Queensland, Australia, lies at the top of every bucket list of family trips when it comes to vacations. The serene atmosphere surrounds taintless and untouched beaches, the iconic Great Barrier Reef, breathtaking theme parks, tropical rainforests and plenty of lovely opportunities to witness the animal encounters in this part of the country that has a lot to offer.
13 Best Things to do in Queensland With Family
1. Boodjamulla National Park, Savannah Way
Boodjamulla National Park is an emerald green oasis in the wilderness of Queensland that blooms with wildlife and is the off-the-beaten-path experience you will dream of. Alternatively, known as Lawn Hill, Boodjamalla’s is found amid sandstone cliffs, rich green river, kayaking, hiking, and camping.
Best Time To Visit: Winter months of April – September
Cost For Camping At Boodjamulla National Park: $6pppn
2. Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef
The historic, the iconic and the one and only Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s natural wonder and vantage points. Is it possible to miss this beautiful destination on your lovely family vacation trip?
The reef is a blend of 900 islands and 2,900 individual and unique and exclusive reef systems, coral cays, pleasing and delightful tropical islands, and impeccable golden beaches.
The reef is the largest living structure on Planet, Earth. There are plenty of options for exploring the great reef: Some go for whole day snorkeling, and some opt for a pontoon (a flat-bottomed boat used as a support for a temporary bridge) stationed out in the reef where you can snorkel and also board a glass-bottom boat and enjoy the best time you will ever experience in this stunning island.
It’s amongst the top spots to go to Queensland, Australia for a reason.
Average Cost Of Snorkeling or Diving: A$120*
3. Larc Tour of 1770
Spend a fabulous day searching for 1770’s Town in a bright pink LARC – an amphibious vehicle designed to transport goods at the time of war and is one of the best day trips you’ll come across Australia.
Average Price: Rs 2,000 to Rs 7,000
4. Enjoy the Sun-Soaked Beaches
Queensland is the witness of some stunning beaches in all of Australia. With its warm weather throughout the year, you can have the pleasure to enjoy these beaches whenever you make the adventure trip to the country.
From Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city, enjoy the sun-bathe and surfing here in the Sunshine Coast north of the city. Expanding from Caloundra to the north of Cooloola, you will see some of the best beaches in the world.
You will love the beaches around Noosa. Noosa National Park offers diversity in hiking trails from through the rainforest and along the spectacular coastline.
After you’re tired from your hiking, rest yourself at the extremely pleasing beach spots like Tea Tree Bay, Winch Cove, and Granite Bay.
In addition from north Brisbane, Bundaberg also has some stunning beaches and Bargara Beach and Elliot Heads falls under the category of popular ones.
5. Daydream Island, Whitsundays
The island offers you enough fusion of relaxation and activities for all of us and you’re in The Whitsundays.
Daydream Island is amongst the seven islands of the Molle Group of islands which is part of the Whitsunday Islands Group, placed in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The alluring island is one of a few inhabited islands in the Whitsundays.
The gleaming bays, secluded beaches, and spellbinding rainforest are few of the island’s natural beauty that travelers love experiencing in Daydream.
Daydream locks up three fascinating beaches in its region, and you will enjoy snorkeling and underwater exploration amidst 40 marine fish species and 50 coral varieties.
Daydream accounts to be a peaceful and relaxing tropical tranquility surrounded by nature, in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
6. Burleigh Heads National Park, Gold Coast
Burleigh Heads is one of the travelers favorite place on the Gold Coast. It’s a natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast that offers stroll along the rocky foreshore and through the rainforest, and a great chance to have a glimpse of giant whales in spring and the sea-eagles towering along the coast.
Ancient volcanic columns hit the sea in this park featuring rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath, and mangroves.
The northern side of Australia credits to be the most famous surfing point breaks. At Burleigh Heads catch a glance of magnificent sunrise whilst watching the surfers at the point.
While a brief travel on foot seeing the ocean view around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and see the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Enjoy your picnic on Burleigh foreshore or else relax on Echo Beach.
7. Waterfall Way, Atherton
Drive about one-hour southeast from Cairns, and you make your way in the Atherton Tablelands region. Here you can go for mountain biking, coffee tasting, and hot air balloon drive, amongst other things. Drive 15 kilometer Waterfall Way Circuit that holds some of the best waterfalls in the region including Malanda falls, Milla Milla falls, Zillie falls, Dinner falls, Millstream falls etc.
