Goondiwindi

Hugging the banks of the Macintyre River 350-kilometres south-west of Brisbane on the New South Wales border lays the country town of Goondiwindi, renowned for its wheat, cotton, beef and wool.

Get your town bearings on the three kilometre river walk lined in purple jacaranda trees, and take a dip in the 210 hectare National Heritage and Water Park - a purpose built channel popular with swimmers and boaties. Lay a picnic blanket in the barbecue area and tour the surrounding bushwalking and bird watching trails.

Shop along Marshall and Herbett Street's for homewares and country clothing and dine at the striking Victoria Hotel for lunch, with its black and white facade. Be sure to also venture to the native botanic gardens and lagoon lined in dragon boats, where the town hosts the annual gruelling triathlon event 'Hell of the West' at the start of each year.

Join a guided tour of the cotton gin and farm, nearby citrus orchards and local indigenous paper mill and gallery. Then hit the pavement on foot exploring the heritage-listed war memorial, civic centre and customs house museum. Don't forget to commemorate the famed Goondiwindi Grey statue of the Cox Plate winning racehorse Gunsynd near the Border Bridge built in 1914.

Goondiwindi
Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Area
Queensland
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Cape Melville National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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This beautiful yet rugged park features the rocky headlands of Cape Melville, massive tumbled granite boulders of the Melville Range, sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay, sandstone escarpments of Altanmoui Range and inland dunes.
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Formerly known as Mungkan Kandju National Park, this large park stretches from the McIlwraith Range foothills, between the Archer and Coen rivers, and features open eucalypt woodlands, melaleuca swamps and a variety of rainforest types.
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This remote coastal park in northern Cape York Peninsula features long sweeping beaches, rugged heath-clad ranges and the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia. The park protects a unique collection of wildlife, including mammals, frogs, lizards and snakes that are found nowhere else, and is a refuge for birds that are rare in Australia but also live in New Guinea.
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In this vast, remote wilderness near the tip of Cape York Peninsula, the sandstone landscape is dominated by the mighty Jardine River and its many streams and swamps, and is rich in Aboriginal and European cultural heritage.
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This iconic remote park has a rich and diverse landscape that features spectacular wetlands and river systems. In the north, grasslands and woodlands, wetlands, coastal estuaries, mangroves and mudflats, are prominent, while in the south, sandstone hills and escarpments dominate the landscape.

Flinders Group National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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Seven remote and ruggedly attractive islands, with a rich cultural landscape, form Flinders Group National Park. The islands contain important Aboriginal story and burial sites, along with nationally significant rock art showing early contact with Europeans.

Tijou Reef

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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Located off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef is Tijou Reef, home to many different dive sites, particularly the coral gardens on the inner side and wonderful wall dives on its outer eastern side.
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Southern Small Detached Reef, 80 kilometres North of Lockhart River in Far North Queensland, is a remote but stunning reef. Sitting so far off the coast, the walls of the reef drop to over 100 metres, with the deep waters inviting lots of larger marine life such as turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, pelagic fish and occasional manta rays.

Great Detached Reef Dive Site

Cooktown, Cook Area
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Situated north of Cooktown, close to the Queensland cape, Great Detached Reef is a large complex of several reefs sitting on an old fossil mountain range. With roughly 46 kilometres of edge, wall diving is spectacular here, with steep cliffs dropping down to over 400 metres and small caves scattered across the reef walls.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Leave your watch behind when you go to Thursday Island as this colourful island paradise is where time really does seem to stand still. It is one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea in the Torres Strait.
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