If your impression of Queensland is all cities, then you are missing out on some epic places. Read on to know all about them!
While Queensland is known for the lively and vibrant cities of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns, it also has its fair share of undiscovered and Insta-worthy gems. Venture beyond the city limits and you’ll stumble upon rainforests, beach drives, islands that only appear at low tide, charming mountain villages and a whole lot of other adventures.
Walk through rainforests
Rainforests are exciting, especially when they are millions of years old, and Queensland happens to have the oldest living rainforest in the world. The inspiration behind the movie Avatar, the Daintree Rainforest invites envy with its beautiful ancient ferns, emerald green vines and lush canopies. Get insight into this wonderland and the creatures that live here on a guided walk or a 4WD drive. You can also opt to go cruising along the Daintree River to spot prehistoric crocodiles and colourful birds or join in a fishing charter to haul in a mighty barramundi. Top of your rainforest adventure, with a stay in a tree house or in a discreet eco-resort.
Drive on the beach
If beaches are your thing, take your holiday a notch above with a spectacular beach drive. Here you swap sealed roads with a white sandy beach and blaring horns with the soothing sound of waves crashing. Starting just outside the Sunshine Coast, the drive takes you from Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach, venturing onto Fraser Island and ending in Hervey Bay. This region is home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, whales, turtles, dingoes, dugongs, platypus and the world’s largest variety of bird species. The drive route, approximately 380 kilometres long (236 miles), also travels through a landscape steeped in culture and etched in Australian history, covering two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and a World Heritage Marine Park. So, ditch the endless white lines and make tracks through a pocket of paradise!
Explore the world’s largest sand island
Astounding would be the perfect description for Fraser Island. Sitting about four hours’ drive north of Brisbane, Fraser Island is about 123 kilometres (76 miles) long and 22 kilometres (14 miles) wide, earning it the tile of the world’s largest sand island. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this island is popular for its unusual attractions and clear sandy beaches. It is the only place in the world where rainforests can be found growing on sand dunes, and where half of the world’s 'perched' lakes are located. Its star attractions are Lake McKenzie where white silica sand filters the pure rainwater, keeping it crystal clear and the Eli Creek which pours up to four million litres of clear fresh water into the ocean every hour. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? And it looks even better!
Leave the crowd behind at Vlasoff Cay
Looking for something secluded and remote? Well nothing beats a picnic on the Great Barrier Reef, especially if it’s at one of its sandy cays. Beautiful to the tee, Vlasoff Cay is one of the area’s popular hotspots for a private picnic. A small streak of sand in an ocean of blue, this tiny sand island appears only at low tide. Get here by a helicopter or a chartered boat (from Cairns) and set up camp with a picnic basket and a bottle of champagne. With no trees, buildings or even humans around, it’s the perfect getaway setup. Swim, snorkel, chill or relax; the island is yours!