Finally guys!!! I know some of you waited quite some time and checked out our blog for a bit of wanderlust and finally here’s the first article. I wanna share my top 5 places in Queensland with you.
1. Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is for sure my favourite place not only in Queensland but Australia in general.
I actually would even say it’s my favourite place in the world because I never felt the way I did living at the Gold Coast. For the first time in my life I felt being truly myself and at home. I know this seems kinda odd because I grew up in Germany but I never felt that this was the right place for me to live. I literally love the people at the Gold Coast. They are so friendly and layed back it’s insane. Going to the supermarket barefoot and wearing your swimsuit is ridiculous right? But extremely fun and comfy, let me tell you. It’s the beach life culture I appreciate so much about this place. Lucky me I call the Gold Coast my home.
2. Great Barrier Reef
Discover it before it’s gone!! I have to admit that I only went snorkeling once before in Egypt and that is more than 10 years ago. Since I became shortsighted I always felt that it was quite difficult for me to snorkel. I know there are certain diving goggles or snorkeling masks for people wearing glasses but I think they are quite costly and I actually prefer wearing contact lenses which is definitely uncomfortable when I constantly get water inside the goggles. It’s a dilemma. However I definitely wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef thus we decided to book a day trip to Green Island which is part of the inner Great Barrier Reef. The outer reef is more spectacular but as you can tell from my previous explained dilemma I wasn’t even sure if I could go snorkeling. Therefore we decided to book a tour to Green Island including a glass bottom boat tour for an affordable price. Nevertheless we still decided to buy one snorkel equipment so I can try another snorkel mask. That set was so great for me. I really felt comfortable and finally I didn’t get any water inside the mask. I still remember the first round of snorkeling I never saw anything like that. It was a completely different world. Big and small fish, colourful corals, rays, sea cucumbers and even reef sharks. I was surrounded by so many huge hard corals it was unbelievable and the best thing is that there were only a handful of other people with us. I could have stayed there for days. The reef offered so much to explore and the people working on the island were extremely friendly and gave us tips where the best snorkel spots are. If you are an unexperienced snorkeler Green Island is an excellent place to start discovering the Great Barrier Reef. I highly recommend it!!
There is no way you can miss visiting the Whitsundays when you are travelling in Queensland. Whitehaven Beach is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Definitely the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. The sand contains 99% silica which is responsible for the white colour of the sand. I visited the Whitsundays a few weeks after cyclone Debbie which hit North Queensland really hard but it was still breathtaking. I have never seen such a beautiful island before. Remember this is a tourist hot spot therefore you’ll find a lot of boats and people but if you walk a few metres along Whitehaven Beach you’ll have a nice spot just for yourself thanks to the lazy tourists.
Oh and when you are there promise me to walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout, that is one hell of a view.
4. Wallaman Falls
What an incredible waterfall! Of course you can simply take a look at the Wallaman Falls from one of the lookouts but you can also take a walk down to the waterfall to get a much better view. I love exploring Australian nationalparks and found my passion for hiking. However I’m definitely not experienced. Therefore I was kinda afraid to do the walk as the walk was supposed to be steep and difficult. Nevertheless I wanted to try it, slow but steady and I actually made it to the bottom of the waterfall. The reward was a stunning view and an one hour break. You can take incredible photos here but unfortunately I was a chicken again and didn’t dare to climb on the rocks as it was raining so often so excuse my not that spectacular looking photo but I hope you get an idea of the great view.
5. Magnetic Island
I had a really bad day when I went to Magnetic Island but looking back I got to admit that it was a wonderful day. However one day at the island was definitely not enough to explore it. Magnetic Island offers amazing walking and snorkeling tracks, cute Rock Wallabies and amazing beaches. We decided to do a walking track which led to this incredible bay which you can see at the photo. However the walk turned out to be the hardest walk I probably ever did. It was more climbing than walking. I was really exhausted but got rewarded with a spectacular view. Then the shock, somehow we managed to overlook the signs Nudey Beach, not only by name but also by nature. You know what I mean? Thus we saw a few body parts we didn’t intend to see but it was still an awesome view. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the snorkeling trails which was a pitty, as I said one day is just not enough but before we got on the ferry again we saw heaps of Rock Wallabies which was a great ending for my birthday.
Have you ever been to Queensland?
If so, what are your recommendations to visit there?
I appreciate your suggestions!