Views of Queensland’s coastline with buildings and beaches

Queensland Vacations: Great Barrier Reef

Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most renowned and endangered natural wonders. Cairns is the closest city to the reef from the mainland. Spend a night on a pontoon over this living marvel. Then, head to the Whitsundays. The beaches are unrivaled, with spectacular white sand and gin-clear water. You’ll also want to take the Kuranda Scenic Railway into Queensland’s World Heritage-listed rainforest. Whether you’re looking for a Great Barrier Reef honeymoon or want to surf the Gold Coast, a Queensland vacation package with Liberty Travel can take you there.

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Queensland at a Glance

Currency: Australian Dollar ($)

Tipping Customs: While Australians don’t generally tip, in recent years it has become more customary to tip for exceptional service

Language: English

Popular Drink: Barrier Reef Brewing Beers

Must Eat: Fresh-caught seafood

Power Up: Type I (three-prong type) 240

Weather: The weather is warm in the winter and summertime, with winter bringing less rain and summer bringing more rainfall.

Best Time to Visit: Visit year-round, but if you want to swim, avoid November through March when the beaches are closed on account of the deadly box jellyfish.

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Man surfing on the beach in Queensland

Top Things to Do in Queensland

Spend a Night on the Great Barrier Reef
Cruise to a pontoon and spend a night under the stars, listening to the water gently lapping all around you. Wake with a snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef.

Bask on Whitehaven Beach
With some of the whitest sand in the world thanks to its pure white silica sand, and gin-clear water, this beach is stunning. Explore the Whitsundays for holiday fun and breathtaking beaches.

Fly Over the Reef
The best way to appreciate the sheer size of the Great Barrier Reef is to fly over it on a helicopter flightseeing tour.

Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Travel to Kuranda, a village nestled in a rainforest on this beautiful scenic railway.

Dive, Snorkel, or Glass Bottom Boat
Explore the reef’s diverse species and coral on a dive adventure, snorkel tour, or glass bottom boat cruise.

Grilled shrimp a staple dish in Queensland, Australia

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