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A beach in Queensland

Explore QUeensland

Beautiful one day, perfect the next.

Queensland is home to a diverse range of experiences, from golden beaches and tropical islands to emerald green rainforests and rugged mountain ranges. 

With our travel partner, Travel Associates, we're making it easy for you to explore Queensland while you're here for the Ring Cycle. Between each opera, or before or after the Ring Cycle, add a trip to one of the many remarkable destinations easily accessible from Brisbane. 

Below you'll find trips recommended by Travel Associates, which you can purchase from early 2020. We'll send booking information to ticket holders then. 

Brisbane

A couple having a picnic on the Brisbane River

The Brisbane River and the skyline of the city of Brisbane. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Brisbane has been energised by a raft of glittering new hotels, restaurants and events. Tucked beneath the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves has been transformed into a stunningly picturesque boardwalk of restaurants, a brewery and a hotel that hugs the contours of the magnificent cliffs. The city offers up a thriving restaurant scene. Let a renowned Michelin chef take you on a gastronomic adventure through local produce and traditional Indian fare at Heritij in the new W Hotel. Sip wine straight off the wood at City Winery. Savour a mouth-watering degustation at a hidden ultra-modern Japanese restaurant and bar, Honto. And finish with an expertly crafted cocktail at glamorous rooftop bar The Terrace at Emporium Hotel.

After you've had your fill, hit California­-cool shopping precinct James Street. The boutique shopping strip is renowned for Australian fashion, sought-after coffee and is centred around The Calile, a new resort-style hotel inspired by Palm Springs. No trip is complete without a cruise down the winding river where local neighbourhoods vary from bohemia to European village. And the city's beloved modern art gallery, GOMA, is an absolute must-see, transforming into a glowing rainbow beacon at twilight. 

Bicycle ride along Brisbane River

South Bank in Brisbane. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

If you're looking to swap the city bustle for a countryside escape, set the GPS to world heritage rainforests, idyllic islands, foodie trails and charming towns. You'll find it all in Brisbane — the river city on the rise. 

Overlooking the Brisbane River, the W Hotel offers exceptional design and contemporary luxury just a stone's throw from QPAC. View the city from above on a scenic flight to picturesque Moreton Island where a gourmet picnic lunch with wine awaits on a white-sand beach overlooking the waters of Moreton Bay. 

Housed in a classic Queenslander-style building, Spicers Balfour Hotel is the perfect choice for discerning guests seeking privacy and elegance as it offers just nine uniquely designed rooms. Spend a day experiencing the delights of the Scenic Rim and discover delectable cheeses, fine wines, craft beers and more among the Australian bush scenery. 

The Whitsundays

Intercontinental Hotel Hayman Island

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort. Photo: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Experience the ultimate in barefoot luxury at Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort. This iconic private island is the northernmost in the Whitsunday archipelago, and the nearest to the Great Barrier Reef. Do as little or as much as you please with free use of all non-motorised water sports, guided walk, snorkel tours and more. 

Enjoy a tropical island escape at the Beach Club on Hamilton Island. An adults-only oasis, this boutique resort boasts a peaceful ambience on Catseye Beach, overlooking the Coral Sea. Enjoy an 18-hole round of golf at the stunning Hamilton Island Golf Club or let your cares melt away with a de-stress massage at the spa.

Tropical North Queensland

A couple snorkeling in Queensland

Lady Musgrave Island near Gladstone in Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

For an idyllic eco luxury retreat, stay at Silky Oaks Lodge, spectacularly set along the Mossman Gorge River in Tropical North Queensland. Choose from individual tree house accommodations, unwind at the Healing Waters Spa and enjoy a Dreamtime Gorge Walk while an Indigenous guide provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest. 

Marvel at the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic flight, then land on a picturesque sand cay for a gourmet picnic lunch and time to snorkel among the corals on the Ultimate Sand Cay Experience. Back ashore, stay at the Peppers Beach Club and Spa in the heart of charming Palm Cove village. 

Indulge yourself with a stay at one of Australia's most exclusive island resorts. Nestled within a national park and right on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island lies just an hour's scenic flight from Cairns. Fringed by 24 powdery beaches, it offers an all-inclusive luxury experience and easy access to spectacular underwater adventures. 

Gold Coast

Curtis Falls in Queensland

Curtis Falls at the Tamborine Mountain on the Gold Coast. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Visit Queensland's sunny Gold Coast and stay in style at the stunning Palazzo Versace. With a waterfront setting, award-winning restaurants and a day spa, it has an ambience of pure glamour. Then soar above the rainforest in a hot ­air balloon for sweeping hinterland views, followed by a delicious champagne breakfast at O'Reillys. 

Tee off for a round of golf at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Set at the northern end of the Gold Coast, amid picturesque fountains, lush gardens, a marina and spectacular one-acre beach lagoon pool, this elegant resort boasts not one but two champion­ship golf courses, plus a day spa for those who prefer a little pampering. 

Sunshine Coast

Drive along the beach from Noosa to Rainbow Beach on a Great Beach Drive Private 4WD tour. Set your own pace as you visit Double Island Point Lighthouse, take a dip at stunning Honeymoon Bay and explore the rainforest before heading back to Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, just 500 metres from Noosa Main Beach and Hastings Street. 

A surfer on a beach in Queensland

Boiling Pot Lookout near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Fraser Island

Explore Fraser Island with a stay at the Kingfisher Bay Resort — the perfect getaway to immerse yourself in nature. Head out on a ranger-guided tour to experience the best of this World Heritage­–listed island. Swim in the waters of Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, view the Maheno Wreck and marvel at the coloured sands of the Pinnacles. 

Fraser Island Queensland

Wathumba on Fraser Island. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Hinterland

For the ultimate gourmet escape, head inland from Brisbane to Spicers Peak Lodge, the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia. Enjoy an air of intimacy and refinement with luxurious accommodation, warm and attentive service and a multi award-winning in­-house restaurant set against a backdrop of World Heritage-listed national park. 

Picnic at Spicers Peak Lodge

Spicers Peak Lodge in Maryvale. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland


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