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Twelve Top Tourist Attractions in Queensland
Queensland, the Sunshine State, is Australia's most visited vacation area. Gold sandy areas, reef-lined tropic islets, amazing windsurf break, World Heritage-listed rain forests, streams, reefs and falls are just a few of Queensland's priceless gems. Whitsunday Island and the Great Barrier Red provide great snorkelling and scubaiving. Favourite for four-wheel driveers, Fraser Island has sand dunes and dingos, and the enchanting wildlife along Queensland's shores is ideal for walking, cycling, boating and angling.
Brisbane, the Queensland capitol, offers a variety of metropolitan attractions with a small-town flair. To the south of Brisbane is the glittering Gold Coastline with its hidonism and skyscrapers. Driving northwards from the capitol, you will see a number of tourist destinations, from dozy seaside cities and rain forest communities to scenic Port Douglas and the tourist attraction of Cairns.
One of the world's greatest live buildings, the Great Barrier reef, is often referred to as one of the world's wonder of nature. Great Barrier Reb Marine Park stretches off the north shore of Queensland from Mackay to the northeast of Australia. Over 1,600 different types of tropic game populate the coral as well as shark, dugong, dolphin, turtle, huge clam and kaleidoscope coral.
Cairns, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach are the most important starting points for touring. You can also spend the night on one of the many naval-parks. The northernmost Lizard island in the reserve, Remote Lizard is renowned for its unique resorts. Daintree National Parks is the oldest preserved rain forest on earth and is home to one of the world's highest concentration of vulnerable and critically acclaimed wildlife.
Situated in the far north of Queensland, the two major parts of the reserve comprise the crystalline water and luxuriant woods of Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation, where the coral reefs are surrounded by rainforests. Over 18,000 different plants and animals can be found in the reserve, such as the unfit to fly South Casuars, alligators, Boyd's rain forest kites, light blue Kingfisher, speckled coussies and muskrat-cangaroos.
A little further southwards lies the holiday village Port Douglas, a favourite starting point for safari in the wildforest. The Seventy Five Mile Beach is the island's major street and offers easy acces to attractions such as the rusty Hulk of the Maheno wreck, the sparkling cliffs of the Champagne Swimming Pool, the Eli Creek and the colorful cathedral rocky outcrops.
Some of the main attractions in the interior of the country are the McKenzie Lake and the Central Station rain forest and Lake Wabby, which is surrounded by a massive sandy lith. Australia's Gold Coastline is one of the most famous tourist destinations. In recent years, a construction boom has turned the coastline into a kind of Las Vegas with skyscrapers and luxury hotel complexes from Southport in the northern to Coolangatta in the southern hemisphere.
Surfer's Paradise - short'Surfers' - is a tourist attraction with many attractions and high-rise buildings, which is fabulous for its omnipresent advantages: surfing, solar and sands. Outstanding road systems take you to scenically stunning viewpoints in the backcountry, where many areas of wildlife are easily accessible, among them the beloved Lamington National Park.
From Coolangatta International Airports, near the Queensland/New South Wales frontier, passengers can take a flight to the Gold Coastline. The Whitsunday Group comprises 74 breathtaking islets off the coastline of the Great Barrier Reef. All, except for five, have been designated as protected areas and about eight are home to a number of favourite holiday destinations.
Some of the best-known are Hayman Iceland, the small Daydream and Spa complex, the Long Iceland with 13 km of hiking trails and the well-built Hamilton, the biggest of the islands' complex. With its palm groves and mongoose shrubs, the once dozy town of Port Douglas is now a delightful tourist destination and a favourite starting point for wildlife safari and fishing outings.
It is the nearest city on the continent to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas has a laid-back ethnic atmosphere with sweet cafés, stores and arts-galeries. Some of the most important tourist attractions are the Wildlife Habitat and the Bally Hooley Sweet Train, an old Turkish steamer that travels through the field to the Mossman factory.
Off-road 4x4s to Daintree National Park, angling tours, Cape York Peninsula scenery cruises and boating to Cooktown and the Great Barrier Reef. Situated between the Great Barrier Reef and the rolling Atherton Tableland mountains, Cairns is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Far North Queensland.
The coastline from Trinityay to Port Douglas has fine sandy shores and the 5km long Cairns Esplanade stretches along the coves. The city' s main attractions are the Flecker Botanical Garden with more than 100 palm trees and the Museum of the Cairns Historical Society. Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail cable car provides stunning vistas of the Barron Gorge National Park's World Heritage-listed rainforest.
It is also a popular starting point for visiting the island's surrounding reefs. It ends in the small stop in Kuranda, about 25 km north west of Cairns, almost hid by palm trees and herbs. Kuranda's major attractions are the art stores and the colourful souvenir and handicraft markets.
Hikes from Kuranda to the wild and picturesque Barron Gorge National Park can be organised on demand. Tjapukai Aborigine Cultural Park on the Caravonian Lakes offers the visitor the opportunity to get to know the Aborigines' civilization and experience a variety of dancing shows. The Sunshine Coast stretches from Caloundra to Noosa Heads and is the second large tourist and vacation area in the south of Queensland after the Gold Coast.
Favoured by Australian tourists, the Sunshine Coast is less commercialised and calmer than the Gold Coast. The Noosa Heads is one of the most loved resorts, and Noosa National Park is a must with picturesque hiking trails and oversleep koala in eucalypts. From Noosa, a brief ride away, shoppers can go shopping at the famous Eumundi markets on Saturday.
The smaller bathing towns Coolum and Peregian beaches and Sunshine beaches are located just outside Noosa. Out in the country, tourists can visit Glass House Mountains National Park, a group of volcano cones that rise from the coast, and the enchanting hilltop towns of Montville and Maleny. The Maroochydore is the busy trading centre of the area and the site of Sunshine Coast Aiport.
Approximately 2 hours by car from Brisbane, Lamington is a world heritage site and one of the most visited natural reserves in the state. Situated on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range, amidst the remains of an old vulcano, the reserve offers stunning landscapes with precipitous canyons, more than 500 falls, lush rainforest, sub-alpine rainforest and higher-altitude birchwoods.
Over 190 bird types inhabit the reserve, among them pergolas and colourful swarms of psittacines. It is also a paradise for walkers with more than 150 km of hiking paths. Townsville, Australia's biggest city in the tropics, is an ideal starting point for trips and touring, especially to the wonderful Magnetic Island.
Many of Townsville's charms are due to its many parklands and home yards with lush tropic blooms. Queen's Park on Warburton Street is one of the oldest open spaces in the city. Great Barrier Reaef Wonderland is a visitor attraction with an aquatic tube made of plexiglass in which the visitor can experience the sea creatures and reefs at first hand.
The Omnimax Theatre, which shows 3-D movies, the Museum of Tropical Queensland and Magnetic Island shuttle stations are located in the same area. Brisbane, Australia's third biggest and most populous metropolis, provides a more relaxing tempo than the major southeastern cities. Among the city's main attractions are the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha with more than 2,000 plant varieties and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one of the few places where guests can meet and eat the game.
Even cruise on rivers is well-loved. The Kookaburra Queen is one of Brisbane's most famous tourist attractions, an old paddle-steamer that goes down the Brisbane Rivier, while the Rivers Life Adventure Centre provides adrenaline-loaden riverside cycling. You can also go shopping at Queen Street Mall, take the Story Bridge, discover the items in the child-friendly Queensland Museum, view the Gallery of Modern Art and see some of the best sights from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout.