Destination Guides: Queensland

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The tropical heart of Australia, Queenland reaches to the furthest northern regions of mainland Australia.

Bathed in sunshine and boasting a lush evergreen landscape, this mesmerising state is home to the world famous Great Barrier Reef, the stunning Daintree Forest, the golden Sunshine Coast, and the lively cities of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Cairns. Everything about Queensland screams relaxation, with the state moving at a different pace that allows visitors to take their time and soak up every beautiful wonder.

Read on to discover what makes Queensland a must-visit destination, or head straight to Turu's listings to find and book holiday accommodation.

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Brisbane offers all the perks of the Gold Coast but with a more cultural edge than other cities on the backpacker trail.

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Gold Coast

The one place in Australia that can never be said to be short of things to do is the sunny Gold Coast.

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Set in lush, tropical rainforest and bordered by some of Australia's most beautiful coastline, Cairns is a holiday destination that everyone should experience at least once.

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With over 300 days of sunshine each year there is almost never a bad time to make a trip to this tropical retreat.

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Mission Beach

Soak up the sunshine and get your heart racing at the energetic Mission Beach, a jewel on Tropical North Queensland’s coastal crown.

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Sunshine Coast

Take in the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast by visiting one of the many subtropical rainforests, immaculate beaches and freshwater rivers and lakes.

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The Great Barrier Reef

Experience the vibrant colours and unique textures of the world’s largest coral reef.

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The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands off the coast of north-east Queensland and for travellers, they present a local paradise.

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Fraser Island

Despite its popularity, Fraser Island still offers great solitude for independent travellers during peak season. 

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas offers beautiful beaches and stunning surrounds, with beautiful weather all year round.

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Moreton and Bribie Islands

For a premium camping adventure close to a capital city you can’t beat Brisbane’s majestic islands.

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Tropical North Queensland

A veritable tropical paradise, home to two of the world’s greatest natural wonders, pristine beaches and rugged outback regions, Tropical North Queensland boasts a diverse landscape for intrepid travellers.

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Atherton Tablelands

With an abundance of rainforests, waterfalls, lakes and magical trees, this little pocket of Queensland’s tropical north is a showroom for some of Australia’s most beautiful and remarkable scenery.

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The Bloomfield Track

Offering spectacular views, secluded beaches, native wildlife and a rainforest backdrop, the Bloomfield Track in Queensland’s tropical north is a true gift for the adventurous at heart.

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Step back in time with a trip to Queensland’s corner country and the far west town of Thargomindah.

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Experience Quinkan Country with a trip to far north Queensland and the heritage steeped town of Laura.

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Cape York

Getting there is certainly half the fun with a trip to the remote and surprising town of Cape York.



Step back in time with a trip to the Dinosaur Capital of Australia, Winton.
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Burrum Coast National Park

Take the road less travelled and visit the little known but exceedingly charming Burrum Coast National Park.

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Eurimbula National Park

Sprawling sites on a carpet of sand lay sheltered in a rainforest oasis all await at the Eurimbula NP for those who dare.



City meets the sea in Maroochydore, a place where the best of urban culture and relaxed beach living blend in holiday harmony.



Perpetual sunny days and eternally warm waters mean it’s never a bad time to discover why Noosa is one of the Sunshine Coasts most popular destinations.

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This laid-back coastal town is the perfect place to while away the summer days.

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Burleigh Heads

Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is a caravanner’s dream destination.

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For guaranteed fun in the sun all year round, grab your bathers and head straight to Cooloola.

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Glenlyon Dam

Cast a line and put your feet up, Glenlyon Dam is the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Rockhampton may be the Beef Capital of Australia, but there's surprisingly more to this lush, tropical town than a good steak.

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If you haven’t been to Birdsville, you haven’t seen the real Australia – this is a town that beams with character, and it definitely has its fair share of interesting history.


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Sundown National Park

This rugged 4WD destination may feel like it's in the middle of nowhere, but you'd be surprised at how close to civilisation Sundown National Park actually is.


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Innisfail in far north Queensland is an Art Deco jewel, and August Moon Caravan Park south of town presents a perfect stopover.

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Bundaberg in Queensland was once a sleepy country town, and has kept its rural heart despite developing into a busy city.

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Top 4 things to do in the Western Downs region

The Western Downs region of Queensland is known for its top fishing, wineries and rich heritage. It’s a rewarding destination just off the beaten track.

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Top 5 National Parks in the Sunshine Coast hinterland

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is best explored through a network of easily-accessible national parks, and the following parks offer the perfect opportunity to best discover this lush wilderness.

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Guide to touring Cairns

A true oasis in every sense of the word, Cairns is a natural paradise home to World Heritage-listed rainforests and incredible touring routes.

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St George

Picturesque tree-lined streets greet visitors to Queensland's St George - a rural town brimming with rich heritage and quiet charm.

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Bunya Mountains

A sacred landscape home to a rich and diverse ecosystem - welcome to Queensland's unforgettable Bunya Mountains.