Only In QLD: 5 Experiences Unique To The State
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Australians are renowned for our love of travel, but while we’re often busy thinking of our next exotic overseas jaunt, we easily forget all of the gems in our own backyard.
From waterfalls to walking tracks, mountains to museums, there’s almost too much to discover across this big old island of ours – as Qantas have been kind enough to remind us with their beautiful and wanderlust-inducing new inflight safety video.
So next time you get those itchy feet, why not consider staying on home soil instead and exploring the best of what ‘Straya has to offer? We’re bringing you some excellent experiences unique to each state, whether you’re looking for a day trip from home or a giant Aussie adventure (and yes, you need to get out of your car, but trust us – it’ll be worth it).
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Slide down a natural water slide
It’s no secret that Queensland has heaps of amazing waterfalls, but has to be up there with the best. Found in the tropics near Cairns and in front of the Atherton Tablelands, the tiered waterfalls have two separate swimming pools with crystal clear water, an epic rope swing, and impressive lookout points at the top of the falls. But the biggest attraction at Josephine Falls has to be the natural waterslide which joins the two lower pools, carved out of granite over thousands of years. It’s a reminder that nature wants us to have a good time.
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4WD on Australia’s most unique island
Can’t decide between a rainforest getaway or a few days on the beach? At Fraser Island, it’s a case of ¿por que no los dos? The tropical haven off the coast of Hervey Bay is not only the world’s largest sand island, but also the only place on the planet where tall rainforests are found growing off sand dunes. The whole World Heritage-listed island is like a ‘Best Of’ album from Mother Nature; white sandy beaches, bright blue creeks and lakes, magnificent wildflower displays and populations of turtles, ant-blue butterflies and dugongs. All this adds up to make it one of Australia’s best-kept slices of paradise. Seeing the island requires a 4WD (as the roads are made of sand) but there are plenty of tour options that’ll take you there.
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Check out Australia’s highest waterfall
Scared of heights? Then don’t look down from the top of Wallaman Falls. At 268 metres tall, the cliffside drop in Girringun National Park, just 50 kilometres west of Ingham, is Australia’s tallest single-drop waterfall. With a 20 metre deep pool at the bottom and plenty of space for both camping and day-trip picnic setups, Wallaman Falls is also the gateway to the huge Wet Tropics Great Walk – a 51 kilometre trek that ain’t easy, but is a stunning was to see Queensland’s wet tropics. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a platypus or a cassowary. The best time to visit is between April and September when the steamy tropics are at their driest and humidity is more bearable. The perfect winter escape, perhaps?
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Go to theme park heaven
Embrace your inner kid and take a trip to the Goldie to see if the theme parks stack up to the visions of your youth; we almost guarantee they will. With the densest collection of theme parks in one place, the Gold Coast is a place where kidults can let loose and water slide, roller coaster, river rapid and generally squeal with delight in a completely judgement-free zone. Take your pick from Wet’N’Wild, Dreamworld, Seaworld and Movie World and go on every ride, buy every unnecessary souvenir and eat every deep-fried food. #YOLO, as they say. For a place to crash in euphoric delirium, try the boutique QT Gold Coast which offers beach views, designer accommodation and free bikes.
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Where the rainforest meets the reef
While Cairns is the most popular holiday destination in Far North Queensland, just 40 kilometres north you’ll find the beautiful town of Port Douglas, wedged between the Coral Sea and the Daintree Rainforest. You can explore the forest on hikes and safari trips, dive and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, sleep at any number of ecolodges (or even a treehouse), or just set yourself up on Four Mile Beach with a good book and copious amounts of ice-cream…and never, ever leave.
(Lead image: Madelyn Rose Photographer/Tourism & Events Queensland)