Vast, lush Queensland took quite a hit in January of 2011 when Cyclone Yasi descended and floods turned streets into rivers. But they don’t call Queensland ‘the Sunshine State’ for nothing. Weather patterns are back to normal and the clean-up has been well underway for a few months now – it only took the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane’s fabulous Cultural Centre Precinct a matter of a few weeks before it reopened. The Great Barrier Reef only sustained a small amount of surface damage to one limited area, and considering it’s 2300km long, that’s still a whole lot of seven-wonders-of the-world to soak up!
1. So why not fly over and cruise around the Great Barrier Reef? It really is one of the most jaw-dropping sights you could ever put in front of your eyes. Think a scenic helicopter tour from Cairns, (yep, there’s that view) followed by a pretty reef cruise. Pretty yummy.
2. Alternatively, if you prefer some of that famous Queenland greenery (mmm, so tropical, so balmy), you can bush walk through Brisbane’s Springbrook National Park – all waterfalls, rainforests, ancient trees, incredible lookouts, native wildlife and – as nature’s added bonus – mesmerizing glow worms. You can see 10,000 of them illuminate the grotto’s ceiling. It’s a sight to behold.
3. Speaking of sights to behold, nothing beats a Queensland sunrise – so why not rise with it in a hot air balloon over the Hinterland? It’s a perfect way to take in the grandeur of the region – and a champagne breakfast when you land is sure to pop your cork!
4. And of course there are still all the amazing theme parks like Dreamworld that are still going gangbusters and keeping the kids (and go on, admit it, the adults too) exhilarated and entertained. Although for those of us who equate a holiday with shopping, Brisbane is still presenting that delicious dilemma – just how many local designer clothes can I squeeze into my luggage?
Queensland’s always had a laid-back, holiday blood in its veins, and now is no different.