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Queensland travel guide

Australia's Sunshine State offers some of the most unique experiences and adventures. Whether you want to work in the sunshine for up to three years, traverse the coast in a campervan with a handful of new friends, discover the Great Barrier Reef or throw yourself out of a plane 13,000 ft above it, Queensland will always find a way to push your limits. Ready for your next chapter? Grab an Australian Working Holiday visa and dive in...

Queensland's must dos

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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?
Working holiday visas from £349 | Work starter packs from £244
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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 £1,139pp
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skydive queensland
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 £165
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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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Queensland's highlights

Take a look at these travel guides for each region below and discover epic sailing odyessys, adrenaline rushes and surfing and diving adventures... 



Fraser Island




Gold Coast


Adventure Tours in Queensland

The Sun Seeker | 7 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 £1035
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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 £1161
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Queensland snorkelling
Reefs and Rainforests | 14 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 £1875
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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!
Up to 20% off campers
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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 £96
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Australia Inc. is hiring now...

Think of it like this: Australia is the best office in the world. You can do any job you like, the views on every angle are immense, and don't get us started on the after work activities (skydiving, surfing, beach hangs). And all you need to do to get the gig, is be under 30 and in possession of a working holiday visa. Then, you can expect your weekends to look like this...

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.

How easy is it to live and work in Queensland?

So easy! If you're a British citizen under 30, you can apply for a one-year Australia Working Holiday visa so you can live, work and travel around Australia. You don't need to secure a job before you land; just save up enough to live for a few weeks to months after you arrive. It's easy to find work - travellers can do anything from bar or office work to farming. We can also help you with job hunting and accommodation until you start earning. Just check out our Work in Australia hub for more information, or inspire yourself further with the blogs below...

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