Queensland is one of my favourite places in Australia (probably equal first with Melbourne) and it’s honestly the best getaway from the cold in winter!
This winter I went to Queensland for the third time, first landing in Gold Coast and then Cairns a week later. Not only was the weather perfect there; full sunny days with 20 to 25-degree afternoons, the flight from Sydney was also pretty cheap ($100 return).
Here are my 5 highlights of Queensland:
- The Worlds: Seaworld and Movieworld – Gold Coast
I know this makes me seem so twelvie, but in Sydney there just aren’t enough adrenaline-rushing fast rides at Luna Park. I love the atmosphere at these two worlds and unlike the Easter show, you only need to pay for an entry ticket, which I might add, if you’re smart at shopping, it won’t cost too much. Seaworld has a few more attractions besides water rides like the stingray pool (which you have to touch one, they feel so strange) and the dolphin show. At first I was like nah, dolphin show, how lame! But the show was amazing so you have to watch it if you’re there. The rides at movie world are faster and scarier though so that’s also cool.
2. Great Barrier Reef / Green Island – Cairns
Yep, you saw this one coming. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the world and it is really quite spectacular. If you buy one of those day tour packages (which is expensive but cheaper than doing things separately) you get to take a cruise to Green Island where you can Scuba dive and relax on the beach! There are heaps of activities you can do at the reef including sea walking, diving, parasailing and taking the submarine. Depending on your package some of these are included for free! You will never have to worry about it being too cold for these activities, it is always warm enough for underwater activities at the reefs!
3. Skypoint Observation Deck- Surfers Paradise
This is one of the tallest buildings in Australia and is the tallest external climb! by external climb I mean you are literally walking outside in the open. The idea of it was much scarier than it actually is, and while it’s quite expensive for a short 1-hour walk, its one of those things you have to do once in your lifetime. From the top you can almost see the entire Queensland and even a glimpse of where NSW is. You’re fully equipped so don’t worry about safety and if you are afraid, you can pay to just go inside to the highest level of the building, but it doesn’t compare trust me. To give you an idea, this is what it looks like. Looks so surreal doesn’t it?
4. Skyrail Rainforest cableway and train- Cairns
I’ve taken a few cable rails across forests so the first half of this trip wasn’t anything new, but the second half was what got really interesting. They have this old fashioned train through the mountains and the forest of the national park. Fun fact, this train through the forest was built back in the 1800s where workers didn’t have any proper equipment or machines. Once you see it you’ll realise it’s a truly marvellous work.
5. Brisbane City
How could you go to Queensland without visiting Brisbane? Its a really pretty city surrounded by water and beautiful beaches. There aren’t a whole load to do in Brisbane besides sight seeing, but the bridge is a must see!
Forgot to mention that food is also amazing! prices were slightly cheaper than Sydney but every place we ate at, we really enjoyed. So that’s another reason why you gotta go Queensland 🙂