Queensland 5 Must See Places

On compiling a top 5 list for every state in Australia we are bound to upset someone. Somebody’s favourite destination will have been left off while another person may find the inclusion of one place over another outrageous.

For instance any island or group of islands within the Great Barrier Reef system could qualify for inclusion. Each is a unique and remarkable place in its own right. The Whitsundays were selected as they offer a broad perspective of what’s on offer along the coast – offshore.

By narrowing the list down to 5 essentials we hope to include 5 completely different experiences for each state.

So in no particular order and with no apologies:

1. 1.Kuranda by Rail, from Cairns is a leisurely 1 ¾ hour train trip climbing over 300 metres through tropical rainforest. The train travels along a rail system completed in 1891 and passes through 15 tunnels and spans 37 bridges, passing waterfalls and spectacular scenery. Arrival in Kuranda brings the opportunity to bushwalk through Barron Gorge National Park, dine alfresco alongside the rainforest or sample local arts.

2. Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef is comprised of 74 islands peppered off the coast near Airlie, between Mackay and Bowen. Like any section of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday’s offer those boringly stunning white beaches, pristine waters, classic reef and marine encounters and any combination of sail, dive, snorkel, accommodation, golf, shopping, art experience you could want.

3. Daintree Rainforest, because if you visit Queensland you should experience a genuine wet tropics rainforest then this is the region to see. Drive the beautiful coastal road from Cairns and then take the cable ferry across the Daintree Rive to Cape Tribulation. Take or hire a car and track down some cabin style accommodation in the heart of the rainforest.

4. Longreach, Central District. It’s difficult to select a region that doesn’t revolve around the magnificent Queensland coastline but Longreach and the surrounds bound into this list because of the sheer diversity of attractions and the fact that it rests clearly in the heart of the state. Make sure to drive to Longreach to experience the other side of Queensland, the rural or bush aspect. Packed with museums, displays and locations of historical interest and immerse yourself in the classic image of the Australian country landscape.

5. Cape York by 4WD, because it is there and because it is an iconic, landmark, overland route that should be driven once by everyone. A destination with the rare ability to squeeze most of Queensland’s natural terrain into one small area from savannah, eucalypt forests, rainforests, mangrove swamps, palm fringed beaches, coral reefs and islands it’s got the lot. Experience it by 4x4 driving, camping, fishing and island hopping it.

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