The Best of Queensland

We spent two months in this magnificent state and due to budget constraints had to skip a lot of the top tourist attractions. We could have easily added a month just on the coast, let alone visiting the outback regions. So bearing in mind that our experience of this magnificent state was incomplete – here’s our top picks.

1, Lawn Hill National Park

View from Indarri Lookout down to the Cascades at Boodjamulla NP
View from Indarri Lookout down to the Cascades at Boodjamulla NP

Without doubt this was our top pick for Queensland. We stayed in the nearby Adels Grove. Amidst the dry and dusty outback landscape, this truly was an oasis with its inviting cool green waters. We enjoyed our canoe paddle on the river so much that Craig is considering taking up kayaking.  Check out the blog post here.

2. Cape York

Craig & Emma at the Top
Craig & Emma at the Top

Admittedly we didn’t get to explore this area as much as we could have, but it was great to make it to the most northerly point of the Australian mainland.  The OTT and some more 4×4 adventure is still on the bucket list for future explorations.

3. Cairns (and surrounds)

Train as it crosses the bridge
Train as it crosses the bridge

Cairns itself is an OK town. But it makes the list for the wide variety of activities that are possible for a day trip. Obviously there is the Great Barrier Reef, or a day trip to Green Island. Or drive along the scenic coast road to Port Douglas. Cruise on the heritage listed Daintree River and a visit to the superb Mossman Gorge. Or drive up to the Atherton Tablelands and take in the waterfall circuit and the giant fig trees.

4. Carnarvon Gorge National Park

Craig in the midst of the gorge
Craig in the midst of the gorge

We walked 35 kilometers over two days and had the blisters to prove it! The spectacular scenery and the encounters with the wildlife made this one not to miss – https://hitthetoad.com/2015/10/24/carnarvon-gorge-national-park/

5. Eungella National Park

Broken River - home of the platypus
Broken River – home of the platypus

Our last pick was hard to choose, but we went with Eungella National Park, as this was the only place that we had actually managed to spot the elusive platypus in the wild. These magnificent creatures had us mesmerized every morning and evening as they went about their daily business. The chance encounter with a bandicoot was pretty cool as well.

We’re putting Outback Queensland on our bucket list to explore some other time. We want to experience the spectacle of  the Birdsville Races and visit Winton and the outback dinosaur trail. We may even make a stop on the Gold Coast to visit the theme parks next time. For sure we will take the 4×4 and drive on the beach at Fraser Island. And of course there are all the Whitsundays Islands to explore. We may need another lifetime to see it all…

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