Welcome to Queensland, Australia, where 300 sunny days a year and a temperate climate year-roundare a way of life. It's really no wonder Queenslanders why are so happy! In this vast state, you'll find an amazing variety of experiences, from World Heritage-listed rainforests to barren, sandy deserts and from tranquil tropical islands to the bright city lights. The idyllic climate means you'll be able to enjoy outdoor sports and al fresco dining at any time of the year. Forge lasting memories when you witness unique Australian wildlife in their native habitats, attempt skydiving or even follow in the footsteps of early pioneers in the Outback.
Step back in time as you view Aboriginal rock art or attend a local exhibition at a regional gallery. And then there's the shopping, a favourite pastime for many. Markets, galleries and international standard boutiques and shopping centres - all combine into a basket load of shopping pleasure, so no matter whether you're looking to splurge or are bargain hunting; you'll be satisfied with the choices.
Get ready to get your heart pounding with exciting experiences in Queensland. Hours of sunshine and year-round tropical climates cultivate Queenslanders' love of sports and recreation. Play at some of Australia's best championship courses designed by golfing legends. Watch a professional Aussie Rules, cricket or rugby game or dress to impress at the horse races.
Swim year-round in temperate waters; kayak along ocean coves and spot dolphins as they swim by; jet ski around an island or take an exhilarating speedboat ride - it's easy to get used to the Queensland way of life. And don't miss Queensland's premier sailing destinations and dive sites ... they're world-renowned.
Abseil a city cliff, or mountains in the Great Dividing Range. Four wheel drive in remote areas or feel the exhilaration as you race the tides along Queensland beaches. Hop on a motorbike on a working cattle farm, or travel through the heart of Australia by camel. Queensland offers plenty of challenges.
Forget dusty museums and tired exhibits, Queensland's arts scene is prolific. With accomplished artists and internationally recognised art galleries, Queensland is quickly establishing itself as a leading destination for the arts.
This development has been years in the making, thousands, in fact. Natural rock art galleries evidence Aboriginal artists from days gone by. Or view more recent Aboriginal works at a gallery with the largest collection in Australia. Come experience the cultural heritage of Queensland. Museums and memorials mark historic events and people to ensure they will not be forgotten. Former island convict settlements now reflect the hardships that early Australians endured. While gold-rush eras are remembered in old photographs reminiscent of times when towns tripled in size and everyone had 'gold fever'.
Queensland is about fun for all ages. With theme parks galore and so many beautiful places to visit, you'll never run out of things to do. Experience the thrill of roller coasters that climb high in the sky and plummet to the ground in seconds, it's time to feel the exhilaration.
Swim with dolphins, maybe even sharks, or hand feed a koala. Appreciate fearsome crocodiles in safety from behind a fence or let an expert handler show you a snake. Wildlife parks offer interactive experiences, night tours and behind the scenes glimpses.
Queensland offers a gourmet paradise with delectable, award-winning wines, organic produce and fresh seafood. Follow a food and wine trail and you'll be sipping on a Chardonnay or rolling a Shiraz around your mouth on a grape-fuelled adventure. Wineries are often located in picturesque settings and many offer the opportunity for picnics in grassy knolls overlooking vineyard slopes.
Experience nature at its finest in Queensland. With five World Heritage listed areas and kilometres of ocean and natural landscapes, you'll be amazed. Queensland's preserved sites are recognised for their irreplaceable beauty. The 3,000 individual reefs and coral islands of the Great Barrier Reef harbour thousands of fish and marine creatures. While the World Heritage listed rainforests of the Wet Tropics and Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves encompass the north and south of the State.
Large tracks of significant dinosaur and fossil sites at Riversleigh are testament to a former inland sea that once dominated Queensland's Outback. Just as the giant sand dunes and perched lakes of Fraser Island depict natural wonders like no other place in the world.
Queensland has an abundance of native Australian wildlife. Watch the progression of protected humpback whales on their journey along the Queensland coast. Hold your breath while they play during the winter months. Access this awesome spectacle from numerous points along the coast from the Gold Coast to the Whitsundays.
Spot a platypus, or maybe another shy Australian mammal, on a guided nocturnal tour, or experience a mob of kangaroos in the outback.
A land of natural treasures, cosmopolitan pleasures and refreshing hospitality. With so much going on in Queensland, you definitely won't run out of things to see or do, you may simply just run out of time!