Top 34 Places to visit in Queensland

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Best things to do in Queensland and sightseeing in Queensland

Cairns - Queensland

Cairns, Queensland's 5th largest city, is one of the best places to set base for your holiday in Far North Queensland along with Port Douglas, where we stayed for two nights prior to spending another two in Cairns, where we used it as a base for Kuranda and the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is a pretty small and relaxed urban centre and only has modest crowds. In the heart of Cairns, you will find the majority of hotels and accommodation options as well as departure points for tours. Apart from hotels, the quaint and nicely landscaped city centre is home to the Reef Hotel Casino, numerous restaurants, bars, shops, the Cairns Marina and the lovely Cairns Esplanade area, which includes tropical plants, waterfront views, footpaths and the famous Cairns lagoon.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


So of course I primarily went to Cairns to dive the Great Barrier Reef, but the bungee jump was a pleasant add-on 1. Took a 3 day-2night dive ship deal that cost me about $700 with Pro-Dive. If you're an advanced diver and have been diving in the tropics, the coral life is not very inspiring.. but I DID get to dive into a pool of sharks (Night Dive- they are attracted to the fish that are attracted to your bright dive boat lights). I did my first unguided night dive at "Mickey Mouse" on one of the reefs and it will always be precious to me! For first timers, the thing is, there is just open sea (no big hills in the middle of the ocean like Thailand/Bali) so no matter what, you can't get lost. Just come up to the surface and someone will spot you! 2. Bungee jumping with AJ Hackett. I was actually more scared standing at the top wondering if I should back off now, than I was jumping off a plane. SO choose wisely! That said, the thrill is extraordinary and addictive.
Teesta Isser

199 Followers, 3 Reviews


Backpacker central! There’s lots to do from Cairns but not much to do in Cairns. It’s the jump-off point for diving on the Great Barrier Reef as well as other day trips to surrounding areas like Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands.
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Gold Coast - Queensland

Theme parks, beaches, Theme parks, beaches, Theme Park, beaches.
Pooja Chawla

10 Followers, 7 Reviews


Surfers Paradise - Queensland

Very touristy but it’s a must visit. Lots of shopping and beach bodies everywhere. Despite its name, there are better places along the coast to surf.
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Sea World - Queensland

Done with the show at The Gabba? It's time for some good old dolphin show. During your time at one of the most populous cities of Australia, make sure that your time pays for itself. Besides bedazzling skyscrapers at shopping malls, step into the oceanarium and theme park , that is Sea World. Enjoy some of the most well trained dolphin and their stunts.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Brisbane - Queensland

Great nights out in Fortitude Valley, and enjoy a ride up the river. Culture abounds in Brisbane, too, making it a must-see destination in Australia.
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Noosa Heads - Queensland

A small, quaint town offering magnificent views, some really nice hikes and loads of boutiques along the esplanade. The beach here was one of my favorites.
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Lake Wabby - Queensland

Lake Wabby is a small freshwater, green colored lake. To get to Lake Wabby, we needed to walk through some wooden walkways and sand paths to get to Lake Wabby.
A.T

232 Followers, 75 Reviews


Lake Mckenzie - Queensland

Sadly my pictures does not do justice to this beautiful lake. It was pouring when we visited this lake.
A.T

232 Followers, 75 Reviews


Eli Creek - Queensland

Eli Creek is the largest freshwater creek on the eastern coast of the island. There are a number of wooden walkways and a short, circular route runs up one side of the creek and down the other.
A.T

232 Followers, 75 Reviews


Maheno Shipwreck - Queensland

Located along 75 mile beach, you will find the Maheno Shipwreck. If it is low tide, you will get the opportunity to get pretty close to the shipwreck.
A.T

232 Followers, 75 Reviews


Fraser Island - Queensland

Be sure to do a 4WD tour of Fraser Island. Spend three days and two nights driving along the beach, through the water and over obstacles with a group of seven others in your vehicle. The tour companies provide you with menus, food, tents and every other necessity. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Indian Head - Queensland

