Things to do in Queensland: The Sunshine State
Queensland is known as the Sunshine State and is the second-largest state in Australia. There is so much to do in Queensland and we really enjoyed all the incredible waterfalls, white beaches, and the general surf vibe. The biggest hits being the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
In this guide, we have listed our favorite 9 things to do in Queensland including things we will do our next time around, for you to use when you plan your next trip to Queensland.
1. Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest is definitely a place you can’t miss. It’s the world’s oldest tropical rainforest located in the northeast coast of Queensland. Daintree offers green lush rainforest, flowing streams, waterfalls, huge mountain ranges and beautiful beaches. There’s a rich array of flora and fauna with the most stunning scenery you can ever imagine.
Spend time exploring Mossman Gorge and look at a very special place Cape Tribulation, where two world heritage sites meets – Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
TIPS: Do the exotic fruit tasting at Cape Tribulation. We can promise that you will try at least 8 fruits that you have never seen or heard of before. Cost: 30 AUD per person, including a orchard tour
Ferry fee/entry fee: 30 AUD return per vehicle
Camping fee: $6.65 per person per night
2. Great Barrier Reef/Whitsundays
You can’t go to Australia not visiting the iconic Great Barrier Reef. You just can’t. I’ts a breathtaking environment and the world’s largest coral reef. There are many things you can do to explore this beautiful place. However, we took a 2 nights sailing tour around the Whitsundays where you will go snorkeling at the “inner reef”. With this tour, we also got to see Whitehaven Beach, a 7 km long silica sand beach, that has been noted as one of the best beaches in the world. The tour company we went with was Sailing Whitsundays, with their boat “on ice” and we couldn’t have a better experience than what we had. Thumbs up for the crew!
3. Fitzroy Island
Fitzroy Island is located outside cairns with only 45 minutes on the ferry, if you are driving down the east coast it is a perfect opportunity to a whole day on a paradise island. If you are as lucky as us, you may see whales on your way over there too! The island is surrounded by marine waters and the Great Barrier Reef. The island is also home to the number one spot in Australia’s top 101 beaches awards in 2018, and you will see why. Bring your snorkel mask and your sunscreen, and be ready for a relaxing day filled with adventures. Don’t forget to treat yourself with a cold Sangria at Foxy’s Bar.
Ferry: 82 AUD return
4. Windin Falls
Every dreamt if swimming on top of a waterfall? This is your chance. Windin falls is located in Wooroonooran National Park (try to pronounce that). It’s not your typical tourist destination because of its non-existing car park or signs, more of the opposite with nearby signs reading “no trespassing”. You will need to park your car at the end of a dirt track, climbing over a fence, walk for about 1 hour and try to find the orange ribbon on a tree, that’s when you make a turn down a slope until you see a stream and Windin falls. Sounds complicated? It’s worth it with the extraordinary view of the little pool right above the waterfall. Remember – Always be careful.
5. Millaa Millaa Falls
You have probably heard of Millaa Millaa Falls in the Atherton Tablelands which is one of the most popular falls around the area. If you want to be here alone, make sure the be here early. It’s a pretty waterfall surrounded by greenery and flowers which makes it very photo-friendly. It’s a short walk from the car park and you are allowed to swim.
6. Nandroya Falls
This spectacular waterfall is located in Wooroonooran National Park. The hike begins at Henrietta Creek picnic area on the Palmerston highway. It’s a well worn 6 km loop track through the lush rainforest. You will not only see one waterfall but three. Take a swim in the waterfall, but beware because it is really, really cold. Camping facilities located at Henrietta Creek.
7. Cardwell Spa Pool
Bluest swimming hole in Queensland and a geological wonder. The blue colour comes from the chemistry of the rocks and water which makes this swimming hole the bluest of them all. You will find this spot 2,5 hours south of Cairns located in Girringun National Park. Bring your lunch, there’s nothing nearby and enjoy this little oasis.
8. Wallaman Falls
Ready to be awed? This jaw-dropping waterfall is the highest single-drop waterfall, nearly 300m, in Australia. You can either see it from the lookout close to the car park or hike your way down at the Djyinda Walk to the waterfall. The walk down is 3.2 km return with a pretty steep way down. Allow a least 2 hours to complete the walk and admire the waterfall.
Noosa is a coastal town on the sunshine coast of Queensland. It’s a touristic town which surf vibes. Catch the surfs, go hunting for the elusive Fairy pools, shop at the farmers market, or walk out to Dolphin Point to spot some dolphins. Noosa seems like an amazing place to live and we were a bit jealous of its inhabitants as we were continuing our journey.
They say that you cannot see all of Australia in one trip and this is certainly true of Queensland. If (when) we have a chance to go back, these are the places we would also visit.
- Fraser Island – The world’s largest sand island. Drive on the 75 Mile Beach, Fraser’s National Highway. Visit Maheno shipwreck, swim in the champagne pools, and watch the sunset from the beach.
- Cape York – As north as you can get in Queensland that requires a 4WD. We are sure it’s going to be an unforgettable adventure in the wilderness.
- Lawn Hill – Located in Boodjamulla National Park, one of Queensland’s most scenic National Parks.
- Magnetic island – Secluded beaches, rugged nature and koalas, do I need to say more?
- Tangalooma Wrecks – Tangalooma wrecks is a cluster of ships and a famous snorkel spot.