Like many before me, I made the British pilgrimage to the holy land of Australia for Christmas 2019-2020. Australia is made up of six different states and, of the four that we visited, Queensland was my favourite. This state is home to the well-known cities of Cairns, Gold Coast and Brisbane but, for me, the tropical locations discussed below were the best places to visit in Queensland. I strongly suggest that anyone visiting Queensland should incorporate the following gems into their itinerary:
1) Palm Cove
30 minutes north of Cairns, Palm Cove is a laidback, beachside village which features an esplanade fringed with palm trees. The stunning stretch of golden sand at Palm Cove tends to be uncrowded, thus providing for the ultimate tropical backdrop. A trip to Palm Cove is incomplete without a relaxing brunch at the Chill Cafe.
2) Mission Beach
Mission Beach takes uncrowded golden sands to another level, with a 14-kilometre stretch of beach (lined with palm trees, of course). This village is home to one of the highest concentrations of cassowary in Australia and these endangered birds can often be found strolling around the village. Brunch at the Shanti Cafe here is a must.
3) Port Douglas
Port Douglas is a relaxed beach town which provides the perfect base for day trips to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The town has its own ‘Four Mile Beach’ with crystal blue waters and, as is a common theme here, plenty of beautiful palm trees.
4) Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island can be found 8 kilometres offshore from the Australian mainland. I’m not surprised that Australia’s largest wild koala colony chose to settle on this serene island – with 22 bays and a rugged wilderness, Magnetic Island is about as idyllic as it gets.
You can read more about a day trip to Magnetic Island here. FYI – palm tree photos guaranteed.