South East Queensland Holidays
The Queensland south east is one of the most popular holiday regions in the world, stretching from Maryborough in the north to the New South Wales border in the south and west across the rolling plains of the Darling Downs.
The coastal area includes the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, whale watching from Hervey Bay and North Stradbroke Island and the famous unspoiled beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
These are the holiday mecca areas of Australia and offer access to both secluded and surf beaches as well as theme park attractions to suit all tastes. These regions offers great tour opportunities to suit all tastes and budgets.
Back from the coast lie the hinterland areas with beautiful rolling landscapes and pockets of imposing rainforests. Attractions include historic homesteads as well as some fine national parks.
Further west the crop farming gives way to sheep and cattle grazing on the rolling grasslands.
Places Of Interest - South East Queensland
Maryborough - the centre servicing the surrounding sugar industry with preserved imposing Victorian buildings on the Mary River. National Trust have listed Brennnan and McGeraghty, a store preserved exactly as it was 100 years ago.
Hervey Bay - a small township providing access to Fraser Island and the whale watching centre of Australia in the winter/spring months of July to mid-Oct. Hervey Bay accommodation includes resorts, holiday apartments, motels and backpacker hostels.
Fraser Island - a unique and spectacular sand island of rainforest and clear lakes, and a World Heritage listed treasure. Vehicle traffic is limited to 4WD and trail bike access only and permits are needed for access to the island. a highly recommended destination for the environmentally inclined. Fraser Island tours are extremely popular.
Gympie - a gold mining town until the ore ran out in 1920. The town stages a country music festival in August. Cooloola National Park is a popular attraction as well as Rainbow Beach and Inskip Point. The wreck of the "Cherry Venture" is a popular attraction.
Brisbane - Click here to link to Brisbane and surrounds own page.
Ipswich - this once a prosperous mining town is now rapidly becoming part of Brisbane's urban spread to the west. The town boasts a wonderful collection of historic and period homes and public buildings. In recent times the city is making a transition to a technology centre.
Toowoomba - a prosperous rural centre and the hub of the Darling Downs. The town is known for spectacular gardens in early spring and hosts an annual Festival Of Flowers. There is a Cobb and Co. museum with reminders and exhibits from an earlier time. The Jondaryan Woolshed tourist complex is west of town.
Warwick - the oldest town in Queensland after Brisbane. This prosperous little country town has some fine examples of sandstone buildings.
Stanthorpe - known for its' fruit, vegetables and vineyards. This is Queensland's coldest town, sitting on the elevated Granite Belt. The Girraween National Park is nearby.
Other Inland Towns - Goondiwindi, Dalby and Chinchilla are typical country towns servicing the surrounding rural communities.