It’s been several months since my 3 month journey around Australia by completely overland means, but I still havn’t even finished writing about half of it! I experienced so much, and in so little time.
People often ask me, what was my favourite part of the trip? It’s really difficult to answer that question. Australia is a pretty big country, and each state/ territory has it’s own unique identity and culture. So when asked that question, I usually break down my highlights by state.
Top 5 Queensland
I ended up in Queensland by accident. I originally came here for a job, which fell through in the end. But I ended up staying and it is now my home. However, despite living here, I didn’t visit much of this large state until my Great Australian Overland Adventure. Queensland is a very accessible state to visit as well, with low cost airlines linking most destinations as well as a great Greyhound bus route network. I used my hop on, hop off mini traveller passes to get around the state.
Queensland is one of the states which sees the most tourists. Home of the Great Barrier Reef, it is a tourist hot spot for good reason. But what else does Queensland have to offer….? Read on to find out.
This is one of my favourite escapes. Despite being easily accessible from Brisbane, it is still an “undiscovered gem” or sorts. The island is never too crowded, and you feel like you are miles away from civilization, despite being on the closest island to Brisbane.
You can reach Stradbrooke Island by public transport in a combination of train, ferry, and bus, which is another reason it tops my list as a must visit location. There is a variety of accommodation available on the island, including camping for those on a budget.
The thing to do in Stradbrooke island is to get in the water. Swimming and snorkelling are popular here – just remember your sunscreen!
Read more about my time on Stradbrooke Island.
Magnetic Island is another one of my island favourites. Magnetic island, like Stradbrooke is also very easy to get to by public transport. In fact, the Greyhound bus terminal is right outside the ferry terminal! To get to Magnetic Island, catch the ferry from Townsville. This is a much bigger island than Stradbrooke and has several local communities, and many accommodation options.
Popular island activities include swimming, snorkelling, and hiking. In fact, Magnetic Island has some of the best snorkelling, with segments of the Great Barrier Reef accessible from the beach.
Another draw to Magnetic Island is the local population of rock wallabies, although I didn’t catch sight of any during my stay.
Read more about my adventures on Magnetic Island.
Noosa is a popular destination on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It is the one of the closest Sunshine Coast resort towns from Brisbane, and can easily be reached by car or bus.
My favourite part of Noosa, other than it’s laid back atmosphere, was the nearby national park. A short 2 hour hike will take you through majestic forest, past beaches and cliff sides, and even offers a chance to spot wild koalas. For travellers not venturing far from Brisbane, Noosa offers a great 1 – 2 day distraction.
Read more about Noosa here.
Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef
The Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef hardly need any mention here. These places are so high up on most travellers bucket lists already. But despite that, I’m still going to give them a shout out.
If you travel all the way from Europe or the America’s, it would be an absolute sin to miss out on the Great Barrier Reef. The most popular places to access the Great Barrier Reef are from either Cairns or the Whitsunday Islands. Since the Whitsunday Islands are so popular and beautiful in their own right, why not kill two birds with one stone and visit the Great Barrier Reef at the same time?
There are a variety of Whitsunday boat tours available, ranging from 1 day, to multi day adventures. Tours can be tailored to suit your needs as well. Some tours also offer only snorkelling, while others are more suitable to those who are PADI certified and want to do more scuba diving. There are a world of options available.
I spend a day on the water in the Whitsunday Islands, you can read more about my adventures here.
The Daintree rainforest was the one thing in Queensland that I really want to visit, but didn’t get a chance to on my last trip. Well no, that is not entirely true. I was banned from visiting the Daintree Rainforest until my husband Dan could join me for the trip!
The Daintree rainforest is some of the oldest rainforest in the world. It is located north of Cairns and is one of the best places to go to spot a Cassowary in the wild. It is also a great place to visit local tropical fruit growers, hike in a pristine environment, and even see Cane Toad races in a local pub. What’s not to love?
I did manage to visit some of the outer limits of the Daintree rainforest when I visited the small community of Kurunda just outside of Cairns. Kurunda is also famous for being the place where I found out I was pregnant… but that’s another story!
Read more about my time in Kurunda here, and hopefully articles about my Daintree adventures will be in the works soon!
Where do you most want to visit in Queensland Australia?
I worked my way up the Queensland coast, and also my way inland with my Greyhound mini traveller passes. I used the passes for hop on, hop off travel all throughout the state. Read my review of Greyhound mini traveller passes here. Although Greyhound sponsored my mini traveller passes, all opinions remain my own.