Queensland was such a tropical gem after the cooler New South Wales. I travelled up the East Coast and after leaving behind the winter in Sydney and Byron Bay. It was up to the Gold Coast where the sunshine was well and truly waiting.

I spent the next month riding the Greyhounds and travelling up the coast towards Cairns. I had the absolute time of my life and made so many amazing friends who are still some of my best travelling friends to this day. It’s the best way to start a trip to Australia, especially travelling solo as you meet so many people and get to see so much.

Exploring Queensland’s East Coast

While Brisbane didn’t really excite me much – bad experience at a hostel – there were plenty of places I could have stayed and set up a home. Noosa stole my heart with it’s stunning national park, gorgeous beaches and that lovely holiday feel.

Airlie Beach was another place I could have easily stayed – I loved the holiday vibe and the hippie feel to the town. Plus the weather was amazing and the people were even better!

Adventure travel in Queensland

Queensland is more than just sunshine and beach towns, there were lots of amazing trips along the way which included Fraser Island. This was one of my absolute favourites – driving 4WDs along the beach at sunset, watching out for wild dingos, swimming in natural pools and the most amazing crew ever!

Whitsundays is one everyone needs to tick off their bucket list – epic scenery, boat living and snorkelling with tropical fish and even sea turtles. Don’t forget the Great Barrier Reef tours!

Arriving in Cairns

Our adventure wound down in Cairns, but not before we could spend a weekend on Magnetic Island which was stunning for nature, koalas and cruising around the island in Barbie cars. And of course I can’t forget white water rafting north of Cairns in the mountains!

Check out this section for guides on every adventure I had while in Queensland, plus my farm work in central Queensland!