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Queensland Travel Guide
Queensland holiday regions
Great Barrier Reef - the "must see" destination
Gold Coast - premier holiday destination 60 mins south of Brisbane
Coast Holiday Accommodation - some of the best resorts
Gold Coast Beaches - the jewel in the Gold Coast crown
Sunshine Coast - magnificent beaches & cool hinterland
Brisbane - capital city & major gateway
South East Qld - holiday gateway country
The Fraser Island experience
Hervey Bay - whale watch capital of Australia
Cairns & Port Douglas - gateway to the tropical north
The Whitsunday Islands - Airlie Beach & Great Barrier Reef
Queensland Outback - wide open spaces and big night skies
Queensland At A Glance
The state capital is Brisbane... current population approx. 1.1 million . The most popular holiday destinations are the Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast plus Cairns and Port Douglas.
Queensland is very diverse state. Visitors have a choice of energetic Gold Coast holidays, the more relaxed pace of Sunshine Coast holidays, the spectacular Great Barrier Reef or adventures in Tropical North Queensland and the remote gulf country. The countryside ranges from virgin rain forest to dry outback and from equatorial tropics to cool plateaus.
Queensland sits either side of the Tropic of Capricorn with warm tropics to the north and warm temperates to the south. There is a narrow sub-equatorial coastal band from Cairns around the northern coast to the Northern Territory border.
The state consists of a narrow coastal belt that runs the length of the state and which is home to the majority of tourism regions, the larger cities and towns and holiday centres. The higher rainfall on this coastal belt supports a large sugar industry, most of which is in the northern part of the state.
Once you head away from the coast and cross the Great Dividing Range you'll enter lush tablelands in the north of the sate, rolling cattle country grasslands and coal mines in the state centre and the rich grain farming country of the south. Keep heading west and you'll experience the Queensland Outback which becomes drier and more sparsely populated as you progress further inland.
How Do I Get Around?
Travel in Queensland is time consuming because of the sheer size of the state. A journey of a couple of hundred kilometres is considered a short trip when you realise the state is 2000 kilometres (1250 miles) north-south and 1400 kilometres (900 miles) east-west. Those are straight line map distances, actual travel distances are considerably further.
Queensland travel is easy to arrange. Efficient train services link all major coastal and inland towns. Daily air services operate to all major towns as well as direct flights to some of the major island resorts and tourism centres. The Bruce Highway links Brisbane and Cairns and the intermediate towns, with most having their own tourism attractions and all offer a good selection of accommodation.
Several bus transport companies travel throughout the state. All major car rental companies are represented in the major cities and towns throughout the state. If you are flying in at Brisbane to start your visit, consider picking up a Brisbane rental car at the airport and save on airport shuttle costs.
Australian camper rentals are a great way to see the real Australia with pick-up available in all the capital cities and some other popular tourist towns. Booking well in advance is recommended for these vehicles. Some unsealed roads in remote areas will require that you travel in 4 wheel drive vehicles, especially if travelling in the wet season. Tour operators provide itineraries that cover all popular sites.
Driver information, maps and travel planning guides are available from the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) which has offices throughout the state.
Some typical road travel distances are:
When Is The Best Time?
Queensland holidays are popular all year-round round and the state is a major tourist destination. The best time time of year will be that which matches the activities you have planned. If personal comfort is important then the June - August winter period may suit your vacation best because summer in the Central, North and Far North regions can be quite uncomfortable due to heat and humidity.
The heat levels in the Outback during summer are extreme and winter is the best time to visit. The South East region and the Great Barrier Reef are the major holiday destinations and generally have milder, less oppressive summer weather.
The state sits either side of the Tropic of Capricorn with warm tropics to the north and warm temperates to the south. There is a narrow sub-equatorial coastal band from Cairns around the northern coast to the Northern Territory border. Queensland is very diverse with countryside that ranges from virgin rain forest to dry outback and from equatorial tropics to cool plateaus.
Winter is June - August with maximum temperatures around 20° C in the southern coastal regions, 23° C in the central coastal regions and 25° C in the northern coastal regions. Summer is December - February with maximum temperatures around 29° C in the southern coastal regions and 31° C in both the central and northern coastal regions.
Temperatures in outback areas are more extreme. Summer maximums typically range from 34° C in the southern outback up to 37° C in the north. Winter minimums typically range from 4° C in the southern outback up to 8° C in the northern areas. Some outback areas may experience frost on winter mornings.
Rainfall is mainly during summer. Monsoonal cyclones (hurricanes) occasionally cross the tropical north coast during the summer months. This is not a frequent event and usually results in localised property damage and flooding.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology provides detailed Queensland weather information.
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