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Queensland travel guide


Travel Guide

Australia's second largest state offers some of the most unique travel experiences and adventures. Whether you want to work in the sunshine for a year or two, traverse the coast in a campervan with a handful of new friends, dive the Great Barrier reef or throw yourself out of a plane 13,000 ft above it, Australia's Sunshine State will always find a way to push your limits. Ready for your next challenge? Say 'game on' to Queensland...

Queensland's must-see places

There's no doubt about it, Queensland is big. So it goes without saying that there's tonnes of larger than life experiences throughout this whole state for you to take on. Take a look at these travel guides for each region below and discover epic sailing odyessys, adrenaline rushes and surfing and diving adventures... 


the sunshine coast

Fraser Island




Gold Coast


Queensland's top experiences

This year, Queensland is host to the Commonwealth Games, which got us thinking of all the ways us travellers can push our limits in Queensland. This state throws all sorts of challenges at us! Learn to surf in Gold Coast or dive on the Great Barrier Reef, conquer your fear of heights with a skydive or bungy, or roll up your sleeves and work hard in the great outdoors! How will you challenge yourself? 
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Adventure & adrenaline
Always been the one volunteering to hold the bags while your friends brave the rollercoasters? Maybe you've always been terrified of flying. Conquer your fear and fly (well, plummet) 13,000 feet over some of Queensland's most beautiful locations such as Mission Beach and Cairns. There's no better place on Earth to leap from a plane - with views of the reef and rainforest. 
Skydives & more from £189
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Tropical North Queensland road trip
Epic road trips
Experience life far from your usual routine, making new friends, sleeping and dining under the stars, and testing your sense of direction as you navigate up the east coast. No licence? No problem. You can use Queensland's extensive hop-on hop-off bus network. Buckle up, you're in for a hell of a ride.
East Coast camper package from £1,049pp
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Queensland great barrier reef diving
Dive the Great Barrier Reef
Grow some sea legs, take a deep breath, jump off the boat and glide into another world - home to the largest living organism on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef. Which in turn is home to giant manta rays, sharks, turtles and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Exclusive to STA Travel customers, is an intro dive on our day-long reef departures.
From £108
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Work in Queensland
Break your everyday routine, get yourself a Working Holiday Visa, get into the great outdoors and earn more money to travel further! You'll learn new skills and you might just conquer your arachnophobia or fear of snakes, too. You'll be located in the perfect spot, with paradise and adventure right on your doorstep - what better way to live the Australian dream?
From £244
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Challenge yourself in Queensland: Diving the Great Barrier Reef | STA Travel

In May, we sent four talented competition winners to Queensland to sample, and capture, some of the diverse experiences the state throws at travellers every day. Taking some time out from normality on a gap year in Australia, heading over on a working visa, or just keen to try something new and different? Get a taste with our four part video series...

Adventure Tours in Queensland

The Sun Seeker | 10 days
You'll visit: Cairns, Townsville, Whitsundays, Noosa, Surfers Paradise 

Highlights: Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, an overnight stay on a cattle ranch, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Whitsundays cruise

Inclusions: 14 meals, a guide, all transport, snorkelling trip and accommodation

Now from £1,259
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queensland sailing sand tour
Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime | 12 days
You will visit: Cairns, Whitsunday Islands, Noosa, Fraser Island, Brisbane

Highlights: Cape Tribulation, Atherton Tablelands waterfalls, Whitsunday Islands yacht cruise, blazing across Fraser Island's beaches in a 4x4

Inclusions: All excursions, 11 meals, all transport, accommodation and a guide

From £1,499
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Queensland snorkelling
Reefs and Rainforests | 16 days
You will visit: Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Whitsundays, Farmstay,Noosa, Fraser Island, Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Sydney
Highlights: Aboriginal experience in Cape tribulation, cruising the Whitsundays, farmstay in the outback, 4WD across Fraser Island, surf it up in Surfers Paradise, hike in the blue mountains
Inclusions: Excursions, transport. 22 meals and accommodation
Now from £1,687
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Getting around Queensland

Australia Campervan Hire
For a no fuss Aussie adventure that's done your way and no one else's, hire a camper to cruise along the East Coast of Queensland! Pick up your camper from Cairns or Brisbane and start exploring the sunshine state!
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Passes
Whether you simply just want your transport sorted or fancy getting activities and trips thrown in too, our Australia bus passes are sure to fix up your Queensland adventure for you.
Sailing the Whitsunday Islands
Thought backpacking was all about long bus and camper journeys? Well with us, you can take to the waves too! Cruise around Queensland's biggest paradise and discover Whitehaven Beach aboard your choice of BYOB, glass bottom or luxurious live-aboards in the unmissable Whitsunday Islands. 
From £105
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When is the best time to visit Queensland?

The great thing about visiting Queensland is that it's pretty much a year-round destination. Like the rest of Australia, their seasons are swapped around, so summer is December to February, and winter is June to August. You can still get decent temperatures in the winter, with highs averaging 21°C, making Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef a year round destination for travellers.

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