Queensland Travel Guide

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Fraser Island Field Trip: Offroading Inland to Secret Creeks and Special Lakes

July 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We may have stayed close to the shore yesterday, but now it's time to brave the sand dune tracks and head inland on Australia's Fraser Island. While it's rated as the largest sand island in the world, Fraser is shockingly easy to traverse if you've got the right gear, and we're not just talking low gear. A 4x4 is all you need to reach those corners of the island both so untouched and pristine, you'll think you're the first to ever view them.

It's important to note that there are a handful of lakes on the island worth the trek away from the beaches. Lake McKenize is the most famous, with its crystal blue waters ringed with white sand. McKenzie, Lake Birrabeen and Basin Lake are all perched lakes that depend on rainfall to fill their shores, so the waters are cool and fresh, and begging you to swim. Let's talk about a few of the other inland sites, however:

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Fraser Island Field Trip: Where Life is a Beach AND a Highway

July 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

No silly sayings or Tom Cochrane references here! Just the fact that Australia's Fraser Island has some pretty cool things to see and do.

While most activities revolve around nature, fresh air, and enjoyment of the outdoors, we couldn't pass up the chance to rent a 4x4 and head onto the Eastern Beaches for the island's most popular activity: speeding up the coast, on the coast. Yep, you've heard correctly; not only is driving on the beach legal, but it's actually encouraged and one of the best ways to see a huge portion of this island off Queensland.

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Wish You Were Here: Fraser Island, Australia

July 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come to you from a small dollop of land off the Eastern coast of Australia by the name of Fraser Island. This World Heritage Site sits about 120 miles north of Brisbane in the Hervey Bay region, and is a haven for some unique flora and fauna, including native dingoes, goanna lizards, and more.

Fraser's biggest claim to fame however, is the fact that it's the world's largest sand island, boasting awesome 4x4ing, meandering nature walks, and an easy tropical escape from the city. At this particular time of year, the island is home to some foreign travelers without the need of passports; we're talking about the massive whale migration from the Southern Pacific to these slightly warmer waters near the equator.

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What Everybody's Buying in Queensland, Australia: Lucas' Papaw Ointment

January 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Okay, we know that Australia has some once-in-a-lifetime things to see, do and experience, but friends at home only really care about what you're bringing back for them. No, we're not talking about baby koalas or even a few boomerangs to trial in your own skies, as we've got a gift recommendation that's multipurpose and a good reminder of a great time down under: Lucas' Papaw Ointment.

Who would have thought that so much joy would have been had from a little red tube of mashed up tropical fruit? Take it from us that this stuff is the real deal.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to the Whitsunday Islands

December 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

As North America's weather deteriorates more and more, we want to remind you that it's not even technically winter yet. With that sad news, we feel the need to share a silver lining; some places on the planet are basking in near perfect weather with nary a thought of bundling up. More specifically, we draw your attention to The Whitsundays, an archipelago of tropical islands at the bottom edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

The group of 74 islands just off the central coast of Queensland features a handful of resort islands for those looking to escape the stresses of city life or the nip of Jack Frost. While the island's namesake island is the largest, the most popular is Hamilton Island, and it's also the one to feature the widest variety of outdoor activities.

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Our Favorite Sunshine State is the One Down Under

October 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here at home we’ve always just assumed that there’s one and only Sunshine State—Florida. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that the nickname has also been used for New Mexico, California, and South Dakota, but we just guess those locations aren’t as good as marketing the fun and the sun.

Well upon our arrival down under we quickly learned there’s another Sunshine State, and now it's definitely our favorite—Queensland. We’re hardly experts on the region, as we pretty much limited our exploration to Far North Queensland and spots in and around Cairns. However, with the Great Barrier Reef just off shore and more national parks than one knows what to do with we can only assume the rest of the area only adds to the state’s awesomeness.

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Visiting Palm Cove, a Pit Stop on the Way to the Great Barrier Reef

July 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in Far North Queensland with a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in mind, be sure not to overlook some of the area’s other gems—especially the beaches. One such detour is Palm Cove, as it’s only 30 minutes north of Cairns right off the Captain Cook Highway.

We figured the beaches in this area were going to be pretty darn nice, but we don’t think we realized they would be this nice. It’s not surprising that this spot was named one of the country’s cleanest—and therefore best—beaches only a few years ago. Palm trees line the shore, and there’s plenty of sand, sun, and surf to go around.

The main drag along Williams Esplanade is only about a kilometer in length, but it’s dotted with boutiques, restaurants, and even a place to grab a bag of foreign flavored chips and a soda—we got honey soy chicken.

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Head to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo to Pet a Kangaroo and Kiss a Koala

Where: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Queensland, Australia, 4519
February 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

February marks the birthday month for Australia's most famous conservationist, Steve Irwin. There might be no better way to celebrate the life of the zoo-keeper than to head off to his very own zoo, aptly named, Australia Zoo.

Located about 60 minutes north of Brisbane, the 100-acre park was originally started by Steve's parents as solely a croc and reptile park. In 1992, Steve took ownership of the zoo and he escalated it to become one of the best zoos in the country, featuring a unique 'Crocoseum' for putting on demonstrations for visitors with live crocodile hand-feedings and a full animal show.

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Wish You Were Here: Gold Coast, Australia

October 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The mercury is beginning to drop and autumn is right around the corner. At the same time, things are doing the opposite and heating up Down Under. Soon, the sun will be shining with the southern summer in Australia

We come to you now from the Gold Coast of said continent. The name of the specific city: Surfers Paradise. With beach after beach as far as the eye can see, we understand why it's considered the playground for the nation. Sun, sand and surf are some of the more popular attractions for the region, but nature walks, wineries and paragliding are all part of the fun.

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Some Airports are Just Made for Plane Spotting

August 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

We admit to heading to the airport with a few minutes to spare so we can watch airplanes take off and land. Sometimes we get lucky and we spy a new aircraft of a foreign carrier or just one in a new paintjob. On a recent trip to the tropical island of Hamilton Island in Queensland, we took note of the proximity of the airport to...well, everything.

While chowing down on a seafood lunch, we watched a Boeing 737 so close we could practically see the whites of the passenger's eyes peering out. So naturally, we hopped in our golf cart —there are no cars on the island—to get a closer look. This place sees some arrivals from Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar, with most flights arriving around the same time.

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Getting Buzzed at Australia's Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

July 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tucked away in the heart of sugar cane fields on a tropical island is a little gem for those preferring a jolt in the morning or a little buzz throughout the day. Yes, friends—it is coffee, and the place is called Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation.

The plantation, one of the largest down under, is located in a small rural town of Proserpine in north Queensland. While the majority of the land here is devoted to sugar cane fields, the founder of the plantation took a chance to grow coffee bushes and got lucky that the climate and soil was just right. The region is not best known for fields and fields of green leafy plants; it is considered the start of the Whitsunday Region which is the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef. So, naturally, it's far better known for its ocean than its land.

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Clickety-Clack Down the Australian Track: Dining on The Sunlander

June 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've shown you the carriage of Queensland Rail's luxury train The Sunlander. We've even spoken about the destination on our recent culinary experience on board the train. Now, we highlight the dining options while we traveled; we hope you aren't hungry.

The theme of the tour, Masterclass Experience, revolved around food. DUH. More specifically, the focus fell on local produce from Queensland, a state that plays host to perfect climates for growing tropical fruits and vegetables, wide open spaces for beef cattle, and coastal waters for plenty of seafood.

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