With 7400 kms of coastline washed by the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, the biggest and most protected coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef trailing some 2000km off shore and idyllic islands close by, a Queensland flight and accommodation package from Discover Australia is perfect for water babes. The iconic Aussie heroes, the Australian Surf Life Savers patrol beaches in Queensland from Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise, sitting below Brisbane on the southern tip of Queensland and upwards along the coast; with famous red and yellow flags set out for swimmers to play safely between the flags along the beaches of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast where Noosa is reputed to have the best point breaks in the state of Queensland.
The Gold Coast is fun capital of the sunshine state and the ideal destination for a Queensland flight package deal with kids of all ages flocking to ride the theme parks to meet favourite cartoon characters and legends of the silver screen at Warner Bros Movie World theme park, enjoy the many ways to get wet at Wet’n’Wild theme park or White Water World or to visit legendary sea creatures at Sea Word theme park or the felines at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast Pacific Highway of south Queensland. Even the Australian Outback comes to the coast at the Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast.
Between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, the capital city Brisbane has a vibrant night life, with a lagoon and riverside venues lining the Brisbane South Bank and a casino for that punt. River ferries bustle along the Brisbane River, taking visitors on a Queensland flight and accommodation package deal to the Brisbane Zoo or the Convention Centre.
Off Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world where the semi tropical rainforest comes down to the beach and freshwater lakes are great for the weary traveller on a flight package to Queensland to take a dip after spotting migrating whales in season or turtles nesting on the remote sands.
A Queensland flight and hotel package deal might even pay for itself for the visitor to the Qld gemfields on the Capricorn Hinterland where real townships have names like Emerald, Sapphire and Rubyvale. The fossicker who uses the savings made on the flight package could buy a licence and hire some equipment and perhaps even find a blue gem to beat the fabulous ‘Black Star of Queensland’ that weighed in at a massive 1165 carats back in 1930! Or anyone lucky enough to be in the gemfields area after heavy rains, could try ‘specking’ for valuable stones, just looking for the gems lying uncovered on the surface of the ground after the deluge; then celebrate by heading out to snorkel or dive off the southern islands of the Great Barrier Reef to make the most of the Queensland flight and hotel package deal.
Sitting prettily at tropical southern latitude of 20 degrees, Proserpine is the perfect destination for a Queensland flight plus hotel package to the Whitsundays to explore the hinterland; with laid back Airlie Beach town the jumping off point for Qld cruises and ferry transfers to the tropical paradise Whitsundays Islands. Sea planes ferry passengers out to the fabled Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast with spectacular views of Heart Island, a genuine heart shaped reef formed naturally in the azure ocean, and underwater viewing on a private boat parked in the middle of the ocean. Discover Australia’s Queensland flight and accommodation packages can land Hamilton Island breakmaker directly to the island airport with a welcoming shuttle to spectacular Hamilton Island accommodation or regular ferries and private launches can transfer people to other tropical Whitsundays Island accommodation of their choice.
Magnetic Island, off Townsville, welcomes visitors to tropical beaches and Indigenous lore on an island with easy roads for the self driver who will find tropical rainforests, magnificent views, good food and snappy boutiques; with Townsville airport close to town and frequent ferries across the short waterway, an island break is easy with a Queensland flight and accommodation package to Townsville. Arriving at oceanside/garden accommodation in Townsville late in the evening, then opening the window blinds early in the morning to a splendid vision of clear blue Queensland skies meeting azure Qld ocean, with only Magnetic Island breaking the horizon in the distance, you can be forgiven for thinking you have died and gone to heaven!
Time spent in Townsville can be as exciting or as laid back as the visitor chooses with one of the best people friendly Esplanades in the world to suit people of all ages, a major casino, amazing museums and lookout points across the waters, Townsville is one of Queensland’s hidden gems. An important military base in the battle of the Coral Sea in the second world war, still home to the Australian military and now a ‘must do’ for visitors on a flight package to Queensland, Townsville is also the place to see gigantic crocodiles, perhaps even get in a cage with one – in the centre of town!
Travelling through coastal Qld between Townsville and Cairns on a flight package deal, be sure to carry camera batteries enough to take a myriad of pics; expect great service from friendly locals in all the towns; see fabulous scenery, exotic flora and fauna and in the Paluma Range National Park, see cascading waterfalls. Even the laziest traveller on a Queensland flight package can walk from accommodation at Mission Beach directly onto the actual Mission Beach, with only gardens and palm trees between the sands and the hotel! A place of early attempts to ‘enlighten’ the original owners of Country, Mission Beach is now a laid back ocean side break hamlet alongside tropical rainforests and banana plantations.
Cairns is the ideal arrival port for a Queensland flight and accommodation package deal to explore the Atherton Tablelands; take the scenic railway from Cairns to Kuranda to explore the alternative township where hippies first “made love not war” in Queensland in the hip’n’happening 1960’s. Visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, take a boat ride on a volcanic lake, and see a giant strangler tree or see venomous snakes, scorpions and tarantulas at the Australian Venom Zoo where antidotes to venomous bites are farmed. But when enjoying any Queensland flight and accommodation package deal, do ride in a SkyRail gondola, high above the rainforest and the mountainous waterfalls from Kuranda back down to the coastal plains, arriving at the famous Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre at the foot of the mountain, north of Cairns.
Adventure, luxury and awesome beauty awaits the traveller who ventures north of Cairns on a Queensland flight and hotel package deal from Discover Australia; select from accommodation in Palm Cove or in Port Douglas, famed for its golf courses, cafes and restaurants and enjoy superb FNQ Saturday Port Douglas Markets, where the work of local artists and artisans are sold and fresh local seafood and coconut is served directly from the nut, just picked from the coconut tree growing down the track!
Enjoy the many of Cairns Northern Beaches; explore The quintessential Far North Queensland Daintree National Park with awesome mature tropical rainforests, cool mountain streams tumbling over massive ancient rocks and the amazing Mossman Gorge with highly trained Indigenous Queensland Eco guides tell of bush tucker and bush medicine and the extraordinary flora and fauna of their home Country. Further north, take an informative cruise along crocodile infested river ways or take the unique ferry across to Cape Tribulation to create memories of an unforgettable tropical wilderness travelled when you book a Queensland flight plus accommodation package to Far North Queensland.