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Queensland - Brisbane

The 'Sunshine State' is home to the Great Barrier Reef and is one of Australia's main playgrounds.

Brisbane offers a multitude of activities mainly centred around Brisbane River.

The Gold Coast is home to Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise with golden beaches, highrise building, wildlife and theme parks.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Sunshine Coast is a place of natural beauty within an hours drive of Brisbane.

The Tropical city of Cairns is home to two World Heritage-listed attractions, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests.

Ideal destination for the adventurous plus some superb resorts where you can relax and be pampered.

The Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef islands offer a wide choice of resorts to suit all tastes and budgets and each island has its own unique atmosphere.

The Great Barrier Reef Islands- Queensland

Queensland is the 2nd largest state in Australia, bordering the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the southeast and New South Wales to the south. The northern part of the state borders the Coral Sea – an area of the Pacific. With a land area of 715,909 sq mls (1,852,642 sq km). Due to its sheer size, it has a wide and varied climate, from Tropical in the north to hot and dry cooling down to a milder climate in the inland southern parts of the state. Winters vary from mild to colder inland in south-western parts.

The population of Queensland is around 4,406,800 and the state capital is Brisbane. Other well known places are the Sunshine Coast, Goldcoast, Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays.
Queensland is predominantly known for tourism, in particular the coastal regions from the domestic and overseas markets. The Gold coast is also referred to as the “Theme Park Capital” of Australia, having 5 parks at the last count. Queensland is also home to a few of the World Heritage listed preservation sites namely the famous Great barrier reef.

Stretching over 350,000 square kms, the Great Barrier Reef begins in the Torres Strait, which separates New Guinea and Australia and runs 2,500 km down the north eastern coast of Australia. Made up of almost 3,000 individual coral reefs with over 700 sun drenced islands, only a few have been developed as idyllic tourist resorts.

This tropical paradise attracts many thousands of visitors each year who come to marvel at the spectacle of the beautiful coral, the brilliant tropical fish and the exotic wildlife, or to bask in the sun on a soft, white sandy beach, enjoying for a brief time a way of life they have always dreamed of.

Peaceful, pristine and precious.  The Queensland Island resorts are dedicated to total relaxation and escapism.

Brisbane - Queensland

Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia with a population of 1.8 million. The city centre straddles the river and is a fairly compact 3.2km (2 miles) from north to south and 1.6km (1 mile) from east to west, but it has no great architecture or natural sights to attract the international tourist. However, the laid-back lifestyle and its location as a gateway to the East Coast makes Brisbane an interesting visit.

The hilly suburb of Spring Hill to the north has various parks and views over the city and river, and visitors can swim in the lagoon aof the South Bank. Fortitude Valley to the northeast is home to a few art galleries and the Chinatown district. Brisbane has plenty to entice visitors although it is often used as a transit point for tourists arriving or leaving Australia, and is sometimes overlooked in favour of its rival, Sydney.

Brisbane, Queensland's sunshine capital, is a city founded upon the river which meanders through a multitude of hills creating glorious waterfront views. Famous for its casual, laid back lifestyle, perfect weather, art galleries and music, here enjoy the very best in food, wine, shopping and entertainment.

Cruise down the Brisbane River, escape to the lush country hinterland, a place of beauty and tranquillity, or simply relax and enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of this city.

The area in and around Brisbane offers something for everyone, from the bustling streets of Brisbane and its own man made beach, to the Southern Hinterland and the Lamington National Park to see outstanding views and peaceful settings, easily combine this with a trip to World Heritage Fraser Island or just relax on Couran Cove.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

Queensland's Gold and Sunshine Coasts are blessed with an enviable climate of hot sunny summers and clear mild winters, when day time temperatures still reach 20'C even in 'mid winter'.

The Gold Coast lies just under an hours drive south of Brisbane and offers 42 kilometres of pristine golden sand beaches and the 'Hinterland' which provides a dramatic backdrop to the coast with the beauty and tranquillity of mountains and valleys. The Gold Coast, and in particular the resort of Surfers Paradise, is known as the 'Playground of Australia', due partly to the variety of theme parks scattered around the area including Sea World, Wet and Wild, Movie World and Dreamland - Australia's "Disneyworld".

The Sunshine Coast is Australia's undiscovered natural paradise, an area that boasts endless breathtaking beaches, crystal clear freshwater lakes and rainforests. Just one hours drive north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast begins at Caloundra and includes the towns of Noosa Heads, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.

Cairns and the Tropical North- Queensland

The once sleepy town of Cairns is now one of Australia's leading holiday destinations.  Whilst designer shops, gourmet restaurants and traditional 'pubs' now line the Esplanade, Cairns still retains a distinctive, Tropical North Queensland atmosphere. The city sits amidst a magnificent backdrop of rugged rainforest mountainside and centres around a delightful marina which offers safe anchorage to the many yachts and catamarans which sail daily to the Great Barrier Reef.

The glorious untouched beaches of North Queensland lie just 20 minutes away from Cairns. Driving north, the small and exclusive retreat of Kewarra offers accommodation that blends naturally into the flora and fauna bordering beautiful Kewarra Beach. 6kms further along the coastline Palm Cove has a delightful village atmosphere, with cobble-stoned streets fringed with coconut palms and complemented by long stretches of white sand.  Continuing the scenic drive along the Marlin Coast you reach the picturesque village of Port Douglas, famous for its 'Four Mile Beach'. This once small fishing village is now regarded as popular base from which to explore the northern area, with its cosmopolitan mix of cafes, boutique shops, restaurants and relaxed atmosphere.

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