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15 photographs that will inspire you to visit Queensland

15 photographs that will inspire you to visit Queensland

15 photographs that will inspire you to visit Queensland


If you are thinking of visiting Australia and are seeking some inspiration to get that holiday booked this post may just provide it! These are my favourite photographs I have shared on my Instagram over the last 12 months and I am confident these photographs that will inspire you to visit Queensland.

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WHITEHAVEN BEACH


Without doubt THE most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Visiting the Whitsundays has been one of the highlights of our time here. The sand is like flour and so incredibly white. Easy to see why it is consistently voted one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in the world.

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Visiting Whitehaven Beach at the Whitsundays in Queensland

 


BOWEN


Home to the legendary big MANGO Bowen was a great weekend getaway for us when we lived in Mackay. Wonderful beaches and the best fish and chips I have even eaten are my memories of Bowen!

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My top 5 things to do in Bowen Queensland

 


CAPE HILLSBOROUGH


Sunrise, a beautiful beach and kangaroos! What could typify Queensland more? I have been to Cape Hillsborough 4 times now and although it is an early start to be there at sunrise I have yet to be disappointed by the sight of these gorgeous animals bounding across the beach. Although I have so many photographs of Cape Hillsborough but this one remains my all time favourite.

I am constantly surprised how many Queenslanders say “where?” when I mention Cape Hillsborough. My post and guide to seeing the kangaroos and wallabies remains one of the most popular on my website so hopefully more people will go and enjoy this wonderful experience!

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A guide to the best time to see kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough

 


HERVEY BAY


I would love to be able to claim this photograph as my own but it was taken by my work colleague on a recent work trip. Hervey Bay is the place to see whales during their annual migration to have their babies in the warmer waters off Northern Queensland.

It is also the stepping off point for Fraser Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest sand island in the world.

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Top 20 things to do in Queensland Australia

 


SOUTH BANK BRISBANE


If you visit Queensland then Brisbane will inevitably be on your itinerary. South Bank in Brisbane is one of my favourite destinations in summer. With beaches, a market, great places to eat and a wonderful relaxed vibe it is the place to chill out on a Sunday afternoon. In the evening take a stroll along to the Brisbane sign for a great photograph of the city.

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20 things to do in South Bank Brisbane

 


THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS


A visit to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a must-do for anyone visiting S.E. Queensland. The Glasshouse Mountains dominate the landscape and we were rather pleased to stumble on a great cafe with this amazing view of them!

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Wonderful accommodation in Sunshine Coast Hinterland - Yabbaloumba Retreat

 


LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY


The ultimate symbol of Australia the koala is on everyone’s wish list to see when visiting Queensland. If you are not lucky enough to see one in the wild then the next-best is to see one at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. I could watch them all day and we enjoy visiting the sanctuary so much we paid for a yearly membership!

Who can resist a koala? Aren’t they just the cutest! Hard to comprehend that they were killed in their thousands for their fur by European settlers – or maybe not – the killing of N American buffalo to near extinction is another example of this madness. ⠀⠀ Great to know that these little guys are safe and well looked after at lone pine koala sanctuary in Brisbane. Hunting them was banned years ago but they are still killed and injured through encounters with pet dogs/cars etc ⠀⠀ Seeing them in the sanctuary all safe and happy is great – even better seeing them in their natural habitat – have you seen koalas? ⠀⠀ #koalasanctuarybrisbane #lonepinekoalasanctuary #visitaustralia #visitqueensland #natgeotravel #ilovequeensland #natgeotravelpic #unlimited_australia #australia_shotz #ig_australia #australialovesyou #exploreaustralia #living_australia #discoveraustralia #discoverbrisbane #thisisqueensland #mybrisbane #visitbrisbane #brisbaneanyday #thisisbrisbane #discoverqueensland #seeaustralia #australia #straya #australiagram #downunder #brisbane #loves_australia #koala #koalas @preview.app

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There will be a lot of people around the world feeling like this on 1st January 2018! The koala one of Australia’s cutest animals and one that won’t kill you 😂 Though obviously seeing koala in the wild is on most people’s wish list if you don’t get the chance (or have the luck) then the best place to see them close up is at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane! Post coming soon! What Australian animal would you like to see? #ig_australia #australia #queensland #travelqld #travelblogger #lonepinekoalasanctuary #lonepinekoala #koala #straya #trips100 #travel #ilovequeensland #thisisqueensland #brisbane #visitbrisbane #visitaustralia #visitqueensland #animals #koalabear #lonepine #expat #expatlife #eucalyptus

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All you need to know about to visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

 


THE GOLD COAST


This photograph showing Surfer’s Paradise in the background is taken from Burleigh Heads beach on the Gold Coast. Definitely an area we want to explore more this coming summer!


