The Top Five “Must Dos” in Queensland, Australia
By: Kylie S., Guest Blogger, Tourism and Events Queensland
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Queensland Top Five:
1. Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef - The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is the largest and most extensive coral reef system in the world comprising about 2900 individual coral reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays. It’s also the largest natural feature on earth, running two-thirds the length of Queensland’s coastline (around 1430miles) and its impressive size makes it the only living structure that can be seen from the moon.
2. Cuddle a koala – Queensland is one of the only places in Australia where visitors can cuddle a koala. The koala is an Australian icon and their placid, cuddly nature means visitors can hold and have their photo taken with one of these unique marsupials. Koalas can be found throughout the state and wildlife parks in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Whitsundays and Cairns all offer the opportunity to get up close with this cutest of Aussie characters.
3. Stay on a Great Barrier Reef Island – The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 900 continental islands and coral cays. While most of these are uninhabited national parks, a few feature island retreats varying from five-star luxury to boutique eco-resorts and tiny coral cays.
4. Learn to Surf – Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine Coast are amongst the best beaches in the world with miles of unspoilt sand and great waves. Whether you are a beginner or experienced surfer there are beaches and boards for you. If surfing’s not your thing, there’s plenty of other beach activities including boogie boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, swimming or just relaxing and building sandcastles.
5. Explore World Heritage-listed national parks – Queensland is home to five World Heritage listed sites, including the only place on the planet where two World Heritage sites meet – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. World Heritage sites include: the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics, Fraser Island, Gondwana Rainforests and Riversleigh Fossil Fields.