Drive Through Paradise – Top Ten Sites Along The Sunshine Coast And Beyond

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Top 10 Things To Do In Queensland Australia

Queensland AustraliaThe Queensland coast line, at around 2,500 kilometres long, offers incredible diversity for travellers keen to experience it all. With a catchline, “beautiful one day, perfect the next,” Queensland holidays are undeniably amazing. Starting in the south and heading north, here are the top ten destinations for things to do in Queensland to make the most of your next Australian driving adventure.

The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is the ultimate party destination, regularly drawing tourists who want fun in the sun. Jupiters Casino is the big attraction for adults, while the theme parks such as Movie World, Sea World and Dream World are the big focus for the kids. When in the area, take the lift to the observation deck of Q1, the tallest building in the country – the views are incredible.

Moreton Island
Moreton Island AustraliaSituated just off the coast from Brisbane, Moreton Island is a terrific family friendly destination. You can kayak on Moreton Bay, relax on the beach or take a boogie board onto the sand dunes. Arguably the main attraction are the dolphins that visit every evening. Visitors can feed these incredible marine creatures who gently take the fish from your hand before swimming around your legs.

Sunshine Coast
For chilled, relaxed beachside towns, head to the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane. Caloundra and Coolum are great. At Noosa, you have the opportunity of spotting wild koalas in the nearby national park and kayaking on the nearby everglades – a magical experience.

Fraser Island
Fraser Island AustraliaFraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and as such deserves attention. There are several resorts on the island and but seriously, don’t spend your time lazing about – make sure you take a four wheel drive trip around the Island. The freshwater lakes are extremely beautiful including Lake MacKenzie and Lake Wabby.

Mon Repos
During egg laying season, loggerhead turtles come ashore on the beach at Mon Repos to lay their eggs. This is the largest turtle laying site in Australia and luckily for visitors, the scientists allow interested parties to watch the process. Book well in advance as this is extremely popular.

Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands AustraliaThe Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 islands, is Australia’s tropical paradise. This is one destination that is as beautiful as the pictures make it look. There are several options to explore the islands. You could stay in a luxury resort and spend your time on one island. On the other hand, consider joining a yachting tour, and sail around these magnificent islands. Be sure to admire the impossibly white sand of Whitehaven Beach.

Townsville
Townsville would be just another Queensland city were it not for Reef HQ, which features the largest living coral aquarium in the world. Enthusiasts have the opportunity of viewing many marine creatures from the Great Barrier Reef in air-conditioned comfort. This is a truly remarkable experience.

Cairns
Cairns Harbor AustraliaTropical Cairns has become a significant destination for backpackers in recent years. However it’s best to use the city as a launching pad to snorkel and dive on the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. There are many tour operators that can take you to both the inner and outer reefs. If you don’t mind the extra travelling time, definitely head to the outer reef for a greater array of marine life.

Port Douglas
Port Douglas is Australia’s tropical playground. This is a premiere destination offering luxury resorts, exclusive golf courses and boutique clothing stores. Feel free to enjoy the opulence of this prized destination.

Cape Tribulation
The paved road officially ends at Cape Tribulation – a unique tropical destination set within the Daintree Rainforest. Admire the views of the beach, before exploring the rainforest via the boardwalks.

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About the Author: Lyndon Barnett is a copywriter with Flight Centre. He has travelled independently to 68 countries and extensively throughout Australia. He currently resides in Brisbane, Queensland.
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