Queensland is a big state – big on sunshine and big beaches. But there is a lot more to this part of Australia than the Great Barrier Reef, kilometers of sandy coastline and tropical islands.
It is a diverse state with rainforests waterfalls and canyons to explore. Further west, country Queensland offers some of the best outback experiences in Australia. Queensland’s relaxed vibe puts you in the perfect mood to take your time and see all this diverse state to offer.
North Queensland is the best known region for rainforests. Daintree National Park is a must see and near Townsville you can see the tallest waterfall in Australia Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park. But if you are not going that far north, southeast Queensland has some beautiful temperate rainforests with lots of waterfalls.
Tamborine Mountain and Lamington and Springbrook National Park have lots of walks that take you deep into the forest past spectacular waterfalls. Best of all, they are an easy day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Our favourite is Springbrook National Park, there are walks there for all ability levels and the forest and falls are stunning.
The Great Barrier Stretches for 3000km along the Queensland coast and there are many locations you can leave from to get to it. We had a great trip leaving from Cape Tribulation. A short, fast boat ride had us snorkelling on the coral in no time. Reef tours also leave from the Whitsundays, Mackay, and Gladstone.
Most National Parks are free to access in Queensland – camping fees will still apply. There are a few places where you will need a permit – Fraser Island, Morton Island and Bribie Island, Cooloola Recreation Area and Minjerribah on North Stradbroke Island. Passes can be purchased through Queensland Parks and Forests.
Springbrook National Park is in Queensland’s Gold Coast hinterland. The park is a beautiful place to explore with its many waterfalls and lookouts. The walking trails take you deep into the rainforest, a place of giant strangler figs, vines as thick as your arm and ancient ferns.
If you love the sound and sight of a waterfall, Springbrook is your place. There are falls of all shapes and sizes from the towering Purling Brook Falls to the beauty of the Natural Bridge with its glow worm-studded cave.
The Gold Coast has a lot more to offer than beaches and theme parks. The hinterland has amazing rainforests, waterfalls and hikes to discover. The Mountain towns are full of art, craft and cafes and a great place to explore for a break from the sand.
Queensland is a big state and beaches, and the reef are only the start of what’s on offer. Discover the outback towns, road trips and family attractions you can see in Queensland.
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