Do you know about the world’s largest coral reef system? Surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters and white sand stretches? The one which houses thousands of marine species? Yes, it is the Great Barrier Reef, a distinguishing mark of the sunny Queensland state in Australia. Located on the north-eastern side of the continent, this state has a wonderfully expansive coastline which spreads up to 7000 km. On top of that, it is considered as one of the most alluring destinations and a totally worth-seeing spot for tourists worldwide.
If you’ve chosen Queensland for your annual holiday tour, yet are not sure about the sites you should visit and activities you should enjoy, then consult the following activity guide.
Scuba Dive around the Whitsunday Islands
Let me hear you say it. I’ve worked hard all year, broken my back doing countless overtimes, and peeled my eyes staring at a screen for hours on end. I deserve a break. And not just any break, a stress-relieving and spiritually-soothing getaway to the dreamlike tropical paradise, known in other words as the Whitsunday Islands.
A touch of turquoise blue, a touch of silica white and a touch of the greenest green ever. All you need to do is book your spot in a five-star resort on any one of the 74 islands, and you’re good to go. For more information about travel-related connectivity options, go here. Once you’re booked and settled, head over to the nearest facility for scuba diving in the warm waters, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, or sitting on the peaceful white sandy beach to soak in the sun.
Amuse Yourself at the Gold Coast
There is a sandy beach in Queensland which turns into gold as soon as the sun hits it. That is why it is termed as the ‘Gold Coast’. You can take long romantic walks along the beach, rest amidst the palm fronds and watch the blue waves in the distance.
If you travel around fifty kilometers off the coast, you’ll come across the biggest amusement parks as far as the eye can see. Have a fun day out with your loved ones by visiting the Hollywood Warner Bros. themed Movie World. Splash around in the cool water slides of the Wet n’ Wild. And ride the thrill-filled roller-coasters of the Dreamworld. The amusement parks are open all week from Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The city of Gold Coast offers multiple opportunities to active travelers. This includes camping in the Springbrook National Park as well. Book your spot at this destination and enjoy the complimentary fish and chips.
Watch Whales in the Hervey Bay
Have you ever seen a live whale splashing about in a water body? Only in movies, I’d say. Well, Queensland’s Hervey Bay is a famous whale-watching site which should definitely be on your list. Visit this spot around the wintertime, ideally from July to November, and behold the large and majestic humpback whales in their free and lively disposition. This calm place on Australia’s east coast is chosen by the school of whales to rest, breed and teach their younger ones how to swim. You can observe them closely and feel the massive awe rising in your heart.
Cheer at the Rugby matches in Lang Park
Sports are an elemental part of every nation’s culture. Why? Because it brings them together onto one platform and induces a communal feeling in their hearts. Queenslanders are famous for their ardent rugby enthusiasm. You can experience this sporty thrill firsthand by visiting the popular Lang Park, known locally and fondly as ‘The Cauldron’ because it’s a hot spot of activity all year round. Whether it’s the winter Brisbane Broncos NRL game or a bloody match between the State of Origin and their arch-nemesis New South Wales, you’ll find the local enthusiasm at its highest. Do catch one such match and go wild with the crowd.
Catch the Live Crocodile Show at Queensland’s Australia Zoo
You must remember the blonde-haired, animal TV show host with an Australian flair? The ‘Crocodile Hunter’ who reformed our childhoods by making us fond of natural documentaries? Yes, I’m talking about Steve Irwin, who died a tragic death in 2006. Do you know there’s an entire zoo made as a tribute to him?
Well, Australia Zoo is one such place, absolutely worth seeing. It’s spread over 40 hectares and houses around one thousand animal species of different shapes and sizes. But the most famous of all are the crocodile enclaves, naturally. You can take a guided tour of the place, do a picnic with your family and watch the live feeding show. Feel the thrill once again.
So, now that you know what activities to plan around, I’m sure your trip to Queensland will be nothing short of magical.