Cheap flights to Queensland

With a nickname like ‘Australia’s Sunshine State’, you know you’re in a for a real holiday treat when you visit Queensland. Australia’s second largest state and third most populated (as of October 2014), Queensland has an area of more than a million square kilometres, covering about 22% of the entire continent of Australia. Of this huge area is a sun-drenched coastline of almost 7,000 kilometres full of gorgeous beaches, blue waters, tropical reefs and more. On top of that, the Sunshine State also boasts some of the most diverse terrains of the world; it is the home of 5 World Natural Heritage Areas (Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, Gondwana Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics) which includes one Wonder of the World (the Great Barrier Reef). The state is also true to its nickname as most of Queensland receives about 8-9 hours of life-giving golden sunshine each day.

Named in honour of Queen Victoria (who signed Letters Patent in 1859 separating the state from New South Wales) Queensland was once occupied by Aboriginals; today though, it is home to 10 of Australia’s 30 largest cities and enjoys an annual growth rate of 2.5%, making it one of the Australia’s fastest-growing states.

Getting around

To get around Queensland, hop on Greyhound Australia - the largest bus company in the country - for a comfortable, scenic ride around the Sunshine State. For those in a hurry, domestic flights by Qantas Airways and Virgin Blue are readily available to shuttle you from city to city in a flash. Otherwise, road trips in Queensland can be a magical experience even for tourists as roads are generally well-developed and maintained, and signposts aplenty.

What to see and do

If you’re in Queensland, check out capital city Brisbane’s many natural attractions: from the Brisbane River, sheer cliffs at Kangaroo point, pristine beaches at Noosa to the imposing Daintree Rainforest. Whatever you feel like doing, there’s something for you in this sunny and sophisticated city. For a one-of-a-kind experience that mixes the thrill of an outdoorsy adventure with the gloss of a city experience, though, the city’s unique Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a must-try. The largest steel bridge designed and constructed in Australia, by Australians, Story Bridge is a source of national pride and ascending this iconic structure is a must for those wanting to prove oneself brave enough for Queensland. Walk on walkways suspended high above the glittering city and climb steep staircases while being treated to stunning panoramic views of Brisbane.

But of course no trip to Queensland is complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral formation in the world. Home to hundreds of species of coral and thousands of species of fish as well as marine mammals such as dolphins and whales, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the few untouched natural wonders left in the world. Scuba dive in the pristine, blue waters and watch the antics of colourful fish and crustaceans; you might even find yourself face-to-face with an 150-years old sea turtle.

Flights to Queensland

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