8. Visit the Turtles in Bundaberg
In the north of Brisbane, travel 4.5 hours and reach Bundaberg during the turtle season (November to March). It depends on when you arrive and you can see the Loggerhead turtles coming to this beach to lay their eggs or see the baby turtles hatch and run down to the ocean.
The Mon Repos conservation park dominate as the largest Loggerhead conservation rookery in the southern hemisphere.
- Timings of Mon Repo Conservation Park: Free*
- During Turtle Season (November to Late March), the park is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. It is best to visit the park.
- Outside Turtle Season (April to Early November), you can visit the park from Monday to Friday in between 8 am and 3.30 pm except on public holidays.
9. See Crocodiles in the Wild
The Daintree River located 100 kilometers northwest of Cairns and listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wet Tropics of Queensland. Get indulge in one of the various boat tours available and get ready to see these enormous creatures as they relax in the warm Aussie sun. It’s just fantastic to see crocodiles in the various area wildlife parks in the region.
One shocking fact you should know that crocodiles do eat people in Queensland! But from the safety of the boat, it’s just astonishing looking these incredible ancient animals.
- If you visit the Daintree National Park then expect to pay approx. – A$150 per adult and about A$100 per child.
- Daintree Discovery Centre – Entry costs – A$28 adults; A$14 children 5 to 17; A$68 for a family of four.
10. Jump On To Theme Parks
If your you and your family love to explore theme parks, then hit these six parks, all close to each other.
Here is a quick summary:
- Dreamworld: This is Australia’s arguably the best and the largest theme park, with more 40 plus rides, a wildlife park, and live shows. If you want to experience only one theme park in Australia then this is the one! Some say it rivals Disneyland!). As this is amongst the best things to do in Queensland.
- The Average Cost For Entry In Paradise Country – Approx. $70.
- Whitewater World and Wet n Wild Water World: Just make your way into a world of water-filled fun. Explore the WhiteWater World, a dreamy oasis that offers something extraordinary for everyone. wet N wild Gold Coast is located next door to Warner Bros. Movie World and has the biggest slide in Australia.
- The Average Cost For Entry In Whitewater World: Approx. – $95.
- Paradise Country: Especially for young children, this park is home to all types of indigenous animals as well as Australian farmyard experiences. You can also book a farm stay on the property.
- The Average Cost For Entry In Paradise Country – Approx. $30.
Note: If you plan to visit multiple theme parks look into buying a joint pass to save money on entry costs.
11. Explore Gorgeous National Parks
Explore the picturesque Queensland with more than 200 beautiful national parks in an hour’s drive.
Along the Gold Coast, you’ll see Springbrook National Park offers breathtaking views, lush vegetation, and heart-stripping waterfalls.
The Natural Bridge and Springbrook Plateau are two panoramic areas to seek out among four sections of walking trails. Lamington National Park is adorned with 100 plus miles of walking trails scattered with waterfalls, ancient flora, and wildlife.
12. Relax on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
When you go up to the mountain of Kuranda on the Skyrail, a relaxing way to cascade through the lush vegetation is on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway which passes waterfalls and deep ravines. Glance for the spectacular bridge at Stoney Creek Falls, the splendid views of the Barron Falls and through the flourishing dense tropical rainforest that closes in just before arriving in Kuranda.
In Kuranda, enjoy plenty of kid-friendly things including a Butterfly Sanctuary, the Rainforestation Nature Park, river cruises and the Australian Venom Zoo, where you will spot many of the world’s deadliest spiders, snakes scorpions, centipedes, reptiles and Tarantulas.
Average Price: Price starts from approx. Rs 8,000.
13. Undara Lava Tubes, Savannah Way
One of the most interesting places to visit in Queensland is Undara, home to 164 volcanoes, cones and vents.
These ancient lava tubes of the Undara Volcanic National Park are about 275 kilometers southwest of Cairns and two hours’ drive east of Georgetown. It’s an oasis in the wilderness, Undara Experience is neither a resort, a restaurant nor a hotel yet is a fusion or combines all the three. it’s amongst the best things to do in Queensland.
Average Entry Cost:
- Child (4-14) – A$30 AUD
- Children under 4 – Free
- Indicative Prices: A$55 – A$60