The sunshine state is calling, so get on the plane and go. You don’t have to relive your schoolies trip instead explore every corner of Queensland. Whether it’s a cocktail by the pool or wandering the rainforest Queensland has it all, so here’s 5 destinations to add to your list. End of year adventure sorted.
#1 Mission Beach
Rainforest wandering, beachside bars and a landscape so scenic you’ll have your finger on camera the whole trip. Soak up the sun by the stunning Mission Beach, just a short trip from Cairns. The tropics will win you over with their overgrown paradise, which is exactly what’ll you’ll see at Paronella Park. Enjoy a tasty brunch after all those poolside cocktails at Shanti Cafe – the french toast is superb.
Eat: Shanti Cafe
Stay: Castaways Resort and Spa
See: Paronella Park
#2 Fraser Island
Take a boat to the fine Fraser Coast and see what this sandy spot has to offer, much more than dingoes. Shipwrecks, off road driving adventures and a relaxed atmosphere you just can’t beat. The wildlife you’ll see will be up close, expect a stingray by the wharf and dolphins frolicking nearby. You can taste the native delicacies at Seabelle too, not so much modern Australian fare but authentic Australian. After all the swimming at Lake McKenzie, you would’ve earned it.
Stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort
See: Lake McKenzie
#3 Burleigh Heads
Tucked away from the hustle of the Gold Coast is an alternative you’re sure to love. Burleigh Heads is a great spot to enjoy the sunshine, the climate, the stunning location without the overload of tourist. Walk your way to where the bush meets the ocean at Tumgun Lookout, the view is worth a ‘gram or two. Afterwards enjoy fish fresh at the charming seaside restaurant and why not a cocktail too.Bonus, it’s closer to the airport too.
Eat: The Fish House
Stay: Resort Swell Burleigh Heads
See: Tumgun Lookout
#4 Magnetic Island
A tropical oasis off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island is the perfect sanctuary to soak up the coastal lifestyle. Bush walks, snorkelling, divine food and an island you can traverse on foot, it’s all here. Taste the authentic flavour of Nell’s Indonesian Food, beware of the spice. Gain a new perspective as you hike up to Arthur Bay Lookout, a shaded spot at such a height – you’ll feel on top of the world.
Eat: Nell’s Famous Indonesian Food
Stay: Hotel Grand Mecure
See: Arthur Bay Lookout
#5 Airlie Beach
The Great Barrier Reef at your door step, azure blue waters as far as the eye can see. Airlie Beach is an ideal base to see both land and sea. You should most certainly see as much of the reef as you can (while it’s still around) but the inland offering is almost as stunning. A short drive from Airlie Beach takes you to the lush Cedar Falls. Before all your exploring grab a superfood bowl from the local health cafe, or a sneaky ice cream post.
Eat: Bohemian Raw Cafe
Stay: Portside Whitsundays Apartments
See: Cedar Creek Falls
Image source: Fraser Explorer Tours, Castaways Resort, Visit Gold Coast, Townsville Tourism, QLD Tourism.