The holidays have come to a grinding halt and it’s back to work for you. Ouch. Chances are you’re already dreaming of your next adventure. A getaway with secluded beaches, lush rainforests, heart-racing adventure and mouth-watering eats…sounds ideal, right?
To give you a decent dose of travelspiration, we’ve teamed up with Air New Zealand to bring you eight Queensland experiences to add to your 2018 bucket list. The best bit? The Kiwi airline flies non-stop to your soon-to-be-favourite Queensland regions including Brisbane and Gold Coast as well as seasonal services to Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
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Snorkel The World’s Greatest Reef (Literally)
Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland
Queensland, you beauty you! Of course, no visit would be complete without discovering the breathtaking underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. The World Heritage-listed ecosystem is home to thousands of coral reefs and colourful marine life as far as the eye can see. Be sure to visit the exquisite Vlasoff Cay—a sand island in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The blissful spot is nothing but pure white sand and azure blue waters.
Have The Ultimate Sandy Road Trip
Great Beach Drive, Sunshine Coast
When you hear the words “beach road trip” you probably think of driving TO the beach—not driving ON the beach. However, the Great Beach Drive is not your average road trip. Connecting the Sunshine Coast with Fraser Island, you’ll get to drive on some of the world’s most stunning beaches and through picturesque national parks. Pack your togs because World Heritage-listed Fraser Island has more than 100 freshwater lakes to dive in to.
Explore Ship Wrecks (And Feed Wild Dolphins!)
Tangalooma Resort, Brisbane
Just a 70-minute cruise from Brisbane, you’ll stumble upon Tangalooma Resort (aka an island jam-packed with adventure). To the north, there are 15 deliberately scuttled vessels that form a man-made ecosystem for local marine life. Bring your mask and fins because you can get up close and personal with turtles and wobbegong carpet sharks. As the day turns to night, a pod of dolphins swim to the beach in front of the resort where guests can hand-feed them. Dream come true, amiright?!
Go On A Tree Top Walk In A Rainforest
Lamington National Park, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is so much more than theme parks and beaches, y’know? Head inland to discover the magical Lamington National Park. The subtropical rainforest is brimming with beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking tracks. Walk through a canopy of vine-covered trees on the O’Reilley’s tree top walk. The not-to-be-missed experience is made up of nine suspension bridges hanging 15 metres above the ground—yikes!
... And Explore A Rainforest Castle
Paronella Park, Tropical North Queensland
Get your Instagram at the ready. A rainforest castle exists and you’ll find it in Tropical North Queensland’s Paronella Park. Created by José Paronella in 1935 as a gift for his wife (umm, couple goals), the park is a wonderland of forest paths, bridges, waterfalls and ruins. The moss-covered castle is like something out of a Disney movie!
Kayak Through The Wilderness
Noosa Everglades, Sunshine Coast
Queensland’s best-kept secret is officially out. Discover the untouched Noosa Everglades—a network of expansive lakes and narrow rivers. You’ll hear nothing but the birds as you glide through calm waters by canoe or kayak. For the ultimate adventure, opt for an overnight tour and camp by the lakeside. This is serenity at its finest.
Devour Street Food Like No Other
Eat Street Northshore, Brisbane
Picture this: 180 vibrant shipping containers whipping up some of the world’s finest street food. Think moreish dumplings, slurplicious curries and oh-so cheesy pizza slices. Is that your tummy we hear rumbling? Eat Street Northshore is a collection of food, drink and entertainment establishments housed in brightly coloured shipping containers overlooking Brisbane’s city skyline. Add it to your bucket list and be sure to arrive hungry!
Surf Two-Kilometre Long Waves
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast
Queensland’s Gold Coast boasts 57 kilometres of breath-taking coastline that is home to some of the world’s best surf breaks. If you’re a surfer, put Snapper Rocks at the number one spot on your travel bucket list. As part of the Superbank surf break, the right-hand break has a potential of producing rides of up to two kilometres long. Yep, this is what surfing dreams are made of.
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