For many, Queensland is a dream destination topping bucket lists around the world. Thanks to its beautiful reefs, beaches and outback towns, it’s on these lists for a good reason.
We understand the importance of a good Instagram post and are here to help you snap your way around the sunshine state!
So, to brighten up your day (and Instagram feed) here are our top ten must-see, must-snap #Queensland destinations.
10. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
Whitehaven Beach is one of the many stunning beaches on the islands of the Whitsundays, but there is no other quite like it. Made up of 7km of pristine white sand and surrounded by crystal clear water, this is a definite must-see!
Location: The Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef.
When to go: You can visit Whitehaven any time of the year. Queensland winter is nothing more than a light jacket with mostly clear skies during the day.
What to do: Jump in the ocean, relax on the beach or go for a long walk, there’s no wrong answer and no rules.
How to capture it: Any photo taken on the beach is a beautiful shot, or you can choose to take a scenic flight over the area for a bird’s eye view. There are also various walking tracks through the park to give you a higher vantage point of the beach – most famously, Hill Inlet and its lookout.
Getting there: Charters leave daily from ports in Airlie Beach, or you can choose a full day cruise, a dual cruise to other islands such as Daydream or Hamilton, an ocean rafting adventure or a sailing trip.
9. Cape Hillsborough, Mackay
Hop on over to Cape Hillsborough in the Mackay region to mingle with wild wallabies and relax in paradise. You’ll never want to leave this hidden paradise.
Location: Less than an hour from Mackay in North Queensland.
What to do: Pack a picnic, throw in a fishing line, go for a swim or adventure on one of the mangrove walking trails.
When to go: Early morning and afternoon are the best times to visit for your chance to get up close with some wild wallabies and kangaroos.
How to capture it: Make your way down to the beach before sunrise and approach with caution to get the best shots of the wallabies and kangaroos.
Getting there: The best way is to hire a car from Mackay and drive out there yourself, only taking around 30 to 40 minutes.
8. The Fairy Pools, Noosa Heads
This little beauty isn’t advertised too often because of the tricky location, but if you’re up for the trek, the view from these two natural tidal pools is definitely worth it!
Location: Tip of the headland at the eastern end of Granite Bay, Noosa Heads
What to do: Wade in the natural pools or sit on the rocks and watch the waves crash over. Sometimes the waves bring in colourful little fish.
When to go: Go at high tide if you’re wanting to swim, low tide if you want to walk around the rocky area.
How to capture it: Focus on the pools and the surrounding beach for a beautiful landscape shot.
Getting there: The pools are part of the Noosa National Park, you can park at Little Cove near Noosa Village and walk on the coastal path. You will have to climb down the rocks from the lookout to access the pools.
WARNING: Check tide times and information before visiting and take care climbing down as it can be dangerous.
7. Paronella Park, Mena Creek
This far north Queensland park is just magical! Visiting this Spanish castle in the heart of the rainforest is a must!
Location: 120km south of Cairns at Mena Creek.
What to do: Take a storytelling tour of the grounds by the day or by night to learn about its exciting history. You can also camp overnight in the park.
When to go: The park is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9 am to 7:30 pm.
How to capture it: The old buildings covered in moss and surrounded by greenery make for the best photos.
Getting there: You can drive yourself or jump aboard an organised coach tour from Cairns.
6. Winton, Winton Shire
This sheep and cattle raising town is the home of Waltzing Matilda. The beautiful colours of the outback are mesmerising, you’ll be snapping photos left, right and centre.
Location: Around 177km north-west of Longreach.
What to do: You can go bird watching or opal fossicking, tour the area yourself or with a guide on the many different tracks, trails and drives, or even take part in the local camel races in the Camel Festival.
When to go: Winter is the best time to visit, but they have events happening throughout the year.
How to capture it: There’s no wrong way to capture the outback.
Getting there: Catch the Spirit of the Outback rail service from Brisbane to Longreach twice a week and catch a coach from there. Regional Airways also travel out if you don’t want to drive.
5. Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point
Get a stellar view of the Brisbane city skyline from the heritage-listed Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The popular workout hub is the perfect place to pull up a chair, sit back and relax as the sun sets on another beautiful Brisbane day.
Location: Just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD.
What to do: Walk, jog or ride along the path, rock climb or enjoy a coffee. There is plenty to do.
When to go: Morning and late afternoon are the best times as the weather isn’t too hot.
How to capture it: Go wide and try to take in as much of the beautiful view as you can.
Getting there: You can drive, walk or catch public transport to Kangaroo Point.
4. Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands
Talk about that view! Travel up to Kuranda, a bustling village in the Daintree Rainforest. From wildlife sanctuaries to souvenir markets, you’ll find something for the whole family to enjoy.
Location: On the Atherton Tablelands, approximately 25km north of Cairns.
What to do: Catch the Skyrail up, browse the markets, visit the wildlife sanctuaries, experience an Aboriginal cultural show and jump on the scenic railway back down. There is so much to do in Kuranda, it is more than just a village nestled in the rainforest.
When to go: Anytime of the day is a good time to visit, just make sure you schedule in as much time as possible.
How to capture it: There are so many photos you can take here! One of the Skyrail or railway, cuddling a koala, in the middle of the butterfly sanctuary or learning from the locals at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Getting there: Visitors can drive themselves to the base of the rainforest or sign up for an organised tour.
3. Birdsville, Diamantina Shire
Climb up the big red dunes and get a good look at a different part of the world. This small Outback town in Queensland, with about 100 locals, is widely known for only a couple of things; the proximity to the Simpson Desert, but most importantly the famous horse races.
Location: In central west Queensland, near the Simpson Desert.
What to do: Travel out and explore the town, enjoy a camel pie, partake in the Big Red Run (a 250km foot race through the Simpson Desert), play on the Little Red and Big Red sand dunes and attend the iconic Birdsville Races among crowds of over 5000.
When to go: You can visit all year round but between April and October, the weather is more bearable. The races are during that time on the first Saturday of September each year.
How to capture it: Climb up Little Red or Big Red to get a great view of the surrounding desert.
Getting there: You can drive yourself, jump on an organised bus for the races or book a regional flight out there.
2. North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay Region
Known as ‘Straddie’ to the locals this getaway hotspot is perfect for budding photographers. The crowded beaches filled with colour and the rustic rock ledges make for the perfect photos.
Location: In the Moreton Bay region just 30km southeast of Brisbane.
What to do: Go surfing, diving, riding, have a hit of golf, visit the gallery or just relax on the beach.
When to go: Visit between June and November to spot some humpback whales.
How to capture it: Capture the beach in the best light at sunrise or any time of the day if you’re not an early riser.
Getting there: Drive on the vehicle ferry or walk on the passenger ferry to get over to the island.
1. Allora, Lockyer Valley
This beautiful site is a nice view after a long drive. Lining the road from Allora to Warwick are these beautiful sunflower paddocks. Just wow!
Location: Along the country road from Allora to Warwick in south-east Queensland.
What to do: Drive along the road admiring the beautiful flowers, there isn’t much else to do while on the road.
When to go: The sunflowers are in bloom between January and March.
How to capture it: Angle the camera to capture the bed of flowers and the changing sky in the afternoon.
Getting there: Drive from Brisbane or surrounding areas, you won’t miss these paddocks.
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