I have been traveling a bit in what I am calling my second home. That is what has inspired me to do this little overview of a few Must-Dos in Queensland, Australia.
If you fly into Brisbane get out of the city as quickly as possible. This is the first on the list.
1. Brisbane Southbank
Brisbane is a beautiful city, but not a place you want to waste your precious time. Spend Maximum one day in Brisbane and then head up the coast where real Queensland is coming to life.
When you are in Brisbane, take a walk on Queens Street, direction west, towards Victoria Bridge. When you cross the bridge experience Brisbane Art Gallery. The Building in itself is an Architectural masterpiece. What is my Must-see, is the Brisbane Southbank man-made lagoon and beach. For Europeans this is quite a unique sight. After enjoying Southbank and possibly a great lunch at one of the nice cafés, with the view of the skyline reflecting in the river, take the Goodwill Bridge to the Botanic gardens, and you are once again back down-town. Should you have an extra day in Brizzy, why not visit Brisbane’s official site and find out what is going on right now.
2. Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo is the first stop you want to make when you get out of the City.
Take the opportunity to feed kangaroos and get to hold a koala, or just let you wonder in this massive beautiful park filled with creatures from all over the world. Don’t miss the Croc show, where all the parks most spectacular animals are showcased. The Crocodiles are not that impressive, but the rest is. Australia Zoo for sure a Must-Do when in Queensland!
Don’t miss out of Noosa, which is the posh part of the Sunshine Coast. Noosa got beautiful beaches, beautiful houses, beautiful women, yes Noosa got it all. Spend half a day here and take a walk in the national park, discover heisting’s street, or just beach it. The Noosa Surf Club is the place you want to experience a great Australian Lunch in a relaxed environment with great Australian self-service, and the greatest view in town. Get a seat outside!
4. Tin Can Bay – Dolphin feeding
Have you ever been hand feeding a dolphin?
I Australia there is a lot of opportunities to do so, but probably one of the cheapest is Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre. You have to get up early if you are not staying in town. However there is absolutely no reason for staying in Tin Can Bay overnight. Probably the most boring town in the area. However a beautiful morning drive from Noosa and up will take you two hours and will be one of the most beautiful drives you have done. Be there around 7 to 8 and the dolphins will be in for a morning snack.
5. Fraser Island
Fraser Island is one of the more expensive, but for sure one of the most beautiful. Experience the world’s largest sand island on a 2 or 3 day trip. The longer the better! I have previously described Fraser as paradise on earth, and I must say I still stand with that. A great natural stop after Tin Can Bay. Remember to ask to go see Indian Head, and you feel like you are a part of a Pirate of the Caribbean movie.
6. Town of 1770 or Agnes Water – The world´s cheapest Surf School
Agnes Waters, or better known for the town of 1770, where Captain Cook for the first time sat foot on the Australian Continent, are where you will find what is known as the world’s cheapest surf-school. For only 17 Australian Dollar can you enjoy a great 3-4 hours of surfing in the Pacific Ocean. You have not really been in Australia if you haven’t been surfing!
7. Koorana Crocodile Farm
After been surfing an enjoying Town of 1770, make your way up to Rockhampton and drive off towards Emu Park. Here you will find Koorana Crocodile Farm, which for sure will make even the toughest machos fear the ancient creatures of nature. At Koorana you can put your teeth’s to a real life Croc Stake or you can just join the guided feeding tour of the crocs, where you will see why you should keep clear of the rivers of Rockhampton and north. You won’t be disappointed at Koorana and are keen; you can even get a chance to hold a real life crocodile.
8. Whitsundays Sailing
Whitsundays Islands might be the reason why you are heading north and this is as far as I have made it so far. However this does not make the place any less attractive. What everybody does at the Whitsundays Islands is to go sailing, and you should do the same. Why not experience whales, dolphins and the best of Mother Nature from a great yacht cruising these beautiful waters. Do yourself a favour and book a tour on a real sports sailing ship as the old Volvo Ocean Race boats or similar, for the thrill of real life sailing. Whitsundays is also the place for snorkelling with a million fish and if you are lucky you might see a turtle.
That was seven of the best Must-Dos/Sees of Queensland, but maybe you can help me finish the list? If I missed anything, please feel welcome to share and I might get inspired to some new places to discover.