Indian Head is the most easterly point on the island. Up there, you get great views of the 75 mile beach and the ocean.
A.T

232 Followers, 75 Reviews


Champagne Pools - Queensland

The reason why it is called champagne pools is because after waves crashed onto the rocks, it leaves the water foamy. Please note that the waves are extremely strong hence swimming is not recommended.
A.T

232 Followers, 75 Reviews


Lady Elliot Island - Queensland

If it’s a long break from work you have been pining for, go spend it in paradise.
Nutterbugg

217 Followers, 15 Reviews


Whitehaven Beach - Queensland

Flying over Whitsunday Island.
Jenny McIver

435 Followers, 124 Reviews


Whitsunday Island - Queensland

Whitehaven Beach is a beach unlike any you’ve ever seen before. A cruise through the islands will take you there and possibly elsewhere, depending on the vessel. You can dive or snorkel along the way, creating a fulfilling experience. I’d recommend a smaller boat with fewer people–larger boats become more commercialized and a bit less personal.
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Hayman Island - Queensland

From Sydney, it was on to the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef and a stay at this amazing resort.
Jenny McIver

435 Followers, 124 Reviews


Heart Reef - Queensland

A helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef was one of the most incredible things I've ever done!
Jenny McIver

435 Followers, 124 Reviews


Magnetic Island - Queensland

A tiny little island (seven minutes from end-to-end on a scooter) off the coast of Townsville. Some fantastic hiking and walks, remnants of World War II barracks and a beautiful beach made this one of my favorite stops along the way!
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Mission Beach - Queensland

Stop by Mission Beach if you’re interested in skydiving. It’s one of the only places you can land on the beach and the views from 14,000 feet in the air are spectacular!
Jeremy

305 Followers, 24 Reviews


Kuranda Scenic Railway - Queensland

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a unique and beautiful 1 hour and 55 minute train journey between Cairns and Kuranda with a stopover at Freshwater, that runs in both directions. While travelling in the nostalgic and elegant carriages, you will be treated with great views of the rainforest, mountains, Barron Gorge, the iconic postcard perfect Stoney Creek Falls and views down the ranges into the northern suburbs and green fields of Cairns. Not only are the trains and scenery beautiful, the historic Kuranda and Freshwater stations along the journey are truly stunning pieces of architecture. After taking the Skyrail up to Kuranda, we caught the scenic railway back down to Freshwater station and hopped onto the all included shuttle bus that took us to our car in the Skyrail parking lot. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is another MUST DO while in Far North Queensland.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Esplanade - Queensland

Esplanade, can spend days on end. Lovely restaurants and bars. One of the most lovely cities - Cairns
Pooja Chawla

10 Followers, 7 Reviews


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway - Queensland

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a 7.5 kilometre (4.6 mile) cable car journey venturing above the canopy of the lush, hilly and sensational Barron Gorge National park, connecting Cairns with the historic and idyllic village of Kuranda. There are two stops along the way, Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. At Red Peak Station, you will stop there for around twenty to thirty minutes and will be able to explore some spectacular rainforest scenery on the boardwalk including some very large and ancient trees. There was a guided tour when we were there, which was very informative. The next stop, Barron Falls station, allows you a similar amount of time to savour in the environment there, which includes lush rainforest, historic displays and the views of the awe inspiring Barron Falls, which drops way down into the Barron Gorge. The trip up to Kuranda (including the two stops) is 1.5 hours while the trip back down to Cairns is 2-2.5 hours. A MUST DO while in Far North Queensland.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Rainforest Skyrail Mid-Station - Queensland

