Discover Queensland: the Ultimate Guide for Your Family Holiday

Nov 08, 2021
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From the desert to the ocean to the rainforest, Queensland is the land of a thousand landscapes. Family-friendly spots up and down the coast, as well as inland adventures, Queensland has it all. Where should you be including on your Queensland itinerary to have the best family holiday?


Whitsunday Islands


On the footsteps of the Great Barrier Reef lay 74 unique and pristine islands. The Whitsunday Islands are known all around the world. They’re among the whitest sands, the deserted shores. Most only accessible by boat and brave swimmers, or perhaps a sea plane, the islands are a playground for the young and old.


Whether you post up at Hamilton Island and rent a room or sail around and discover undiscovered pockets of this piece of paradise, there’s something for all holidayers.


Whitehaven Beach


Nestled among the islands that make up the Whitsundays is Whitehaven Beach. With seven kilometres of shore to snorkel, stroll or sail, Whitehaven Beach is heaven. 


Accessible by boat, helicopter or seaplane, the beach is an award-winning escape of azure blue waters and sand as white as snow. Whitehaven will go in your family photo albums and be part of your anecdotes for years to come. 


Stradbroke Island


Just off the coast of Brisbane lies Stradbroke Island. Colloquially “Straddie” lies within the Moreton Bay. The island has been a hotspot for Brisbane locals forever, and is frequented by surfers for the clean break that it brings in.


The main beach, known as Cylinder Beach, is best for snorkelling and surfing as well as jumping off cliffs into the glass-clear waters below. 


A piece of cultural paradise, it is suitable for all budgets, with camping through to resort accommodation. It’s time to discover the beauty of Straddie.


Daintree Rainforest


Located in Far North Queensland (FNQ) the Daintree Rainforest is accessible by tourist hotspot Cairns. The Daintree is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, estimated to be 135 million years old. 


The Daintree is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests. With over 30 percent of Australia’s frogs and 65 percent of our butterflies, the ecosystem is made up of over 12,000 unique different animal species. It is a rainforest like no other, from the canopy to the floor, there is something living and breathing and creating beauty wherever you look. 


Toowoomba


Home to the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Lyndon Travers, Toowoomba is an inland town two hours from Brisbane. Known for its pristine landscape, the annual Festival of Flowers makes the sleepy town sing with vibrant colours.


Filled with colonial-style buildings and beautiful community centres, Toowoomba is ideal for a family. Little cafes, playgrounds and family-friendly pubs line the lush green streets. 


Ideal for a day trip out of Brisbane, Toowoomba is a hidden gem with much to offer.


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