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Queensland Holidays

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

Fondly known as Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’, a Queensland holiday 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 Cairns, you’ll find Queenslanders making the most of the sunshine, their golden beaches and great surf. Australia's Nature Coast, north of Brisbane and comprising of the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast, Australia’s Nature Coast holidays boast white beaches, fascinating wildlife and national parks full of adventure. While further north you’ll find one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef holidays are always a favourite on bucket lists (and rightly so), from magical snorkelling and diving trips discovering the wonders of the underwater world, to seeing the famous reef from a birds-eye view on a seaplane flight, to relaxing on a palm-fringed paradise island.

                                  What To Do on a Queensland Holiday

The Queensland Hinterland also lures those who like to keep active on their holidays. Discover the walking trails of Lamington National Park and The Glass Mountains National Park, and discover native wildlife, breathtaking views and fascinating nature. Or go on an escorted walkabout into the Queensland bush to meet the locals and learn more about the area’s indigenous ancestry. For those after an adrenaline rush, travel into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and soar through the world’s oldest rainforest on thrilling ziplines. 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! Take a peek at our top 6 day tours in Queensland for inspiration on how to enhance your Queensland adventure.

                                         Queensland Holiday Ideas

Discover the wonders of Queensland on a trip of a lifetime. For those that want to tick off the iconic sights of Australia, the Sydney, Rock and Reef is the perfect trip for you. Taking in vibrant Sydney in New South Wales, dramatic Uluru in the Red Centre, and then arriving at Queensland where you’ll take in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, this is a perfect itinerary for your first trip Down Under. Fancy driving the coast of Queensland? The Queensland Classic explores the coast from Brisbane to Cairns, discovering remarkable islands, stunning stretches of beaches and fascinating reef, all at your own pace. For the ultimate Queensland holiday experience, embark a cruise of the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Expeditions and discover the hidden jewels of this remarkable reef, stroll along sandy beaches on remote coral cays, and visit secluded tropical islands and ancient rainforests.

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.

What to do in Queensland

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to 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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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island, Queensland
Whitsunday Islands

Hamilton Island

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas

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Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

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Coast to Coast - Indian Pacific Rail and Hamilton Island

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,999 per person

Journey from coast to coast on this trip of a lifetime; travel from Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific, and then onto the white sand beaches of Hamilton Island.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Rail journeys

Queensland Classic Self Drive

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,499 per person

This 15 day itinerary gives you the opportunity to do all of these things - under your own pace driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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APT East Coast Adventure

12 Day Guided Tour
From £4,399 per person

This luxurious holiday takes you to Sydney, the Gold Coast and Cairns - iconic Australian holiday destinations.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Escorted tours
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Pacific Coast Explorer

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,999 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

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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