CAPE TRIBULATION


Cape Tribulation in Far Northern Queensland was our recent holiday destination. Crossing the Daintree River and exploring the wet tropics a UNESCO World Heritage area was very special. It was like stepping into a Jurassic Park film with the cassowary and crocodiles taking a starring role!

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BRISBANE


Take a ride on the City Cat in Brisbane and enjoy the sights of the city from the river! Hop off at South Bank or take a ride to Eat Street and sample some of the best street food in Queensland.


WILDLIFE


Koala, kangaroos, wallabies, beautiful birds, lizards, echidna, possum, crocodiles, wombats and dugong just some of the wonderful wildlife to spot when visiting Queensland. This little beauty was a great subject and was a right little poser!

Another inhabitant of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – this guy was a right poser!! ⠀⠀ I am still getting used to the lizards in Australia there are some pretty big ones! We have a tiny gecko 🦎 in our apartment- he hasn’t got a name yet – and suggestions!! ⠀⠀ We love having him around to eat all the nasty bugs that love the heat! ⠀⠀ #koalasanctuarybrisbane #lonepinekoalasanctuary #visitaustralia #visitqueensland #natgeotravel #ilovequeensland #natgeotravelpic #unlimited_australia #australia_shotz #ig_australia #australialovesyou #exploreaustralia #living_australia #discoveraustralia #discoverbrisbane #thisisqueensland #mybrisbane #visitbrisbane #brisbaneanyday #thisisbrisbane #discoverqueensland #seeaustralia #australia #straya #australiagram #downunder #lizard #lizardlover #brisbane #loves_australia @preview.app

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PALM TREES


So many palm trees in Queensland but 2 places that I immediate associate with them are Port Douglas and the esplanade in Townsville! Driving into Port Douglas you will find palm tree lined avenues welcome you into town. Apparently the council has to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to de-nut the trees to avoid the threat of being clonked on the head by a falling coconut!

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Top 10 things to do in Port Douglas

SUNSETS


So many photographs of beautiful sunsets! This one is my favourite and was taken in Port Douglas on our recent trip. Bit of a cliche pic but so stunning to experience!

 


PETHERS RAINFOREST RETREAT – TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN


We have stayed in a variety of accommodation on our travels around Queensland over the last year but my absolute favourite was our stay at Pethers Rainforest Retreat on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland. This luxury accommodation is the perfect retreat for those looking for a relaxing break. Stay in your own private luxury tree house set in the rainforest and unwind!


Well I hope that you are suitably inspired to visit Queensland now you have checked out some of my favourite photographs! There are many more to come and I share regular updates via Instagram!


PIN FOR LATER – PHOTOGRAPHS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO VISIT QUEENSLAND


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14 Comments

  1. August 4, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Aww I went to (and loved!) a few of these places on my trip too, especially Lone Pine! x

  2. August 13, 2018 / 12:14 am

    The photo of the kangaroo on the beach is my favorite! We have beaches and palm trees where I live, but no kangaroos! Queensland is indeed a peaceful and lovely place!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      August 26, 2018 / 9:05 am

      thanks Sharon – it sure is fab!

  3. August 14, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Queensland is such a huge place and there’s just so much to see. I’m impressed with how much you’ve seen Tracey, a lot more than I have haha. Glasshouse mountains I’ve only seen from the train, would love to hike up there. Great snaps!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      August 26, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thanks David – we have been travelling a lot and loving it all!

  4. August 14, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    What a beautiful place! I wanted to visit the area for a while now, I’ve only been to Sydney and its vicinity when I last visited Australia. I love your photos! Thanks for sharing.

  5. August 16, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Stunning photos of Queensland that make me want to take a visit now. I have never been to Australia but when I read your posts I am excited to put this place high on my bucket-list. Thanks for the tease and for sharing! #feetdotravel

  6. September 4, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    You didn’t really need to inspire me but I am more inspired to come back than I was a few minutes ago! Great photos and I really do see a trip coming up!

    • TracyJane
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      September 4, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Let me know if you are visiting! Would be great to meet up!

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
-- Michael Palin