Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is also a duty-free shopping haven with good links to Cape Tribulation & the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands and the township of Kuranda where you can ride the skyrail over the beautiful rainforest and learn to throw a boomerang at the Aboriginal Centre of Tjapukai. The city has accommodation to suit every pocket and great transport links to all major sites in Australia.
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The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's biggest icons and labeled one of the natural wonders of modern earth. It is also the most famous region in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. Many different day trips are available to the reef, all offering something different. For a unique experience why not sleep on the reef for a night!
Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State. Along with being a haven for shoppers, Brisbane is home to Southbank Lagoon – a man-made lagoon for swimming in or relaxing by and one of the main focal points of the city. The city is just a short trip from many of the state’s main tourist sites including Moreton Island where you can swim with dolphins and Australia Zoo – home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and many of his furry friends!
The beautiful Whitsunday Islands, located within the Great Barrier Reef National Park are a must-see destination! Ideal for a day’s sailing trip or extend your stay to incorporate a few nights on one of the magnificent islands in the area, such as Hayman, Hamilton and Daydream Island. Many day tours take in the stunning scenery of the islands and whether you’re traveling as a couple, a family or by yourself the Whitsunday Islands are a great day out and one you will never forget!
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The Tangalooma Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island is perfect for family fun. This resort is ideal as a day trip or even for a few days stay, relax on the beach, explore the island, interact with the native wildlife and watch the daily feeding of the wild dolphins.
Mount Isa is the perfect base from which to explore the western edge of Queensland. This region is the ideal place to stopover on overland journeys from the east coast to the Red Centre or Darwin to relax and enjoy a different side to Australia - a side that most tourists overlook. Mount Isa is home to attractions such as the Outback Park and the Royal Flying Doctors Service Base.
The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are two beach destinations ideal for relaxing after a long flight or before your trip around Oz begins. The Gold Coast is a lively base to stay with attractions such as the Wet N Wild World and the Dreamworld, Movieworld and Seaworld theme parks, whereas the Sunshine Coast has a more relaxed and peaceful feel to it and is home to beautiful towns such as Noosa and Mooloolaba. Both regions are ideal for families as well as couples of all ages.