Southern Queensland

Brisbane skyline
Brisbane

The best places to visit in Southern Queensland

Northern Queensland may have the Great Barrier Reef, but Southern Queensland has ‘the Great South East.’ A sun-soaked corner of the world where beaches are plentiful and everything from rainforests to countryside and cities are but a car ride away. To help you plan your ideal Australia holiday itinerary, we’ve mapped out our favourite parts of South Queensland for you below.

If you're planning a holiday in Southern Queensland, talk to a Travel Expert today on 0800 707 6010.

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A jetty overlooking the Brisbane River and city buildings, Brisbane The Brisbane River

Brisbane

Brisbane

The Sunshine State's capital

Long regarded as a sleepy backwater, Australia's third largest city has transformed into an appealing destination that combines culture with Queensland's bountiful nature. Home to a laidback yet active lifestyle, Brisbane is a fantastic city to spend a few nights exploring. While there, ride a bike along the Southbank precinct, visit the highly reputable Gallery of Modern Art, and be sure to take time to taste your way around the city’s lively dining scene.

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Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Where the bush meets the beach
Just north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is a beloved beach town where travellers can getaway to enjoy unspoilt wilderness and secluded beaches. While there are plenty of beaches to choose from, one of the most popular is Noosa. The beloved stretch features a stylish main street lined with high-end restaurants and boutiques, as well as a calm beach and nearby bushland to explore.
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Surfers Paradise, CJ - Queenslands Coastal self-drive Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

A glittering coastal strip
Located an hours' drive south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is Queensland’s other star beach destination. More bustling than the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast features a high rise hub in the form of Surfer’s Paradise, along with laidback surfer suburbs like Burleigh Heads and Coolongatta. Also on the menu, you can visit everything from lush rainforests to thrilling theme parks, luxury spas and plenty of surf clubs.
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Fraser Island with rusty boat, Cj - Queenslands Coastal self-drive Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island
For a taste of south Queensland’s great outdoors, Fraser Island is the place to be. Relatively untouched yet easy to access, you can reach Fraser Island via a short ferry ride from Hervey Bay. Once on the sand island, you’ll find an abundance of flora and fauna ranging from whales to rainforests, coral cays and endless miles of sand. Be sure to drive the beach highway on a 4X4 tour and take a dip in the fresh water Lake McKenzie.

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Queensland is a big place. So big, that it helps to have an Expert on your side. With that in mind, at Round the World Experts we have a Australia team dedicated to creating bespoke holiday itineraries of Queensland and wider Australia. For more Queensland holiday ideas, talk to our Australia team today.

Round the World Expert Jessica Green

When visiting the Sunshine Coast I recommend taking a boat down the Noosa Everglades then kayaking back. It was one of the most special experiences I have ever had and the sights of the everglades are incredible.

- Jessica Green,Expert
Sunshine Coast beach
The classic Australian beach with sunny weather, rolling surf and hardly anyone around! You'll find this particular one on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland #expertfinds #sunshinecoast #queensland