The jewel in the travellers’ crown, Australia has been a favourite destination of ours since the very beginning. It’s impossible not to fall in love with a country where everyone wants to be your friend, there are more beaches than you could get through in a lifetime and every second animal can kill you (ok, maybe not the last one).
The northeast state of Queensland is a microcosm of the rest of the country, with some of the best attractions and landscapes Australia has to offer. Here’s our pick of the top 5 things you’ll find there…
Enjoy some chill time on the beaches of beautiful Noosa.
5 of the very best experiences in Australia’s Northeast.
Enjoy some beach time in Noosa
Formally a surfer’s hideaway, now a fashionable little town; Noosa is laid back Australian beach life at its best. Despite the exclusive feel of the area it’s not all boutique apartments and Champagne cocktails (though the odd Kir Royal never hurt anyone) there’s brilliant buzzing hostels here as well as some budget burger bars. If you’ve grown tired of the pristine white sand and stunning coastal vistas (yeah, me neither) you can head inland to canoe the ancient everglades and camp on the banks of the river.
Sail the Whitsundays
The English language does not contain enough adjectives to adequately describe the beauty of the Whitsunday’s. Sailing the pristine waters around the 74 islands, diving into the Pacific Ocean to spot leatherback turtles on the barrier reef and kicking back with a cold drink on the deck of a catamaran, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped right into the pages of a brochure.
Snorkel off the side of the boat or just enjoy a cold beer while sailing the Whitsundays.
Explore Cairns and it’s surrounds
It may not have the harbour of Sydney or the coffee culture of cosmopolitan Melbourne, but Cairns is a perfect jumping off point for the reef, rainforests and beaches of northeastern Australia.
Just beyond the city limits lie the volcanic Atherton Tablelands, croc-free crater lakes and some brilliant adventure activities including white water rafting, skydiving over the reef and sea kayaking. The city itself is a great place to unwind strolling along the boardwalk or stuffing yourself with kangaroo down on the popular Esplanade Lagoon.
Get active in and around Cairns.
If we asked you to guess where you’d find the oldest continually surviving rainforests on earth you’d be forgiven for thinking of the Amazon basin or the wilds of Borneo. In fact Queensland’s tropical rainforests once covered most of the country and (though far smaller these days) are still one of the most ecologically significant areas in the world.
They’re more accessible than ever, thanks to crocodile spotting expeditions in the Daintree Forest, Aboriginal culture experiences, white water rafting on the Tully River and the fabulous Skyrail – an immense cable car which stretches 7km into the heart of the rainforest over the spectacular Barrons Gorge.
Get back to nature and enjoy the views of Australia's tropical rainforests.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island… which is much more exciting than it sounds! Known to the Aboriginals as K’Gari (paradise), Fraser Island is 120km of just that. With epic, windswept dunes, over 100 crystal clear freshwater lakes and some of the best beaches in a country known for having the best beaches in the world! Check out the famous wreck of the Maheno, explore the sand dunes on a 4wd tag-along or even spot sharks and whales in the emerald blue waters.