For anyone contemplating to travel to Queensland for your next holiday, you can revel in the knowledge that few tourist destinations in Australia can hold a candle against the Sunshine State.
The beauty of it is the smorgasbord of attractions available to you, which basically means you will be spoilt for choice; whether you are travelling alone, in the company of friends or taking a family holiday.
These attractions among some of the country's best, are spaced far and wide across the state, although transport is readily available in a plethora of options: be it access by coach, air, or the Queensland rail travel services.
Speaking of attractions.
Few places in Australia offer such a dense concentration of islands (dazzling ones at that) in one place as Queensland. With plenty to keep you occupied.
If you are looking for accommodation, the breathtaking Hamilton Island will do it for you what with its fantastic options such as the one Reef View Hotel. The Whitsunday Islands, on the other hand, are renowned for their bare boat charter services. Located in their heart are the Hayman Island and Daydream Island both of which sit magnificent resorts. And then there is Long Island and Brampton Island, a pair that has for decades remained a family favourite.
But that's not it.
There is a group of other fantastic island destinations along the Great Barrier Reef, and these are particularly huge draws for divers. They include the Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island and Green Island, all resting atop coral atolls on the reef itself.
There is not a shortage of luxurious resorts in these parts too. These you'll especially find on Bedarra Island, Lizard Island, Fitzroy Island, Dunk Island and Orpheus Island; a group of islands that has made their name for their particular focus on high-end clientele, whether we are talking accommodation or outdoor activity.
When it comes to families, few do it better than Magnetic Island, located off Townsville.
The islands are easily accessible, with two main options to get you there. You can choose to go by road from the coastal town of Airlie Beach, or take a flight from Hamilton Island.
For decades, holidaying in Queensland has remained a tantalising prospect. The Gold Coast is one of Australia's favourites.
And for good reason.
This is the place you'll find some of the best theme parks. Think Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld. Not to mention the Wet ' Wild water park.
This is the place you'll encounter fabulous surfing beaches that stretch for miles on end, gliding through resort towns like Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Broadbeach, Southport, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads. Equally fabulous is the surround, courtesy of the Gold Coast hinterland, which offers a backdrop of panoramic views made the more appealing by surrounding waterfalls, rainforests and diverse wildlife.
And with thousands of high-rise apartments to cater to the large number of vacationers who frequent its shores, accommodation is ample on the Gold Coast. This is an area that is also a perfect launch base due to its convenient location. Just to its north sits the state's capital, Brisbane, with the beautiful Sunshine Coast only an hour's drive away.
When you get to the Sunshine Coast, it's another surprising delight of attractions. The area is especially renowned for its gorgeous surfing beaches and magnificent hinterland region. Its beaches are a drawcard for many a visitor, as they flock the likes of Caloundra, Coolum, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Noosa and Rainbow Beach every year without fail.
These beaches are surrounded by palmy tourist towns, each of which is self-sufficient in terms of holiday accommodation, as they seek to complement the Sunshine Coast accommodation.
The tourism regions of central and north Queensland rank high up on the list of Australia's most popular go-to holiday destinations, and the diversity of these regions is largely to thank.
The Fraser Island and Hervey Bay regions are home to world heritage-listed eco-tourism spots, and here you will also find some of the best whale-watching points on earth.
This is also home to the Discovery Coast, running from Bargara and Bundaberg to Rockhampton, which features world-famous destinations like the coastal town of Yeppoon and the village of 1770 which some have christened Australia best kept secret.
Further up north of Queensland is Australia's offering of tropical travel and holidaying at its best. Here sits the Daintree rainforest, with other attractions comprising tours and cruises, as well as scuba diving expeditions to the Great Barrier Reaf.
It is also home to the historical city of Cairns, a stylish metropolis best known around the world for its relaxed, tropical climate and laidback ambience. The surrounding towns of Palm Cove, Mission Beach and Port Douglas also hold their own as travel and holiday destinations in Queensland. Extending between Cairns and Port Douglas is the Cairns Beaches 25-km of coastline which gives the area that trademark tropical, Riviera-like feeling.
With its galore of attractions, Queensland travel is like Australia's Sunday suit: the best the country has to offer. There is something in it for everyone. If you ever are planning to book your next holiday to Queensland, you can rest assured few local destinations will offer you the thrill you will find here.