Queensland Travel Guide
In depth travel guides on destinations in Queensland
plus honest reviews of attractions, accommodation, and restaurants.
Queensland (QLD) is one of the six states of Australia. It has a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km so there’s a beach for everyone. Queensland is the second-largest state in size, and the third most populous.
Brisbane, a modern city overlooking the Brisbane River, is the state capital and Australia’s third-largest city.
Queensland is Australia’s most popular tourist destination after Sydney due to its tropical climate.
The southern coastline is renowned for its surfing breaks and beach culture. The tropical north has one of the natural wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef.
Weather and Best Time to Visit Queensland
Winter (Jun-Oct) is the best time to visit Tropical North Queensland, the dry season. December to March (summer) is the wet season and is very humid and rains a lot.
The best water visibility is from August to January if you are planning on diving or snorkeling.
Stinger (jellyfish) season is November to May but most tour operators provide stinger suits.
Southern Queensland is lovely all year round but expect the summer months to be more humid and wet.
Summer (Dec-Feb): Brisbane: 20°C to 29°C, Cairns: 22°C to 31°C
Autumn (Mar-May): Brisbane: 14°C to 28°C, Cairns: 20°C to 30°C
Winter (Jun-Aug): Brisbane: 10°C to 22°C, Cairns: 17°C to 26°C
Spring (Sep-Nov): Brisbane: 13°C to 27°C, Cairns: 19°C to 30°C
I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, and First People of these lands. I would like to pay my respect to the Elders past, present, and future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture, and hopes of their people.
Brief History of Queensland
Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders were the first to inhabit Australia. Captain James Cook claimed the East Coast in 1770. Then in 1788, Arthur Phillip founded New South Wales, which included all of what is now Queensland.
Brisbane was established as a convict settlement in 1825 but closed by 1839.
It allowed free settlement from 1842 and was soon populated by farmers and other settlers.
Queensland separated from NSW in June 1859.
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Bucket List for Queensland
The Best Things to do in Queensland
Having lived in Australia for over 20 years, we have visited Queensland numerous times. We’ve discovered the best things to do in Queensland and put them all in a handy guide.
Fraser Island, or K’gari as it is now known, is the largest sand island in the world and one of Australia‘s most popular tourist destinations. There are a variety of Fraser Island tours available to choose from, including day tours, multi-day trips, and overnight stay tours. Each tour offers a unique perspective on the island’s … Read more
Noosa is a beautiful town on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, known for its picturesque beaches, stunning sunsets, and delicious food. There are several things to do in Noosa for families, including beaches, walks, visiting one of only two everglades in the world, and enjoying an extensive range of kid-friendly activities. If you have a … Read more
Buderim waterfall is an incredible sight that shouldn’t be missed while visiting the Sunshine Coast. This waterfall is in the sub-tropical Buderim Forest Park and is a great spot for photography or simply taking in the beauty. As you wander through the forest and see the waterfall, you will soon realise why it is one … Read more
If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, this Sunshine Coast suburb is the perfect spot. There are plenty of things to do in Coolum, from swimming in the ocean to hiking up mountains. Our climb up Mt Coolum was one of the highlights on our Sunshine Coast road trip. … Read more
If you’re looking for something to do on the Sunshine Coast, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place than Maroochydore. With its wide range of activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We stayed in Maroochydore as part of our Sunshine Coast road trip. Things to do in Maroochydore We mainly use a … Read more
Bribie Island is a small picturesque island located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The island offers visitors many things to do, including swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and cycling. The island also has several beautiful beaches to explore. Bribie Island is the only island in Queensland connected by a bridge, making it accessible and popular … Read more
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