From the beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, to the tropics of the far north, Queensland is Australia's sun-soaked playground. Travelers have their pick of adventures: tropical island cruise, surfing or scuba diving, skydiving, or a day at a theme park. Here are the must-do activities in Queensland.
Cruise the Great Barrier Reef
A natural wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Queensland's biggest tourist draws—travelers shouldn’t miss a tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Admire the vibrant marine life of the world's largest coral reef on a snorkeling or scuba diving tour, cruise to one of its many islands, or enjoy aerial views on a helicopter tour.
Explore the Great Outdoors on Fraser Island or Green Island
The coast of Queensland is dotted with island paradises perfect for a beach break. Cruise out to Green Island, one of the most accessible islands of the Great Barrier Reef or visit UNESCO-listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, where highlights include Lake McKenzie and 75 Mile Beach.
Catch Some Thrills at Australia's Top Theme Parks
Whether you've got kids in tow or just need an adrenaline fix, the Gold Coast is home to some epic theme parks. Meet cartoon character favorites at Warner Bros. Movie World; swim with dolphins at Sea World; tackle high-speed roller coasters at Dreamworld; or cool off at the Wet‘n’Wild water park.
Head into the Tropics on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Venture off the beaten track and take in the wild scenery of Queensland’s tropics with a ride on the spectacular Kuranda Scenic Railway. Winding its way north past a UNESCO-listed rainforest, steep ravines and thundering waterfalls, the 21-mile (34-km) route is one of Australia's top railway experiences.