Queensland Travel Guide

Welcome to Queensland Australia

Queensland is located in the northeast of Australia and covers an area of 1,835 million sq km. Its coastline reaches 7,000 km. The State of Queensland is known as the Sunshine State and is home to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The capital is Brisbane, located in the southeast of the country.

Queensland’s Tourist regions:

  • Cairns and Far North Queensland
  • Central West (including Gladstone and Rockhampton)
  • Mackay and Whitsunday
  • Mount Isa and North West (includes Townsville)
  • Brisbane and South East Queensland
  • South West and Darling Downs
  • Wide Bay Burnett

Top things to do in Queensland

  • Visit the Daintree Rainforest
  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef
  • Relax on one of the many tropical islands of Queensland
  • Visit the top beach in Queensland – Whitehaven
  • Sailing
  • Visiting the Outback
  • National Parks
  • Gastronomic delights

Getting to Queensland

Queensland has 3 international airports – Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Regional Airports are:

  • Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
  • Bundaberg
  • Caloundra
  • Townsville
  • Hamilton Island
  • Rockhamptpn
  • Mackay
  • Mt isa
  • Prosperine
  • there are more smaller regional airports

Brisbane Airport

Domestic airlines that service Brisbane are Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin and Rex Airlines

Taxis are available from the Domestic Airport in front of the terminal building. Fares are between $45 – $60 depending on location and time of day. There is a $4 toll that will be added to the taxi fare.

The Airtrain is a quick and convenient way to get into the city. It takes 20 minutes and runs every 15 minutes.

To use this service you can purchase tickets at the Airtrain desks in each of the terminals, or at the Airtrain stations. Go Cards are also accepted on Airtrain services.  For more information on GoCards, visit the Translink website.

For more information including ticket pricing and travel planners, visit the Airtrain website.


From the Domestic Terminal: make your way out to the front of the building and take the Skywalk across to the station.

Uber is available at Brisbane Airport

Upon exiting the Terminal, cross two crossings to find it. View the location on a map.

Private Transfers

You can pre-book private transfers from Brisbane Airport to the City here

Shared transfers from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast – more information here

Transfers from Brisbane Airport to the Sunshine Coast – more information here

City Express Shuttle Bus: Skybus

The SkyBus Brisbane City Express operates airport transfers from Brisbane Airport to several stops in Brisbane City. The SkyBus is available at both the Domestic and International Terminals with regular departures throughout the day. 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the sales kiosk at the Domestic Terminal. To book visit the SkyBus website.

Where to find SkyBus?

  • Domestic Terminal: The SkyBus stop is located in Bus and Coach zone next to the multi-storey car park. To access, take the Skywalk and follow the signs to the Bus and Coach zone.  

Car Rental

You can rent cars from Brisbane Airport as well as city locations – for more information click here.


For more information on campervan rentals click here

Travel Insurance

The best time to take out travel insurance is when you book flights, pay for accommodation, cruises, tours and activities.

Queensland Accommodation

For accommodation reviews check out our Queensland Accommodation page.

Best Time to Visit Queensland

When visiting Queensland expect warm summers and mild winters. Far North Queensland experiences a wet season through the summer months from December through to March. Tropical storms and cyclones can be expected.

Brisbane average temperatures:

image credit: weather-and-climate.com

Public Holidays 2024

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25 Apr Thur Anzac Day
6 May Mon Labour Day
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25 Dec Wed Christmas Day
26 Dec Thurs Boxing Day