Australia is a nation ripe for exploration and few places offer more opportunity for this than Queensland. The ‘Sunshine State’ provides adventure in every shape and form, from the wilds of the outback to shimmering beaches and underwater worlds. With all this to choose from, Queensland is the place for a trip of a lifetime. (Queensland trip)
Fantastic Food in Noosa : Queensland trip
Laid-back and unassuming, the small coastal area of Noosa may come as somewhat of a surprise to food lovers. It may resemble a surfer’s paradise, with stretches of golden sands and a real beach vibe, but the district is also right at the heart of Queensland’s food industry. The Noosa Farmers’ Market brings together foods from the nearby hills and fresh seafood and has gained such a reputation that visitors flock to it from all over the country. With mountains of ripe fruit, fresh breads, artisan cheeses and an array of deli-style delicacies, this is one stop no foodie should miss.
Back to the Wild on Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sandbank and every inch of its 80 miles is teeming with wildlife. While flocks of birds fill the air, the sea is alive with dolphins, whales and turtles. On land, indigenous wildlife abounds and visitors are often rewarded with the sight of wallabies, echidnas and possums emerging from the vegetation. However, anyone stepping foot on the island should simultaneously keep their eyes open for its less appealing inhabitants. Fraser Island is home to six of the world’s most poisonous snakes as well as the deadliest spider in the world, the funnel-web, so you need to watch your step!
Whitsunday Islands’ Beaches
As one would expect with a coastal state such as Queensland, beaches feature highly on the must-see list. The Whitsunday Islands are an archipelago of 74 islands both above and below the azure blue surface of the sea. Stunning to behold from above, close up the islands are no less impressive and Whitehaven Beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Lapped by translucent waters, its sands are blindingly white and not only powder-fine but always cool to the touch. Queensland trip
Diving and Snorkelling off Port Douglas
Queensland is perhaps most famous for the Great Barrier Reef and there are few parts of it more wondrous than Port Douglas. The Reef stretches over 135,000 square miles, supporting hundreds of eco systems and boasting over 400 species of coral. Those diving and snorkelling off Port Douglas will be privy to a world found nowhere else on the globe, with clownfish flitting amid sea anemones and corals fanning in a rainbow of colours
Mount Mulligan towers
Mount Mulligan towers over the landscape, a sandstone cliff approximately 10 times the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Running for over 11 miles, it is one of the most sacred sites in Australia and seen as the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent God by the local Djungan people. In its shadow lie over 70,000 acres of bush land, largely untouched save for a scattering of cattle ranches. Here feral horses and ‘cleanskin’ (wild) cattle roam. Few places in this vast nation feel so wild.
Queensland is known as the ‘Sunshine State’ and as any visitor to the region will discover, it offers plenty of sun but also much more. From the glistening crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef to the hot red dust of the outback, Queensland is one Australian state that just keeps on giving.
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