Queenslanders will tell you that their state is the best of Australia all rolled into one - it is the home of some of the world's most treasured natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest. It boasts beautiful beaches, perfect islands and the razzle dazzle of the Gold Coast; there is the channel country, the savannah country, Cape York, the Great Dividing Range and the Gulf country. Queensland is larger than life!
Southern Queensland takes in the four main centres of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and loads of lovely rural and natural hinterland. Brisbane is an optimistic city, its sunny weather, gently winding river and low population density all add up to an outdoor lifestyle. The Gold Coast is renowned for its action-packed theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, championship golf courses and the sophistication of Main Beach.
A little further north are The Whitsundays - 74 incredibly beautiful tropical islands, a fabulous place for boating holidays and home to Qualia, one of Australia's most luxurious small hotels.
Behind all this is the vast Outback, a landscape which seems endless in time and space and where every town has a story to tell. There are dinosaur foot prints, brilliant wildflowers, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and dinky-di characters to share a beer with.
Far North Queensland offers is perhaps the epitome of 'the best of Australia rolled into one.' Port Douglas is the perfect base from which to explore tropical rainforests and the underwater treasure trove of the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can take a walk with an Aboriginal guide, enjoy an excellent meal of fresh seafood and tropical fruits, potter about in the Atherton Tablelands and spend a morning with a naturalist who will have little forest creatures skittering about your feet. Guests are welcomed to luxury island resorts, quirky Robinson Crusoe style hideaways, rainforest spa retreats, mighty cattle stations and even a mining ghost town.