Queensland is characterised by stunning beaches along the east coast, tropical forests in the north, diverse cities such as Brisbane and Cairns, and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. The latter is a major draw for adventurers as it is one of the premier diving areas in the world. Even if you are not one for donning your flippers and oxygen tank, though, just swimming amongst the beautiful coral is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shouldn’t be missed. Alternatively, you don’t need to get wet at all, as you can view the reef via the underwater observatory or in a glass-bottomed boat.
Also, off the east coast of Australia are a number of spectacular islands that are known for their idyllic scenery. Fraser Island and Daydream Island, the latter being part of the Whitsundays, offer glorious landscapes and the chance to unwind with a spot of sunbathing or a relaxing stroll amongst the diverse surroundings.
Further north, the land is dominated by tropical areas like the Daintree Rainforest, which is World Heritage listed. Away from these breathtaking natural environments, communities like Cairns and Cooktown provide an opportunity to get under the skin of Queensland and experience the local culture.
Brisbane is also one of the most popular cruise ports in Australia. It joins Cairns on the list of major cruise ports in this part of the country.