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

Noosa Everglades Cruise N Canoe Day Tour
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Noosa Everglades Cruise N Canoe Day Tour offers a wilderness canoeing experience, morning tea and an advanced Eco-Certified Cruise, followed by a delicious roast Lunch. Visit the magnificent Noosa Eve...

Fraser Island Whale Watching Cruise
from $120.00

On this great morning out, you'll see southern humpbacks rest and play in the warm, calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait. A whale watching trip aboard Quick Cat II is likely to be a family affair. ...

Tandem Skydiving at Toogoolawah
from $299.00

Tandem Skydiving is not easy to describe and even harder to forget! It is a positively thrilling experience that is awesome fun, it presents spectacular sights and exhilarating sensations. When it...

30 Minute Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Gold Coast
from $250.00

Join us for a memorable one hour balloon flight over the beautiful Gold Coast and surrounding Hinterland. Clean air and stunning views from Brisbane to Byron make this one of the premier ballooning ar...

Day at Australia Zoo
from $189.00

Australia Zoo is home of the Crocodile Hunter! Australia Zoo will deliver an animal experience like no other. Cuddle a koala, hand-feed Asian Elephants, walk with a Sumatran Tiger and watch a crocodil...

Glasshouse Mountains Abseiling Adventure
from $149.00

Our qualified guide will train you in basic abseiling procedures and have you abseiling down the 20m and 40m sheer cliffs of Mt Ngungun in no time. This adventure and the surrounding scenery will take...

Traditional Solo Parachute Training Course
from $355.00

Our Static Line Training Parachute Training Course is the original method of learning to skydive. As it is a cheaper method to learn to jump it is ideal for younger people, students, people on a b...

Green Island on the Reef
from $149.00

Green Island is an idyllic coral cay in paradise. Snorkel off the beach over stunning coral reefs, ablaze with underwater colours and teeming with myriads of coloured exotic reef fish. This is a perfe...

Kuranda and Reef Two Day Helicopter Tour
from $516.00

Spend two days in beautiful Cairns. On day one enjoy a scenic, historical train journey, through the Barron Gorge and past cascading waterfalls to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. On day two cr...

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