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The state that I call home, Queensland, is the second largest in Australia,covers an area of 1,852,642 km2 and is situated on the Coral Sea to the north and Pacific Ocean to the east.
It is also a state of contrasts with incredible beaches along its coastline; the Great Dividing Range with lush rainforests and waterfalls; the wondrous Daintree Forest; the stunning islands of the Great Barrier Reef; the Whitsunday Islands; the dry and desolate Outback; and the tropical Savannah land of the Gulf country.
During my travels I have covered a large section of Queensland, excluding parts of the Outback, the very Far North and the Gulf Country. Australia is such a vast place that it seems an impossible feat to see all of it during your lifetime. However, this is not from want of trying!
I have compiled an A to Z list of some of the incredible places in Queensland that I have visited and here they are:
It is no secret that I’m proud of the state I live in. Aptly called the ‘Sunshine State’ because of its large number of sunny days, especially throughout the winter months. But more than that I adore the ‘green and the gold’ – the contrast between the golden sandy beaches and the lush greenery in the hinterlands and tropical rainforests. Give me Queensland anyday!!
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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JohannaSeptember 18, 2015
Wonderful post – oh the places you have seen! I’m lucky to have seen some of these, but you’ve given me so many more ideas of where to go and what to do when we get over East again. I love the look of the Gold Coast hinterland – green and tropical and yet not too far from those lovely beaches.
KathySeptember 18, 2015
The Gold Coast Hinterland is one of our best kept secrets. I love going for a drive into the greenery and maybe visiting a winery, browsing some of the arts and crafts shops, talking a rainforest walk and of course indulging in some of the local fresh produce. Queensland is a big state and has lots to offer – very much like WA. :)
budgettraveltalkSeptember 18, 2015
Whoah, I’ve been to all these except for Heron Island. I would love to go to Heron. Were you there on a day trip or were you lucky enough to stay on the Island. Did you go snorkelling?
KathySeptember 18, 2015
Hi Jan, I haven’t actually been there but my husband has. He went on a day trip scuba diving with some of his mates. We have always said that we would like to return there and camp for a few days. Another beautiful island in Queensland. :)
budgettraveltalkSeptember 20, 2015
Hmmm, I didn’t know you could camp there. Good to know.
KathySeptember 20, 2015
Yep you can, but you have to take absolutely everything with you. :)
Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)September 18, 2015
It’s the best state by far Kathy. I could really use that bottle of Bundy right now ;)
KathySeptember 19, 2015
Ha ha! You’re on holidays now, so sit back and relax. Bundy rum is my hubby’s favourite drink, but I can’t stand the smell of it! I have to agree that Queensland is pretty special.:)
NancieSeptember 21, 2015
Hi Kathy. I visited Australia in 1980, and have fond memories of visiting Queensland, and the Outback. I actually did most of my travel by bus!! Your photos are gorgeous. I would love to get back one of these days, and do some more exploring. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday
KathySeptember 21, 2015
That’s fantastic Nancie. I’m so glad you came to Queensland and saw the remarkable outback. Australia is such huge vast country that there would be plenty for you to see on a follow up trip. :)
Aperture Of My SoulOctober 4, 2015
I love this list! I’m going to mark it for future reference. It looks like Queensland has some amazing places to see. I can’t wait till I can see them for myself. Thanks for putting it together! Nancie (too) haha
KathyOctober 4, 2015
Queensland does indeed have many wonderful regions to explore, whether you enjoy the gorgeous beaches, the dramatic and isolated Outback, the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Islands or the Rainforests of the Far North – to name a few. I love showcasing my home state! :)