Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Queensland Holidays

Home to some of the world’s most remarkable reefs and award-winning beaches. Queensland is understandably one of Australia’s most popular state destinations.

Fondly known as Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’, Queensland boasts some of the country’s best weather. Most visitors come here to soak up the sun, see the Great Barrier Reef and sail around the exquisite Whitsunday Islands. From beach lovers to the adventurous traveller, Queensland holidays offer something for everyone.

From Brisbane up to Cairnsyou’ll find Queenslanders making the most of the sunshine, their golden beaches and great surf. Australia's Nature Coast – north of Brisbane to the Fraser Coast – reaches along the state’s southern coastline. While further north you’ll find one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef. Always a favourite on bucket lists (and rightly so).

The Queensland Hinterland also lures those who like to keep active on their holidays. Discover the walking trails of Lamington National Park. Or go on an escorted walkabout into the Queensland bush to meet the locals and learn more about the area’s indigenous ancestry. Then perhaps see the rainforest from a different perspective. Did you know that Tropical North Queensland is among the world’s best places to go hot air ballooning? You do now!

With five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the world’s largest natural wonder, not to mention perfect BBQ weather – a holiday to Queensland is sure to leave you wanting to return again and again.

If you're planning on doing a hot air balloon ride, it's a very early start but well worth the effort. You get picked up from your accommodation and driven out into the Cairns Hinterland before the sun rises. Watch your balloon being inflated before floating gently over the Queensland outback. Remember to look out below for wild kangaroos.
Dave, Travel Designer

What to do in Queensland

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Places to stay in Queensland

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Queensland holiday.

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Rainforest and Reef Discovery - Fraser and Lady Elliot Island

5 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £905 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Luxury travel

Pacific Coast Explorer

6 Day Self Drive
From £506 per person

North of Sydney on the coast of New South Wales, lies miles of pristine coastline, wildlife havens and stunning natural bays.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Visiting friends & family
  • Wildlife & nature

Cooktown Explorer - Bloomfield Track and Aboriginal Rock Art

2 Day Escorted Tour
From £299 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Escorted tours
  • Wildlife & nature

Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers

4 Day Guided Walk
From £1,388 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Wildlife & nature

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

    Language: English

    Time difference: GMT +10

    Flying time: approx. 24 hours + 1 stop

    International airports: Cairns, Brisbane and Gold Coast

    Departure tax: included in the cost of your airline ticket

    Visa: all visitors to Australia (except New Zealand citizens) with a British passport require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa. This enables you to stay in the country for up to three months. Your Travel Designer can organise your visa at the time of booking.

    Best time to visit Queensland

    Queensland is renowned for its enviable sunny weather. Queensland’s subtropical climate is split into two seasons – the dry and the wet. Expect hot summers combined with mild, but warm, winters.

    High season: summer (Dec to Feb)

    • Temperatures can reach upwards of 30°C.
    • Wet season can mean scorching temperatures and high humidity depending on where you visit in the state. The further north you go, the higher the humidity levels.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Mar to May and Sep to Nov)

    • Warm weather all around the state.
    • Ideal temperatures for sightseeing and activities.

    Low season: winter (Jun to Aug)

    • Temperatures with highs of 20°C.
    • Dry season brings pleasant temperatures and clear skies. This is peak time to visit the Tropical North. The evenings can be quite chilly, especially in the state’s south or inland at high altitude areas.

    See individual city or destination pages for more specific weather information.

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Getting to Queensland

    Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane, is likely to be the airport you’ll fly into if you’re looking to explore south of the state. Spend a few days in the city before making the short drive north to visit the Sunshine Coast or south to see the glittering Gold Coast – or combine both. Alternatively, fly into Cairns if the Tropical North and Great Barrier Reef are high up on your holiday plans.

    Approximate flying times:

    • Sydney to Brisbane = 1 hours 30 minutes
    • Brisbane to Cairns = 2 hours 20 minutes
    • Sydney to Cairns = 3 hours
    • Perth to Brisbane = 4 hours 30 minutes

    Getting around Queensland

    If you’re basing yourself in either Cairns or Brisbane, we recommend hiring a car to explore the area. Discover the Daintree Rainforest or take a road trip up the sunshine coast to Noosa. We’ll be able to give you lots of ideas if you’re thinking of incorporating a mini self-drive into your holiday. Or hire a motorhome for the ultimate Queensland coast adventure.

    Approximate driving times:

    • Cairns to Port Douglas = 1 hour
    • Brisbane to Hervey Bay (for Fraser Island) = 5 hours
    • Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach = 11 hours
    • Cairns to Brisbane = 22 hours

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