The coastal towns and cities of Queensland are some of Australia’s most unique holiday destinations and a pleasure to discover, and many are great bases from which you can explore the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland is unique among the Australian states in that it has a number of genuine coastal capitals.
It has also ensured that rural Queenslanders don’t see Brisbane in the same way that people in New South Wales, for example, regard Sydney.
Cairns is a modern, sophisticated city, and is an ideal destination from which to explore the wider Tropical North Queensland region with front door access to World Heritage listed reef, rainforest and outback as well as the unique town of Kuranda experience at it’s doorstep.
The city itself is where much of the accommodation is situated close to international standard restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and evening entertainment.
All the attributes of a world class modern city are to be found in Cairns: International air access, rail systems, high-standard accommodation facilities, an art gallery, botanic gardens, university, a casino and a convention centre.
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From glamorous Four Mile Beach to the wilderness of Dickson Inlet, picturesque Port Douglas is one of Australia’s great holiday destinations that has become an international holiday mecca – just 70 kilometres north of Cairns.
Development is low-rise, low-key and relaxing. It is regarded as the most popular base from which to explore the northern areas of the reef and Daintree rainforest and Cape Tribulation.
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The city of Rockhampton is surrounded by the Berserker Ranges and Mount Archer, posing an impressive backdrop for the vibrant City centre, coast and the outback beyond. The island closest to Rockhampton is Great Keppel Island.
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Located on the north-eastern coast of Australia, Townsville is the unofficial capital of North Queensland and one of the fastest growing holiday destination in Queensland. Situated on Ross Creek and overlooked by the 290m-high Castle Hill, Townsville is a thriving metropolis.
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While Airlie Beach is one of the most popular entrances to the Whitsunday Islands, the town itself is a wonderful vacation spot all year round. As one of North Queensland’s fastest-growing tourist destinations, the charming town of Airlie Beach and the neighbouring Shute Harbour are known for its reputation as a backpacker haven.
With a laid-back yet tourism vibe and a slew of activities, the town has a lot to offer visitors.
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Just north of Airlie Beach, tourists can spend days exploring Bowen’s stunning sites, which are sometimes referred to as Queensland’s best-kept secrets. The town boasts a surprisingly wide variety of landmarks, from sun-soaked golden beaches to the world’s tallest ‘mango’ – yes, that’s a thing!
Located at the end of a peninsula, the town has access to several lovely beaches – Horseshoe Bay (pictured above) and Queens Beach – are two of Bowen’s most popular beaches.
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Partway between Townsville and Cairns, Mission Beach is situated on the gorgeous North Queensland coast, surrounded by pristine other beaches.
As a seaside town that is both serene and fun, Mission Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the area. It is only four kilometres from Mission Beach to Dunk Island.
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