4 Great Places to Travel in Queensland

When it comes to traveling in Australia it can be hard to pick just one destination, but luckily for you getting around the country is pretty easy so there’s no need to.

Because of this added traveling ease, it can make it feel very overwhelming! I mean, the whole country is stunning so how do you pick between all of the amazing places?

To make it a bit easier for you, we’ve curated 4 great places to travel in Queensland. One of the most gorgeous parts of the country, these places in Queensland will make you forget about the rest of Australia.

Places to Travel in Queensland

Cairns

Although totally underrated, Cairns is a beautiful city and has some of the best wildlife and more.

You might not think Cairns has beautiful beaches, scenic railways, a rainforest and amazing wildlife, but it does and that makes it an excellent place to travel in Queensland.

As an added bonus, if you go a bit outside of the city you’ll also find lots of coffee plantations so if you’re a coffee addict than this is totally the place for you. Or not. Depends how you look at it.

Places to Travel in Queensland

Whitsundays

It’s hard to imagine a more gorgeous, heavenly place than the Whitsundays. Stunning white sand beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, crystal clear and aqua-colored water, it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.

With about 7,000 km of coastline, 150 islands and the Great Barrier Reef (unlike anything else in the world) this is a unique and breathtaking place in Queensland that you must travel to if you’re in Australia.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and if that’s not cool enough for you, there are beautiful beaches, dream-worthy lakes, great hiking and fantastic food.

While of course Fraser Island isn’t somewhere you go if you want to be around cities and beaches together, it’s an amazing place to go and just relax in a beautiful setting.

Magnetic Island

You may be wondering about the name of this island and it comes from the fact that in the 1700s people noticed the island messed with their compasses, however, no reason has ever been discovered for that.

This intrigue only adds to the beauty that is already has to offer.

With incredible fishing and hiking, the seafood is also to die for. And if you’re into adventuring and exercising, they host the yearly Magnetic Island Adventurethon in March/April.

Queensland is a beautiful part of Australia, but these places to Travel in Queensland top all of the lists. Get a taste for wildlife, cities, food, and incredible views to last you a lifetime.

What do you think? Have I missed anything? What are you most excited about? let me know in the comments below!

Places to Travel in Queensland
Magnetic Island….paradise!

The Great Ocean Road – Awesome!

One of the most spectacular sights of Australia is the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Warnambool.

This stretch of coastal highway is beautiful and has tons of natural wonders.

If you’re looking to do this, you may be wondering what’s best to see it.

Should you self-drive or tour for the Great Ocean Road? When you’re answering this question, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions to determine which is best for you.

Great Ocean Road

How many are you?

When determining whether to self-drive or tour for the Great Ocean Road, you need to think about how many people will be in your group.

Are you a large group, a couple or traveling solo? Maybe just a small group of friends? Depending on your answer, one option or the other will be good for you.

If you’re a group of friends, perhaps self-driving is a good option because you can all take turns and take as much time as you want at each site.

If you’re a solo traveler, you may prefer a tour because it’s a lot of driving for one person. Alternatively, if you feel up to it, there’s nothing wrong with doing that either.

As a large group of people, you may find a tour is better because you wouldn’t all fit in one car. But again, it’s your personal preference.

Great Ocean Road

Do you like structure or like choosing yourself?

When deciding whether to self-drive or tour the Great Ocean Road, you need to think about the pros and cons to each option and what your travel preference is.

If you’re on a tour, you’ll have a relatively strict itinerary you’ll need to keep up with, and some people love that.

When you’re on a tour, you don’t need to think about anything, just show up and be taken to all of the different sights. Plus, you’ll probably get more information about each destination than if you were by yourself.

With that being said, some people prefer choosing what they want to see and choosing how long they stay there.

If this is your preference, than self-driving would be a better option because you have more flexibility and can tailor it to your own personal preferences.

What’s your budget?

This is a big question because a tour will probably be more expensive than simply renting a car and self-driving. You need to take into account how much you’re willing to spend and plan accordingly.

Ultimately, when deciding between whether to self-drive or tour the Great Ocean Road, you need to understand both options are great, but it really depends on personal preferences.

Neither one is better than the other; it’s just that one is better for your particular situation. If you ask yourself these questions, you’ll be able to make an appropriate choice and go on to experience one of the most spectacular roads in the world.

Don’t forget if you want to book a Rental car you can get the best deal here – it is a promise! 🙂

Organised tours…easssssssssy!

When you first come to a new location such as Australia, the options for places to see and attractions to go to can easily become overwhelming.

Because of this, it is sometimes difficult to plan and organise all your travels on your own, especially when you are unfamiliar with the area. Or maybe you want to go somewhere but can’t find anyone from home and you don’t like travelling alone; therefore, there are major advantages of taking an organised tour.

I sometimes love taking an organised tour to take some of the stress of travelling away enabling me to relax as much as I can. Here are my top 5 advantages of doing an organised tour in Australia.

1) Good Information

Your Australian tour guide is probably a local who is extremely familiar with the area. They know all about the history and culture of the region, and can provide you with lots of interesting information that you wouldn’t have known if you had visited the attraction alone.

They usually have lots of great stories about the attraction and the rest of the area, as well.

In addition, your Australian tour guide most likely knows a lot about the surrounding region of Australia. They can help you find more attractions to see, the cheapest places to stay, or the best restaurants to eat at; whatever you are looking for, your tour guide is a great person to ask for any backpacking and travel tips.

Finally they can really make things interactive and often do things to make even the most boring parts of the trip fun and entertaining.

tourguide2) To help Familiarise Yourself with the Area

Guided tours in Australia also help you to familiarise yourself with the area – remember Australia is big.

