It has to be said, more than one trip is needed to fully discover all of the riches that Queensland has to offer! Nicknamed the Sunshine State, this state on Australia's north-east coast is at least seven times the size of Italy, or 772,000 mi². What's most interesting though is the variety of activities you can choose from, all enjoyed in a preserved natural environment. The coastline, which covers more than 1,500 miles, is a succession of superb fine sand beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
Queensland is known worldwide, mostly for its Great Barrier Reef. Lying off the coast, it harbours approximately 1,200 miles of coral reefs. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. The main departure points for visiting the reefs are Cairns
, Port Douglas and Palm Cove. Queensland isn't limited to its reefs though. It also boasts a number of other assets, like 212 national parks and 223 protected sites.
Its more than 4 million inhabitants benefit from a nearly year-round sunny climate. The Cairns region is the birthplace of two of the oldest cultures in the world, one of which is that of the Australian Aborigines. The culture of the Aborigines dates back 4,000 years and holds undiscovered secrets and enormous wealth. Just discovering this knowledge is quite simply a unique experience.
The region welcomes more than two million visitors every year. It's time to join them! To get there, you can fly to either two of the local international airports. The first is in the state's capital Brisbane
(8 miles from the city), and the second in Cairns
(about 15 minutes away by car). As it is, the latter is the fifth biggest airport in the country in terms of the number of passengers that pass through its gates.
There are plenty of airline companies that will take you there from Great Britain, notably Cathay Pacific This company flies to six Australian cities, including Brisbane and Cairns. You just have to make a stop in Hong Kong to continue on to the land of kangaroos. The comfort provided by its various classes and the quality of its services make the flight seem considerably shorter! (©Tourism Queensland)