes make an interesting combination; the friendly locals are only too happy to show you their home with some of their back yards and big as some cities.

Travel back to the dinosaur era, listen carefully for the ghost in the home of Waltzing Matilda, or sit back and enjoy a cold beer in one of the iconic outback pubs.

Visit the birth place of Qantas and the Australian Flying Doctor Service – both Australian icons.
Bundaberg is a city with a population of well over 70,000 people and a major centre within Queensland’s broader of Wide Bay-Burnett geographical region.

A visit to Bundaberg would not be complete without exploring the Bundaberg distillery, a worldwide favourite for the rum connoisseur, even if you don’t drink, it is a must see.

Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast in the dry tropic’s region of Queensland, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with a population estimate of 180,000 considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals.

Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.

Popular attractions include “The Strand“, a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef‘s native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; Castle Hill, or as it was originally known Cootharinga, the most prominent landmark of the area and a popular fitness destination; the Townsville Sports Reserve; and Magnetic Island, a large neighbouring island, the vast majority of which is national park, and so much more.

Cairns is on the east coast of Far North Queensland and is the 5th-most-populous in Queensland and ranks 14th overall in Australia.

Cairns was founded in 1876 and named after William Wellington Cairns, Governor of Queensland from 1875 to 1877. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but declined when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas.

It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region.
The estimated residential population of the Cairns urban area in is about 148,000 and the associated local government area has experienced an average annual growth rate of 2.3% over the last 10 years.

Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, makes this a perfect destination for the perfect getaway.

So, rest assured that you will not be short of something to do or see in North Queensland.


Queensland’s Country Adventures

Exploring Queensland is a total experience that will last in one’s memories for the rest of their lives.

Travelling west from the coast to places like Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Ipswich, to name but a few, and all with-in a pleasant scenic drive from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Make a trip out of the way, stay for a while and enjoy the surrounds of these fantastic towns and what they have to offer.

Sample the cuisines of 100’s of local restaurants, guest houses and beautiful welcoming B & B’s.
There is so much to see and do you will be never short of partaking in an exciting adventure, or being inspired by the fabulous country side.

Toowoomba is a picturesque mountain city located in South East Queensland some 127Km west of Brisbane.

Clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of seven hundred meters above sea-level, the city affords breathtaking views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley region across the east to mention but a couple.

Toowoomba is nationally renowned for the annual Carnival of Flowers. Many of the city’s major parks and gardens are especially prepared for the carnival, including an important home garden competition and parade of flower floats. Buses bring people from around the nation and a popular way to arrive at the carnival from Brisbane is on chartered antique steam and diesel trains which captures the yester-year aspect of travel to Toowoomba with 19th-century wooden carriages.

Toowoomba is well served by a huge selection of restaurants, cafés and eateries throughout the city. Toowoomba also is home to the Weis Bar and possibly the Lamington.

Accommodation in Toowoomba offers the traveller an abundance of choice either for a night, or an extended stay.

Warwick boasts a fantastic place to stay, eat and relax while enjoying the warm country hospitality of the area.

Legend has it that “The Warwick Green Belt”, on the banks of the Condamine River, features a sculpture of Tiddalik the mythical frog that drank all of the fresh water in a renowned Aboriginal Dreamtime story.

Warwick is a town located in southeast Queensland, lying 130 kilometres south-west of Brisbane. It is the administrative centre of the Southern Downs Region local government area. The surrounding Darling Downs have fostered a strong agricultural industry for which Warwick, together with the larger city of Toowoomba, serve as convenient service centres.

It is also home to the areas Agricultural Show, The Jumpers and Jazz Festival, The Rose Bowl Carnival and not to overlook, The Warwick Cup and the Rodeo.

This is a fantastic place to stop and recharge your batteries and enjoy the country life style on offer.

Stanthorpe and the surrounding Granite Belt and Granite Highlands area of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales are the centre of a booming winery and national parks tourist destination. There are more than 50 wineries in the Granite Belt area, with a wide range of restaurants, Accommodation houses and tourist venues.

The Granite Belt national parks are Girraween, Bald Rock, Sundown, Boonoo Boonoo. Wine and tourism are a very important part of the town’s economy, with the region operating its own wine and tourism marketing body named; Granite Belt Wine Country.

Backpacking is popular and there is large demand for fruit and vegetable pickers from November until May each year.

Storm King offers some good angling opportunities for Murray cod, yellow belly and silver perch.
Parklands have been developed along both sides of Quart Pot Creek as it flows through Stanthorpe with a network of paths for walking and cycling featuring bridges and other crossings
Meandering rivers and streams bordered by beautiful native trees, shrubs and other flora make this angelic destination the place to settle for a few days.

Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Situated on the Bremer River, it is approximately 40 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. A local government area, the City of Ipswich has a population of 190,000. The city is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich preserves and operates from many of its historical buildings, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites and over 500 parks.

The town began as a limestone mining settlement and grew rapidly as a major inland port. Ipswich was initially named “The Limestone Hills” and later shortened to “Limestone” however; in 1843 it was renamed after the town of Ipswich in England.

It became a municipality in 1858. Ipswich was a prime candidate for becoming the capital of Queensland, but Brisbane was instead chosen in 1859. It was proclaimed a city in 1904.

The city became a major coal-mining area in the early 19th Century, contributing to the development of railways in the region as a means of transport. The first recorded coal mines in the central Ipswich area started at Woodend in 1848.

A holiday stay in Ipswich will definitely satisfy the historian in you.