Regional Guides

Atherton Tableland

Less than an hour’s drive from Cairns, the Tableland’s winding roads lead to spectacular lookouts and waterfalls, and highlights include Australia’s widest waterfall – Millstream Falls – and many others flowing all year round, the deep blue waters of extinct volcano crater lakes, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, the ancient Bromfield Swamp near Malanda and the Mt. Hypipamee Crater National Park near Herberton. A little further West, the lush farming lands change to Wooded Savannah with dry creek beds, wandering cattle and the beautiful ochre colours of the Outback.



For many years, the capital city of Queensland was not considered a tourist destination in its own right, but rather a place you have to pass through on your way to somewhere else, be it the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast or some other Queensland destination. That began to change as a result of Brisbane hosting the Commonwealth Games in 1982. It has since come of age as an international city and developed as a destination in its own right.

Cape York

Truly the last frontier in Australia, a trek to the northernmost tip of Australia is the ultimate journey for 4-wheel drive enthusiasts and it isn't difficult to see why. Cape York Peninsula is a wild and sparsely populated wilderness area that is only accessible during the dry months from April to December, and only then by 4WD vehicles. The Gulf Savannah, renowned for its distinctive coastline and wild and sparsely populated wilderness, is rich with history of gold rushes, bushrangers and wandering Aboriginal tribes.

Capricorn Coast

The Tropical Coast of Queensland is known for its small townships, pineapple and sugar cane plantations, beautiful beaches, great river and ocean fishing and the many picturesque offshore islands that form the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef. It well known for its superb swimming and dive locations and an idyllic climate where year round the average daily temperature is 25 degrees Celsius.

Central West and Darling Downs

A region is a vast inland area of rural Queensland encompassing the central section of Queensland on and to the west of the Great Dividing Range. The eastern section of this region is often referred to as the Golden West but is better known to many as the Darling Downs, one of the richest agricultural areas in the world. The Darling Downs is a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland. The landscape is dominated by rolling hills covered by pastures of many different vegetables, legumes and other crops including cotton, wheat, barley and sorghum.

Far West and Outback

The people, places and wide-open spaces of Outback Queensland offer a holiday or travelling experience like few other regions in Australia can. From down-to-earth stockmen, to quiet fishing spots, to desert sand dunes, and even the odd dinosaur - there's nowhere quite like it. Diversity is a key factor in the region having such a magnetic pull on the people who go there, so strong is that pull, many can't wait to go back and explore more of its vast landscape.

Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast and Burnett region is situated to the north of the Sunshine Coast, around a half day's drive north of Brisbane. The region's diverse, natural beauty includes the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows from sand. It is on this coast that travellers heading north really get the feeling that they are entering tropical Queensland.

Gold Coast

If any area of Australia could lay claim to the title of the premier holiday destination in the country, it would have to be the Gold Coast in South-East Queensland. For all its over commercialisation, the golden surf beaches along its 52 km length are among Australia's best, the choice of beachfront accommodation, shopping and dining options is almost limitless, and it is home to Australia's best theme parks all of which are within a short driving distance of each other.

Granite Belt and Scenic Rim

The Granite Belt, to the immediate north of the New South Wales Border to the west of the Great Dividing Range, is distinguished by its elevation, which makes it the coolest part of Queensland. This, and its relatively low rainfall, has made it attractive for viticulture. The Scenic Rim, an arc of spectacular mountains lying from south of Beaudesert, around to the area south west of Ipswich, is known for it’s splendour throughout Australia, and even the rest of the world. There are some magnificent National Parks in the region for the avid nature lover, two of which are World Heritage listed.

Mackay Coast

The Tropical Coast of Queensland is known for its small townships, pineapple and sugar cane plantations, beautiful beaches, great river and ocean fishing and the many picturesque offshore islands that form the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef. The climate is warm, moist and amazingly equable, verying little in temperature between winter and summer, but because of the rainfall distribution, May to October is the best time of the year for visitors.

North Queensland

To the locals, along with holidaymakers who regularly visit here, Far North Queensland is the perfect picture of a tropical paradise - palm trees wafting in a balmy breeze above endless clean white beaches. Why go overseas when paradise is right here on your doorstep, they say, and after spending some time exploring the region, you can't help agreeing with them. After all, Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef Region is the only place on earth where rainforests meet the reef.

Sunshine Coast and South Burnett

As its name implies, the major attraction here is the sunshine and enjoying it on the region's 100 kilometres of beautiful surf beaches. Like the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast has a very attractive hinterland that makes for a perfect escape from the commercialisation and high rise development of the coastal strip. This subtropical region is dominated by the Blackall Range where Montville, Maleny and the other villages perch on or behind the escarpment and feature wineries, art galleries and boutique shops.

Whitsunday Coast

The jewell in the crown of the central coastal regions of Queensland is without doubt the Whitsunday Islands. They are the most well known and well visited island group in Australia and have become the epitome of the perfect tropical island holiday destination. The Whitsundays are Austalia's premier tourist attractions and holiday destinations, considered by Australians and overseas visitors alike as a very special part of Australia.

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