Queensland stretches from Byron Bay and Tweed Heads on the New South Wales border all the way north to Australia's most northerly point at Cape York. The coast line between the main cities of Brisbane and Cairns is massive - full of beaches and islands to explore. Inland are vast farming areas offering real working farm stays, wilderness campouts, and authentic country towns complete with real Aussie pubs. North if Cairns is tropical north Queensland home of lush tropical rainforests reaching right down to the white sand beaches.
In South and Central Queensland are the towns of Surfers Paradise, Noosa, Rockhampton and Emu Beach plus the large cosmopolitan city of Brisbane. One of the most popular destinations in Australia is the unspoilt wilderness of Fraser Island famous for it's ocean beaches, crystal clear freshwater lakes, and 4WD trips. Choose from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay to launch your Fraser Island experiences. The fact that the coasts are named Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast give a pretty obvious hint to the white surf beaches and warm temperatures year round.
Further north the town of Airlie Beach is the launch pad to the Whitsunday Islands, where most travellers will choose a sailing trip to experience the many islands. On your way to Cairns are Townsville and the very cool Magnetic Island. Make Cairns your base to visit the Great Barrier Reef, famous for it's incredible diving and snorkelling, the Atherton Tablelands and up to Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas. To travel all the way to Australia and not head to the very far north would be really disappointing if you have time.