Queensland is known as Australia's Sunshine State although weather conditions vary greatly between the coastal plain and the inland. Queensland offers a great diversity of holiday and touring opportunities, with the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, rainforest and wilderness, open sandy beaches, and the vast outback, as well as the sophisticated attractions of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
Queensland is a place of great variety, offering something for everyone. On the coast, particularly in the south east, are some of the country s finest beaches. Straddling the east coast for almost its entire length is the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, one of the world s favourite places to dive and see amazing fish, coral and other sea life. The north is Tropical, and offers a mix of dense rainforests, fast flowing river, Tropical Savannah plains and magnificent fishing in the warm, shallow waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The people, places and wide-open spaces of Outback Queensland offer a holiday or travelling experience like few other regions in Australia can. The magnificent natural diversity of the Channel Country in the south west, the heritage-rich Matilda Country of the central west, and the ancient lands of the Dinosaur, Fossil and Mining Country in the north west has to be seen and experienced to understand the attraction of this remote corner of Outback Australia. The rocky terrain is harsh but beautiful, and the colours stark but striking.
Queensland is an all year-round destination and the state is a major tourist destination. The best time time of year will be that which matches the activities you have planned. Whether it s a car, 4WD, motorhome or motorbike, make sure you slip off the main road and discover all that s on offer for a memorable road trip.
If you d rather not self-drive, there are coaches, airplanes, helicopters and ferries to get you where you want to be. Or for a unique travel experience, why not embark on a rail journey around Queensland. Travel in style on one of the modern trains or go back in time on a vintage rattler.
Best Time To Go
Queensland is an all year-round destination and the state is a major tourist destination. The best time time of year will be that which matches the activities you have planned.
High humidity, cylones and thunderstorms are experienced every year from October until March in the tropical north, making travelling very uncomfortable, and unsealed outback roads can be cut due to floods and washouts. April to September are the best months to venture north of the Tropic of Capricorn. June to August is the peak season in Tropical regions, but be prepared for crowds; transport and accommodation needs to be booked well in advance in those months.
Heat levels in the Outback during summer are extreme so winter is the best time to visit. The South East region and the Great Barrier Reef are Queensland's major holiday destinations and generally have milder, less oppressive summer weather. These destinations can be busy right throughout the year, but particularly during school holidays when it is imperative to book travel arrangements well in advance.