Your tour guide will tell you all about the history and culture of the attraction you are visiting, as well as the surrounding region.

This will help you to understand the area and become accustomed to it.

Sure, Australia is a young country but it does have a lot of interesting history and it certainly has so many places to explore.

Maybe even too many! And this is what an organised tour can take the stress off. You get to see as much as you can in the time you have. A lot of work goes into the itinerary of an organised tour taking the hard work off you.

3) Convenience and Sightseeing

When you are trying to sightsee, it can be difficult to figure out where you want to go and then organise a trip. When you take an organised tour, all of this is taken care of – all you have to do is sign up for the tour. This is much simpler than trying to plan everything by yourself.

They are often arranged to see all the best things in a schedule that suits and hopefully isn’t too quick so have time to relax and explore.

Often meals are included as well as accommodation etc. It just makes everything easy and straight forward. So can spend more time enjoying your travels and not stressing about the nitty gritty of travel.

4) Accessibility

Certain protected regions or landmarks may not be accessible to the general public; in these cases, the only way to access the area might be to take a guided tour.

These tours have access to places that the public may not, and can make sure that you get to see everything that you wanted to on your trip.

An example of this in Australia is Ayers Rock (Uluru). There are certain restrictions on where you can go and what you can do, so naturally a organised tour is the only way to do this.

5) Travel Friends

After you have been travelling for a while, you may become lonely if you haven’t had many chances to meet new people. When you go on an organised tour, you are going to be in a group of other travellers who are new to the area, and might even meet someone from your home country.

This is a great way to meet people and make “travel friends”, which definitely helps if you are becoming lonely or just want to talk.

I think this is my favourite part about an organised trip. Sometimes it isn’t even about the place but more about the people you meet. People can really make your experiences more positive and an organised tour will really help you to meet and make friends to enjoy your travellers together.

So why not?

Taking an organised tour is a great way to familiarise yourself with the area by learning about history and culture, as well as finding out information about other local attractions, food, and lodging.

In addition, tours are a convenient way to go sightseeing and meet new people. I hope you have enjoyed these advantages of taking an organised tour, it is a fantastic opportunity to consider and to see if it suits you when you are travelling Australia.

Check out some the best tour options here. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, I would love to know if you have experienced an organised tour or maybe you are looking at going on soon!

Oh….Fraser Island. How beautiful you are!

I think Fraser Island is an incredible place to visit; there are multiple reasons to love Fraser Island, including its location and size.

Its unique natural beauty and adventure qualities are also fantastic reasons to visit, and there are plenty of opportunities for activities and exploring with heaps of tours or self drive ways to explore this piece of paradise. 

Here are 5 good reasons to check out Fraser Island while you are here!

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4×4 only 🙂

1) Location

Fraser Island is located off of Australia’s eastern coast, near Queensland. This area is naturally beautiful with tons of things to do, both on the island and on the coast.

Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach are the main entry points for Fraser Island, however you can also get there from the central coast or Brisbane – Just a longer drive!

2) Size and Recognition

Fraser Island was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique beauty. It is also the largest sand island in the world; it stretches over 120km and is 710 square miles.

Seeing an area like this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Can you believe it? It is all sand. So the way to get around is by 4×4.

3) It is dam Beautiful

Known for its natural beauty, Fraser Island is one of Australia’s most beautiful areas. You can get panoramic viewpoints by climbing the Indian Head, a rocky cliff on the eastern side of the island, and see all kinds of sand dunes.

You can also check out the Cathedrals, the Pinnacles, or the Rainbow Gorge to see incredible multi-coloured sand.

In addition, you will have fantastic views of the surrounding ocean, with turquoise blue water with great panorama views. Depending on the season, you will also see all kinds of wildflowers, as well as incredible lakes and rainforests.

4) A Real Adventure Tour

I think the best way to explore the island is by a tour; the guide will take you to the best spots and you will have the opportunity to see incredible wildlife on the island and depending on the tour; go on a cruise.

If you are looking for a trip located away from the city with an “adventure” feel, Fraser Island is definitely the spot to visit. From the time you get on the island, there are no paved roads; so like I said before you have to use four-wheel drive to get everywhere on the island.

You are able to stay in luxurious resorts if you would like to; however, you can also sleep under the stars at a variety of camping locations, including Lake Boomanjin, Dili Village, or Cathedral Beach.

If you are looking for a way to get off of the beaten path and experience incredible natural beauty, Fraser Island is the perfect place for you to visit, make friends and explore the beauty of this island. Oh and don’t miss Lake McKenzie for the bluest water you have ever seen. Check out a few of my favourite tours here.

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Expect to see a lot of these guys!

5) Wildlife

You can also discover all kinds of wildlife, including turtles, whales, kangaroos, wallabies and maybe the most famous local resident – the Dingo!

This guy is everywhere but be careful not to feed him as that can create a begging situation. For an unparalleled fishing experience, you can check out Fraser Island’s famous 75-mile beach, or take a boat trip out behind Indian Head.

These wildlife activities are sure to keep you busy; Fraser Island is a beautiful setting for all kinds of wildlife spotting.

Don’t miss it while you are in the Region

The beautiful location and incredible size of Fraser Island as well as its unique beauty make it a perfect place to visit. In addition, the island’s natural beauty, adventure-like qualities, and opportunities for relaxing and exploring make this area is a must-see for any visitor to Australia. Gosh, it is too long for me – I need to go back!

What about you? Have you been to Fraser recently? Thinking of going? Let me know in the comments below!