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The Sunshine State is not called that for nothing, or do you think 300 days of sunshine a year is not enough to earn that title? Occupying Australia’s northeast, Queensland is known for its dazzling beaches, scenic landscapes and vibrant cities. It is the home to some of Australia’s most notable highlights, such as Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, but it hides some of the country’s less known gems. So, if you are planning a trip Down Under, and are not sure where, we give you 5 reasons why Queensland should be your choice.

Rich Urban Life

Brisbane, Queensland

There is a lot to see for a city slicker visiting Queensland – from the bursting capital with many attractions, happenings and thriving nightlife, across small towns and islands, all the way to Cairns, which is a true traveler’s mecca. Art galleries in Brisbane are always great to visit, because you can see amazing works of contemporary art of the entire Pacific. The Railroad Museum in Gold Coast will fascinate both the kids and the adults with its interesting stories about the history of trains. And when the day is over, you can enjoy fine dining in some of the most exquisite restaurants in Australia. The pulsing nightlife of the cities, especially Brisbane, will keep anyone entertained. There are many extraordinary festivals in Queensland, but Brisbane is the home to the coolest one – Soundwave.

Beautiful Nature

Australian Animals in Queensland

The Sunshine State is the home to various animal species, birds, snakes and lizards among them. You can see native Australian animals here (blue tongue lizards and kookaburras), but also the more exotic ones (Eastern Bearded Dragon Lizard and Masked Lapwing). Also, more than 14, 000 native species of algae, lichens, fungi and plants can in Queensland. Some of the most amazing Nature’s work of art in Queensland are Noosa National Park, Lakefield National Park, especially, Lakefield is Red Lilly Lagoon and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located just 12km away from Brisbane’s centre and a home to more than 100 koalas, plus possums, kangaroos, wombats, and other.

Stunning Beaches

Queensland beaches

There are more than a thousand sandy strips in Queensland and every single one of them is absolutely sublime. With the perfect climate, golden sand, turquoise-azure waters, Queensland’s beaches are surely a sight to see. These beaches are also great surf spots, and some of them even dive locations. One of the most beautiful coastlines and the best recreational beach in whole Australia is North Kirra, located in the Gold Coast. Queensland is home to some of the backpacker’s favorite destinations, such as Rainbow Beach, where there is abundance of activities and opportunities to have a pleasant time. You can choose from diving, snorkeling, surfing, or opt for a bit more casual water sport and get yourself a stand up paddleboard for catching the waves.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Queensland Amusement Parks

Aussies love to have fun, and that is why there are several fantastic amusement parks in Queensland. One of the most popular is Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford lures you with its planet of movie heroes and superheroes and offers you world-class entertainment. Queensland is also home to Australia’s largest theme park with five roller coasters, more than 40 rides and attractions – Dreamworld in Gold Coast.  Last, but not the least – Aussie World, the most amusing amusement park on the Sunshine Coast. It is not nearly as big as previous mentions but it is just as fun.

Amazing Islands

Great Barrier Reef

The islands of Queensland can be described in one word alone – majestic. Australia’s most famous wonder of nature is located in this state. We are, of course, referring to Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef. Observe it from a helicopter or take a hot air balloon ride to see it in its full greatness or you can snorkel, scuba dive or surf. Other scenic islands to see are Whitsundays (74 islands spread through the coral sea) and Lizard Island (group of five islands where the main one has rocky terrain combined with white beaches).

The Sunshine State should be on everyone’s bucket list, and these were just five reasons for that, we could go on forever.

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Where is Karumba?

Karumba is a small community 70km north from Normanton, Queensland and lies on the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mangrove-fringed mouth of the Norman River. It’s main attraction is fishing for barramundi, prawns and crab-fishing. The Barramundi Discovery Centre is well worth a visit. It breeds barramundi fingerlings through each wet season which are then released to restock Gulf waterways and rivers which is critical if we are to have ‘Fish for a fishing Future’. With fishing tourism being the main attraction there are plenty of opportunities to hire your own boat (boat licence required) or catch a fishing charter.

Karumba is also known for its spectacular sunsets which can be viewed from boat or Karumba Point Beach. These photos below were taken from Travel Tips Plus reader Jane. Jane and her husband are currently on a great adventure trooping around Australia with their gorgeous dog Mac.

