About Queensland (QLD)
Widely known as Australia's "Sunshine State", Queensland averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. Warm summers and mild winters are what this sub-tropical destination is best known for.
There are five World Heritage listed areas and kilometers of ocean and natural landscapes, throughout Queensland. Queensland's preserved sites are recognised for their irreplaceable beauty; the 3,000 individual reefs and coral islands of the Great Barrier Reef harbour thousands of fish and marine creatures, while the World Heritage listed rainforests of the Wet Tropics and Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves are home to an abundance of native Australian wildlife.
Large tracks of significant dinosaur and fossil sites at Riversleigh are testament of a former inland sea that once dominated Queensland's Outback. The giant sand dunes and perched lakes of Fraser Island depict natural wonders like no other place in the world.
Watch the progression of protected humpback whales on their journey along the Queensland coast. Hold your breath while they play in the water during the winter months. Access this awesome spectacle from numerous points along the coast from the Gold Coast to the Whitsundays.
Queensland beaches also provide excellent environments for loggerhead, flatback, green and leatherback turtles. At the beginning of summer, visit Mon Repos and quietly watch up to 20 turtles slowly progress up the beach to lay eggs. A few months later, see the hatchlings make a perilous journey to the Pacific's edge.