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Queensland - The Sunny State in the Northeast

Where the Rainforest and Reef meet

Queensland, the sunny state in the northeast of Australia, offers an abundance of natural landscapes: dense rainforests, dry semi-deserts, deep mountain gorges, impressive waterfalls and endless sandy beaches. Lovers of nature will be enthralled by the vriety of tropical flora and fauna in the home of koalas and kangaroos. The gloriously colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef with its numerous islands is deservedly famous. The welcoming nature of the Aussies will let you fell at home in Queensland at once. Welcome!
Queensland in Numbers:
At 1 730 650 square kilometres Queensland (QLD) is the second largest federal state in Australia. Around 4.4 million people live here, of theses ±1.7 million in the capital Brisbane.
Queensland is an all year travel destination, however, one should be aware of the various climatic zones when planning one's trip.

In the east there is the fertile tropical coastal area with 5 300km of coastline. Off the coast there is the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) - probably the most impressive coral reef on earth. It stretches from the Torres Strait off Papua-New Guinea to Lady Elliot Island, is 2 300km long and lies between 30km (at Cairns) and roughly 250km (at Gladstone) off the coast. It consists of a chain of more than 2 500 individual reefs, as well as nearly 1 000 continental or coral islands and as such is the largest reef system in the world. The coastal area is bounded by the Great Dividing Range. Towards the west it is joined by the fertile table lands, which go over into the semi-desert of the Outback. Dry savannahs and the swamps in the coastal area on the Gulf of Carpentaria, to the west of the Cape York Peninsula complete the great geographic variety of Queensland.

In the south of Queensland the climate is sub-tropical, therefore warm and sunny with mild winters. In the north the climate is tropical. The wettest time is from January till March. The occasional cyclones in the coastal regions mostly occur between November and May. Along the coast (north of Rockhampton) box jelly fish occur from December till March, so that one can only swim close to the beach within the numerous nets that have been erected to protect bathers. Snorkeling and diving excursions at the outer Great Barrier Reef (Outer Reef) are always possible.

The history of Queensland itself goes back more than 40 000 years. It reflects the multi-facetted culture of the Aborigines, the original ihabitants of Australia. Traces of their rich heritage can be found in Queensland, especially in rock paintings and places of religious significance.

Apart from day tours in the various regions we also offer longer tours, that you can put together like building blocks. Our recommendation is to explore the state by camper or motorhome and to book guided day tours in the various regions.
Especially worth one's while would be a roughtly two week trip from Sydney along the coast to Cairns. You will find selected tours under the heading tours.
Queensland's Tropical North
Everything north of Cairns is part of Queensland's Tropical North, also known as the Cape York Peninsula, with the largest rainforest areas, that have been preserved in a practically unspoilt state. Apart from the primeval landscape and untarred roads, you will also find Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest the reef and are adjacent to each other, the historical Cooktown as well as the Bama Way, an area where the interaction with Aborigines is possible, on the Cape York Peninsula.

Cairns is the base for day tours and longer tours to Cape York, but also into the hinterland and the Great Barrier Reef. This tropical city should not be missing from any itinerary for a visit to Queensland.

Port Douglas north of Cairns is also a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, but it also offers possibilities for beach stay extensions at the end of your visit to Australia.
Islands & Great Tropical Drive
The best way to experience the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is on a stay on one of the numerous islands that stretch from Cape York to Bundaberg. A large selection of accommodation to suit every taste is on offer: five star resorts for luxury travel, secluded islands for the romantically inclined and lively island life for the active ones. Swimming, snorkeling, diving and other water sports are available pratically on one's door step. Many sailing cruises also start from the islands, primarily from the Whitsundays. The Great Tropical Drive goes along the coast from Townsville via Cairns to Cooktown, and back through the hinterland, enabling one to experience the great diversity of the rainforest with its numerous national parks, extinct volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, sugar cane plantations and charming little towns.
Queensland's South
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is the gateway to the coastal regions of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. The Gold Coast attracts with its 57km long sandy beach, which is popular with surfers and water sport enthusiasts. Surfers Paradise is probably the most well-known, hip place with many bars, restaurants and night clubs. Hikers should visit the Lamington National Park in the hinterland, a green lung and Australia's largest protected area with sub-tropical rainforest. Towards the north there is the Sunshine Coast with its Glasshouse Mountains - ten unusually shaped hills of volcanic origin - that are ideal for hiking and climbing and that according to legend are petrified souls of Aborigines. A destination not yet discovered by most travellers is Noosa and the Noosa Everglades, that can inter alia be explored by canoe. The coast north of Noosa Heads as far as Rainbow Beach as well as Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, that can only be explored on a 4WD safari, are all part of the Great Sandy National Park.
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