Skyline and a beach of the Gold Coast.

South East Queensland

One hour south of Brisbane by car is the Gold Coast, with its long stretches of beaches, surf, sea and outdoor lifestyle activities.

The south east corner of the beautiful state of Queensland has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax in a beach town, explore a rainforest, or have some fun in a city, there’s a great range of possibilities here. Let’s take a look at what the south east of Queensland has to offer.

The great outdoors is where it all begins! In the south east of Queensland, you can explore lush green rainforests, hike through national parks, and wander along bushwalks. The Gold Coast Hinterland is home to some stunning waterfalls and idyllic towns like Mount Tamborine and Canungra.

Beaches & Islands

South East Queensland is home to some of Australia's most iconic beaches. The Gold Coast is well known for its long stretches of golden sand, while Moreton Island provides a haven for snorkeling and kayaking.

You can relax on white sandy beaches with crystal blue waters or take advantage of all the action that comes with one of Australia’s biggest tourist spots – from theme parks to nightlife and shopping districts. Further north is Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city and home to many attractions including art galleries, museums and wildlife sanctuaries. Those looking for a more remote experience should head to Fraser Island—a World Heritage site consisting of over 1,000km2 of sand and lush rainforest. No matter what type of beach-goer you are, you'll find something in SEQ that suits your needs.

Hinterland Adventures

If you're looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, then the hinterlands are perfect for you. The Glass House Mountains provide stunning views (and plenty of hiking opportunities), while Lamington National Park is full of waterfalls, walking tracks, and ancient rainforest trees. You can even explore some hidden gems like Mount Barney National Park or Springbrook National Park - both offer plenty to see and do!

Urban Exploration

When it comes time to explore the cities in SEQ, there are plenty that deserve your attention. Brisbane is full of culture and character; with art galleries, museums, parks and cafes all within easy reach. On the Sunshine Coast you'll find vibrant beach towns like Noosa and Caloundra; bustling with markets, restaurants and bars - not to mention plenty of surfing spots! Further north lies Hervey Bay - a popular spot for whale watching during the winter months.

No matter what type of traveler you are, South East Queensland has something for everyone! From surfing at iconic beaches like Burleigh Heads to trekking through lush hinterlands like Lamington National Park – there’s a wealth of experiences waiting for those who venture here. So why not make this your next travel destination? With so much to see and do in this beautiful region – it won’t disappoint!


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MAJOR TOWNS & CITIES

SE Queensland is home to an extensive network of water bodies, consisting of creeks, rivers, wetlands, lakes, bays and the Pacific Ocean. The creation stories of water Warrajum (Bunyip) and Walmaroo (Sand Goanna) of the Ugarapul people are examples of the spiritual and cultural links of local Aboriginal people with rivers in the region.

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