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The 10 BEST things to do in Queensland, Australia

Queensland, well known as the sunshine state in Australia, boasts a warm climate, beautiful beaches, rainforests, islands and wildlife. In Queensland, you will find some of the most extraordinary experiences; narrowing it down to just the 10 best things to do in Queensland was near impossible!

If you are planning a trip to the land down under, make sure to add Queensland to your itinerary, and read on to find out all about the best things to do in Queensland!

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The 10 BEST things to do in Queensland, Australia:

1. Four-Wheel Driving on Fraser Island

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First up, Fraser Island is a must-visit in Queensland. It has it all: beautiful beaches, stunning lakes, Australian native animals, serene rainforests and great bush-bashing tracks (aka four-wheel driving tracks). Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Dingoes!

If you are interested in planning a trip to Fraser Island, I would highly recommend you have a 4-wheel drive. Fraser Island does not have roads; instead, it has beach and bush tracks, so a 4-wheel drive is essential. Swap your car with a friend or family member or check out some hire companies.

One of the most beautiful lakes in Queensland is home to Fraser Island. Lake Mckenzie will be one of the most gorgeous lakes you will lay eyes on.

The two-toned crystal clear water is sensational to swim in. Set up for the day with a beach canopy, a couple of cold beers, a good book and just take in the natural beauty.

The next adventure worth exploring on Fraser Island is visiting Eli Creek. Eli Creek is a natural water park. Bring a blow-up pool toy and float down the swiftly flowing creek. Enjoy the pristine fresh water as the stream carries you through the tranquil rainforest out to the coastline.

Next on your itinerary is the Maheno Shipwreck. The Maheno Shipwreck is just a short drive along the beach and well worth the trip. About 10 kilometres north of the Happy Valley, this rusty shipwreck sits along the shores of 75 Mile Beach.

For any history gurus out there that are interested in a bit of back story to the Maheno Shipwreck: The Maheno was driven to shore in 1935 during a cyclone after operating in the Trans-Tasman sea, travelling between Australia and New Zealand.

2.  Bask on the beaches on the Sunshine Coast

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Brisbane local’s favourite weekend getaway location is, without a doubt, the Sunshine Coast. Located about one hour and a half north of Brisbane City, the Sunshine Coast is known for having some of the best beaches in Australia, if not the world.

Fun fact! The Sunshine Coast is officially the ‘Most Loved Destination in the World’ according to the Tourism Index Sentiment.

Join other travellers from across the globe to experience a slice of Queensland paradise. If you’re still not convinced, check out the photos of the pure serenity and bliss below.

Three must-see destinations on the Sunshine coast are:

1. Twin Waters

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A holiday in Twin Waters means ultimate relaxation. Relax by the lagoon, the river, the beach or the pool bar. At the centre of the action is the Sebel Twin Waters or the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort – a 4-star beachfront resort.

Enjoy endless activities such as jet skiing, canoeing, sailing, bike riding, paintball, or stand-up paddle boarding. Or enjoy a cocktail by the pool at happy hour! Oh, and when the sun begins to fall, Kangaroos and Wallabies will surround the lagoon! A must-see Australian native animal in your lifetime!

2. Mooloolaba

Recently voted the 6th best beach in Australia by Tripadvisor, Mooloolaba is a must-see Queensland destination. Swim in some epic waves, eat fish and chips watching the sunset, dine at an affordable beachfront restaurant or stroll around the shops.

3. Noosa

Head further north to Noosa Heads. Noosa’s chic coastline, trendy shopping scene and upscale dining make it a must-see for those who love keeping up with the trends.

Grab a free beach holiday packing list to make getting organised for your next beach vacation a breeze. 

3. Romantic Getaway to Montville

Montville is the ultimate romantic hinterland getaway for couples. A truly breathtaking scene that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy the fresh, crisp air, stunning mountain top views, small old-fashioned villages and gorgeous vineyards.

Montville is a popular wedding destination, and there’s a reason for that! Located about a 30-minute drive from Mooloolaba beach, enjoy the views of the ocean through the mountains and unwind with the town’s slower pace – it’s a perfect wedding destination.

