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5 Reasons Queensland is Called the Sunshine State

Sunshine State

This week we have a guest post from Roxana Oliver, a fellow Australian who loves sunshine and our sunny state otherwise known as Queensland.

You may think 300 days of sunshine a year, a tropical climate, 8hr to 9hr of sunshine a day and the average maximum and minimum temperatures of 25.3C and 15.7C are enough for Queensland to be called the Sunshine State. However, this state located in north-eastern Australia brings more surprises than you may expect in order to justify its nickname.

1. The Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

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Glorious sunny days lend itself to various beach activities. Never too crowded, some of the most popular Sunshine Coast beaches are Mudjimba, Marcoola, Warana and Buddina. Dog-friendly beaches are Buddina Beach, Currimundi Beach, Wurtulla Beach, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Beach and Mudjimba Beach, while Kings Beach, Bulcock Beach, Golden Beach, Cotton Tree, Mooloolaba Beach and Mooloolaba Spit have beachside playgrounds designed for children. If you visit the Sunshine Coast, take a camera with you as this area offer spectacular sunrise shots. You should not miss Berardo’s Bistro on the Beach in Noosa either. Local cuisine with the emphasis on the seafood and the excellent wine list coupled with the soothing sound of the waves are some of the reasons you should visit the bistro.

2. The Gold Coast

Of 57 km of the coast, the Spit is definitely a must-see as fishing off the rocks and camping under the trees are one of the most popular activities. You must visit Dreamworld, the Australia’s biggest theme park. For the ultimate exploration of the Gold Coast, you can join Gold Coast Island Adventures and Gold Coast Whale Adventures in order to enjoy the calm waters of Queensland aboard a catamaran. For another set of beautiful photos, consider Australian Sunset Safaris, which includes travelling in a bus along Fraser Island’s beaches and rainforests. After a long day, journey to Oskars on Burleigh overlooking the beach.

3. Gay-Friendly Queensland

Playing the Guitar at Sunset

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Brisbane Pride Festival is a month-long celebration of love, tolerance and diversity attracting more than 50 000 people every year. Brisbane’s Big Gay Day, a party event has run for the last ten years. Shannon King, a director of the Brisbane Queer Film Festival told the Star Observer that the key theme of this year’s festival is “how we identify ourselves within the LGBTIQ community at large and within the heteronormative dominated media/community”. Not yet convinced that Queensland is one the most gay friendly regions? The Sunshine State has some of the cutest gay resorts in Australia, and you can stay no matter what your orientation is. Go tolerance!

4. Whitehaven Beach

This most photographed beach in Australia stretches over 7 km along Whitsunday Island. It was named the South Pacific’s Best Beach by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. In order to take the most stunning photos, head to the lookout at Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island. You can also explore the beach by air. Book a seaplane flight over Hill Inlet for amazing aerial views of silica sand and crystal blue waters.

Is Whitehaven Beach the whitest beach in Australia?

5. The Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest

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The last place on this itinerary in the Sunshine State is reserved for the Daintree Rainforest. If you would like to find out more about Aborigines, opt for Bama Way Aboriginal Journeys. Adrenaline junkies can book a Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour for an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of the Daintree Rainforest. Animal lovers should visit Bat House Cape Tribulation to meet the ambassador of the Daintree Rainforest, a flying fox. When it comes to educational tours, the Wildlife of the Australia’s Rainforest expedition lasts 7 to 15 days and includes bird watching, lizard and frog surveys, nocturnal wildlife spotting, insect collecting and bat surveys.

White-sand beaches, lush rainforests and many more beautiful places to visit in Queensland make it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. This Sunshine State really shines with all natural wonders ready to be explored.

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing by following her on Twitter.

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