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Nature & World Heritage

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Experience nature at its best in Queensland. With five World Heritage-listed sites, stretches of unspoilt beaches, breathtaking natural landscapes and hundreds of national parks and forests, you’ll be delighted at the natural lifestyle that Queensland offers.

With everything from the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef to stark desert landscapes, tropical rainforests and pristine wetlands, it’s easy to see why Queensland is one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth. Its natural treasures are a fascinating combination of wildlife, rainforest, ancient Aboriginal rock art and breathtaking scenery.

Queensland boasts five of Australia’s 16 World-Heritage listed areas. The most well-known of these is the Great Barrier Reef - where 3,000 individual reefs and coral islands harbour thousands of fish and marine creatures. There are two World Heritage rainforests - the wet tropical Daintree rainforest in the north renowned as the oldest in the world and the magical sub-tropical rainforests on the State’s southern border. Dinosaur and fossil sites at Riversleigh are also recognised for being a former inland sea that once dominated Queensland’s Outback. The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island, completes the list of Queensland’s world-recognised natural wonders.

Moreton Bay is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets with massive, untapped potential as an eco-tourism destination.  On Brisbane’s doorstep, just 30 minutes from the city centre, visitors can find pristine sand islands, sparkling blue waters, a marine sanctuary and a myriad of adventure activities. The area boasts more than 70 beaches, freshwater springs and inland lakes, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, whales, dugongs, 750 species of fish and 120 kinds of coral.

Queensland is also home to a diverse range of native Australian animals. For an experience you won’t forget, go whale watching off the Queensland coast in season. The friendly giant mammals love to put on a show and will take your breath away as they leap and frolic so close you can almost touch them. Watch turtle hatchlings as they struggle towards the Pacific’s edge, see kangaroos nearby your campsite, or even cuddle a koala at a sanctuary.

Go adventure four-wheel driving through rugged yet striking terrain in Outback Queensland, nestle amidst the Daintree Rainforest in a treetop cabin, or scuba dive the world’s largest coral reef, teeming with exotic marine life. Queenslanders value and work hard to protect their diverse environments and delicate ecosystems. We love to share these natural treasures with visitors from all over the world, and in return, just ask that visitors respect wildlife and the environment and follow any guidelines.

World Heritage Sites

For a truly memorable and rewarding holiday, make time to visit as many of the World Heritage listed sites in Queensland as you can. More >

National Parks

Queensland has over 400 national parks and many world-class walking tracks. More >

Queensland Walks

Enjoy the simple pleasures of walking through national parks and state forests at your favourite Queensland location. More >

Unforgettable Landscapes

Queensland has a diverse range of landscapes - from rocky desert outcrops to small coral cays, sprawling sand dunes and dense rainforest. More >

Natural Phenomenon

With five of Australia's 16 World Heritage-listed areas, Queensland is ideal for experiencing nature at its best. More >

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