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10 Of The Best Things To Do In Queensland, Australia

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or it's your first time hopping on a plane, it can be extremely exciting to visit Australia. This gigantic continent/country has so much to offer, and not just koalas and scarily huge spiders.
As a quick guide, here are 10 of the best things to do in Queensland, Australia.
[b]1. Visit the Gold Coast[/b]
This is one of the most famous holiday areas in Australia. There are tons of new skyscrapers and shopping malls where you can shop 'til your heart's content. It's a great area to get some sun on the beach and maybe also catch some waves.
If you're bringing your kids along on your trip, there's also plenty to do in the Gold Coast for families. You can plan your holiday around the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Movie World, and Sea World.
[b]2. Walk Around Lamington National Park[/b]
Lamington National Park is a [url=]World Heritage Area[/url], which means you've got to go see it. It has the remnants of an old, inactive volcano, as well as gorges, rainforests, and beach forests.
If you're a fan of waterfalls, then you won't be disappointed here. This park has over 500 waterfalls for you to play in and take gorgeous photos of.
Over 190 species of birds live in Lamington National Park, along with many other animals. So while you're hiking on the 150 kilometers of trails available, you're bound to run into one of these creatures.
[b]3. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef[/b]
You can't go to Australia and not at least dip your toes into the Great Barrier Reef. With over 1,600 species of fish residing in it, the Great Barrier Reef is every diver and snorkeler's dream. You can also find sharks, dolphins, turtles, and dugongs swimming in the ocean there.
If you're looking for things to do on the mainland, try either Lizard Island or Lady Elliot Island.
[b]4. Relax on the Whitsunday Islands[/b]
On the Whitsunday Islands, you'll find the most popular resorts in Australia. This includes Hayman Island, Palm Bay Resort, Hamilton, and Daydream Resort & Spa.
If you love to take it easy, you can island hop and stay at each luxurious resort. Make sure you make a stop at Whitehaven Beach, which is one of the most beautiful beaches you can find in all of Australia.
[b]5. Talk a Walk in Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha[/b]
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is located in Queensland's capital. This botanical garden is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, which will make it a nice day to have a slow stroll with your significant other, friends, or family.
This is a free activity to do and you can explore 56 hectares of gardens. While you can take your own self-guided tours, you can also go on a free volunteer tour so you can learn more about the plants in the gardens.
[b]6. Visit Noosa Heads and the Sunshine Coast[/b]
Noosa is just two hours away from the Gold Coast and has an amazing range of scenery. From cliffs at the bays to rivers and bushland, you'll enjoy all types of nature. Places of interest include Main Beach and Noosa National Park.
If it's raining while you're in Noosa Heads, don't worry! There are still plenty of [url=]things to do[/url] while you're in the area. For example, you can visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium, go shopping, and visit Sunshine Castle.
[b]7. Four-Wheel Driving on Fraser Island[/b]
This is another World Heritage Area that will boggle your mind. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world! Main attractions here include the Seventy Five Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck, Champagne Pools, The Pinnacles, and Eli Creek.
When you're not busy four-wheel driving, take a break and swim in Lake McKenzie or hike in the rainforest trails. In this area, you'll get to see dolphins, whales, and tiger sharks, as well as over 300 species of birds.
[b]8. Pet and Feed a Koala in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary[/b]
Don't leave Australia without seeing a koala in real life! Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is also located in Brisbane and here, you can not only see koalas, but you can pet and feed them too!
This sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. Currently, it has over 130 koalas, which means you'll be inundated with koalas. There are also other types of Australian wildlife in the sanctuary, such as kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, platypuses, dingoes, and wombats, along with many species of birds.
[b]9. Visit the Australia Zoo[/b]
If you're an animal lover and want more to do after visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, spend a day at the Australia Zoo, which isn't far from Brisbane. This zoo is over 110 acres big, so it may not be the best activity if you have small children, the elderly, or disabled people with you.
This zoo teaches all visitors about conservation and you'll see animals like koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, tigers, elephants, zebras, and meerkats.
[b]10. Participate in Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Port Douglas[/b]
Stand-up paddleboarding can be hard to try out for the first time when there are rough waves about. So give it a go in Port Douglas, where you'll enjoy the calm Mossman River with lush rainforests nearby.
While you're paddleboarding, you'll see local wildlife like platypuses. If you're lucky, you'll also see some aboriginal people going about their daily lives.
[b]Find Amazing Things to Do in Queensland, Australia[/b]
With some many things to do in Queensland, Australia, you won't ever be bored. In fact, you might find yourself pressed for time trying to do everything! So pick your favorite activities, set out to do them, and make some amazing memories in the process.
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