Australia Tourism Guide

Queensland Holidays

Queensland, home of the iconic Australian holiday – sun, sand and surf.  But there is so much more to do in Queensland, so do your research, then look around and start planning your next Queensland holiday.

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General Information About Queensland

Queensland is probably the most famous holiday state in Australia because of its blue skies and golden beaches as well as its association with several major world heritage sites, including Fraser Island, Riversleigh, the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.

The capital of Queensland and possibly the best starting point for your Queensland holiday is Brisbane. An easy-going but vibrant city which always has something happening.

You can spend some time savouring the local cuisine and fine wines, catch a performance at QPAC, browse the Gallery of Modern Art, hop aboard a Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour and much more.

The state of Queensland is a great place to visit throughout the year, and swimming in the northern regions is possible no matter what the season is. There are many other activities and attractions spread across the region as well. 

Brisbane City by Night
Brisbane City - David Bryce

Travelling During your Queensland Holiday

Travelling around Queensland is easy. The road network is great for travelling in a private car and there are many airports across the state if you have to travel a long distance in a short time. Flights are offered by Qantas, JetStar, Virgin Australia as well as a number of smaller regional carriers.

You can also choose to travel around the state by trains, which connect Brisbane to many other holiday destinations in Queensland, including Cairns, Townsville, the Whitsundays, Charleville and Longreach. About 70km North of Cairns is Port Douglas, which is a popular departure point for trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Other popular destinations for a Queensland holiday include:

Tropical North Queensland is also well worth visiting because it is home to a number of stunning national parks and rain forest areas.

There is also an extensive public transport network between the southern end of the Gold Coast to the top of the Sunshine Coast, and everywhere in between. For instance, public transport options in South East Queensland include buses, trains, light rail and ferries. In brisbane you can even hire scooters to get round town.

Time Differences

GMT +10: Queensland is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and does not observe daylight savings.

Queensland Weather

The climate in Queensland varies depending on which area you are in, although it’s never really cold so any time of the year is a great time to visit for your Queensland holiday.

Southern Queensland has a temperate climate. That means the temperature ranges from 20 °C – 28 °C in the summer, down to 9 °C – 20 °C in the winter. Furthermore, the summer water temperature is around 25 °C, while the winter temperature is a bit cooler at 19 °C.

Far North Queensland is warmer and more humid than the southern areas, with summer days usually being over 31 °C. In contrast to Southern parts of the state, the temperatures often feel warmer because of the high humidity.

Inland Queensland, by comparison, has quite arid conditions and can experience extremely dry, hot summers along with very low rainfall.

Queensland Main Centre Average Monthly Weather Statistics

Cairns, Far North Queensland
Brisbane, South East Queensland

Things to do on your Queensland Holiday

There is so much to do throughout the state of Queensland. If you’re looking for adventure, want to relax in the sun or have an encounter with nature; you’ve come to the right place!

For thrill seekers, a Queensland holiday offers the opportunity to dive in warm tropical waters, take a camel ride on the beach, hang glide, sky dive, feel the rush of riding a rollercoaster and many more exhilarating activities. Similarly, you could also go behind the scenes of a movie set, whale watching or experience the thrill of a real cattle muster.

Alternatively, if it’s rest and relaxation you are looking for, the many islands and beaches of Queensland make it the ideal destination for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here you can indulge in the local cuisine, relax on the beach, unwind at a day spa or play a round of golf at one of the many resort golf courses

Dreamworld Theme park on Queensland's Gold Coast
Dream World - Gold Coast
Cassowary Birdworld Kuranda
Cassowary - Birdworld Kuranda
Flora and Fauna

In many areas, you won’t have to go any further than your doorstep to encounter some of the local wildlife. As examples, bush turkeys can usually be seen foraging in nearby plants and geckoes are often found on the outer walls of buildings. However, the more exotic animals are generally found in one of the many zoos or wildlife parks.

While on your Queensland holiday, you can experience a variety of different landscapes, ranging from the tropical rainforests of the coast to the Outback desert. Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef are two examples of places you have to see on your Queensland holiday.

Things to see in your Queensland Holiday

There are so many things to see on a Queensland holiday, it’s hard to know where to start. 

Examples of the amazing things you can see in Queensland

As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Queensland, so pack your bags and get ready to go, just don’t forget your camera!

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Queensland, please visit our Queensland Activities directory.

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Glasshouse Mountains Queensland
Glasshouse Mountains