24 November 2017
Whisk your family off for fun, sun and sea adventures in Queensland. This unique place offers a myriad of unforgettable sights, thrilling activities and some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty. Between theme parks, aquariums, sporting activities and scenic walking routes, this subtropical destination is perfect all the family. Here are our hottest spots to visit on Australia’s golden coast for the adventure of a lifetime…
Bigger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing visible from space, The Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must during a visit to Queensland. Delve down through crystal waters on a snorkel safari, search for clownfish like Nemo and marvel at the beautiful formations on one of the many family-friendly trips to this natural wonder of the world. Visitors can head out on a glass bottom boat and view the fascinating subaquatic sights below such as bright and colourful corals, loggerhead turtles and thousands of different species of fish. There’s dozens of tours available which are suitable for a range of ages, so no matter how old your kids are, you’re guaranteed to find a way to explore this iconic ecosystem.
Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are an idyllic cluster of 74 islands which are ideal for sailing and watersports. Kids over the age of 12 can head out on jet skis to visit hidden coves and spot seasonal marine life around the coveted Hamilton Island. Relax on the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch after a scenic part-day cruise. On the island get involved in fun activities like mini golf and bush walking.
Thrill seekers looking for adrenaline-inducing activities should head to Warner Bros Movie World in Oxenford, a town based in Queensland's iconic Gold Coast region. Hop aboard the white-knuckle Superman Escape and zoom from zero to 100km per hour in just two seconds on this exhilarating ride which is not for the faint hearted! There’s also the Access All Areas Tour, where you can head behind the scenes of the attractions, have lunch with the characters and enjoy the parks parade from the VIP area. There’s plenty of public transport including buses and shuttles from several designated pick-up points, or if you’ve hired a car you can park for free at the entrance.
Head out on an adventure in paradise and take a guided tour of the lush Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a sumptuous tropical lunch, take in awe-inspiring panoramic coastal scenery from Alexandra Lookout, and paddle in beautiful freshwater swimming holes. The wild at heart are invited to embark on an adventure of discovery with a jungle surfing canopy tour. Climb and zipline from tree to tree whilst learning interesting stories and facts that will change the way you see the rainforest forever.
Get up close and personal with the animals and meet koalas, wallaby’s, kangaroos and platypuses at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. Home to 100 species of native Australian wildlife, visitors are invited to hand-feed kangaroos and walk with a dingo during the organised Wildlife Experience tours.
Dive into another world at Wet n’ Wild, which can be found in the Gold Coast area, as you whiz down slides, ride the river rapids and relax in the whirlpool springs. You can even chill out in luxury and hire a private cabana, complete with deck chairs, loungers and a complimentary meal. Out of the water there’s the electrifying Skycoaster – soar like an eagle while you are catapulted across the Giant Wave Pool at speed – one for those who enjoy a thrill!