Queensland is the home of tropical Australia, where you’ll find some of the country’s best beaches, warmest welcomes and, of course, the world famous Great Barrier Reef. You don’t need to be a diving expert to enjoy the sights - just strap on some goggles and plunge beneath the surface. Take a boat out to explore the pristine Whitsunday islands, surf, kitesurf and skydive your way along the coast or hit the 4x4 trail on the ‘Beach Highway’ at Fraser Island. The Sunshine State is awash with tropical vegetation and top hotels, like Mission Beach and Noosa. It’s a place where having fun is a big part of life.
Best Queensland Hotel Locations
Brisbane - The state capital and largest city, a hotel in sunny Brisbane is a whole lot of fun but laid back and relaxed too.
Gold Coast - With theme parks, resorts and spectacular beaches, a hotel on the Gold Coast puts you in Australia’s holiday capital.
Sunshine Coast - This sophisticated slice of coastline includes charming little towns like Noosa and Caloundra.
Outback Queensland - Inland from the beautiful coastline, there’s a huge swathe of outback territory that’s dominated by rugged terrain, country lifestyles and welcoming towns.
The Great Barrier Reef - One of the seven natural wonders of the world, this huge collection of islands, reefs and coral formations is one of the world’s great tourist destinations.
How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Queensland
Start in the big cities, Brisbane and Cairns, where locals are friendly and there’s plenty of nighttime fun. Head out to the beaches along the Gold Coast, with resort towns making great stopping off points. Admire the lush tropical landscapes of Daintree National Park, with swamps and mangroves lying next to pristine beaches. The Gondwana Forest is one of the largest subtropical forests in the world, with unique wildlife. Head over to the protected Fraser Island, with its plunge pools and wreck sites. Explore the Whitsunday Islands on a boat trip, relax on the Sunshine Coast. This huge state is covered with beautiful landscapes, impeccable coastlines and friendly coastal towns.
Dive beneath the clear water to explore a unique ecosystem of corals, tropical fish and other marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best diving regions on the planet. Take a boat trip out around the islands and discover secluded beaches. Learn how to hang glide or take a camel ride along the beach. Venture out whale or dolphin spotting or explore the grasslands of the Outback on a trekking adventure. Go wild on the rides at a theme park or visit some of the world’s finest reserves and national parks, including the Daintree and Gondwana Forests. At the end of every day, relax in true Queensland style on the beach.