Whether you're after family time, a romantic escape, a gourmet getaway or even something completely off grid – here are some of the best ways to have a quick holiday in the Sunshine State.
A weekend getaway in the northern NSW town is very manageable – home to Australia's most easterly point and the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse, the region is known for its spectacular beaches, unique shopping and dining experiences, world-class festivals, and vibrant community spirit. Hit the road and you’ll be enjoying the charms of Byron in under 2 hours – or you could live like a local by taking your time and stopping off at the small coastal towns along the way.
PLAN YOUR WEEKEND AWAY AT BYRON BAY
While this unique island is a packed album of natural wonders, its numbers are also impressive – at 123 kilometres long, it’s the biggest sand island in the world; back in 1992 it was the tenth Australian site included on the World Heritage list; it contains half of the world’s 80 perched sand-dune lakes, capturing pure rainwater.
PLAN YOUR WEEKEND ON FRASER ISLAND
Australia’s sixth-largest city has come of age, maturing into a cosmopolitan community with an entrepreneurial spirit, a burgeoning food scene and renewed appreciation of its natural surrounds.
PLAN YOUR WEEKEND ON THE GOLD COAST
With its idyllic location in the heart of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is the ultimate launching pad for exploring some of the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest drawcards – Hardy Reef, Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach are all within easy reach. It also boasts renowned bars and restaurants, a wide range of accommodation options, a huge selection of activities, and some striking contemporary landmarks.
PLAN YOUR ISLAND REEEF VACATION
Heading westward on the Ipswich Motorway the Brisbane cityscape quickly recedes, revealing the rugged, natural beauty of the Lockyer Valley at the foot of the Great Dividing Range. As the sun begins to set, the vast blue skies fade and golden light bathes the rich red earth, fertile farmlands and mountainous terrain, home to abundant native wildlife.
PLAN YOUR REGIONAL GETAWAY IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY
The call of the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland is hard to resist, with an abundance of lush rainforest, unspoiled beaches, fine food and swathes of natural beauty. Curious travellers who wander off the highway will find a treasure trove of villages. You can discover a lot in three days, though you'll want to stay forever.
PLAN YOUR LONG WEEKEND AT THE SUNSHINE COAST
After months of only dreaming about holidays, now’s the time to explore our vast and beautiful backyard. To reconnect with nature, ourselves and our loved ones in places we’ve never explored, through experiences that make us come alive.
Simply put - Queensland, you’re Good to Go.
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