Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism Australia
- Top things to do
- Getting to Queensland
From the bright lights of the Gold Coast to the technicolour underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland has a slice of paradise to suit every traveller.
Home to more than 1,000 ecosystem types and five World Heritage-listed sites, there’s something altogether magical about the beauty of Queensland. Here, islands of white sand dot aqua waters in the Whitsundays, colourful coral bursts to life with fish and turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, and lush green canopies dance in the sun in the Daintree Rainforest.
Queensland may be best known for its sparkling coastline and idyllic islands dotting the wonderous Great Barrier Reef, but the state also features rugged outback landscapes and ancient rainforests which are home to some of the world's most unusual animals. Explore this state to see just how unique it is.
- Snorkel or scuba dive with The Great Eight on the Great Barrier Reef
- Experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the Daintree; the world's oldest living rainforest
- Enjoy an oceanside escape on K'gari (Fraser Island), the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast or The Whitsundays
Queensland has international airports in Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, with direct flights from many global hubs, as well as major and regional Australian cities.
Regional airports in ports like Hamilton Island and Bundaberg offer regular domestic flights that will help you explore more of Queensland’s diverse destinations. With well-maintained routes and endless adventure, the Sunshine State is also ideal for road trips – the Great Barrier Reef Drive, the Pacific Coast Way and Matilda Way are a few of the best.