What I Would Do in Five Days in Queensland

The vast Australian continent offers so many things to do and offers nature’s beauty. This place is definitely on my bucket list.

On the  east side of Australia is Queensland, known as the Gold Coast. From underwater to up in the air, there is never a shortage of excursion to do. Here are some adventures I would love to do in Queensland in five days.

Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane– I love animals and this place is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. The best part about this place is that you get to cuddle with a koala! They are so very cute, how can you not want to hold them! You also get a chance to feed the kangaroos, hold a python, and see other Aussie wildlife such as a platypus, the Tasmanian devil, and a variety of birds of prey.

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Hot Air Ballooning – What better way to take in the scenery than a serene balloon ride over the coast or over Cairns or Brisbane. I’ve never been on one but I’ve always wanted to and the views here would be fantastic! Many rides also include breakfast at a vineyard at the end of the ride which would be a perfect way to complete the experience.

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Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef– Being the largest reef in the world and home to an abundance of marine life, this is a must see when coming to Australia.  Some interesting facts about the reefs are that they are home to over 1,500 species of fish, 134 sharks and rays, and more that 30 species of marine mammals. I can’t wait to take my underwater camera to capture the beauty that this reef has to offer.

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Taking a Seaplane to the Reefs– Viewing the reefs from up in the air will compliment the views from below the surface. The seaplane will take you on a 30 min ride to view the breath taking scenery that is offered from the tropical  islands and the coral below. An interesting fact is that these reefs can be visible from space, pretty impressive!

sea_plane

Tour the Waterfalls Circuit– Queensland is home to many waterfalls. The waterfall circuit includes three that are in close proximity to each other.  The Millaa Millaa falls is the most photographed falls in Australia and is also a popular swimming spot. Taking a dip in the falls sounds like a fun adventure to me! Another falls is the Zillie falls where you can view the cascading water from a platform at the base. The last is Ellinjaa Falls which is very picturesque and you can walk up to the base to take it all in. Nature at its best!

waterfalls

White Water Rafting down the Tully River– I love exciting adventure and this grade four river would really get my heart pumping! The guides must have skills to navigate around the river boulders and lead the group to safety and the group has to work as a team to paddle together to go the right direction. This would be an awesome experience for this adventure gal!

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With all the things that you can do in this unique country, it will be hard to fit all this and more in 5 days but a girl can sure try!

Have you been to Queensland? What was your favorite activity to do?

Thanks Tourism and Events Queensland, Delta Vacations, and Johnny Jet for hosting this fun contest!

10 Comments on "What I Would Do in Five Days in Queensland"

  1. You’ve picked some great places to visit in Queensland but there is no way you could do all of them in 5 days. Queensland is huge!

  2. Giddy for Points | June 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply

    Lol ya there may be too many activities but it was hard to narrow them down! ps I liked your interview on MMS 🙂

  3. I’m going to Queensland Sunday to visit my girlfriend and the hot air ballooning is an awesome idea!! Thanks so much! Any places you’d recommend?

    • Giddy for Points | June 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply

      That’s awesome Hans! I’ve never been but it will definitely be fun whatever you do 🙂

  4. I’ve been to Queensland and yes, indeed, it is awesome! With a great distance to deal with, you would have to pick from among all your choices!
    @HansGolden: I would recommend diving the Great Barrier Reef as a must! or at least snorkel if you don’t dive. And the waterfalls are amazing!

    • Thanks, Cacinda! Definitely on my list! Since my GF lives in the Brisbane area, I certainly will have many opportunities to do so, especially since we’re planning to live in Au if/when we get married.

      • Giddy for Points | June 10, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply

        Future Congratulations to you!! Definitely let me know how your trip goes, I could use more ideas 🙂 Just curious, are you getting there on points and if so which airline?

  5. Great list! There seems like so much to do there that I’d really like to go there. Any chance of petting a kangaroo too?

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