The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Queensland

Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo (Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students)


Fun Facts about Queensland:

  • Also known as “the sunshine state”
  • 300+ days of sunshine
  • Stated flower is the Cooktown orchid
  • The capital is Brisbane
  • Has five of Australia’s eleven world natural heritage areas
  • Home to more than 4 million people
  • About one third of Queenslanders are migrants or the children of migrants

Popular Places in Queensland:

  • Gold Coast
  • Brisbane (capital)
  • Noosa Heads
  • Hervey Bay (Fraser Island)
  • Airlie beach (Whitsunday Islands)
  • Townsville (Magnetic Island)
  • Cairns (Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda)

Where to Party:

  • Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise): Sin City, One Cavill, Bedroom Lounge Bar and BROWNS students go on Tuesday to the Beer Garden and Melbas on Thursday
  • Brisbane: Stockies (go there on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night) & Fortitude Valley
  • Airlie Beach: Magnums and Mama Africa
  • Darwin: Opium, Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill, The Precinct Tavern

How to get there:

The best way to travel up the East Coast is probably by car or campervan.
Most highways/roads along the East Coast are of good quality.
It is also possible to go by public transport such as train and bus.

Train: https://www.queenslandrail.com.au/

Bus: https://www.busqld.com.au/ or https://www.greyhound.com.au/

Where to stay:

My favourite places to stay are the YHA Hostels.
They are in all the popular places in Queensland.

But… there are many more hostels! Check out the website below to compare:

If you have a campervan, I recommend buying the ‘’Camps Australia Wide’’ in the App store.
This application shows all the campsites and holiday parks in Australia.

Gold Coast Highlights:

  • Burleigh Heads
    –Burleigh Head National Park (rainforest with birds and walking trails)
    –David Fleay Wildlife Park (wildlife park with walking tracks through groves and rainforest)
  • Lamington National Park (1h drive from BROWNS)
  • Springbrook National Park (1h drive from BROWNS)
  • Coolangatta
    –Watch the sunset with a view of the Gold Coast skyline
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Surfers Paradise
    –Sky point (get a discount ticket at the BROWNS reception)
    –Check out the beach!

Rent a car to get to the National Parks or use public transport (bus and tram).

Find out more about the Gold Coast: https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/ 

Brisbane & Around:

  • Brisbane
    – South Bank Parklands (Great place to have a picnic by the river)
    – City Botanic Gardens
    – Kangaroo Point Cliffs (An amazing cityscape view)
    – XXXX Brewery tours (Well-known beer from Queensland)
  • Australia Zoo (a personal favourite!)
    –Located in Beerwah, north of Brisbane
    –Big, amazing zoo & home of the Australian Crocodile Hunter S. Irwin
  • Moreton Island (3.5h drive from BROWNS)
    –Feed dolphins & Snorkelling
  • North Stradbroke Island (3h drive from BROWNS)
    –Historical Museum introducing the island’s Aboriginal history
    –North Gorge Headlands Walk & Naree Budjong Djara National park


The Islands:

  • Fraser Island (3.5h drive from BROWNS to Hervey Bay)
    –Located at the coast of Hervey Bay
    –Watch the whales during winter
    –Go to Rainbow Beach
  • The Whitsundays (1h and 45min flight to Airlie beach)
    –Located at the coast of Airlie beach
    –Go sailing, diving, snorkelling or kayaking
    –Top beaches: Whitehaven beach, Chalkies beach and Langford island
  • Magnetic Island (2h flight to Townsville)
    –Located at the coast of Townsville
    –There are koalas and rock wallabies
    –Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef


Cairns & Around:

  • Great Barrier Reef
    –Diving, snorkelling and swimming among fish, turtles and beautiful corals
  • Kuranda
    –Magnificent rainforest and interesting markets
  • Daintree rainforest and national park
    –World Heritage
    –Take the river ferry and see wild crocodiles in the river
  • Cape Tribulation Area
    –Only place in the world where the rainforest is connected to the reef

Find out more:  https://www.cairnstoday.com.au/  


*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.


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