Tropical North Queensland is home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders and enough adventure to tick off the bucket list of even the most seasoned traveller. Wild, unspoilt, and adventurous by nature there is a deep connection with the reef and ancient rainforests.
The Outback is part of the fabric of Queensland’s identity and encompasses the vast interior of the state. From the gulf country, wetlands and waterholes, red desert sand dunes and cattle stations – it’s a big place, full of big characters and big history. It’s a place where the pace of life slows down and you can really connect with the locals. They have the time and they certainly have plenty of stories.
Longreach is home to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, QANTAS Founders Museum and Powerhouse Museum. Why not take a paddle steamer down the river or visit a working cattle station. Close by Australia’s prehistoric past comes to life in Winton where you can take part in a real dinosaur dig and visit the site of the best preserved dinosaur stampede in the world. Make sure you grab a meal at the North Gregory Hotel, where Banjo Patterson first publicly performed Waltzing Matilda. If you are out that way in September make sure you join 8000 other racegoers and kick up some dust at the Birdsville Races.
Make a promise to visit the Outback and we promise you’ll find an Aussie experience you will never forget.
The Townsville region is a welcoming mix of rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, outback towns, and islands. The region extends from the city of Townsville, north to the Hinchinbrook area, south to Burdekin, west to historic Charters Towers, and encompasses Palm Island and Magnetic Island.
The laid-back lifestyle of the Mackay region provides a true escape from your bustling life. Beautiful tropical islands and 31 sandy beaches mean plenty of swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Inland lies the ancient rainforests of Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge. For the best of both worlds, Cape Hillsborough National Park is where the rainforest meets the sandy beach of the Coral Sea. The city of Mackay offers art deco architecture, palm-fringed streets, and casual alfresco dining.
Throughout the Capricorn region you’ll find pristine National Parks, unspoilt islands and cathedral-like caves. The Southern Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands make a fantastic destination for divers, snorkelers, sailors and fun lovers looking to get away from the demands and stress of the everyday. Highlights further inland include historic gold mining towns, sapphire gemfields, lakes, and gorges. At the centre of it all is the city of Rockhampton, otherwise known as the Beef Capital of Australia.
The Gladstone Region basks in a sub-tropical climate with islands, waterways and beaches on the doorstep of the world-famous reef. Adventure holiday enthusiasts will love the reef islands such as Wilson and Heron Islands, fringed with white sand and aqua waters and boasting world-class snorkelling and diving. On a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island or Fitzroy Lagoon you can enjoy fishing, reef walking and bush walking. At the centre of the region is Gladstone City, overlooking a natural deep water harbour and offering colourful weekend markets, award-winning parks and gardens and fascinating museums among its many local attractions.
The Bundaberg region gives you a great taste of the Queensland lifestyle. Be adventurous and go on a fishing charter to see if you can reel in the ‘big one’, or choose your own pace to discover the rocky coastline and extensive National Park trails. Each year a special event takes place – it’s the scene of hundreds of Mon Repos turtle hatchlings make their way to their ocean home. The seas are also where you’ll find colourful coral reefs and popular islands and beaches including the world-famous Lady Elliot Island. On the mainland, you can easily spend days exploring the historic towns that dot the Bundaberg North Burnett region.
Choose to stop for a picnic lunch on the shore of Lake McKenzie, go bush walking through the rainforest or head up the beach to Indian Head – you might even catch a glimpse of a pod of humpback whales in the distance. The whales make their annual migration between June and November from the cold waters of the Antarctic and are a familiar sight in the waters off Hervey Bay. The Fraser Coast is only 3 hours drive north of Brisbane and is full of natural beauty, off-road adventure and an enviable coastal lifestyle. The Fraser Coast has something for everyone.
Escape the city crowds and discover that the grass in fact is greener on the other side. Southern Queensland Country is a reminder that the good things in life shouldn’t be hurried. Steeped in pioneer history, a visit to the country means hearty meals served with good yarns, big smiles and a taste of warm country hospitality. It’s a chance to embrace the simple things in life and a celebration of community spirit. The diverse blend of highlands, valleys and open red sand plains offer four seasons of adventure, natural encounters and gourmet indulgence.
You will leave with new friends, fond memories and a home away from home.