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Travel Planning

Queensland at a Glance

The large and varied state of Queensland is an eco-tourist's paradise with rain-forests, islands, the the Great Barrier Reef ready to be explored. 

Queensland has 300 days of sunshine each year. Lounge on the gold-colored beaches of the Sunshine Coast, or enjoy snorkeling in calm ocean waters. Race through river-rapids, discover the wonders of the rain-forest, or take a whale-watching cruise. Spot koalas, watch a turtle hatch or hire a guide to take you deep into Queensland's natural paradise. Gem fields, river gorges and rock art are some of the sights you might see. 

If city exploration is more your idea of a vacation, check out cosmopolitan Brisbane or live it up in the resort city of Cairns. Queensland's fertile rural regions supply delicious beef, local wines and many fruits and vegetables to area restaurants. Come enjoy a dinner that combines the best of the land and the sea. 

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Popular Places
  • Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef
  • Brisbane Brisbane
  • Gold Coast Gold Coast
  • Whitsunday Islands Whitsunday Islands
  • Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Brisbane Airport
  • Major Airport Cairns Airport
  • Regional Airport Hamilton Island Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Queensland is very large and has significant climate variation. Tornadoes, tropical cyclones, flooding do occur. The dry season is the most comfortable and popular time to visit Queensland's northern-most areas. 

Safety Concerns Stay alert while in Queensland's urban areas. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. In the wilderness, speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. On the beach, obey all posted warnings and keep in mind that dangerous rip-tides and currents do occur. 

Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. 

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