Queensland - beautiful one day, perfect the next
When the rainy days and chilly nights make way for the summer heat and sandy beaches, there's only one thing Australians want to do - get out and enjoy it!
Australia's love of all things coastal, country and cosmopolitan has seen thousands of Aussies hit the road every year, venturing north to the Sunshine State. And you can't blame them really.
Queensland, claiming 25 per cent of the continent's area, is a traveller's paradise. It boasts some of the world's most breathtaking terrain, from magnificent coral reefs and sun-kissed beaches to ancient rainforests and the rugged outback.
And the key to enjoying Queensland's beauty is to hit the road and watch the landscape change before your eyes.
Where world heritage tropical rainforests meet the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland's diversity and juxtaposed landscape make it the perfect holiday hotspot.
White sandy beaches and seaside villages sweep up the coastline of the region. Cairns is a popular destination, where over 600 tours depart to the magnificent reef or scenic rainforest daily. Cairn's palm-fringed beaches boast views across the Coral Sea and stretch north to the resort town of Port Douglas.
Travelling south along the eastern coastline will bring you to the state's Sunshine and Gold Coasts, home to some of the world's best beaches, mountain landscapes and sub-tropical rainforests. The beaches stretch for miles, broken only by an occasional headland or the clear water of a river estuary.
Travellers can enjoy lazing on the pristine beaches, kayaking through canals, exploring the national parks, sampling locally-produced wines or dining at the myriad of cafes and restaurants. For those interested in a more adventurous vacation, try scuba diving with sharks, deep sea fishing, sky diving or ballooning over the Glasshouse Mountains.
Travel inland from the coasts to explore the delights of Queensland's sub-tropical and temperate rainforests.
Colourful villages, delightful markets, local galleries, local restaurants and charming craft stores make Queensland's lush rainforest regions an enchanting getaway.
Representing the single largest block of tropical rainforest in Australia, the Daintree Rainforest is located only a few hours north of Cairns. Its landscape is one of remarkable diversity, including magnificent mountain ranges, clear streams and waterfalls, deep gorges and dense rainforest.
Venturing to Queensland's South East, travellers can enjoy the breathtaking hinterland of the Gold Coast. Only an hour from Brisbane, the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park features everything from sub-tropical rainforests to the dry eucalypt forest. Tourists can enjoy a treetop walk through Queensland's ancient fauna or feed the rainbow lorikeets and king parrots.
For wide open space, the sweeping plains and rugged red deserts of Queensland's outback provide a welcome haven to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Evidence of Australia's pioneering days remain throughout the state, with historic train trips, gold mining towns and the small-town hospitality of country towns. Visit the Gulf Savannah, the Riversleigh Fossil Fields and Lawn Hill National Park for an unforgettable snapshot of outback life.
Travelling through the vast open plains of Queensland with a caravan or motorhome is easy. All major roads are sealed and well sign-posted, and most towns are no more than two hours apart.
It's a well-known adage in caravanning circles that the secret to a successful road trip is research and planning. So before hitting the road, check out all the information we have on this site on our member caravan parks and reach for your copy of the Queensland Caravan & Touring Park Accommodation Directory.
Toowoomba & Golden West
Fraser Coast & South Burnett
Central Queensland, Gladstone & Capricorn
Townsville & North Queensland
Cairns & the Tropical North