Must Do in Queensland Australia!

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 South Bank
Brisbane South Bank

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
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!

3.    Noosa

Australia Noosa
Australia Noosa

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

Tin Can Bay Dolphin Feeding
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

Alexander hold Fraser Island
Alexander hold 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

Town of 1770
Town of 1770

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

Koorana Saltwater Crocodile Farm
Koorana Saltwater 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 Island
Whitsundays Island

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.

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Australia Spring Break Night Shot

Time is flying by and remembering for how long I have been in Australia has become a challenge. However it must have been a while, since roommates and friends are preparing to head home. The last assignments of the semester have been done, and it has become time to study for the exams, which will be on during November.

Even though work at University has taken a lot of time for the past months, there has also been time to explore this large amazing county.

I was so privileged to be able to hit the road for 10 days with three friends of mine. Our goal was the Whitsundays. A group of paradise islands located approximately 1000 km north of the Sunshine Coast, however the trip ended up being so much more than paradise.

 Hervey Bay, Australia
Hervey Bay, Australia

Paradise might be wonderful however sometimes paradise can be just around the corner. On our way up the coast we stopped in Hervey Bay where we fooled around on the beach, got to do night shots and walked a freaking long bridge before we headed further up the coast for Agnes Waters, Town of 1770, where explorer James Cook first time sat foot on Australian soil. On the way to Agnes Water we experienced the production of Bundaberg Rum and enjoyed body-boarding at some nice coast town on the road. Overall a wonderful spontaneous day!

Surfing Australia
Surfing Australia

Agnes Waters were the place I had my first experience on a surfboard and I loved it. We spend 4 hours in the water and I managed to stand a few times. Gladly I have over half a year to learn it. I must take the chance to put in a warm recommendation for our Hostle in Agnes Waters by the name: `Cool Bananas´. My friends and I had an absolutely great stay. Considering it being a Hostle, I have never felt more welcome as I did at Cool Bananas.

Capicorn Cave
Capicorn Cave

From Agnes Waters we headed to Airlie Beach where we would board our cruise of the Whitsundays. However, we managed to fit our lunch break to be by the Capricorn Caves where we experienced an underground church located in the cave system. Quite impressive and a nice experience.  Australia is a great country for road trips and the entire experience of hitting the road and stopping wherever there is something interesting to see is what makes it so great.

White Heaven Beach
White Heaven Beach

From Airlie Beach we sailed the Whitsundays for 3 days and we experience White Heaven Beach, some of the finest sand in the world, we went snorkelling by the corral reef and saw hundreds of fish in all colours, forms and shapes. Not to forget the rich experience of whales and dolphins in the waters. It was an absolutely amazing experience and the entire experience of the Whitsunday islands are just magnificent.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Hitting the road and drive the same way back could have been a long boring drive, however when you spend time with interesting people you are never bored.

On our way back we slept at the beach a nice place called Carmilla Beach, where we did a bonfire, slept under the stares, and watched the sunrise of the bay. It was a new experience to me, but I must say, besides literally smelling like smoked salmon, it was a very good experience. We headed to Emu Park where we got our-self a lovely shower and a good dinner. There is highly nothing to see in Emu Park, however the road there was a sight in itself.

Crocodile Farm
Crocodile Farm

Our last and final adventure of the trip was a visit to a crocodile farm. Crocodiles must be categorised as scary animal and seeing them up close in full size was a thrilling experience. We got to hold small crocodiles and I learned a thing that I for sure never would have figured out on my own. The biggest is not the most dangerous, because there is no one threatening it. The smaller ones though have a lot of attitude and are always in for a good fight.

Overall the road trip was an amazing experience and what started out being all about reaching paradise, ended up being about so much more. One thing is clear, it is not the things you see and do, it is about the people you do it with. I were so lucky to be with a group a people that ended up complementing each other very well, with a little craziness, a little seriousness and in general a great harmony.