Tongue Bay on Whitsunday Island.

Central Coast

The Central Coast contains 33 national parks, including Great Keppel Island which it and several other islands in the area are surrounded by coral reefs.

The Central Coast region of Queensland is often overlooked as a holiday destination. However, this area has much to offer those who are looking for an adventure. From stunning beaches and lush rainforest landscapes to spectacular views and plenty of activities, a visit to the Central Coast is sure to be memorable.

From Townsville to Mackay and Airlie Beach, the Central Coast is packed with stunning landscapes and activities that will keep you entertained all day long. In Townsville, take a stroll along the Strand – a two kilometre stretch of palm trees, picnic areas, playgrounds and swimming pools – or explore Magnetic Island’s bayside beaches surrounded by lush National Parks. If you’re looking for something unique, why not try hand-feeding wild dolphins at nearby Dolphin Marine Magic?

Beaches Galore

The Central Coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Whether you're looking for a relaxing spot for sunbathing or a perfect spot for surfing, there's something for everyone here. From family-friendly Alexandra Bay Beach to the more remote Maroochy Northshore Beach, the Central Coast offers some of Australia's most stunning beaches and coastline.

Rainforest Retreats

The hinterland area surrounding the coastal regions of the Central Coast is home to lush rainforest with winding rivers and cascading waterfalls. This breathtaking landscape is ideal for those looking for a secluded escape surrounded by nature and wildlife. Spend your days exploring hidden trails or take part in one of several guided tours available in the area, such as night walks through Mount Coolum National Park or kayaking along Ewen Maddock Dam.

Cultural Experiences

The vibrant culture of the Central Coast isn't just found on its picturesque beaches—it can also be found at unique markets like The Original Eumundi Markets or Maleny Village Markets where you can find fresh produce and handmade crafts from local artisans. Or have a taste of traditional Aboriginal culture at Kabi Kabi Dreaming Cultural Centre, where you can learn about local customs while taking part in various cultural activities such as boomerang throwing or weaving workshops.

Islands & Sanctuaries

The Whitsunday Islands are one of the region’s most treasured attractions. Take an afternoon boat ride out to Whitehaven Beach – known for its pure white sand and crystal blue waters – or go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for an unforgettable experience among marine life like sea turtles, fish and coral reef ecosystems. Sail around Airlie Beach Harbour or take off on a bushwalking adventure through Conway National Park and spot koalas in their natural habitat!

No matter what kind of holiday experience you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it on the Central Coast! With its stunning beaches and lush rainforests, vibrant culture and ample activities, a visit to this region will surely leave you with lasting memories that will stay with you forever! So why not explore all that Queensland’s Central Coast has to offer? It may just become your new favorite destination!

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    Great Barrier Reef
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The Gulf Country
The Gulf Country

The Gulf Country is a region of woodland and savanna grassland surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria in the region of north western Queensland.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 1930 kilometres from the mouth of the Fly River in Western Papua to Breaksea Spit off Bundaberg, and is one of the world's great wonders.

Exploring Streets Beach, Brisbane
Streets Beach, Brisbane

Streets Beach, Brisbane is a man-made oasis that portrays Queensland's laid-back beach vibe.

The Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is unique for its high concentration of plant and animal species all within the largest remaining piece of untouched and pristine rainforest wilderness remnant in Australia.

Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands is a highland region of northern Australia near Cairns, Queensland.

Devil's Pool
Devil's Pool

Devil's Pool is a natural pool in a treacherous stretch of Babinda Creek (Qlnd) which holds a sinister centuries-old Aboriginal history.

Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands

In the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef lies The Whitsundays, a place of stunning natural beauty.

Queensland - Overview
About Queensland

Queensland, also known as the 'Sunshine State' is the country's holiday playground attracting visitors all year round.

About Brisbane
About Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane is named after the Brisbane River and its eastern suburbs line the shores of Moreton Bay.

Cape York Peninsula
Cape York Peninsula

Cape York Peninsula is one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth and located in Far North Queensland.


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