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6 reasons why you should visit Queensland

WANT to travel interstate soon but unsure of where to visit? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Lily Wong, Lyle Zheng and Steeven Lopez give you six reasons why Queensland is worth going to. 

Image: Neil Howard via Flickr

Image: Neil Howard via Flickr

If you’re planning on having a trip soon but not sure where to visit, consider heading up to Queensland for your next interstate travel trip!

If you’ve never visisted Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’, we give you six good reasons why Queensland might just be worth visiting the next time you and your friends have a vacation.

1. Amusement and Theme Parks

Image: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr

Image: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr

If you’re big on amusement parks and thrill rides, do not miss the opportunity to visit Australia’s most renowned theme parks at the Gold Coast.

While Dreamworld, Movie World and Sea World offer big thrills with their roller coasters and rides, you can also find sea animals and heaps of different water-related activities at Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild.

2. Beaches

Image: Drumsara via Flickr

Image: Drumsara via Flickr

Soak up the surf and sun with Queensland’s many beaches – they’re practically everywhere you go! One of its famous beaches, Whitsunday Island, features stunning scenery that’s breathtaking and picture-perfect.

You can enjoy sunbathing on the beach or even go snorkeling if you have the time. Dive in and enjoy the beauty of nature!

3. Flora and Fauna

Image: James Niland via Flickr

Image: James Niland via Flickr

Queensland is home to a whole variety of animal species ranging from snakes, birds and lizards. Native Aussie animals like Kookaburras and Blue Tongue Lizards can be found while other exotic sounding creatures like the Masked Lapwing and Eastern Bearded Dragon Lizard  can also be found among Queensland’s wildlife.

Additionally, Queensland is home to approximately 14,000 native species of plants, algae, fungi and lichens. More than 30 percent of these are exclusive to Queensland and can’t be found in any other Australian state or even the world!

4. Outdoor Activities

queensland-snorkel

Image: Paul Arps via Flickr

If you’re staying in Queensland, know that there are heaps of things to do outdoors. From the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island to the Skyrail Rainforest and the Kuranda Scenic, you’ll be able to participate in many outdoor activities like diving, snorkeling, cruising and flying in a helicopter.

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary are also good options for you to visit. Of course, there’s also plenty to do in Queensland’s capital of Brisbane too – our suggestions include cruising along Brisbane’s river either at noon or in the evening and sightseeing in the city.

5. Near and cheap

Image: Phineas H via Flickr

Image: Phineas H via Flickr

One of the biggest factors in deciding where to go when on vacation is the affordability of the trip and location as well as the distance between your home and the vacation destination.

Queensland fortunately ticks all those boxes as it is relatively near – being that it is within the country – and also is cheap enough to get to. Some airlines like Jetstar offer cheap round trips to Queensland while other services like Webjet and Skyscanner offer cheap bundles that include flight packages with hotel accommodation.

6. Weather

Image: IeGuik via Flickr

Image: IeGuik via Flickr

Another deciding factor is the weather. Queensland offers great weather, where you can find places that boast an average of 300 sunny days a year. Warm summers and mild winters are what you can expect in this subtropical destination. Average summer and winter temperatures range from 9°C – 29°C in Brisbane while Cairns sees 17°C – 31°C throughout the year.

Have you had a good experience in Queensland? Share your vacation with us in the comments below!

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