Sun yourself on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise, snorkel through the technicolour treasures of the Great Barrier Reef and four wheel drive Fraser Island. Explore the magical Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide or charter a yacht to the pristine Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy resort relaxation in Noosa, frolic on the beaches of the Capricorn Coast and see dinosaur footprints near Winton. Go diving from the gracious town of Bundaberg and bushwalk through national parks near Mackay. Visit wineries and rodeos in Southern Queensland Country and go horse riding on Townsville’s Magnetic Island. However you experience Queensland, the landscapes and lifestyle will never leave you.

The capital of the Sunshine State, is located on the banks of the Brisbane River and enjoys a subtropical climate year round. During the last decade, the city has matured into a unique blend of historic buildings and sophisticated architecture. To cuddle a Koala, take a cruise along the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Visit the South Bank development, the former site of the 1988 world expo and the Botanical Gardens

Fraser Island
Stretching over 120 kilometres along the southern coast of Queensland (Hervey Bay), Fraser Island (184 000 hectares) is the largest sand island in the world. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in recognition of its outstanding natural universal values:
• an outstanding example representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes,
• an example of superlative natural phenomena.

The island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, its majestic tall rainforests and numerous freshwater lakes of crystal clear waters.
The massive sand deposits that make up the island are a continuous record of climatic and sea level changes over the past 700 000 years. Fraser Island features complex dune systems that are still evolving, and an array of dune lakes that is exceptional in its number, diversity and age. The highest dunes on the island reach up to 240 metres above sea level. Forty perched dune lakes, half the number of such lakes in the world, can be found on the island. These lakes are formed when organic matter, such as leaves, bark and dead plants, gradually build up and harden in depressions created by the wind. The island also has several barrage lakes, formed when moving sand dunes block a watercourse, and 'window' lakes, formed when a depression exposes part of the regional water table.

A surprising variety of vegetation types grow on the island, ranging from coastal heath to subtropical rainforests. It is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low 'wallum' heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance, providing magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer. Birds are the most abundant form of animal life on the island with over 350 species being recorded.

The dingo population on the island is regarded as the most pure strain of dingoes remaining in eastern Australia. The lakes on Fraser Island are poor habitats for fish and other aquatic species because of the purity, acidity and low nutrient levels of the water. Some frog species are adapted to survive in this difficult environment. Appropriately called 'acid frogs', they tolerate the acidic condition characteristic of the Fraser Island lakes and swamps.

Called K'gari by its Aboriginal inhabitants, the island reveals Aboriginal occupation of at least 5 000 years, although it is possible that further archaeological work may indicate earlier occupation. Early European reports suggested that Fraser Island was heavily populated by Aboriginal people, but subsequent research indicates that there was a small permanent population of 400-600 that swelled seasonally to perhaps 2000-3000 in the winter months when seafood resources were particularly abundant. Fraser Island contains many sites of archaeological, social and spiritual significance. Middens, artefact scatters, fish traps, scarred trees and campsites bear witness to the lives of the original inhabitants.

European contact, initiated by Matthew Flinders in 1802, was sporadic and limited to explorers, escaped convicts and shipwreck survivors. In 1836 a number of survivors of the wrecked ship 'Stirling Castle' lived for about six weeks on the island before being rescued. During these six weeks, hostility and aggression developed between the Europeans and the Aborigines. One of the survivors was the wife of the captain of the Stirling Castle, Eliza Fraser, after whom Europeans named the island.

Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is situated in the southeast corner of Queensland, to the south of Brisbane. Due to continuous development in south-east Queensland over the past 30 years, the Gold Coast/Beenleigh/Logan City/Brisbane region is now a conurbation. The Gold Coast officially stretches from the south end of Logan City and Russell Island to the border with New South Wales. The southernmost town is Coolangatta which includes Point Danger and its lighthouse. Coolangatta is a twin city with Tweed Heads located directly across the border.
From Coolangatta, approximately forty kilometres of holiday resorts and surfing beaches stretch north to the suburb of Main Beach, and then further on Stradbroke Island. The suburbs of Southport and Surfers Paradise form the Gold Coast's commercial centre.

The major river in the area is the Nerang River. Much of the land between the coastal strip and the hinterland was once wetlands drained by this river, but the swamps have been converted into manmade waterways over 260 km and artificial islands covered. The coastal strip sits on a narrow barrier sandbar between these waterways and the sea.

Other attractions include world heritage listed hinterland national parks, and theme parks including, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Water World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Currumbin Sanctuary, Fleays Wildlife Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country. Since its opening in 2005 the Q1 building has been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The observation deck at level 77 is the highest of its kind in Queensland and offers expansive views in all directions.

Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is just a short distance from the bustling Gold Coast, set within the Gold Coast Hinterland. The valleys and peaks of Lamington are home to two types of rainforest: the warm tropical rainforest common in coastal areas of Queensland and remnants of the cooler subtropical rainforest that blanketed Australia when it was still part of Gondwana some 50 million years ago. The park is the largest preserved subtropical rainforest in Australia and features spectacular scenery as well as a wide range of bird species.

Popular places to visit around the Lamington National Park include Binna Burra and Green Mountains, which you can get to from Canungra. Around this section, there are a number of unique walking trails. Green Mountains offers a tree top trail which has great views across the surrounding landscape. There is also a slightly longer 24km walk which links the two places, if you would prefer.

There are also plenty of other walking tracks throughout the Lamington National Park ranging from easy walking tracks to more difficult tracks. The walking tracks pass some beautiful waterfalls as well as some famous features including Aboriginal Cooking Caves, Coomera Gorge, Echo Point, Mount Merino and Picnic Rock.
West of Lamington along the Mt Lindesay Highway you can also visit the interesting pioneer museum at Beaudesert as well as the amazing Mt Barney National Park, where you will find the marvelous Scenic Rim.

Sunshine Coast & Noosa
Noosa is the most northerly resort community of the Sunshine Coast and arguably the most well-known holiday accommodation destination. This area extends from Peregian Beach to Noosaville on the banks of the Noosa River and includes the localities of Marcus Beach, Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach, and Noosa Heads.
Noosa Heads communities consist of Little Cove (bordering on Noosa National Park), Hastings Street (the boutique resort street), Noosa Sound and Noosa Junction (the principal commercial area) and Noosa Hill (extensive views of Laguna Bay and Noosa river estuary).

While most of the holiday accommodation is situated along the coastal strip, there are many other interesting locations in village communities within 15 to 20 minutes drive from the main resort area and beaches.
Noosa is one of the few places in Australia that is famous for preserving the natural environment and integrating it with the accommodation and amenities The bushland and its natural creatures are 'right at the front door' and you can spend time 'walking with nature', relax in one of the many fine dining establishments or go shopping at the many fashion houses.

World-Heritage-listed Fraser Island is only a day-tour away, explore the world's largest sand island with its ancient vegetation and wildlife. Alternatively Cooloola National Park an afternoon cruise into the Noosa River Everglades - or take longer and enjoy a sumptuous barbeque lunch on a river-bank picnic area.