Queensland is the north eastern most state of Australia and is home to some of the most incredible travel in the world. Majority of what you will want to see here will be along the coast line and to get around, you can either hire a car and drive it or buy a hop on hop off Greyhound bus pass that allows you as many stops along the way as you like as long as it is in one direction. There are a lot of hostels along the way here, some towns with more than others, but the whole area is very popular so book at least a couple of days in advance.
If starting in the north, head up to Cape Tribulation and explore the jungle and the site where Captain Cook tried to get to land with his ship the Endeavour and struck the reef instead. The Daintree National Park is worth a visit in this area as well as it is home to some rare flora and fauna.
As you head further south, spend a couple of days chilling out in the quiet of Port Douglas. While it is more popular with backpackers to do their Great Barrier Reef dive out of Cairns, you will be able to access more pristine reef with the tours from Port Douglas so make your way north to do it. Cairns is about an hour south of here and you will find this to be an enormous backpackers hub with heaps of hostels and a massive nightlife.
Continuing on you will find the city of Townsville, which is where you catch the ferry over to Magnetic Island. Both of these places are worth taking some time to explore and chill out if you have time.
Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of around 80 islands in the area. While the town of Airlie Beach itself is not much more than a tourist strip filled with pubs, clubs, fast food joints and backpackers hostels, the islands themselves are some of the most spectacular things you will ever see. Take a couple of boat trips out sailing and visit the famous Whitehaven Beach with its pristine white sand and the Hill Inlet. There is also some amazing snorkelling to be had around this area.
As you continue south, you can stop in Mackay and Rockhampton which are larger cities but you will not need to spend too much more than a day in each to break up the bus ride and explore the areas.
Agnes Water / Town of 1770 should be your next stop. It is a great surf town with a few hostels in it and is a little off the beaten track for the tourists. Some people come to visit and get stuck here for months at a time it is such a nice town to visit.
One place that you should not miss is Fraser Island. You can get onto a 4WD tour from either Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. All three places have hostels, however hostels on Fraser Island are far and few between and many people camp in other places about the island where there aren't hostels.
Next you will encounter Noosa, which is an upmarket area that is popular with surfers before you hit the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane. Brisbane is a beautiful port city where there are an abundances of hostels on one main street of the city. There is some great partying to be had and a great outdoor café culture about the city.
The last stop on your way south and one of the most popular destinations in all of Australia is the Gold Coast, home to the famous Surfers Paradise. There are also a large number of hostels here to stay in while you visit the theme parks, learn to surf and relax before making your way to New South Wales.
This whole trip could take you a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on time, money and how much time you want to spend. It can be expensive, but staying in hostels will make it a little cheaper.
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I have fantastic memories of Bundaberg and would go back. I loved the hillbilly feel of the town. Beats the cities any day. Work is hard but well worth the experience.
Mackay is a safe town to walk and explore. Non-touristy and friendly locals.
Cardwell is the most beautiful place I may have ever been on Earth! The main street has mountians on one side and a simple, untouched beach on the other! It is in "croc country", so no swimming, but the view is enough to fall in love with Cardwell!! There are cute cafes and wonderful locals. The local Catholic …
Brisbane is a fantastic city! We loved our stay here. Brisbane was fabulous - South Bank (wow!) the river (wow) and great feel for a city. We saw some great AFl with the Brisbane Lions too!
Maroochydore is a great place to do fruit picking as it is so close to the beach, has lovely weather, plenty of charity shops, and great drinking holes!
Bowen is one of my favourite spots in Oz. My tip is to mingle with the locals and they will show you the best time ever coz they are the friendliest bunch of Ozzies I ever met.
I think Airlie Beach is a wonderful place to relax and it has the most beautiful scenery.
We enjoyed Great Keppel Island, wonderfull atmosphere, beautyful sea and white beaches, good to relax your mind with yoga and your body with some trackers or snorkeling or kayaking. The best in Australia in my opinion.
I've stayed in Coolangatta twice, and really like the area.
Rainbox Beach was just too lovely to describe with any justice. Anybody who wants a little paradise should definitely go to Rainbow Beach.
Mission Beach is a great little beach town. Its away from the hussle and bussle of other tourist areas so one can actually enjoy the place they are at.
Mount Isa is real grubby place, since it is a mining community. Every house seems to have a mean barking dog.
Innisfail is a good place for a stop over and to earn some cash on the fruit picking but hard ass work...
Broadbeach is great, its only minutes to Surfers and has some great things to do as it is on the beach with its surf clubs. And the casino is always great with Thursday night -- cheap drinks in the casino's Prince Albert Bar. It's where a lot of the young loacals go.
For the three days I was in Cairns I realized it's truly beautiful. I suggest that that everyone go snorkeling and/or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
About an hour north of Brisbane in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is Maroochydore. The area is home to some stunning golden sand beaches and there is much to see and do here (the beach is the number one attraction for most tourists). The town itself lies on an inlet of a river. and so while most of the hostels in …
Noosa North Shore is quieter than the rest of the Noosa region. If you want to get here from Noosa, you will need to take a boat over from the end of Moorindil Street in Tewantin. It is only a two-minute trip and you can take your car over on the ferry with you if you are traveling with one. Given that this is such a …
Coolangatta is a small city with a decent number of hostels in southern point of the Gold Coast of Australia. One cool thing about the area is that a neighbouring town called Tweed Heads is separated from Coolangatta by a single street; Tweed Heads is in New South Wales and Coolangatta belongs to Queensland -- this …
Surrounded by some of far northern Queensland’s most stunning scenery, Innisfail is a prosperous country town with much to interest backpackers. Just an hour’s drive south of Cairns on the Bruce Highway, it’s also a short drive from beautiful Mission Beach, the lush rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands, and great …
Hervey Bay is mainly a backpacker town on the coast, in between travel to or from Cairns and Sydney. It is a short, but not to be missed, stopover in East coast travel.
If you have rented a car or camper van, it is easy to find a Hervey Bay hostel. But if you are taking a bus, it may be harder to reach some of the …