Don’t forget your hiking shoes! Montville has some spectacular bush tracks nearby that will lead you to flow waterfalls.

4. Live it up on the Gold Coast!

The Gold Coast combines beautiful beaches with nightlife, shopping, theme parks and restaurants. The most well-known and popular with tourists is Surfers Paradise.

Head over to Burleigh beach to escape the busyness of Surfers Paradise and enjoy the relaxed vibe and surf appeal that Burleigh exudes.

For any foodies, book into Rick Shores or The Tropic for lunch overlooking the beach and unreal food.

5. Discover Brisbane City

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Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is an up-and-coming city in Australia. The third most populous city in Australia, Brisbane boasts fantastic sunny weather year-round. The CBD is situated within the peninsula of the Brisbane River, which is about 15km long.

Major attractions worth visiting include South Bank Parklands, King George Square, the Story Bridge, Mount Coot-tha and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

If you want to enjoy some great cocktails with a view of the Brisbane River, check out Eagle Street Pier or Howard Smith Wharves.

6. Feed the Dolphins on Moreton Island

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Feed the dolphins at Tangalooma Moreton Island, snorkel around the shipwrecks and go tobogganing down the steep sand dunes. Moreton Island is home to some of the best beaches in Queensland. A paradise for many Brisbane travellers in the summertime.

Check out Tangalooma resort for beachfront accommodation that also offers unique experiences such as wild dolphin feeding at sunset, whale watching and quad bike tours.

7. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

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Head up to North Queensland to experience one of the world’s seven wonders. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most remarkable natural wonders that, unfortunately, may not be around and as exquisite for too much longer.

Hop on a snorkelling or scuba diving tour from Port Douglas Cairns to dive into the magical waters and explore the underwater world.

8. Wine tasting through Mt Tambourine

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Halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, you will find Mt Tamborine. Another picturesque town that makes for a perfect romantic getaway. Take a winery tour that will guide you around five or even more wineries.

Mt Tambourine is a picturesque Hinterland located about an hour south of Brisbane and 30 mins north of the Gold Coast. Escape into the mountains and enjoy wonderful walks, waterfalls, wineries, local liqueurs and markets.

For lunch, book a table at St Bernard’s Hotel. Breath-taking views, a hearty pub feed and a couple of drinks are a great way to spend your afternoon. You’ve also got to meet the two residents of Saint Bernard’s located at the front of the hotel. Just look how adorable they are!

Tamborine Mountain Distillery is another must. For $10, grab a tasting board of 6 local spirits and liqueurs.

9. Explore tropical paradise in Cairns

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Tropical North Queensland, Cairns, is not just the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef but is also known for its natural waterfalls, beaches, crocodiles and wildlife. A laid-back outdoor lifestyle that involves waterfall hopping, catching and cooking fresh fish from the reef and exploring the Australian history that remains.

Be careful in Port Douglas when visiting the 4-mile beach as Crocodiles have been spotted in the water all year round!

10. Camp at Double Island Point

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Camping on the secluded Double Island Point makes for a great adventure with friends or family. Jump in a 4-wheel drive and travel on the beach along the coastline. Check out the Cooloola beach drive to tackle a short walk up to the historic lighthouse. Bring the fishing rods and some bate, or simply set up with some beach chairs, a good book and a cold drink for the day – there are so many great things to do!

Which of the above best things to do in Queensland is on the top of your bucket list? The sunshine state is truly stunning. If you’ve been, what was your favourite destination?

About the author:

Olivia McDonald from Defining Decade. Olivia is an Australian travel enthusiast and Campaign Manager for one of the world’s largest travel agency groups. As an accomplished world traveller and industry expert, Defining Decade was born to inspire a life of adventure beyond the 9 to 5. Defining Decade aims to empower young women to live extraordinary lives filled with adventure and exploration without sacrificing their careers. Navigating the spontaneity, life balance, and unpredictability of your twenties can be tough. Live freely, be present and fulfil your potential; we’re here to guide you at every step.

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