The unexpected announcement from the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that travel restrictions within the sunshine state were lifted from June 1 and we can now travel anywhere has got us very excited. For weeks, we’ve been extensively researching hotspot destinations within Queensland and Australia in preparation for this exact moment, and we are so excited to share with you five Queensland destinations we can’t wait to explore.
At the tail end of the Great Dividing Range is the Scenic Rim. It encompasses the township of Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain, the Glow Worm Caves, Lamington National Park and more. Only an hour from Brisbane and even closer to the Gold Coast, there is just SO much to see and do in this little pocket of the world. Visit wineries and distilleries, enjoy one of the many walking tracks, or take a (very cool) dip in the Cedar Creek Falls.
Those who love Australian history and haven’t been here need to rectify that like, yesterday! Take the train, drive or fly (flight schedule permitting) and enjoy expansive outback landscapes, the rich blue sky and the warm, friendly local people. Take a trip to the Qantas Museum, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, and consider a sunset cruise along the Thomson River. We suggest dinner at Harry’s, it’s the best restaurant in town!
The idyllic seaside town of 1770 is the perfect spot for a beach getaway, only 5.5 hours’ from Brisbane. It was the site of the second landing of Captain Cook and his crew and why wouldn’t you want to land on this gorgeous beach, surrounded by Australian scrub. For the avid hikers or walkers up for a challenge, we suggest the Paperbark Forest walk and Red Rock Walking trails near Agnes. Agnes Water Bakery has the best pies in town.
We are so lucky to have Fraser, the largest sand island in the world, within driving distance of Brisbane. It is home to over 250kms of white, sandy beaches, tall, lush rainforests, and everything in between. Fraser is great for those who are adventurous and love to fish and 4WD, but also offers something magical for nature lovers, with endless walks and animals to spot.
Nestled among the Great Dividing Range in a forest full of Bunya Pines is the Bunya Mountains. The average elevation in the mountains ranges from 975m to 1100m above sea level, so pack your winter woolies if you’re heading up soon! The gorgeous wineries of Kingaroy are only a short drive away, and there’s plenty of nature walks and birdwatching for those who are that way inclined. Rent a house (we recommend one with a fireplace!) and enjoy the serenity and peace of this mountain escape.