Surfing

It may be true that ‘only a surfer knows the feeling’ but there’s nothing stopping you from getting high on the good stuff too. Queensland is a surfer’s mecca and a must-do on any globe-paddler’s checklist. Blessed with awesome weather and world-class conditions, surfing isn’t just a pastime here; it’s a way of life.

Newbies:

  • Catch a wave for your first time with a surf lesson at Noosa main beach or Currumbin and experience the thrill of surfing for yourself. 

Seasoned surfers:

  • Check out the pristine waves at Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast when the timing is right and all the point breaks are working. 
  • Explore Surfer’s Paradise and several other breaks all along the Gold Coast known for plenty of swell action all year-round. 

The pro circuit:

  • Feel like pro by checking out the world-class waves of Kirra Beach, Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads. If you look carefully, you may catch a glimpse of pros like Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning or Stephanie Gilmore.  

 

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Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$0 - 199
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27.00 - 65.00
No visit to Mon Repos is complete without a stop at the turtle centre. Here you’ll learn heaps about marine turtles, and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them. You'll also find out how a colourful history and ancient connections have shaped the Mon Repos you see today.

Queens Beach

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Strolling along the five kilometre stretch of Queens Bay’s sandy shore offers plenty of great activities – beach-combing, fishing or just taking in the sunset. Bowen’s longest beach stretches from ‘The Pocket’ on Horseshoe Bay Rd to Yasso Point and the Don River mouth.

Carmila

Carmila, Isaac Area
Carmila is situated approximately 96 kilometres south of Mackay on the Bruce Highway. Carmila offers a 24 hour roadhouse, caravan park, general store, post office and library, and is a major sporting and social centre for the surrounding cane farms.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
Free Entry
In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures!

Bedarra Island

Bedarra Island, Cassowary Coast Area
Just off the Tropical North Queensland coast, midway between Townsville and Cairns, lies Bedarra Island - a part of the Family Group of Islands. Bedarra Island offers unspoilt rainforests and palm-fringed beaches, where the clear blue waters of the Coral Sea meet pristine white sand.

Cape York

Cape York, Torres Area
Rich with Aboriginal culture and Australian pioneering history, Cape York is an untamed wilderness area waiting to be explored. The journey through Cape York Peninsula to the top of Australia is an epic adventure taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery.

Broadbeach Waters

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
Picture perfect Broadbeach is centred around Kurrawa Beach and likened to the Gold Coast's metropole - mixing Aussie beach culture with high-end apartments, shopping and dining. Take advantage of the rolling swell and patrolled coastline only a stone's throw away and stretch surfed-out muscles at a yoga class in nearby parklands or a day spa.

Hell's Gates

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
The dramatically named Hell’s Gates is a high bluff with spectacular views of the coastline north to Double Island Point and south over Alexandria Bay. Visit this area during July to November to view migrating whales.

Cannonvale

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Just three minutes to the west of the tourist hot spot of Airlie Beach you’ll find its quieter, less known, but just as beautiful cousin Cannonvale. A perfect place to base the family, Cannonvale is conveniently located close to all the sights and sounds the Whitsundays has to offer.
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