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Australia’s Sunshine State…
Queensland is easily the best known Australian state. It is one of the world’s great holiday destinations – where else can you enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, World Heritage Rainforest and Aussie beach culture!
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s fastest growing city. Within an hour’s drive of the city centre are the beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. The Gold Coast is where the action is for families. To start with, there are those world-famous golden beaches. In the unlikely event that the children have had enough of the beach, there is also a clutch of alternative attractions – Sea World, Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild Water Park, Movieworld and Whitewater World. Explore inland and you will find another world – tropical World Heritage Rainforests, waterfalls, mountain villages and other hidden treasures.
The Sunshine Coast is best suited to couples or families whom simply want to relax at the wonderful beaches on offer. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and you can go four-wheel driving on its World Heritage shores. Noosa Heads, set on the edge of Noosa National Park and Laguna Bay, is buzzing with international standard shops, restaurants and accommodation.
Further north – just over an hour’s flying time from Brisbane – are the Whitsundays, a group of 74 tropical islands in a shimmering, vivid blue sea. This aquatic playground is the perfect escape for indulging in island relaxation and sailing adventures. The Whitsundays are home to Whitehaven Beach, consistently voted one of the best beaches in the world.
Tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef. Few places on earth can boast such unique natural attractions with the Great Barrier Reef offering an underwater treasure of colorful coral and sea life and superb tropical rainforests of the Daintree within easy reach.
H Family: Noosa was our favorite place . Hastings Street was perfect for a little shopping, the beach access, and walking on the trails in the National Park. One of the trails was along the coast and the views were fabulous! The Australian zoo was great! It was very well kept and the staff was very friendly.
W Family: Hands down, our favourite part was Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. It was magical! Sea turtles, sharks, stingrays...all outside your door. No need to set up a special snorkeling trip, just step off the beach and begin. The kids loved every minute of it. The birds were amazing. We have never seen anything like it. All in all, a quiet, serene time in a breathtaking setting.
S Family: Bottom line – we loved EVERYTHING about Port Douglas and the restaurants are some of the best in the world and we travel everywhere.
H Family: Our hotel was amazing in Palm Cove! We loved it. The ocean views were beautiful especially at dinner time. The Great Barrier Reef trip was great! Even our 3 year old went out swimming with us. The boat was at full capacity, but it didn't seem crowded at all. You could sit inside in air-conditioning or out on the deck. The staff was very helpful and friendly! We saw an awesome crocodile show at Hartley's Crocodile Farm. We also took a scenic train ride up to Kuranda. Kuranda was a great trip...there was a playground for the kids to play on, great souvenir shopping, a butterfly sanctuary, a koala sanctuary, and a reptile zoo. We took the sky rail back down which was fun for the kids. I wish we would have had more time there to explore other beaches.
S Family: Christmas sailing and diving on the Coral Sea Dreaming exploring the Great Barrier Reef was a dream come true for our family. This is one of those lifetime experiences everyone will remember forever. Particular the Christmas eve diving at night, and Christmas morning dive first thing when we woke up.
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