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Everything you need to do in QLD this summer

Summer is finally upon us and the sunshine state is ready for you!

To make the most of those long balmy days and endless hours of sunshine, we’ve made a list of everything to get the most out of Queensland this summer.

Tropical North QLD

  • Cruise across to Fitzroy Island and spend the day on your own private island discovering hidden beaches and hiking to lookouts.
  • Cool off at Emmagen Creek right in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.

Townsville Region

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  • Explore Magnetic Island topless in a pink mini moke, the wind in your hair
  • Chase waterfalls. Our pick: Wallaman Falls which is 90 mins from Townsville (which is the tallest permanent single drop waterfall in Australia).


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  • Soak up the tropical sun rays and feel the white soft sand between your toes at Whitehaven beach.
  • Pack your swimmers and spend the day jet boating your way around the Whitsundays!

Southern Great Barrier Reef

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  • Day cruise to the stunning Lady Musgrave Island and snap a selfie with a green sea turtle.
  • Surf the first waves south of the Great Barrier Reef at Agnes Beach, the perfect spot for first timers.

Fraser and Sunshine Coast

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  • Rent a 4WD, pack your camping gear and set off on the Great Beach Drive taking you to Noosa, Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island, ending in Hervey Bay.
  • Get back to nature and wander through the picturesque Noosa National Park. Make sure you keep an eye out for Koala’s!
  • Indulge in the fresh summer fruits and delicious local produce at Eumundi Markets.


  • Get outta the city and explore the untouched beaches of Brisbane’s best kept secret: Stradbroke Island.
  • Make the most of the balmy summer nights and enjoy the tastes at Eat Street Markets on the Brisbane River.

Gold Coast

  • While you are in the surf capital of Australia why not grab a board and learn to surf at one of the many iconic Gold Coast Beaches. Our pick is Kira Beach!
  • Go on a sunset kayaking adventure through the glassy canals of Surfers Paradise



    Brisbane City YHA
    Brisbane City YHA
    An award winning travellers' hostel, Brisbane City YHA is close to Suncorp Stadium, Roma St Transit Centre, South Bank, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Museum. Oh, and did we mention that we have a pool overlooking the Brisbane River?
    Stradbroke Island YHA
    Stradbroke Island YHA
    Stradbroke Island YHA is a hostel and scuba dive centre providing beachfront traveller accommodation with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    Coolangatta YHA hostel is located just 500 meters from the Gold Coast Airport. You can check in & be on the beach within 30 minutes of landing.
    Noosa Heads YHA
    Noosa Heads YHA
    This authentic 1880s National Trust and Heritage Listed backpacker hostel is set in the heart of Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast.
    1770 YHA
    1770 YHA
    1770 is a clean and inviting hostel with a variety of room types, all co-living rooms have their own en-suite and are air-conditioned. The Agnes Water Beach is only a short 200 meter walk through an environmental park.
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