Now is the time to go!
In February 2011 a massive cyclone hit Queensland’s shores causing widespread damage across the state, including many popular tourism areas along the sunshine coast. After a fast and furious clean up campaign, Queensland has proudly announced that it’s back in business although a few things have changed… there are hardly any other travelers!
It’s been several months since the cyclone hit and in most places along the coast you can no longer notice any damage. The biggest noticeable change now is the lack of tourists! As more intrepid travelers begin to venture back to Queensland’s golden shores, some have reported the beaches as being almost free of tourists, with just a few in-the-know locals enjoying the short-lived tranquility.
With fewer tourists around, it is easier and cheaper to find places to stay too. What more excuse do you need to treat yourself? And in case you need a recap on the reasons to go to visit Australia’s tropical state, we’ll give you a few!
Pristine Beaches: Stretching from the Gold Coast in the south to the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast further north, is mile upon mile of golden, sandy coast backed by resort towns, theme parks, rainforest and tiny coastal towns.
The Great Barrier Reef: The world’s largest reef system stretches for over 2000kms along the Queensland coast and is one of Australia’s biggest attractions! There are numerous ways you can visit and explore this World Heritage Area.
Fraser Island: Navigable only by 4WD tour, this sand island is an absolute must-see. Natural attractions on the island include the incredible inland Lake McKenzie with its transparent blue waters and exquisite white sand.
Whitsunday Islands: This cluster of tropical islands offers everything from five-star resorts to wilderness camping. Stay here or simply cruise around them in a luxury yacht!
Daintree National Park: Get back to nature in this lush and ancient tropical rainforest.
Theme Parks: Get Wet ‘n’ Wild with the kids at one of the many excellent theme parks along the Gold Coast.