Queensland, otherwise called The Sunshine State, is the California of Down Under. With its islands, beaches and swaying palms this Australian state is the perfect getaway for everyone, ranging from young couples to families with kids. The region is bustling with all sorts of activities, including urban delights, amazing landscapes, or big adventures.
Still, if you’re tired of the typical ‘spend every day at the beach vacation’, here are 5 creative ways to spend a weekend in Queensland with your loved ones.
A Daytrip to One of Queensland’s Numerous Islands
The Sunshine State is home to more than 30 islands, each of them with its special charm and beauty. One of the most beautiful islands you can visit is UNESCO World Heritage site, Fraser Island. Locals call it K’Gari – paradise – for obvious reasons. It combines pristine sand, enchanting sea, freshwater lakes and tropical rainforest. You can take a ferry there from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay and spend the entire day exploring the nature. Or you can go to Magnetic Island and enjoy the company of koalas, kangaroos and rock wallabies.
Enjoy Water Sports
School kids and teenagers will enjoy an active holiday, and in Queensland, that must include water sports. So, take your kids to a full-day tour to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can not only enjoy the view, but also see hundreds of colorful fish and coral gardens by snorkeling and diving. The expert guides will be with you to help you get outfitted and provide instructions. Surfing can also be fun, provided you get proper training. Still, try to think outside the box. Why not head to the river instead? Rafting on the Tully River can be an amazing bonding experience for the entire family, complemented with breathtaking scenery. Sailing and cruising are perfect for families with small kids.
Exploring the Lost World
It’s difficult not to notice that both kids and grownups today are obsessed with technology and getting away from all that hustle and relentless life pace can be very useful. Lamington National Park offers an experience completely different than any other in the state. The untamed wilderness, green pastures, wild mountains, and clear rivers will make you relaxed and refreshed, while the kids will be able to enjoy a cinematic adventure. You can find accommodation in the very park, but that can be pricy. Camping is a cheaper option, but not always a comfortable one. For a more affordable and more comfortable option, use websites that can help you find flatmates in Australia, and get accommodation in the nearby Gold Coast.
Get to Know the Animals of the Area
If you want to keep your kids occupied, just take them to see some of Queensland’s most famous wildlife species. They will be excited and you will enjoy the sights. There are plenty of wildlife sanctuaries in the area that can interest you. You can find Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane and spend an entire day getting to know these charming creatures. Springbrook National Park bushwalking tour will take you to Australian water dragons (lizards), goannas, brush-turkeys and pademelons. In fact, every rainforest and natural site in Queensland will be your portal into an entirely new world with interesting animals and jaw-dropping nature.
A View from Different Perspective
It doesn’t matter in which city in Queensland you’re located, you will be able to find a great adventure, if you only look up to the sky. Staying in Cairns? Don’t miss the opportunity to go for a hot-air balloon tour over Far North Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands. Or start from Brisbane and fly over Hinterland. You can take a day trip to Kuranda from Cairns by cableway. Helicopter rides above Great Barrier Reef are also available.
A family that creates memories together, stays together. And there is no better place to create memories than Queensland, Australia.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest