Guest Post by: Kristine Vicencio
One of Australia’s most popular states is Queensland. This comes as no surprise, considering it is home to some of the most popular destinations in the world and such a wide range of outdoor activities. As a traveler, you will find that there is no shortage of activities to do and places to go in Queensland. Whether you want to rent a Kia Sorento and head out along the coastal roads or sail off to a nearby island, you will not be disappointed.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, just off the coast of Queensland, offers a 2,000 kilometer long stretch that is perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving or taking a cruise. Guests will also be surprised to learn that the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism in the world, and that it can be seen from outer space. Guests will see thousands of underwater animals and plants.
2. The 74 Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast make up the most popular travel destination in the country. The islands also make up one of Australia’s most highly protected national parks. Guests will take an airplane or a boat to the island. Most of the islands do not offer lodging, save for Hamilton Island, which offers hotels and houses. Other islands offer camping. By far, one of the most popular islands is Whitsunday Island because it offers a white sand beach known as Whitehaven.
3. Cape Tribulation
Many visitors are surprised to learn that Australia has some beautiful rainforests. Cape Tribulation is the tranquil point where the forest and ocean meet, and the Daintree Rainforest features an enormous range of plants and animals. Travellers come here to ride horses, explore the swamps and take long walks along the quaint forest trails. Guests can also take a guided walk with an Aboriginal guide or ride on a boat to spot crocodiles and other critters from a safe spot.
One of the state’s oldest towns is Maryborough, established in the 1840s.One of the main streets in town is Wharf Street, which is home to several historical buildings the public is allowed to tour. Once a month, the city partakes in a historical festival involving colonial dress. Tourists flock to Maryborough on these weekends to enjoy food and take guided walking tours.
5. Paronella Park
Paronella Park is another amazing Australian destination. The park includes a Spanish castle and unique gardens where guests could spend hours exploring. The guided tour takes 45 minutes but there is much more for guests to enjoy. There is even a night tour for the more adventurous visitors.
While the pictures of white sandy beaches are likely the most iconic images associated with Queensland, there is so much more to the state that cannot be covered in just one visit. There are theme parks, whale watching tours and forests to explore. The generally warm climate also makes most of Queensland ideal for year-round visiting. Families, couples, groups of friends and individuals who love being outdoors will enjoy all that Queensland has to offer.