The Queensland Bucket List
You haven’t truly “done” the best of QLD unless you’ve done these 100 experiences.
Home to some of Australia’s most striking coastline and aquatic environments while serving as a haven for warm weather, Queensland balances together sunny skies, family attractions and some incredible natural wonders.
From its signature, sun-soaked coastlines to its south-east travel hotpots and its own touch of the outback to the west, QLD is a chic state that serves as a go-to warm-weather getaway for many of those further south. Much of its key experiences are oriented around the aquatic, with popular hubs such as Cairns, the Gold Coast, and even capital Brisbane all serving as gateways to marine entertainment beyond. Renowned for its laid-back attitude (you’ll see locals wearing shorts during the winter here) and attention to detail regarding family fun, there are numerous experiences that help Queensland stand out.
Queensland is a state that’s proven just as popular for international backpackers and partygoers as it is a magnet for families. Many are drawn to the state due to its balanced climate and numerous natural and man-made attractions, as QLD is versatile without being crowded, and developed in sections without being overly so. Those who love the water in particular will be in their element here, as it’s the home of the likes of the incredible Great Barrier Reef, the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, and innumerable great coastal getaway spots dotted throughout its coastline and at underrated regional locations.
Perhaps more than any other state, Queensland has grown on the back of travel, and has been developed with the traveller in mind. As a result, it boasts one of the largest quantity of activities and attractions for those who enjoy spending time outdoors; its most popular destinations such as Cairns, the Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast, and even capital Brisbane thrive on providing fun in the sun.
Queensland may not have the international renown of a Sydney or the cosmopolitanism of a Melbourne to fall back on, yet it’s far from a backwater, and its south-east portion is one of the fastest-growing regions in all of Australia.
Unlike some of its southern counterparts, Queensland’s also a state that shines almost as strongly in winter as it does in summer – particularly in the Tropical North region, where the months of June and July qualify as a peak period. Stick further south – to the likes of Brisbane, and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts – and both the spring and autumn seasons are ideal as they’re lacking in humidity but still pleasantly warm enough to swim.
As swimming and the aquatic is one of the main drawcards to most visitors to Queensland, much of timing your travel here thus revolves around water temperature as opposed to the typical air temperature – and given its overall warm climate, anywhere from the likes of Hervey Bay all the way up to Cape York offer viable swimming conditions all-year-round.
In our Ultimate Queensland Bucket List, we highlight 100 of the most essential experiences that we feel best sums up the diverse and incredible highlights of this sunny, family-friendly and aquatically-oriented state. While much of it will be known to locals, we hope to both inspire travellers from afar to visit QLD while also hopefully encouraging residents to get out and explore some more of the best of their own, unadulterated, backyard.
The Queensland Bucket List Map
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