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Queensland is one of the Australia's most famous states around the world. It is home to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park. This is an extremely large state with a considerable distance between various landmarks that you may want to check out, therefore it is suggested that you hire a car for your trip around Queensland.
The climate varies considerably depending on where you travel in the state. This can range from low rainfall and hot summers in the west of Queensland to monsoons in the north. The majority of the coastal area of the state is subject to warm temperatures throughout the year. In order to see the Great Barrier Reef in optimal conditions, it is best to travel in the Austral winter months, i.e. between May and October.
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There are three international airports located in the state located in Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast. It is worth checking with various flight operators to find out the best deal for you. As mentioned previously once in Queensland it is suggested that you hire a car to make getting around the state that much easier.
The majority of the main activities to carry out in Queensland are by visiting natural sights, which makes it perfect for those that want an exciting and scenic tour of one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The main reason people visit Queensland is to see the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This reef stretches from miles and for the full experience it is suggested you view it from as many different angles as possible. Why not head to the Whitsundays and take a snorkelling tour? After that head on to Townsville where you can take glass bottomed boat tours allowing you see the reef down below you. A particular favourite are the helicopter tours allowing you to see the Reef is all its glory from the air. If you don't want to get your feet wet then head to 'Reef HQ' the world's largest natural reef aquarium in the world which will help you discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
If you want to see the natural flora and fauna of Queensland then head around an hour away from Port Douglas and you will find the Daintree National Park. Perhaps some of the highlights from visiting this place are the guided walks by an aborigine or one of the several bushwalking tours operated by a number of operators.
If you are a more 'outdoor adventure' type of tourist then head to Moreton Bay which is perfect for you. This beautiful location is packed full of activities such as camping, sailing and fishing. Here you will also be able to take a look around 'St Helena Island', a former prison from the days of Brisbane being a penal colony.
There are also numerous museums located in Queensland, a particular favourite being 'Australian Age of Dinosaurs' which is home to the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in Australia.
Everybody has to see the Great Barrier Reef at least once in their life, and that alone makes the trip to Queensland worth the money. However on top of that there are many other fantastic activities that you can carry out which in my opinion makes Queensland the ultimate tourist destination.
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