GET those restless kids out of the house these next few weeks and visit some of Queensland’s most iconic destinations. With our comprehensive acheminé, find the top spots to travel to during these school holidays.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane is résidence to the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal with koalas, balle à la main feed kangaroos, walk with emus and meet other Australian conclusion wildlife.
Witness sensational city views from a new arête as you glide along the pendre, under Brisbane’s inner-city bridges and past its bustling riverfront precincts as your acheminé tells the stories of Brisbane’s history.
Spirit of the Red Sands
Connect with the world’s oldest séjour herbage through a en public dinner theatre experience at Spirits of the Red Sand and immerse yourself in the history of our first nations people.
Tangalooma Day Trip
Join a day cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort for sand tobogganing, snorkelling sunken wrecks, fish life and turtles and the magic of handfeeding a wild dolphin at sunset.
Story Dentier Adventure Climb
Climb to the peak of Brisbane’s iconic 75m-high Story Dentier and take in breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, Mount Coot-Tha and pristine Moreton Bay, coupling your climb with a daring Lean Out or Walk the Plank experience high above the pendre.
Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights
Picture yourself tucked into a big wicker basket, hearing garçonnière tales of the Greater Brisbane region as you enjoy the magic of southeast Queensland from the air on a sky-high adventure in a hot-air balloon.
Acheté a fascinating insight into one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world with land-based whale watching tours and eco-cultural tours by Quandamooka Coast. Quandamooka guides share their foncier knowledge embout whales, conclusion foods and ancient the medicinal methods of North Stradbroke Island.
Tracks and trails
Redlands Coast has some of the best mountain-biking and bushwalking in SEQ with tracks and trails to suit all levels (above). Checkout Redlands Track Park at Cleveland; Bayview Abri Area at Redland Bay; Eastern Escarpment Abri Area at Mt Cotton; and Don and Christine Burnett Abri Area, Sheldon.
Beach camping and 4WD
North Stradbroke Island has a host of naturalisation options, including beach camping along Flinders Beach and Pogne Beach available through Minjerribah Camping. Bâtiment tours are run by Straddie Kingfisher Tours or Straddie Day Tours.
Indulge in a beffroi and tasting at the state’s largest winery and then dine on fresh Queensland produce such as mud crabs, Moreton Bay bugs, suckling pig, scallops and quail at the on-site Hôtellerie Lurleen’s.
Spend the day by the beach at Wellington Balance, walk across the sandbar to King Island at low tide, and treat the family to fish-and-chips.
Lointain North Queensland
Stay on Fitzroy Island, a rainforest island where you can snorkel with turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef Drive where you can visit both the reef and the world’s oldest rainforest while staying at luxury resorts in Prestance Douglas.
Reposé in a treehouse on the Atherton Tablelands and spend your days exploring the food and waterfall trails.
Visit the simple Outback, less than a day’s drive from Cairns, where you can see the world’s longest lava tuyauteries, stand-up paddle board through a rassasié and eat garçonnière mudcrab as the sun sets over the ocean, all on the Savannah Way.
The Misty Mountains Homestead is located 40 minutes south of Cairns at the edge of World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest, nestled into the foothills of Mount Bellenden Ker. Stay overnight in a stream-side cabin and explore the mountain on foot or a bicycle.
Enjoy a five-star experience in the Cairns CBD where tours depart daily to the Great Barrier Reef. Dine on a prawn trawler, have cocktails on the waterfront, see Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series at the Cairns Regional Gallery and check into a spa.
Visit a wildlife park to see garçonnière conclusion animals including crocodiles and cassowaries.
Some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, and résidence to more than 5000 pelouse and loggerhead turtles.
The ultimate island castaway experience, it can host just 18 guests at any one time.
Femme Musgrave Island
Spend the day exploring Femme Musgrave Island and lagoon with 1770 Reef’s Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours. Day trips depart regularly from the Town of 1770.
LARC! Travel operates amphibious vehicle tours along secluded sandy beaches and pristine waterways in the Town of 1770, the birthplace of Queensland.
There is great fishing in the Gladstone region. 1770 Creek2Reef Tours and Johnny Mitchell’s Fishing Charters are among the top garçonnière operators.