Another day, another tour. Today we set out for the Rainforest Skyrail Cableway and Kuranda Railway. Once again, Andrew drove us to the resort to catch our shuttle, but then ran back home to transport all of the others to the airport. We will be the only guests for the rest of our stay. After boarding it took about fifteen minutes to reach the Red Peak station, the highest point on the cableway at 545 meters or 1,788 feet high, where you get out and explore the rainforest at this point along boardwalks. Umbrellas are provided for those who did not think to bring one. A guide met us and offered us a free walking tour as he pointed out a number of trees and facts about them and this area of the rainforest in general. He was quite impressive with his knowledge. After he completed his tour, we were free to roam the area before boarding another gondola to the next section.
Ryan And Ron

137 Followers, 22 Reviews


Australian Butterfly Sanctuary - Queensland

At the end, we disembarked in the village of Kuranda. Very touristy, it is souvenir shops and restaurants galore. We had train tickets for the railroad going back down at 3:30, the last train of the day. There are only two of them and the earlier one is at 2:00. We went to the butterfly sanctuary to spend some time. We hesitated at the $16.00 entry fee per person, but once in, realized it was well worth the money. There are over 2,000 butterflies of various species at any given time. After ten minutes in we were offered a free guided tour. Our guide explained the details of half a dozen different breeds of butterflies, their life stages, their sex life, colorations, and so on. The amount of information was incredible, but the beauty of the Ulysses butterfly with its vibrant blue wings outshone anything she had to say. Two of them landed on her chest. She was wearing a white t-shirt with a Ulysses butterfly on it. There is also a large green species that I cannot recall the name of that was an incredible emerald green. At the end of the tour in the butterfly area, she took us into the museum to show us butterflies of the world. Mother nature is quite the artist. Some had wings that when opened looked like snake heads to thwart their enemies.
Ryan And Ron

137 Followers, 22 Reviews


Kuranda - Queensland

Kuranda, where the Skyrail cableway and the Scenic Railway either starts or ends, is a rainforest village bursting with relaxed charm, heritage and quite a bit of serenity too. Kuranda features a few markets selling a variety of different things ranging from local art to books and spicy sauces as well as souvenir stores and local art galleries. There are numerous cafes to eat from as well as well as your typical Queensland style Pub near the train station and Skyrail, set in peaceful and lush surroundings. If you are in Kuranda, why not visit some of the numerous wildlife attractions? Unfortunately, we did not get time to go to them.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Green Island - Queensland

If only two words could summarise Green Island, those two words would be; Incredibly Beautiful. Green Island is a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, not far off the coast of Cairns. Although there are quite a few tourists and people, that does not disturb the overall beauty, calmness and paradise feel of the place. There are plenty of attractions to fill your half day or full day visit, including snorkelling, paragliding, relaxing on the pristine beach and having a trip in the glass bottom boat or the semi-submarine, both offering unforgettable views of the spectacular and awe-inspiring coral reefs fringing the little island. Green island also features a few shops and eateries as well as a small resort and walking trail that circumnavigates the island, all hidden within island rainforest behind the white beach surrounding the island. We did the half day tour with the tour operator Big Cat Green Island Reef Tours, which allows you 2 hours to explore the island. We got to and from the island from Cairns on the 45 minute high speed catamaran journey and we did a 30 minute Glass Bottom Boat cruise which was truly special and memorising. Green Island is a must do when in Cairns!
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Palm Cove - Queensland

Our ride lasted for almost thirty minutes, before we saw resorts on one side and beach on the other. This was Palm Cove, all three blocks of it. Well, it may actually, be a few more, but none of the others are of interest to anyone other than those living there. The first thing we did was walk the beach, looking for any seashells and just relaxing to the rhythm of the shallow ocean waves as they softly broke on the shoreline. Pristine sand stretched for miles; the cleanliness of it was incredible impressive. Not only was no human litter, there was barely any seas litter, either. The sand was void of shells, few fragments of driftwood, no seaweed, and no remnants from the ocean left as souvenirs. This only made it more challenging to find a shell or some memento take away as a remembrance. I found one shell, so I won the game over the sea. Ron found two.
Ryan And Ron

