‘The Ship struck fast… we had got upon the South-East Edge of a reef of Coral Rocks, having in some places round the Ship 3 and 4 fathoms Water…’ This was how Captain James Cook rather unceremoniously discovered the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef: his Endeavour ran aground on it.
Nowadays, Queensland’s headline attraction is an increasingly fragile biome that Australia is striving to protect. But, you can still experience its unspoiled coral gardens and marine life responsibly. Our specialists can advise on exploring the reef by snorkel, scuba tank, or sail, perhaps with a stay at one of the Whitsunday Islands ― sandy, little-developed idylls.
Then there are Queensland’s inland highlights. Visit the Daintree Rainforest, home to some of the world’s rarest plants, and the Atherton Tablelands, a pastoral region of farmland and filmy waterfalls. Take a guided rock-art tour near Cooktown with an Aboriginal elder. Or, escape to the surf beaches of the Sunshine Coast and take in the urbane, alfresco city of Brisbane. Our specialists know this vast but varied area of Australia in detail, and they’ll craft your trip to take in all its riches, both offshore and on terra firma.
Places to visit in Queensland
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Queensland, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Queensland
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Queensland, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Queensland
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Queensland
- Atherton Tablelands Queensland
- Brisbane Queensland
- Cairns Queensland
- Cooktown Queensland
- Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation Queensland
- Fraser Island Queensland
- The Great Barrier Reef Queensland
- Lamington National Park Queensland
- Palm Cove Queensland
- Port Douglas Queensland
- Sunshine Coast Queensland
- Torres Strait Islands Queensland
- The Whitsunday Islands 212 miles away
- Hamilton Island 216 miles away
- Airlie Beach 217 miles away
- Wilson Island 265 miles away
- Heron Island 265 miles away
- Orpheus Island Queensland
- Lizard Island Queensland
Accommodation choices for Queensland
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Queensland. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.