Australia is a dream destination for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. With nearly all year round sun, UNESCO World Heritage Sights, and exotic wildlife to check out, sometimes it’s tough to plan a trip to a country you’ve never visited. We’ve compiled a list of our absolute must see places in Queensland, Australia. Most countries would kill to have any one of these things. including exotic beach, coastlines, desert islands, rain forests and so much more.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, and is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It can be up to 65 kilometres wide, while being over 3,000 kilometres wide overall. To put that into perspective, that is the same distance between Ireland and Canada!
The Great Barrier Reef was likely formed about half a billion years ago. It has changed shape and formation numerous times, with the current form being around 8,000 years old. These changes are due to environmental effects, like the Last Glacial Maximum, which occurred over 26,000 years ago.
The reef is home to around 2000 different species of animals: birds, fish, dolphins, rays and reptiles. You can find up to 400 coral types here too. No other place on this planet has such a vast amount of wildlife contained within an area naturally formed by living organisms.
Those who visit the Great Barrier Reef can expect to see a vast amount of these beautiful creatures, alongside the glorious views that are unlike anywhere else. Swimming and snorkelling are available, of course, but if you want to get up close and personal with some of the tropical species, you may even wish to go scuba diving. Crews are out daily to help tourists see as much as possible while spending a day at the reef, so what are you waiting for? Click HERE to check out our reef trips.
2. Cape Tribulation
You can find this spot in gorgeous Daintree National Park. James Cook named it Cape Tribulation when he endured some troubles with his ship there. Nowadays, tourists travel from far and wide to witness the beauty for themselves, thanks to a vast number of hostels, bed and breakfasts, lodges and other places available to book for your stay.
There is no shortage of activity here either. Embark on a scenic drive through a rainforest believed to be 130 million years old, learn about the intricacies of the rainforest, participate in traditional smoking ceremonies with the owners of the land, take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water, take exotic fruit tasting tours or electric mountain biking tours… The list goes on and on, but one thing is for sure – you won’t want to leave Cape Tribulation!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, take yourself on the Wildlife River Cruise, where you can search for crocodiles and other exotic wildlife. Cape Tribulation has it all, and should find a place on everybody’s bucket list.
3. Whitsunday Islands
These wonderful islands are located about 600 miles north of Brisbane, within the Great Barrier Reef. Known to be the one-stop destination for relaxation and adventure, the Whitsunday Islands offers a large quantity of tourist accommodation. Top quality restaurants and spas are located around the islands too.
You can swim amongst the incredible sea life that surround the secluded beaches before relaxing and enjoying a refreshing cocktail. All the activities you would expect at a location like this are available, including jet skiing and snorkelling, but what sets the Whitsunday Islands apart is seeing it from a whole new perspective. Like from the comfort of a helicopter, enjoying the sea breeze from the deck of a sailing boat.
Perhaps you can sail on the Boomerang, an 83 ft Maxi Racing Yacht built in 1988 to sail around the world, winning various races throughout its time. Guests are offered a hands-on experience which allows you to choose whether you wish to take part in the sailing.
Each passenger is provided with adequate material to create a comfy spot for you to chill, including a blanket, a towel, a pillow, and food. Snorkelling equipment is also provided, along with an experienced crew who will instruct you in using it to its fullest potential and making sure you get the most out of your underwater adventures!
4. Fraser Island
The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is our final destination of choice. Located just south of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s another extremely popular tourist destination. Looking at the scenery, it’s not difficult to see why.
Fraser Island has a variety of wildlife. There is ample space available for beginner and expert anglers. The coastline boasts a vast amount of sea life including whiting, dart, tailor, and jewfish.
If fishing isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Another extremely popular activity on the islands is the 4X4 tour. You have the choice between driving the jeeps or having someone do the work for you.
There is no shortage of beautiful locations to see while in Australia. You get stunning views, clear water, wonderful activities and incredible exotic wildlife – combinations that are tough to find elsewhere.
Whether you’re looking to relax, explore, get active or learn a new skill, these locations definitely have something for everybody. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip with Just FN Travel today, we are on LiveChat in the bottom right corner ;).