Introducing Queensland Brisbane Providing big-city action at a holiday pace, Brisbane is the perfect place to stay and play. The city boasts trendy boutiques, museums, laneways, gigs and al fresco dining on every corner. Its subtropical climate fules a love for outdoor activities and sports. Fun in the Sun Take a break in Coolangatta with its laid-back seaside vibe and world-class surf. Spot dolphins from the headland or discover the ancient rainforests and waterfalls in the nearby hinterland. For a change of pace, thriving nightlife in Surfers Paradise will see you partying until dawn. This energetic city by the sea is famous for its bustling beaches and lively markets. Head north to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and wander through the National Park looking for koalas. Venture inland to explore the colourful Eumaundi Markets and eye-catching Glass House Mountains. 1 THE RUGGED REGION Experience genuine cattle country on a stop-over in Rockhampton. A visit to ‘Rocky’ isn’t complete without sampling Australia’s finest steaks or experiencing the thrill of the local rodeo scene. Immerse yourself in the Aussie outback with a farmstay at Baralaba and experience true country hospitality. Herd cattle on horseback, kick up red dirt on a motorbike or share stories by the fire under a blanket of stars. 2 HIDDEN WONDERS Northern Queensland is the only place where World Heritage sites collide; the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Visit Cape Tribulation and step from the beach onto the hiking track of a magical rainforest. Journey north to Cooktown for a rare glimpse into Australia’s Indigenous and colonial history. Tropical Noth In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lie 74 idyllic Whitsunday Islands waiting to be discovered. Base yourself in the coastal town of Airlie Beach and make a splash in the pristine waters teeming with marine life. South of Cairns is Mission Beach, a relaxed seaside village with an endless summer and home to the elusive cassowary. Cairns is a travellers’ hot spot and the gateway to the vibrant town of Port Douglas. Dive into the technicolour water world exploring coral ecosystems as you scuba dive or snorkel the reef.Paradise Islands The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, just off the coast of Hervey Bay, is a 4WD and nature enthusiasts’ haven. If you’re keen to go whale watching, Hervey Bay is where these incredible creatures love to hang out and play. Just over the water from Townsville is Magnetic Island. ‘Maggie’ offers unforgettable wildlife encounters and untouched bays with world-class snorkelling. Close to Brisbane, Stradbroke Island is the ultimate surfing, fishing and diving destination. It is one of the only places on earth where you can swim alongside manta rays.