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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Queensland


The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Queensland

Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo (Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students)  

Fun Facts about Queensland:

  • Also known as “the sunshine state”
  • 300+ days of sunshine
  • Stated flower is the Cooktown orchid
  • The capital is Brisbane
  • Has five of Australia’s eleven world natural heritage areas
  • Home to more than 4 million people
  • About one third of Queenslanders are migrants or the children of migrants

Popular Places in Queensland:

  • Gold Coast
  • Brisbane (capital)
  • Noosa Heads
  • Hervey Bay (Fraser Island)
  • Airlie beach (Whitsunday Islands)
  • Townsville (Magnetic Island)
  • Cairns (Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda)

Where to Party:

  • Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise): Sin City, One Cavill, Bedroom Lounge Bar and BROWNS students go on Tuesday to the Beer Garden and Melbas on Thursday
  • Brisbane: Stockies (go there on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night) & Fortitude Valley
  • Airlie Beach: Magnums and Mama Africa
  • Darwin: Opium, Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill, The Precinct Tavern

How to get there:

The best way to travel up the East Coast is probably by car or campervan. Most highways/roads along the East Coast are of good quality. It is also possible to go by public transport such as train and bus. Train: Bus: or

Where to stay:

My favourite places to stay are the YHA Hostels. They are in all the popular places in Queensland. But… there are many more hostels! Check out the website below to compare: If you have a campervan, I recommend buying the ‘’Camps Australia Wide’’ in the App store. This application shows all the campsites and holiday parks in Australia.

Gold Coast Highlights:

  • Burleigh Heads –Burleigh Head National Park (rainforest with birds and walking trails) –David Fleay Wildlife Park (wildlife park with walking tracks through groves and rainforest)
  • Lamington National Park (1h drive from BROWNS)
  • Springbrook National Park (1h drive from BROWNS)
  • Coolangatta –Watch the sunset with a view of the Gold Coast skyline
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Surfers Paradise –Sky point (get a discount ticket at the BROWNS reception) –Check out the beach!
Rent a car to get to the National Parks or use public transport (bus and tram). Find out more about the Gold Coast: 

Brisbane & Around:

  • Brisbane – South Bank Parklands (Great place to have a picnic by the river) – City Botanic Gardens – Kangaroo Point Cliffs (An amazing cityscape view) – XXXX Brewery tours (Well-known beer from Queensland)
  • Australia Zoo (a personal favourite!) –Located in Beerwah, north of Brisbane –Big, amazing zoo & home of the Australian Crocodile Hunter S. Irwin
  • Moreton Island (3.5h drive from BROWNS) –Feed dolphins & Snorkelling
  • North Stradbroke Island (3h drive from BROWNS) –Historical Museum introducing the island’s Aboriginal history –North Gorge Headlands Walk & Naree Budjong Djara National park

The Islands:

  • Fraser Island (3.5h drive from BROWNS to Hervey Bay) –Located at the coast of Hervey Bay –Watch the whales during winter –Go to Rainbow Beach
  • The Whitsundays (1h and 45min flight to Airlie beach) –Located at the coast of Airlie beach –Go sailing, diving, snorkelling or kayaking –Top beaches: Whitehaven beach, Chalkies beach and Langford island
  • Magnetic Island (2h flight to Townsville) –Located at the coast of Townsville –There are koalas and rock wallabies –Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns & Around:

  • Great Barrier Reef –Diving, snorkelling and swimming among fish, turtles and beautiful corals
  • Kuranda –Magnificent rainforest and interesting markets
  • Daintree rainforest and national park –World Heritage –Take the river ferry and see wild crocodiles in the river
  • Cape Tribulation Area –Only place in the world where the rainforest is connected to the reef
Find out more:     *This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.  

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip


The Ultimate Australian Road Trip

Over the next month, our Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students are going to provide fun facts, popular places and places to stay in Queensland, New South Wales & ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia & the Northern Territory. Along with this, our Intensive General English (Intermediate level) BROWNS class have researched a few great road trips that we will also be sharing with you.


  • Make sure you have a valid drivers licence with an English translation on it.
  • If your licence doesn’t have an English translation, get an International drivers licence. It may vary between the different states.
  • Speed limits: 10 to 110 km/h (130 km/h only in Northern Territory).
  • You must present your licence and your passport or ID card if you are stopped by police.
  • If you need more information go to the Australian Government website:
  • Note that at most rental companies you have to be 18 years, 21 years, 25 years or over
  • There are a lot of different rental companies. See below for websites:
  • If you need help while planning a road trip, we recommend this awesome website
Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo – Intensive General English (Advanced level) students. Upcoming articles:
  • Queensland
  • Road trip from Brisbane to Uluru
  • Road trip from Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru
  • New South Wales & ACT
  • Road trip from Sydney to Cairns
  • Victoria
  • Road trip from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay, Sydney and then Melbourne
  • Road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast and then Cairns
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia
  • Road trip from Perth
*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.