With 7,000km of coastline, you might think Queensland is just one long, beautiful beach, but you'd be wrong. It's also home to some of the most incredible animals you'll ever see, the freshest seafood you'll ever taste, and so much more. Whether you head out to tropical islands and reefs or find an upbeat urban experience infused with nature, it's all good.
About our flights to Queensland
Air New Zealand offers non-stop flights to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Cairns, and the Sunshine Coast.
Things to do in Queensland
Bring lots of energy, because throughout the state there are nature walks you can't miss out on. Take a hike past epic waterfalls, visit a koala sanctuary or check out the sub-tropical rainforest in the Lamington National Park. Treetop walkways let you get up close and personal with flowering trees, jungle vines and a diverse range of canopy wildlife.
If you like delicious flavours, you'll love dining out in Queensland. Even a quick bite at a seaside café or an urban food truck can turn into a gourmet experience. Whether you're visiting the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast or tropical North Queensland, special nights out quickly become the norm as award-winning restaurants make the most of the fresh local produce. And in Brisbane, every meal you enjoy seems to come with a gorgeous view.
Queensland is a mecca for surfers, with plenty of gentle rolling waves for beginners and big first-class breaks for seasoned experts.
Then there's the ocean, with its beautiful reefs, islands and beaches that run from one end of the state to the other. Here you can experience the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the warm white sand of The Whitsundays or the joy of whale watching in the world's first whale heritage area located in Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast.
Queensland is also a mecca for surfers, with plenty of gentle rolling waves for beginners and big first-class breaks for seasoned experts. If you prefer to simply lie in the sun and listen to the waves, there's always plenty of room on the shore.
Keep exploring Queensland
Best time to go
It's always a good time to visit Queensland, though you might want to avoid high summer if you don't like heat and humidity. Most travellers choose autumn, winter or spring.
How much will it cost?
Obviously this will depend on your tastes and what you want to do. As a rough guide, not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about AUD $150 to $200 a day per person for food and entertainment.