Enjoy these Queensland holiday experiences


Queensland’s tourism industry has welcomed more attractions to tempt locals and visitors.

Tourists can now experience a day trip to the Torrest Strait islands from Cairns. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Tourists can experience the Torres Strait islands in a day trip from Cairns. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Take your pick from these seven new Queensland tourism experiences for your next holiday, or take the time to experience all of them. The choice is yours!


Gold Coast luxury


The much-anticipated 339-room Langham Gold Coast is a world-class resort with lapping waves at its doorstep. The hotel offers an executive ocean suite and nine other room options, a swim-up pool bar overlooking the famous Gold Coast beaches and breathtaking views of the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline and hinterland. Guests will have access to Michelin-star dining, Australia’s finest produce, in-house pastries and an extensive selection of boutique beverages all from the comfort of the resort. 


Outback paddlewheeler


Step back in time with Outback Pioneers’ latest experience, Pride of the Murray, and float down a historic river in Outback Queensland. The 100-year-old paddlewheeler and piece of pioneer history made its inaugural cruise down the Thomson River in Longreach on 25 June. The heritage vessel made an epic 1700 km journey from the Murray River in Victoria to the outback town of Longreach on the back of a 700-horsepower prime mover. 


Torrest Strait day trip


The untapped tourism destination of the Torres Strait islands is now easily accessible with a first-of-its-kind day tour from Cairns. The jam-packed experience combines six tourism products in one day out. A Strait Day allows travellers the opportunity to experience the ancient culture of the Torres Strait people on their sacred land. Largely untouched, the mystery and wonders of the islands provide the picture-perfect setting for ceremonial dance, fascinating war history, and traditional island feasting.


Yarriba Dreaming


Speaking of Cultural tourism, Yarriba Dreaming as launched a three-day Aboriginal immersion tour of Mount Barney Lodge in the Scenic Rim, a destination recently crowned by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 Regions in the World to Visit in 2022. The tour covers a Welcome to Country, storytelling around an ancient birthing water hole, traditional bush tucker and hunting skills and virtual initiation. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of Indigenous Australian culture and practices, and a spiritual connection to the idyllic landscape.


Kingfisher bay celebration

To commemorate both Kingfisher Bay Resort’s 30th birthday and the 30th anniversary of K’gari’s (Fraser Island) UNESCO World Heritage listing, the iconic ecotourism operation has undergone a major overhaul including refurbished hotel and King accommodation, full renovations to Sand & Wood Restaurant (formerly the Maheno Restaurant) and a new Rainforest Bar. Later this year, the Seabelle Restaurant, known for its bushtucker experience and modern Australian cuisine, will relaunch following renovations.


New cycle tours


Australian Cycle Tours has launched three new cycle experiences in the Townsville and Brisbane regions. Each tour is between four and eight days and includes additional opportunities to explore the destinations by snorkelling, cruising and scenic bushwalks. Cycling distances vary between 60km and 300km, making these tours perfect for travellers wanting to conquer a physical challenge against some of Queensland’s most picturesque landscapes.


Sunshine Coast from above


Salt Air Aviation has launched new scenic experiences to explore the Sunshine Coast from above. There are eight new itineraries to choose from, ranging from 10-minute flights over Noosa up to a three-day, two-night air tour of the Southern Burnett Wine region. Scenic flights start from $99, with the Winery Weekender starting from $1,499.


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