From the melodious whispers of its ancient rainforests to the gentle call of its pristine shores, Queensland is the epitome of natural beauty. Far more than just another sun-soaked haven, dive deeper into the region and the layers unfold — revealing historical landmarks, vibrant cultural hubs, and stunning beaches.

Whether you’re looking for your next summer holiday destination or are planning a statewide road trip, we’ve covered all bases. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the best places to visit in this captivating destination.

1. Stunning Beaches

Let's start our Queensland adventure with the breathtaking beaches that dot its coastline — focussing on the Gold Coast with a sprinkling of those further afield.

Here are a few must-visit beaches that will leave you in awe.

Whitehaven Beach


Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach: Sink your toes into the famous white silica sands and experience the unmatched beauty of this world-renowned beach — where crystal-clear waters stretch as far as the eye can see.

Noosa Beach

Noosa Beach beckons with its picturesque setting, perfect for a refreshing swim or catching some waves. While you're there, don't miss the opportunity to explore the stunning coastal walks in Noosa National Park.

Surfers Paradise Beach

Surfers Paradise Beach, with its golden sand and rolling waves, lives up to its name. Dive into the vibrant atmosphere as you enjoy swimming, surfing, or simply basking in the sun. And when your appetite calls, beachfront cafes, bars, and restaurants await.

Burleigh Heads Beach

Burleigh Heads Beach is the perfect choice for a laid-back beach day. Home to Burleigh Heads National Park, this beach offers stunning views and walking trails. Nearby James Street precinct invites you to indulge in a world of cafes, boutiques, and art galleries.

Palm Cove

Palm Cove: Nestled in North Queensland, Palm Cove awaits. A hidden gem where palm-fringed shores and the Coral Sea create a captivating backdrop for pure relaxation and exploration.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach: Discover the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, the stunning Airlie Beach, where the white sands and clear waters sparkle under the bright sun, and the tropical breeze welcomes you.

Four Mile Beach

Four Mile Beach: Take a stroll along the shores of this picturesque beach that stretches for miles and soak up the sun. Enjoy nearby Port Douglas and explore some of the best entry points into the Great Barrier Reef.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach: See the vibrant-coloured sands of this beach light up in the sun and discover the stunning natural wonders nearby. Such as the Carlo Sand Blow and the Double Island Point Lighthouse.

2. Tropical Rainforests

Venture into the lush depths of Queensland's tropical rainforests, where a world of wonder awaits. Every step unveils nature's hidden gems, from age-old trees whispering tales of yore, to radiant fauna painting the green canopy with dashes of colour. Here are some of the best rainforests to explore in the region.

swimming rainforest pool


Uncover the secrets of the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting a unique ecosystem. Immerse yourself in its beauty and diversity, and be sure to visit Cape Tribulation for a memorable rainforest and reef experience.

Lamington National Park, with its breathtaking landscapes, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, will leave you in awe. Take a walk along the Tree Top Walk for a unique perspective on this natural wonder.

The Atherton Tablelands beckons with its lush rainforests and beautiful crater lakes. Don't miss the chance to encounter the famous Curtain Fig Tree or take a dip in the refreshing Millaa Millaa Falls. And if you're up for a journey through history, explore the ruins of Paronella Park.

3. Great Barrier Reef

No trip to Queensland would be complete without exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, a world-renowned natural wonder. Stretching over 2,300 kilometres, explore a treasure trove of lively corals and exotic marine life that tell tales of time, nature, and evolution.

Heart Reef at Great Barrier Reef

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Dive into the depths of the Outer Reef, the Ribbon Reefs, or the Yongala Wreck for unparalleled snorkelling and diving experiences. Discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life and breathtaking coral formations.

Green Island awaits with its thriving coral gardens just waiting to be explored. Hop on a glass-bottom boat tour for the chance to get up close and personal with the vibrant marine life.

For an eco-friendly island experience, you’ll appreciate a visit to Lady Elliot Island. Snorkel or dive alongside turtles, manta rays, and a kaleidoscope of colourful fish, all while soaking up some of the best ocean views in the state.

