Sunbshine Coast by Melissa Findley
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast begins just 90 kilometres north-east of Brisbane and stretches 60 kilometres from Caloundra in the south to the now internationally famous Noosa Heads in the north. Developed much later than the world-renowned Gold Coast to the south of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is a holiday experience very different from its brash and glitzy southern sister.
Local authorities from the outset placed limits on all buildings near beaches on the Sunshine Coast, so there are no towering high-rise hotels or apartments by the sand to block the sun. Along most of the coast buildings have been kept inland of the road which skirts the sea. Well groomed
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Beaches, sun and surf, bikini babes and hunky guys, for that getaway to summer
Endless coast by BuzzyB
The Gold Coast is a stretch of beaches starting at the Queensland/New South Wales border and runs north from Tweed Heads and Coolangatta through to Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane, (the Queensland State Capital).
The coastal strip is virtually a continuous development of high rise hotels adjacent to great beaches and recreational facilities whereas inland you’ll find national parks with a variety rainforests, bush lands, wilderness, extensive waterways, valleys and wide open spaces with the uniquely Australian wildlife. Lamington National Park is Australia’s largest reserve of subtropical rainforest; with a variety of terrain and over 500
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Fraser Island world heritage area and national park
Frazer Island beach by Ose Vivre
ocated just off the South Queensland coast and is separated from mainland Australia by a narrow channel. It is the largest sand island on Earth with great ecological significance. The island is 120km long with an area of 165,280ha and features include long white beaches, coloured sand cliffs, rocky headlands and even a shipwreck.
There is abundant wildlife and a crystal clear fresh water lakes for swimming. While the ocean is great for fishing and sailing, there are many sharks which make swimming unsafe. Humpback whales frequent the area from August to mid November and are best seen from one of the
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The tropical adventure capital of Queensland
Well you’ve found the place where anything and everything is possible. Both World Heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest are so close you can reach out and touch them. There are activities for everybody and every taste here, but adventure is the focus. Having been voted Australia’s Most Liveable City in 1995, Cairns has all the conveniences of a big city but holds onto its small-town feel, and with a population of just 120,000, the competition for tourist dollars is high. There are numerous operators for every favourite pastime here, so you can shop around until you find the one that suits your needs.
Cairns isn’t exactly a picture of
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A tropical paradise
Mungali Falls near Cairns
Larger than some countries and from the Gold Coast in the south to Cairns in the North,Queensland has something for everyone. There are huge areas of land and sea where you can getaway from the bustle of life, or throw yourself into the excitement and entertainment like the nightlife of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, or, join a corroboree dance with the indigenous people.
The most popular attraction was the Great Barrier Reef, where you could get close a vast array of different fish and sea life, but this incredible Coral Sea wilderness which stretches for roughly 1,400 miles over an area of roughly 133,00 square miles has finally succumbed to
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