Sightseeing in Queensland
Great Barrier Reef
One of the most famous natural wonders in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is made up of thousands of beautiful coral reefs, all colourfully decorating the Coral Sea shores of northern Queensland. Enjoy the underwater beauty from the air with a scenic flight above the living reef, or get up close and personal on a snorkelling or diving tour. The best areas to view the reef are between the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns.
This heritage listed island is the largest sand island in the world and the site of some of the most pristine forests and lakes anywhere in the world. This great natural habitat is home to a wide variety of bird and plant life, where nature hikes, camping and four wheel driving are some of the most popular activities. Freshwater lakes can be found all across Fraser Island making swimming another popular past time. Whether it’s camping in the Great Sandy National Park or a stay at one of the island resorts, nature is never far away on Fraser.
A short flight from Brisbane will take you to the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands. This popular tourist destination is one of the best spots in which to access the beautiful Great Barrier Reef and where you’ll find the famous “heart reef,” the distinctively shaped coral arrangement shaped like a heart. Whitehaven beach is considered to be one of Australia’s most stunning beaches. Located on Whitsunday Island, this soft, white sand stretch of beach is made up of almost 100 percent pure silica.
Glass House Mountains
Drive the scenic Steve Irwin Way through the Beerburrum State Forest north of Brisbane and discover the beauty of the Glass House Mountains. The group of eleven “mountains” are actually ancient volcano cores formed over 26 million years ago from the fast cooling molten lava which turned into the rock formations seen today. The mountains are part of the Glass House Mountains National Park where hiking trails and observation sites provide beautiful panoramic views. Just minutes away, visitors will find one of the world’s most famous wildlife parks – Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.