For those looking to head to Australia to soak up the sunshine that this continent and nation is so richly famous for, Queensland is a place that delivers warm weather no matter the time of year. While the Northern Territory and the northern reaches of Western Australia also offer tropical climes, neither of these places come close to the urban amenities and conveniences that are commonplace throughout the highly populated expanses of the Queensland coast.
Within relatively easy reach of the major Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, elevated dining, accommodation, and attractions can be found in abundance, leading to a great problem (but a problem nonetheless): which resort town or city on the Queensland coast should I base myself during my Australian holiday?
There are many high quality destinations along Queenland’s seemingly endless coastal expanse, but three stand out above all the rest. These travel hubs all have their own character, so pay attention over the following paragraphs, so you might select the destination that is right for you.
1) Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a collection of beach towns and cities defined more by its forest of supertall condo towers that are strung out along the coast just south of Brisbane, the most famous of which is Surfer’s Paradise. This haven for chilled out dudes and dudettes permits you the chance to learn this exciting and zen inducing sport, and the friends you meet along the way will surely lead to a lively night at one of the many bars that line the beachfront.
If hugging a koala has founds its way onto your lengthy bucket list, a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does this, to say nothing of all the other fascinating wildlife that one can find on this isolated continent.
Further north, trips out into the Great Barrier Reef figures heavily into what goes on in the popular traveler city of Cairns. Take a glass bottomed boat out into the colourful formations of the world’s largest barrier reef, or get into the thick of things by donning a snorkel or a dive tank.
On dry land, other adventure sports will take up your time, as whitewater rafting, hang gliding, and hot air ballooning will keep you out of your hotel room for much of your stay. Sure, it may be comfy, but that’s not why you flew halfway around the world!
3) Port Douglas
If the hectic go-go-go nature of the Gold Coast and Cairns is too stressful for you, then head north one hours from the latter city to Port Douglas, population 3,000. Not only will the slower pace of life here reduce your resting blood pressure, but the immense beauty of Four Mile Beach will immediately convince you that you have made the right choice.
Get a mind blowing view of your surroundings by ascending the gondola at the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or join a tour group as you explore the Daintree Rainforest, which contains many of Australia’s unique wildlife species, living in their natural state.