Queensland in the tropical North of Australia is renowned for it’s white sand beaches, tropical rain forrest, and the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. I first travelled to Queensland in 2003 as a backpacker, and have only visited this beautiful and diverse state a handful of times since.

Whitsunday Islands & Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays with their crystal clear azure waters and powdery white sands have to be arguably the best beaches in Australia. A short trip by boat or a scenic helicopter ride from Hamilton Island brings you to Heart Shaped Reef, Hardy Reef part of the Great Barrier Reef, an unforgettable place to snorkel and dive.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Port Douglas & Cape Tribulation

The lush rainforest of Cape Tribulation, and white sand beaches that dot the coastline from Port Douglas heading north, make this a popular destination with both Australian and international tourists.

Port Douglas, Australia