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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunshine Coast &
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.
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.