STUNNING AND ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO IN QUEENSLAND

It’s a state we’ve resonated with as a holiday destination and have visited many times over the years, usually on short trips to the Gold Coast. But after spending three months exploring the state as part of our 18 month road trip around Australia, and now calling it home for the past 5 months, we’ve come to realise how many things to do in Queensland there are. Hill Inlet – Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia Whitsundays Island It’s not just tropical islands, beautiful beaches and theme parks. They have all that, and do a great job of those experiences, but there are so many more incredible experiences to be had in Queensland. As we discovered on our Savannah Way road trip, Tropical North Queensland offers a lot of magic when you head inland too. And Outback Queensland and the Southern Queensland Country region provided some of our most cherished travel moments and experiences. To be honest, it was hard to narrow it down to just 50 places to visit in Queensland, and I’m sure we’ll add to this list the longer we live in and explore this beautiful state. But let’s go with this list on Things to do in Queensland, Australia for now. 1. Boodjamulla National Park, Savannah Way Boodjamalla National Park, Queensland, Australia Beautiful Bodjamalla AD We call it “Queensland’s best kept secret”. Boodjamalla National Park is n emerald green oasis in Outback Queensland that thrives with wildlife and is the off-the-beaten-path experience you crave. Otherwise known as Lawn Hill, Boodjamalla’s draw is its sandstone cliffs, emerald green river, kayaking, hiking and camping. Read more – Queensland’s best kept secret AD 2. Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia Love snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef AD The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s natural icons. Made up of 900 islands and 2,900 individual reefs, it’s the largest living structure on the planet and whether you snorkel or dive you just have to experience it for yourself. There are many options for getting out on the Reef and from various locations along the Queensland coast, with Cairns being the main gateway. It’s one of the top places to visit in Queensland, Australia for a reason. Read more – How to visit the Great Barrier Reef AD Here is the Marine World reef tour we did. 3. Larc Tour of 1770 Larc Tour of the Town of 1770 in Queensland, Australia One of the most fun tours in Queensland AD Spending the day exploring the Town of 1770 in a bright pink LARC – an amphibious vehicle designed to transport goods in time of war – is one of the best day trips we’ve done in Australia. Tour owner Neil is as passionate as they come and the day was full of adventure, history, scenery and laughs! Read more – Adventure in the Town of 1770 AD Here is where you can purchase tickets for the tour we did. 4. Discover the Undara Lava Tubes, Savannah Way Undara Lava Tubes, Queensland, Australia Cool family friendly tour of Undara Lava tubes AD One of the most interesting places we explored in Outback Queensland was Undara, home to 164 volcanoes, cones and vents. Who knew Australia had such a volcanic history? It was fascinating for us and fun for our kids! Sleep in a train carriage, have breakfast in the bush, take a wildlife sunset tour and do the half-day Archway Explorer Lava Tubes tour! Read more – Introducing the Undara Lava Tubes AD 5. Daydream on Daydream Island, Whitsundays Daydream Island, Queensland, Australia Hammock time on your Daydream Island holiday AD We only had one night on Daydream Island and wished it was more. There’s enough mix of relaxation and activities for all of us and you’re in The Whitsundays!! A highlight was Kalyra succeeding for the first time at SUP – Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Read more – 24 hours on Daydream Island 6. Burleigh Heads National Park, Gold Coast Burleigh Heads National Park, Queensland, Australia Burleigh Heads National Park coastal walk views AD Burleigh Heads is a our favourite place on the Gold Coast – we’re fortunate to call Burleigh home now – and one of the best short coastal walks in Australia is through the Burleigh Heads National Park. Get up early and catch the magnificent sunrise whilst watching the surfers at the point. Then continue around the headland and you’ll come upon another Gold Coast favourite, Tallebudgera Creek. Read more – AD 4 walks on the Gold Coast Best of Burleigh Heads – our top 8 local finds 7. Drive the Waterfall Way, Atherton Millaa Millaa Falls, Queensland, Australia Beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls AD Drive for about an hour south-east from Cairns and you’ll arrive in the Atherton Tablelands region. Here you can go mountain biking, coffee tasting, and hot air ballooning, amongst other things. But my favourite thing to do was drive the 15km Waterfall Way Circuit that embraces some of the best waterfalls in the region. Read more – Exploring The Atherton Tablelands AD 8. Airlie Beach Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia Airlie Beach has so many fun things to do Airlie Beach is a fun town, we spent a week there and used it as a gateway to The Whitsunday Islands – think Whitehaven Beach – but there’s enough going on in town that makes Airlie a fun holiday destination within itself. For the adults there’s endless bars, cafes and restaurants, and our kids loved the man-made lagoon! Read More: Family Accommodation in Airlie Beach at the Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort 9. Lady Musgrave Island, Great Barrier Reef Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia Lady Musgrave Island, GBR AD On the day we visited Lady Musgrave Island, it was a rough 90-minute boat ride out from the Town of 1770 due to the swell, but the destination was magnificent. This island is a coral cay and the second island in the Great Barrier Reef chain of islands after Lady Elliot Island. You can even camp here, no power or water supply, and the nearby snorkelling in the lagoon is brilliant. Read More: Why You Should Visit the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water AD Book your Lady Musgrave island tour here. 10. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest to Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest cablecar to Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway The town of Kuranda is a popular place to visit near Cairns and the best way to get there is via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide for 7.5 kilometres over the top of pristine rainforest with awesome coastal views thrown in. If you’re brave, jump in the open air Canopy Glider (harnessed in) for uninterrupted views. Read more – Riding the Skyrail Rainforest 11. Relax on the Kuranda Scenic Railway Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns, Queensland Kuranda Scenic Railway – worth the trip AD Once you go up the mountain to Kuranda on the Skyrail, a relaxing way to descend through the rainforest is on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway which passes waterfalls and deep ravines. It’s an impressive engineering feat, you pass through 13 tunnels.