4. Vibrant Cities

Queensland's vibrant cities offer a blend of culture, history, and modernity that will captivate your senses. These cities, alive with the hum of conversation, the aroma of diverse cuisines, and the rhythm of cultural festivities, hold a wealth of stories waiting to be discovered.

couple on pool loungers at Dorsett Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast stands out as a must-visit destination - staying at Dorsett Gold Coast being the ideal choice for your accommodation needs. Dorsett’s prime location places you at the epicenter of the Gold Coast's allure, a destination that offers exploration with its stunning beaches, including the renowned Broadbeach. The seamless fusion of a relaxed ambiance and upscale accommodation perfectly captures the essence of this region. When you're ready to savor the lively culinary scene that Broadbeach has to offer, a short venture will lead you to the dining and entertainment hub at The Star Gold Coast of which Dorsett Gold Coast has direct connectivity to.

Brisbane, Queensland's capital, invites you to discover its South Bank Parklands, home to beautiful gardens and the iconic Wheel of Brisbane. Lose yourself in the tranquillity of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens before venturing into the vibrant dining scene of the city's West End.

In Cairns, energetic meets tropical paradise. Stroll along the lively Esplanade, immerse yourself in the bustling Cairns Night Markets, and don't forget to visit the nearby Kuranda Village for a unique rainforest and cultural experience.

5. Outback Adventures

Embark on an outback adventure and uncover the hidden treasures of Queensland's rugged landscapes.

couple looking at outback sunset

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Undara Volcanic National Park

Undara Volcanic National Park beckons with its fascinating lava tubes, and remnants of ancient eruptions. Explore this geological marvel on a guided tour and marvel at the wonders of time.

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge unveils stunning sandstone cliffs, lush gorges, and ancient Aboriginal rock art. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty that surrounds you.

The Big Red Sand Dune

The Big Red Sand Dune offers an iconic outback experience. Visit the legendary Birdsville Pub, immerse yourself in the excitement of the Birdsville Races, and feel the adrenaline rush as you sandboard down the towering Big Red Dune.

6. Whitsunday Islands

Experience a slice of paradise on the Whitsunday Islands, where turquoise waters and pristine beaches create a dreamlike setting. Don't miss the chance to snorkel and/or dive into the beautiful waters where you’ll have a chance to see over 100 species of marine fish and coral.

Whitehaven Beach

We've mentioned it before, but this 7-kilometre stretch of pure white silica sand deserves another nod. Hill Inlet offers incomparable views that are simply jaw-dropping.

Hamilton Island

This island offers a complete package of water sports and activities for every type of traveller, and it manages to do so without the trappings of excess.

7. Unique Wildlife

Koala on Tree Trunk

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Queensland is a haven for unique wildlife encounters that will leave you with memories to cherish. Visit the iconic Australia Zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin, and immerse yourself in a world of wildlife. From cuddling a koala to witnessing crocodile shows, this zoo offers a truly immersive experience.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary offers the opportunity to cuddle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos in a natural sanctuary setting. Get up close and personal with these charming creatures and create unforgettable moments.

Embark on a river cruise along the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation to spot crocodiles and other fascinating wildlife. Guided walks will lead you through this unique ecosystem, where you can observe unique bird species and embrace the wonders of nature.

And if you're looking for a wildlife destination that's loved by locals and tourists alike, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit. It offers a chance to get up close and personal with a variety of native Australian animals in a beautiful bushland setting.

Queensland’s Gateway is Golden

couple on balcony at Dorsett Gold Coast

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Looking to truly discover the essence of Queensland? Make Dorsett Gold Coast your home base. Perfectly positioned to grant you easy access to the state's most iconic sights, this haven combines comfort with convenience.

Whether you're keen to explore the sun-kissed beaches, delve into the heart of its bustling cities, or venture into the serene hinterlands, Dorsett Gold Coast ensures you're always just a stone's throw away from your next Queensland adventure.

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