Diving in The Great Barrier Reef - QueenslandQueensland is often referred to as the 'holiday state' and this is certainly a fitting title. The population of approximately 4.51 million live in the states 1,727,000 square kilometres.

Queensland holds activities for everyone, and is the perfect holiday destination. It includes Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, many islands along the coast, a great number of beaches, rainforests and National Parks.

The many islands located along the Queensland coast offer a wide range of different attractions, activities and landscapes.

Several of the more popular islands include North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, Fraser Island, the Southern Reef Islands, Great Keppel Island, the Whitsunday Islands, Magnetic Island, Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Lizard Island and the Torres Strait Islands.

The wide range of small towns between Brisbane and Cairns offer all activities related to the sea. Whilst visiting the inland National Parks, you are also sure to come across the small isolated towns and cattle stations. You may be lucky enough to reach Birdsville, along the Birdsville Track, the most isolated of all.

The Great Dividing Range aligns the coast with mountainous views. Inland, beautiful scenery can be found in the Atherton Tableland, along with agricultural land. The most productive of all agricultural growth is found in the Darling Downs. Further north the wilderness grows deeper. It incorporates a barren outback of desert, empty roads, and small towns, which occassionally blooms when it rains. The Cape York Peninsula is also affected by rain, many of it's dry riverbeds flood in heavy rain.

Fitzroy Island - QueenslandThe hotter but wetter seasons are between November/December and April/May, while the rest of the year tends to be cooler and drier. Queensland is also crossed by the Tropic of Capricorn, through Rockhampton and Longreach.

A Little History

In 1824 Queensland began as a penal colony, with settlers following shortly after. It wasn't, however, until 1859 that Queensland became an independent colony from New South Wales. During a large part of the 19th century there was great tension between the white settlers and the Aboriginal people, resulting in fierce opposition.

The first British settlement was in Cooktown, which is also home to a large gold rush. The main industries in Queensland are agriculture and mining, taking up the substantial part of mineral wealth in Australia. More recently, the state has earned money in tourism, a growing development in Queensland.

Points of Interest

The gateway to the beautiful Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks.

Sea Life in QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef
This world famous reef makes is ideal for the inexperienced and experienced diver who wants to see a multitude of different types of coral and marine life.

Whitsunday Islands
Here it is possible to camp on the beautiful, tropical Whitsunday Islands.

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Queensland Facts

* Queensland Area: 1,734,157 square kilometres
* Queensland Capital: Brisbane

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Featured Queensland Activities and Tours

Helicopter and Jet Boat Experience
from $138.00

Package includes our 55mins Broadwater Adventure ride and a scenic 5 minute helicopter journey taking in the iconic Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, beautiful South Stradbroke Island and the...

Full Day Yacht Charter on Moreton Bay
from $1455.00

Come and spend a day on beautiful Moreton Bay with up to 7 of your friends on board one of our 40' yachts. For those who want to unwind, sit back and relax, we'll do the sailing for you! Southern Cros...

Full Day Personalised Fraser Island Tour
from $1572.00

With approximately 1500km of tracks on Fraser Island, there's plenty of wilderness to enjoy and plenty of spots waiting to be discovered. You can pre-plan your Fraser Island experience, with input fro...

1 Day Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboard Adventure Tour
from $129.00

Experience two of Moreton Island's most popular activities on this compelte snorkel and sandboarding full day tour. Feel the adrenaline rush as you hurtle down steep sand dunes at up to 50km/h or imme...

Summer Sunset Abseiling at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane
from $89.00

This is a two hour abseiling adventure in the heart of Brisbane's CBD. Abseil from the 20 metre cliffs of Kangaroo Point overlooking the spires of Brisbane city. Marvel as Brisbane City turns from day...

Winter Sunset Abseiling at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane
from $89.00

Abseiling is great!! And, Kangaroo Point, in the heart of Brisbane's CBD, provides a convenient opportunity for you to enjoy an introduction to the vertical world. You will learn the safety aspects an...

Seven Course Degustation Lunch Dining Experience
from $195.00

Set amongst 8,000 luscious acres with breathtaking views of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park and Scenic Rim, your luxurious dining experience will take place at an award winning rest...

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Full Day Cruise
from $185.00

The Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Experience offers a fantastic opportunity for guests to combine two of the most sought after destinations in the Whitsundays in one day. Departing daily from t...

2 Day Cooktown Explorer Tour
from $449.00

Over two days, you will travel through some of Australia’s most pristine landscapes of the Daintree Rainforest and Outback Savannah Country. Explore Cooktown, which is a beautiful unspoilt, small, h...

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