Welcome to the 'sunshine state' of Australia, where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees, surfers can be seen dotted along the coast catching waves and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world can be found. 


There’s so much to see and do here and there is a very well trodden backpacker path along the coast, making it an easy-to-organise route.

First things first. Queensland is a huge state – what looks close on a map is in fact a 15 hour drive. If you’re doing your trip overland, factor in lots of stops, or lots of long drives.

Whilst living in Melbourne, I travelled to Queensland over several seperate trips. 

Tropical North Queensland: 

Townsville > Magnetic Island >  Mission beach > Cairns > Port Douglas > Daintree rainforest  + Cape tribulation (15 days)

The Whitsundays

Hamilton Island, Reef Sleep, Whitsunday Island and Airlie beach (5 days)

South Queensland

Gold coast > Brisbane > Sunshine Coast > Noosa > Rainbow beach > Fraser Island (10 days)

Numerous weekend trips to Gold Coast, Brisbane and to Bribie Island

Below I have captured my trips into three seperate pages: