Want year-round balmy temperatures, unbeatable outdoor activities, tropical landscapes and a resort lifestyle? Queensland is where you’ll find it – it’s not called the Sunshine State, beautiful one day, perfect the next, for nothing!
Queensland is Australia’s holiday state, the Australian destination of choice for domestic vacations. That fringe of golden beaches running north from Bundaberg to Cape York is just too good to miss, lapped by blue sea dotted with tropical isles for Queensland island holidays.
Queensland is on Australia’s east coast, north of New South Wales in the subtropics. Culture-vulture Brisbane is the state’s capital, and Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns are the main coastal centres for launching into the big blue from the mainland. International flights touchdown in Brisbane and Cairns, and from there you can fly direct to the only airport in the Whitsundays on Hamilton Island.
The Sunshine State
Queensland’s summers are warm, and the winter doesn’t exist as you’d know it – expect sunny days and temperatures hovering around 20°C. Mid-year is dry and December to February can be wet. Year-round, the average temperature on Hamilton Island is a balmy 26°C.
Great Barrier Reef
Paradise for snorkellers and divers awaits just two hours away from Hamilton Island, in the coral canyons of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.
With its coral reefs and dazzling schools of tropical fish, the Great Barrier Reef is Queensland’s Coral Sea jewel. Surrounding the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lie the scattered islands of the Whitsundays, where the premier gateway resort is Hamilton Island.
Queensland means miles and miles of glorious beaches. One of the world’s most beautiful stretches of white sand and turquoise water is Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands, a short sail or joy flight from Hamilton Island.
Launch into water sports action from Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island, for jet-skiing, sailing, beach volleyball, diving and fishing.
Queensland’s palm-fringed beaches are flanked by World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest and bordered by rugged mountain ranges. Inland, away from the coastal resorts and hill towns, lies the iconic red desert of the Australian Outback.