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.
1,852,642 sq km (715,309 sq miles)
Flight time from London
21 hrs hours (1 stop)
GMT +10hrs (AEST)
When to go
Queensland is blessed with an enviable climate of warm sunny days. Warm summers and mild winters are what you can expect, plus loads of sunshine (with just the occasional shower).
Queensland is divided into a subtropical region in the south, where summers are warm, winters are mild and autumn and spring offer the very best of climates, as well as a tropical region in the north, where the wet season (throughout summer (October to April)) can be quite humid and hot, while the dry season (throughout winter (May to September)) is quite dry and mild.
And as for the jelly fish…
The marine stinger season is between November and May. Stingers are more common on the inside of the Reef and in the north than they are on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and on the outer reef and around the outer islands such as Lizard, Heron and Wilson. In these months, however, no matter where you are we recommend you wear a stinger suit which greatly reduces the likelihood of a sting and protects you from the strong summer sun!
- High Season
- Mid Season
- Shoulder Season
Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
Lizard Island, Australia’s northern-most island beach resort, is truly secluded from the rest of the world. It is right on the Great Barrier Reef, 240 kms north of Cairns with 24 powdery-white beaches, over 1000 hectares of national park, 40 understated beach luxe suites, Azure Spa, and the bluest of clear blue ocean views from every angle.
qualia is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury and outstanding example of design. It is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.
Silky Oaks offers boutique accommodation in beautiful Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Nestled in Kuku Yalangi country, this eco-lodge sits high above the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River and is enveloped by the lush Daintree Rainforest cloaking the steep mountain sides from the riverbanks. It is a perfect base from which to explore the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.