Queensland is known as the Sunshine State for a reason. With great weather all year round and some of the most amazing tropical destinations on offer, locals and tourists alike spend their free time exploring this sensational state. If you’re looking for a special experience that you’ll never forget, check out these 3 unique reef and rainforest destinations to visit while in Queensland.
The Whitsundays is a pure tropical paradise. Comprised of 74 breathtakingly beautiful islands surrounded by some of the most pristine water in the state, the Whitsundays is a popular destination for those who want to enjoy the best that coastal lifestyle has to offer. The jewel in this prestigious crown is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. See countless species of rainbow coloured marine life and corals as you snorkel or dive in one of the world’s most stunning natural aquatic environments.
The Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is a place of spectacular beauty and stunning diversity. The opportunities to explore a range of truly unique locations are simply endless. Take a day to hike through the rugged Glasshouse Mountains, marvelling at the sweeping panoramic views of dramatic post-volcanic formations, lush vegetation and a rich range of wildlife. For spectacular ocean views, climb Noosa’s headland to watch dolphins and turtles playing in the crystal clear waters while views of pristine beaches stretch as far as the eye can see on either side.
When it’s time to soak up the sun, there are a range of beautiful and secluded beaches perfect for relaxing, surfing and even snorkelling. The Sunshine Coast offers an unbeatable array of natural beauty, from its numerous National Parks to its stunning beaches and back again.
Gold Coast Hinterland
More rainforest than reef, the Gold Coast Hinterland has a magnificent range of mountains and valleys which are populated by some of the most exquisite tropical rainforests in the state. With scenic winding roads leading you to your destination, you have plenty of time to see the Australian bush give way to lush ferns and towering ancient palms. Mount Tamborine is one of the most popular places to see the rainforest, as it combines a unique local dedication to arts, food and culture with a deep respect for the magnificent natural landscape.
Wineries, boutique handcrafted goods and fine food are all sourced from the mountain, and presents a great way to spend the time between meandering rainforest walks. See thundering waterfalls and a myriad of wildlife as you stroll through ancient forests that exude an almost magical sense of majesty. When it’s time to leave the mountain, a 30 minute drive will see you arrive back at the Gold Coast, where you can trade deep forest explorations for a stroll along world famous golden beaches.
With destinations of this calibre, it’s no wonder that so many people chose to have short breaks in Queensland. Even a few days are enough to unwind and soak up the incredible scenery and experiences that these unique locations have on offer. Treat yourself to a tropical getaway like no other and experience the best that Queensland has to give with these top reef to rainforest destinations.