Why you should visit Queensland
Experience the ultimate snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef
Stay on an idyllic island fringed coral reefs and white sandy beaches
Swim in crystal clear streams on a river snorkelling safari
Explore the 135 million year old Daintree rainforest
Charter a yacht or take a seaplane or helicopter for an aerial view of the Whitsundays
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Spend a day exploring the rainforest with local naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts Diane and David Armbrust. Their expert knowledge on the Daintree Rainforest and its flora and fauna is amazing and they offer entirely personalised excursions to fully suit your interests and requirements - David is often referred to as the Dr. Doolittle of Australia as he really does seem to talk to the animals!
A little more about Queensland
Queensland is home to some of the world’s most treasured natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest, this region boasts beautiful beaches, perfect islands and tropical rainforests.
Visit The Whitsundays, made up of 74 beautiful tropical islands located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Only a handful of the 74 islands have resorts on them, as most of the Whitsunday Islands are beautiful, tropical deserted islands and make a fabulous place for a boating holiday.
Further north, the tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef. Port Douglas is a relaxed and sophisticated town and the perfect base from which to explore two World Heritage Listed areas - the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The town boasts a beautiful beach, some of Australia’s best restaurants and a good selection of accommodation.
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site extending 2,600 kms along Australia’s east coast. The Reef's diversity reflects the maturity of the ecosystem, which has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. It is the world's most extensive coral reef system and is one of the planet's richest areas in terms of faunal diversity containing 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, and 4,000 types of mollusc.
The reef is also the habitat of whales, dolphins, dugongs, large turtles, a variety of harmless sharks and it is an important habitat for seabirds, shore and land birds.
When to go to Queensland
Queensland is divided into a subtropical region in the south, and a tropical region in the north, where the wet season (throughout summer) can be quite humid and hot, while the dry season (throughout winter) is quite dry and mild. Overall it is best visited from April to October. Outside of this time it is okay to travel, however in Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef Islands it will be hot and humid with the chance of rain.
Between about November and March Tropical North Queensland is home to marine stingers or jellyfish. At this time swimming from mainland beaches and the islands inside the Reef is not recommended. If you are swimming from a boat or an outer Reef island such as Lizard Island an encounter with a jellyfish is extremely unlikely. However, for safety and to protect against sunburn, it is recommended you wear a stinger suit.
For more information or advice about holidays to Queensland or Australia in general, please contact our Australia specialist, Charles, on 01285 651 010.
- Lizard Island
Rimmed by 24 powdery white sand beaches and fringed with colourful coral reefs.