137 Followers, 22 Reviews


Captain Cook Highway - Queensland

The Captain Cook Highway is a 75 km (46.6 mile) stretch of road from Cairns to Mossman that is the main road connecting Cairns with the communities of Port Douglas, Mossman as well as other locations further afield once the Captain Cook Highway end and forms into other roads. It is a stunning drive, wedged between pristine mountains and the vast open coral sea. At many stages of the 75 km (46 mile) journey, the road travels directly parallel to the crystal clear coral sea which is barely a stones throw away outside your window! You must visit the Rex lookout while driving on the highway, which is just located on the ocean side of the road, offering great views of the flat sea in front of you and surrounding mountains. If you are driving north and stop at the lookout, you have to cross the road itself to get from the parking area to the lookout, so be aware of traffic! The sealed road can be dangerous in wet weather and consists of many bends and turns, so drive carefully. This is the road we drove on to get to and from Cairns/Port Douglas on our holiday.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Port Douglas - Queensland

Port Douglas is a beautiful and chilled coastal community located off the Captain Cook Highway that includes a number of different accommodation options as well as the tranquil palm fringed four mile beach and the tropical style Macrossan Street, which offers a variety of stores, boutiques, cafés, upmarket restaurants and other establishments as well as a small village style shopping centre hosting a supermarket and small department store. Port Douglas also hosts a wildlife park, a stunning lookout offering great views of Four Mile Beach, palm trees and the mountains in the distance as well as numerous tours including tours to the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. We stayed here for two out of four nights on our Far North Queensland holiday, and even if you are not staying here, Port Douglas is definitely worth a visit!
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Mossman Gorge Centre - Queensland

The Mossman Gorge is a beautiful gorge located in the southern part of the Daintree Rainforest just outside of the little cane farming town of Mossman about a fifteen minute drive north of Port Douglas. The gorge and the surrounding rainforest and nearby mountain peaks are truly spectacular and a must do if in Far North Queensland. From the Mossman Gorge Information Centre, it is a quick bus shuttle to the start of the walking trail that traverses its way through ancient rainforest to the Gorge and beyond. The Mossman Gorge is also part of the traditional land of the local Kuku Yalanji people and you can take part in tours run by the locals that showcases the rainforest and their culture. We did not do any tours or did the full walk around the area, as we were short on time and wanted to do many things on our 1 day in the area north of Port Douglas.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises - Queensland

Located north of Mossman a few minutes past the turnoff to go to Cape Tribulation and destinations beyond, is Bruce Belcher's Daintree River Cruises. The sign markings are clear and display the next crocodile river cruise times as you turn off the road. The 1 hour cruise along the lonely and peaceful Daintree River is memorising and we managed to spot three crocodiles and numerous bird species on the journey. Even if no crocodiles are out when you go on the cruise, the cruise itself is still very relaxing and offers breathtaking views of the scenic Daintree river and the flora residing along the banks. The staff are also very friendly too!
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Cow Bay - Queensland

Cow Bay is a small isolated community set in a lovely rainforest environment located along the coast, just off the Cape Tribulation Road twenty minutes north of the Daintree River vehicle Ferry (costs 25 AUD for car both ways, more details on Douglas council website). The drive from the Ferry to Cow Bay involves traveling through the depths of the the ancient and simply beautiful Daintree Rainforest on the winding and narrow sealed road. Cow Bay includes its MUST visit Beach, a spectacular and vast lonely beach nestled between lush hills and definitely one of the greatest beaches I have ever visited. Cow Bay Beach is just a short drive down the sealed Buchannan Creek Road, a side road off the main Cape Tribulation Road.
Taelum W

0 Followers, 11 Reviews


Daintree River - Queensland

Must explore Draintree and the sheer beauty of this forest, great food and river.
Pooja Chawla

10 Followers, 7 Reviews


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