While it’s most commonly known for its boundless natural beauty and outdoor attractions, Queensland also boasts a thriving cultural scene. Cities like Brisbane and Cairns are brimming with museums and galleries highlighting the best of contemporary and Indigenous art and history. Brisbane – or Brissy as it’s affectionately known among locals – is home to several on its South Bank, including the notable Queensland Museum, which often features work related to Australia’s history and Indigenous cultures. There’s also the Gallery of Modern Art, where it’s all about contemporary works.
For a deeper dive into Indigenous history, Tropical North Queensland, where rainforest meets the Reef, is the place to be. Deep within the Daintree Rainforest, the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre plays a vital role in supporting the local community and spreading the word about the Indigenous way of life. This acclaimed ecotourism destination provides a unique opportunity to explore Indigenous art and culture, fostering a deeper connection with the ancestral lands of the Aboriginal Kuku Yalanji people.
If there’s one thing Queensland is known for, it’s breathtaking natural beauty, including The Whitsundays: the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Here, you can snorkel and dive between the 74 islands that make up the region among the world’s largest and most diverse coral reef systems. It’s where 1,500 species of fish live, including the multicoloured parrotfish and Nemo-like clownfish, and if you visit during the migration season between June and September, you might come across a humpback whale going about its daily business.
K’gari, or Fraser Island as it was formerly known, is a World Heritage-listed sand island along the southeastern coast of Queensland. The area is a kaleidoscope of landscapes and ecosystems – from immense dunes and crystal lakes to verdant forests – all providing an essential habitat for a range of wildlife, such as dingoes, wallabies, possums, egg-laying echidnas and more than 350 species of bird. The surrounding ocean is also teeming with life, home to sea turtles,…