Sunset at Karumba


Karumba sunset


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My background of working for many years as a holiday planner inevitably has an influence on my holidays these days. When someone was recently planning a trip to Queensland, it was only natural to suggest destinations such as the tropical rainforests near Cairns and the pristine waters of the Whitsundays’ coast. Having delved a little deeper into my research, I realised that the state’s capital demanded inclusion into the itinerary.

Brisbane Queensland AustraliaBrisbane may have earned a reputation as something of a Gen Y urban playground, but while there is a growing number of flagship boutiques and Melbourne-inspired laneways, there is more to it than inner city bravado. Basing the trip from CBD, close to the lush botanical gardens, the first morning of the plan takes you to Cleveland, gateway to North Stradbroke Island. ‘Minjerribah’ to its indigenous Quandamooka people and ‘Straddie’ to other locals, the island is a favourite getaway for many city dwellers wishing to explore the native wildlife.

Having arrived by ferry at the main port of Dunwich, one heads along Nazi Road to the Blue Lake area, in the Naree Budjong Djara (‘My Mother Earth’) National Park, the base for two walking tracks, Neembeeba and Karboora. Given the often-high temperatures, it’s usually best to opt for the easier 5km return trip through the banksias and eucalypts of the Karboora trail. The area is home to birds such as honeyeaters and lorikeets as well as many freshwater fish and the golden wallaby. Venturing north by car to the popular Point Lookout, you can cast your eye out towards the migrating humpbacks and playful dolphins, all the while soaking up the stunning coastal views.

Returning at dusk you can still catch a bus up to the renowned Caxton Street precinct for a well-earned cocktail at the kitsch Statler & Waldorf. Across the road is the newly-established Brewski, which specialises in craft beer and gourmet pizza. While the next day’s plans demand a sensible bedtime, you may find it hard to prise yourself away from the lively atmosphere of the strip.

Whilst the well-known and nearby Mt Cootha provides hikers and cyclists with rewarding city views for the physical challenges they present, you can also take an early morning drive north towards the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains NP. If you feel guilty about taking the easy option, try taking a hike up Mt Tibrogargan’s summit route, at the end of which you will find yourself a satisfying 364m above sea level. For the less experienced, the Tibrogargan or Trachyte walking circuits would be a safer option. After that, there’s time for a quick lunch before setting off to Mt Beerwah, the highest of the four peaks in the range and home to many birds including peregrine falcons, kookaburras and cockatoos as well as koalas, goannas, echidnas and well-camouflaged kangaroos.

If you have an interest in such things, the rapidly growing alternative and vegan culture of the West End, one of Brisbane’s most multiciltural of suburbs should be your next stop. Enjoy the raucous live music of the Lock ‘N Load Bistro. Enter the narrow, bustling bar that possesses a lush beer garden, an unusual rarity in Brisbane. Among the vegan offerings on the menu are the spiced sweet potato falafels with quinoa salad, a wholesome and delicious choice. If you’re in the party mood, head on over to ‘the valley’, where locals go to party into the wee hours. More live music is usually on offer at the New Orleans-themed Papa Jacks, where the attentive staff will whip up a cocktail from scratch based on your tastes and budget (as long as it stretches over $15, that is).

After partying at the Family nightclub, it may be time to call it an evening (a rather late evening, all the same) and retire to reflect on the two extremes of this amazing and unique city. From its invigorating natural beauty to a hip and happening urban scene, Brisbane caters for many and disappoints few.

Author Bio
Mary Ann Keeling is a travel planner from Brisbane. She is still in love with her home town and always in the mood to talk about life in the city. In her free time she likes to drive her bike through the Brisbane suburbs.

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Travel Photo of the Week: Amethystine Python

During our lovely break to Port Douglas we took a day trip northwards to explore the Daintree Rainforest region to Cape Tribulation. After crossing the Daintree River we stopped at the superb Daintree Discovery Centre. A must if you are in the area! The centre has won a multitude of awards in both general tourism and ecotourism. The highlight is most definitely the aerial walkway which takes you into various levels of the rainforest canopy and finishing off with a climb up the canopy tower to view of the rainforest treetops.

Whilst ambling along the elevated boardwalk with a small cluster of visitors, a young lady beside me called ‘Snake‘. We all stopped in our steps wondering where this snake was. As it turned out it, it was right in front of us and intertwined with the rainforest vines – very well camouflaged. The snake was an Amethystine Python and a small movement had caught the lady’s eye. Very well spotted we all thought! The small movement turned into further movements until it’s head poked out for some classic photos to be taken. What a good sport!

Amethystine Python in Daintree


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