Queensland is a very popular destination for many travellers, and it's easy to see why when you read these Trip Reports.    



A one week trip report in September 2016 for Cairns and Port Douglas



A trip report for August 2016 including Cairns, Lady Elliot Island and around Brisbane




Queensland Outback 

A guide to Touring Central and Northern Queensland with boys - Wills68 (July 2012)

A summary of the touring experiences over two holidays, to Longreach and surrounds in 2011, then a major road trip starting in Townsville, to Mt Isa, Normanton, finishing in Cairns in 2012 by a family with late primary aged boys, both of whom are fascinated by dinosaurs & fossils, gems & geology.







Brisbane at night

Forum regular Guruswife gets active on the Brisbane river.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...  and  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Brisbane skyline 

Photo of Brisbane 

Southbank, Brisbane

Man-made swimming lagoon, Southbank 

A young man uses the CityCat ferries to great effect in his few days around Brisbane   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


Photo of CityCat ferry 

A few days in Brisbane and the surrounding areas including Moreton and Fraser Islands - http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

National park trip near Brisbane

Although this is not a Trip Report, spending time in a National Park is another great option for many travellers.  So if you're thinking of a drive to a scenic area near Brisbane, why not consider this.  One of south east Queensland ’s most scenic national forest parks has expanded to take in bushland areas around Mt Glorious, Mt Mee, D’Aguilar and north Brisbane.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

      Mr Mee rainfroest

  Mt Mee rainforest walk - about 1 hour north of Brisbane

     rocky hole - mt mee 

  Rocky Hole - Mt.Mee national park

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast


Noosa Main Beach 

Photo of Noosa Beach - Sunshine Coast

Noosa Main Beach

Photos of Noosa Main Beach

  Looking north towards Surfers Paradise

 Looking north towards Surfers Paradise Beach


Having fun in Greenmount at the southern end of the Gold Coast 

A 10 day trip report Sydney/Cairns where the poster loved Sydney ’s restaurants and had a wonderful time in the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... 

A young family holidays on the Gold Coast, sampling restaurants and several theme parks.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

A family with teenage boys recommends the Gold Coast as a fun place for a holiday.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


Water views from just about every apartment on the Gold Coast !!!

In June 2009, a young family had a fabulous farm-stay at the Sunshine Coast ’s Hinterland, and also enjoyed their trips to Montville , Maleny, Eumundi Markets, Australia Zoo and the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains.    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Three adults and a child had a great time on the Gold Coast at the theme parks, shopping and a day trip to Byron Bay in June 2009.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

In early 2008, a young family had a fabulous time staying at the Animal Farm Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.   Exploring further, they also rode the Mary Valley Heritage Railway at Gympie, and enjoyed scenic drives and several attractions within easy drives from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


Cairns / Port Douglas

A trip report around Port Douglas and Cairns in September 2016   https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTo...

 A trip report from June 2106 for Port Douglas driving down to the Whitsundays  https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTo...

Taking the Sunlander (train) from Brisbane to Cairns in May 2009, this poster really enjoyed their time in Cairns , including the Reef, the Daintree, Paronella Park , Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands and some wonderful food too.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

This poster stayed two nights at Port Douglas and six nights at Cairns in 2009 so that they could make the most of both areas.   At PD, they enjoyed their drive to Cape Tribulation while at Cairns , they drove south to Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls . and also enjoyed diving on the reef as well as a half day fishing adventure.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... 


In May 2009, a couple had a fabulous time during their week long stay at a resort where they had apartment at Palm Cove.   They hired a car and drove to lots of sites such as Kuranda, Port Douglas, Cairns , Cape Tribulation , the Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Atherton Tablelands, and they enjoyed two trips to the Reef with different companies.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


Staying at Trinity Beach in 2009, a family had a fabulous time at Kuranda, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Crystal Cascades, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and of course, sailing and snorkelling in the beautiful waters of Green Island.    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


Staying in Cairns for seven days in 2009 with three children, this family enjoyed Muddies Playground, The Skyrail, The butterfly house at Kuranda, Green Island and The Daintree.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


In June/July 2009, staying at Palm Cove, a family really enjoyed Jungle Surfing in The Daintree, as well as snorkelling, Kuranda and the night markets.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... 


Jet skiing, Jungle Surfing and a drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown was all part of this poster’s holiday in July 2009.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Photo of the Daintree River and tour boat.

A litte more modern report from a repeat visitor to Australia http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...


Sailing adventures in Queensland 

 An 8 night sailing adventure in the Whitsundays -  it just doesn’t get better than this according to this poster.   http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic- Whitsunday_Islands_

 For more sailing / cruisng adventures follow these Trip Reports  




And these Attractions day tours and sailing trips departing   Airlie Beach

 If sailing is one of your passions, then read this review about a fantastic yachting experience off the coast of Queensland where in 2008.   A couple sailed past various islands including Moreton Island, St Helena Island, Macleay Island, Karragarra Island and Russell Island, and saw lots of sea life to boot !!    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...   

 Voyage of a lifetime


Townsville & Magnetic Island

A great coastal town which is the gateway to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville with a population of around 160 000 is a busy port city from where mineral, sugar and livestock exports depart. With Army and Air Force bases and a  lively entertainment and dinning scene. Not tourist HQ like Cairns and the Gold Coast, still having a majority of architecturally significant, 19th century heritage listed buildings intact and in use.

horseshoe bay 

Horseshoe Bay water sports - Magnetic Island off Townsville

view to maggie

View of Magnetic Island from Townsville



View of Castle Hill and the city from Magnetic Island


Looking down from Castle Hill to Kissing Point and Magnetic Island beyond

rock pool

At the end of the Strand (the beachside promenade) is the tidal "rock-pool


Pallaranda beach looking toward Magnetic Island (left) and Townsville (right)


Sunrise in Townsville


Castle Hill and Breakwater Marina


Strand Beach


The City of Townsville