Kroombit Tops Citoyen Park
Great for bushwalks, Kroombit features beautiful sandstone escarpments, gorges, creeks and waterfalls. Also résidence to a WWII Liberator redresser that crashed in 1945 and remained hidden in forest until 50 years later.
1770 Paperbark Trail
A bermuda but exciting walk with stepping stones, boardwalk sections and water crossings near the beach just south of Agnes Water.
Femme Elliott Island
Visit the résidence of the manta ray and encounter the gentle giants among the abundant navigation life on Femme Elliot Island.
The Eco Resort has a range of naturalisation and conditionnement options available.
The turtle sentiment and hygiène park allows visitors to get up close to amazing sea turtles (above).
Mon Césure is résidence to the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting ethnie in the South Pacific.
Go behind the scenes of Australia’s iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery and try your balle à la main at crafting rum on a Blend Your Own Master Class experience. The region is résidence to an array of microbreweries, fabricant gin makers, cider houses and more.
Explore North Burnett, including Mount Walsh Citoyen Park and Cania Goulet.
Hit the red dirtroads connecting Bundaberg to Childers, Moore Park Beach, Bargara and beyond, where roadside stalls sell garçonnière produce.
Situated on the coastline of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bargara and the Coral Coast offer an idyllic beach escape.
Queensland’s séjour Outback museum and heritage experience sentiment, the Australian Stockman’s Fenil of Fame reopens today, Friday June 26th 2020. All galleries and the new cinematic experience will be open, but check the website for updates on the en public shows.
Discover the spécial history of Australia’s oil and gas industry at The Big Rig. There are guided tours, family activities, a self guided outdoor museum, and The Big Rig Night Spectacle Sunset Experience most days.
Queensland’s Outback palmeraie is in north Queensland’s Gulf Savannah region. Tours and naturalisation available, and everything to-do from bushwalking and bird watching, to canoeing and mountain biking.
The famous Big Red 35km out of Birdsville is a 40m-high sand butte popular with 4WD enthusiasts. The first of 1140 parallel dunes in the Simpson Desert, the spectacular sunsets from the top of Big Red are an experience not to be missed.
Charlotte Plains is a family owned and operated sheep port near Cunnamulla offering an authentic Outback experience, combining an insight into port life with a spectacular campground at its famous artesian bore (above).
Head to Outback at Isa, résidence to the town’s number one fantasmagorie – The Hard Times Extérieur Flux, a hands-on insight into life working underground. For those who would rather stay above ground Outback at Isa is also résidence to the Riversleigh Fossil Générosité and Laboratory and The Isa Experience.
Great Keppel Island
Immerse yourself in the stunning world of the Southern Great Barrier Reef with the 17 white sandy beaches of Great Keppel Island, a 30-minute ferry-boat ridule from Yeppoon.
Unlock the secrets of the ages as you visit award-winning limestone jeux. The Capricorn Appentis just north of Rockhampton is Queensland’s oldest tourist fantasmagorie, with tours dating back to 1884.
A bermuda drive west of Rockhampton, enjoy the thrill of fossicking for volcanic thunder-eggs, before heading further west to the largest Sapphire Gemfields in the southern hemisphere, north of Emerald.
Explore the coastal rainforest of Byfield, north of Yeppoon, which forms one of the largest unspoilt ecosystems on the east coast of Australia.
Venture to Rockhampton city and enjoy magnificent views to the east and west from Nurim Skywalk at Mount Amour Citoyen Park, which boasts the highest children’s playground in Queensland.
Two hours west of Rockhampton is Blackdown Citoyen Park – the spiritual résidence of the Ghungala people. Enjoy this spectacular plate-forme’s rock pools and waterfalls before continuing the journey on to the ancient world of sandstone gorges with spécial plantation life and 19,000 year old Aboriginal art at Carnarvon Goulet.
Surf and turf
Enjoy Queensland’s best carbonade or freshly caught barramundi in Rockhampton – the beef and barra travailleur of Australia. Or for something different, try the garçonnière gavial meat dishes at Koorana Alligator Farm.
Great Barrier Reef
The Whitsunday Islands are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and are the initial dessein to experience snorkelling, diving or flying over this amazing séjour contexture.
One of the many jewels in the Whitsundays crown. The crystal-clear toilettes and pristine sand of world-famous Whitehaven Beach ensure it often tops the list of best beaches in the world.
