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Queensland (population 4 million) 

Queensland's east is very much an idilyic tropical paradise. Lush rainforest stretches along almost the whole of Queensland's east coast. In the north the Great Barrier Reef is enormously popular. Scuba diving schools and snorkeeling trips can be arranged from Cairns to Gladstone. The reef is best in the north and Cairns has developed into a major tourist destination with many other adventure tour and adventure sports operators. 

The most islands are in the Whitsunday group off Airlie Beach. Many of the islands have resorts and Airlie Beach itself has developed into a ferry and diving school centre. Costs are cheaper staying on the mainland. 

Further south again, off Rockhampton, is Great Keppel Island which is orientated for young people. Many of the other resorts are exclusive and very expensive. 

Fraser Island, off Hervey Bay, though not near the reef is the world's largest sand island. It is an almost unspoilt wilderness and an exciting trip to tackle in a four wheel drive vehicle or tour. 

The  Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast in the far south are lined with surf beaches. The Gold Coast is much more developed with a jungle of multi-storey apartments and hotels at Surfers Paradise and a multitude of nightclubs and bars. It also feature theme parks with exilarating rides, many guaranteed to get you wet. On the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads is very pleasant and sophisticated. 

Brisbane with a population of one million is the capital of Queensland. 

Once you travel inland the landscape quickly becomes very dry, sparsely populated, and in the west arid. The road to the Nothern Teritory runs west from Townsville and through the isolated mining town of Mount Isa

To reach Sydney travel south from the Gold Coast along the New South Wales north coast, through towns such as Byron Bay.

Noosa Heads 
Picture: Cape Tribulation, north of
Queensland Map
Map: Queensland

Brisbane City 

Cairns district 

  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Cairns City
  • Cape Tribulation National Park
  • Cape York National Park
  • Cook Town
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Mossman
  • Port Douglas
  • Great Barrier Reef 
    (North to South) 
  • Cairns and district
  • Mission Beach and district
  • Townsville city and district
  • Bowen
  • Mackay and district
  • Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Rockhampton and district
  • Gladstone
  • Bundaberg
  • Gold Coast City 
  •  Surfers Paradise
  • Hervey Bay and Fraser Island 

  • Hervey Bay
  • Fraser Island


    Sunshine Coast 

  • Noosa
  • Nambour (inland)

    Tropical Islands 
  • Brampton Island
  • Daydream Island
  • Dunk Island
  • Franklin Island
  • Great Keppel Island
  • Green Island
  • Hamilton island
  • Heron Isalnd
  • Hook Island
  • Lady Elliot Island
  • Lindeman Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Long Island
  • Magnetic Island
  • South Molle Island
  • Thursday Island

    Queensland is a very large state. It is 2200 kilometres from Brisbane to Cairns. Regular bus services operate along the coast as far north as Cairns. Train services are less regular. Inland transport is infrequent except buses to the Northern Territory and Melbourne in Victoria. 


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