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Queensland, Australia

Cairns & Queensland

Rainforest, reef and much, much more!

Cairns is considered to be the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north and the Great Barrier Reef. This laid back city has a bustling cafe culture, busy markets and plenty of sensational beaches with expansive stretches of soft white sands.

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland. This large city lies beside the Brisbane River and is home to popular attractions such as the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world. Discovering the reef is easy with many companies offering boat charters or excursions.  Go diving or snorkelling and you’ll be treated to the sights of diverse marine life including manta rays, sea turtles, colourful fish and reef sharks. Experienced divers will love the Yongala Shipwreck which is considered to be one of the best dive sites in the world.

From Port Douglas you can access the Daintree rainforest where informative guides will help immerse you in this lush green wilderness. You can spot forest dragons, fresh water sea turtles and the Ulysses butterflies before zipping through the canopy on a zipline or kayaking on the clear waters. A guided walk allows you to see the fascinating plants and ferns up close before you venture further into Cape Tribulation and perhaps take a 4 wheel drive jaunt to discover the Bloomfield Falls and what lies beyond.

Designer Travel can tailor make your personal holiday itinerary to Australia. Whether you want to visit just Queensland or you are interested in touring or a multi-centre luxury holiday, we can help. Bespoke holidays are one of our specialties and if you give us your holiday wish list and a guide as to your budget, we have the expertise and extensive knowledge to search for the best options and make recommendations.

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Key Highlights
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the number one must-see here – don’t miss it!
  • Port Douglas provides an alternative quieter way to access the Great Barrier Reef rather than departing from Cairns
  • Snorkelling and diving are great ways to see the reef up close
  • For a different perspective, take a scenic flight over the water
  • Indulge in a spot of island hopping and explore Fitzroy Island, Green Island and Hinchinbrook Island
  • Self-drive holidays on Australia’s East Coast route are very popular
  • Al fresco dining is sublime, especially the fresh seafood and locally grown fruits
  • Explore Fraser Island in a 4×4 – fantastic fun
  • Silky Oaks Lodge is a five-star rainforest retreat perfect for a couples break
  • Multi-centre holidays can be arranged. Please ask for further details and suggestions

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +10 hours

Currency: Australian Dollar

Climate Information

Because of its size, Queensland has a varied climate ranging from hot humid summers (December to February) in the north, to snow covered highlands during the winter (June to August) in the south.

Summer temperatures in the tropical north can reach over 31°C, and in winter, this falls to a high of 20°C.

Leisure & Activities

The Great Barrier Reef
No visit to Cairns is compete without a visit to The Great Barrier Reef - it will take your breath away. . Situated off the coast of Queensland, it's said to be the largest living thing on the planet and it's home to countless fish, molluscs, turtles and dolphins as well as over 600 types of hard and soft coral reefs. Roughly the same size of Germany, there are many ways to see the reef including scuba diving, cruises, helicopter flights or even chartering your own boat.

Beaches
Queensland is a fantastic destination if you’re looking for a laid back relaxing holiday on the sand as it's home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. These include Whitehaven Beach with its pure white sand, Little Cove on the Sunshine Coast and the “sand highways” of Fraser Coast.

Rain Forest Trekking and Fishing
Situated two hours north of Cairns, at Cape Tribulation, you can enjoy a fantastic trek through the spectacular rain forest where the forest meets the ocean. Big game sea fishing is also very popular on this coastline and there’s ample opportunity for you to try your hand either from the shoreline or on a sea fishing excursion.

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