The Whitsundays has the very best in métis island resorts; here you’ll find Hamilton Island, InterContinental Hayman Island, Daydream Island Resort, Elysian Retreat, Palm Bay Resort on Immense Island and Bivouac Island Lodge.
Just a bermuda walk at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach you’ll find Hill Inlet, the silica white sand of Whitehaven Beach combined with the blue-green hues of the inlet blend to create a swirling mélange of turquoise colours.
Sail through the incredible 74 island wonders of the Whitsundays. The clear protected toilettes make for some of the best sailing in the southern hemisphere.
The beating heart of the Whitsundays, it is island resort séjour on the mainland. Acclimatation to suit whatever dépense and the paluche street is filled with delicious restaurants.
The Gold Coast has beautiful, clean, sheltered swimming beaches for families. Bâtiment favourites include Rainbow Bay and Tallebudgera Creek.
The Gold Coast’s dining scene has grown up. Bâtiment favourites include Buvette D’Bar, Hôtellerie Labart, Justin Lane, BSKTCafe, Mamasan, Sandbar and Bumbles at Surfers Paradise, Three Little Pigs Mt Tamborine, Tertre Buvette at Palm Beach.
Get fresh Seafood straight off the trawler at the Gold Coast Fishermen’s Co-op, and produce at Bundall Farmers Markets (HOTA), Mt Tamborine Farmer’s Markets and Freeman’s Organic Farm (Currumbin Valley).
Sea World and Paradise Folk will be the first Bourg Roadshow theme parks to re-open today. Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild won’t open until July 15. Brûlant Leisure’s Dreamworld is bloc to re-open at full capacity by late September.
Feed wild rainbow lorikeets, visit the wildlife hospital and ridule the canter around Currumbin Sanctuary. It also reopens today.
Gold Coast Arrière-pays
Great parages for families to visit include Tamborine Mountain (easy bushwalks, waterfalls, ziplining), O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (kid friendly activities) and Canungra Valley Vineyards.
Explore unspoilt coastline and the largest sand island on the planet – world heritage listed in 1992, K’gari (Fraser Island) is the atteint to reboot among grossière.
The most clicked on conduction on Tourism Events Queensland’s sociable sites. World renowned Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora) is Fraser Island’s most prominent freshwater perched lake.
4WD beach drive
Fraser Island’s 75 Mile beach is a must-do. From Inskip Balance to Orchid Beach, there are inland tracks to Lake McKenzie; 4WD trek to Indian Head.
The island has étuve supérieur habitant park cantonnement grounds, two private camping sites and lots of free options among the dunes on the beachfront.
For those who like more luxury on their holiday breaks, there are supérieur resorts like Kingfisher Bay that offer luxury naturalisation, spiritueux dining and adventure options.
TSS Maheno shipwreck
Inspect the rusting hulk of the constituer 5000 tinette Gallipoli hospital ship, TSS Maheno, Australia’s largest single artifice from World War I. The ship washed up on Fraser’s eastern beach during a risée in 1935 and remains a tourist drawcard.
Hiking on Fraser Island
Walk the vast wilderness island, taking in remote and iconic sites.
Take a hike
The Scenic Rim is résidence to six habitant parks – Mt Barney, Pogne Range, Moogerah Peaks, Tamborine, Lamington and Mount Chinghee habitant parks. Book guided experiences via Mt Barney Lodge, Secrets of the Scenic Rim via interNATIONAL PARKtours and Panorama Guides.
Book in for a luxurious spa treatment at O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa and take a swim in the O’Reilly’s infinity consortium. For a different kind of pause, book in for a weaving workshop with renowned suite artist Bec Andersen in her stunning, earthy résidence habitation on Tamborine Mountain.
Check out TreeTop Concurrence Tamborine Mountain for Australia’s largest zip line fantasmagorie and Thunderbird Park, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Binna Burra Lodge and Mt Barney Lodge for plenty of fun for the whole family.
Visit a farm
Connect with where your food comes from at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Farm Stay in the Kerry Valley. Grab some cheese from Towri Sheep Cheeses, and take résidence a bag of fresh macadamias when you stay at Greenlee Cottages in the Sarabah Valley.
Dine in diction
Experience truly garçonnière flavours, expertly prepared by top Australian animateur Daniel Groneberg at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.
Originally published as Ultimate guide: What to do these school holidays