Words: Melinda Barlow
Queensland offers a dozen different versions of Australia in one vast stretch of the country. From the exotic northern savannah plains, to its palm tree fringed beaches, its mining towns, cattle stations and plantations, to its tropical resorts and its shining cities. From the glitz and squeals of theme park heaven on the Gold Coast to the idyllic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the state’s countless islands, Queensland is more than just its tourist packed coast and so much more than you expect – it only takes a little digging to discover its hidden gems. No trip to the state is complete without taking in the sun, the sea and the rainforest. So with that in mind we have selected three exclusive destinations that definitely will not disappoint.
In the trees: Daintree Rainforest
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park is one of Queensland’s most breathtaking destinations. The Daintree Rainforest company has created an enterprise that is committed to maintaining the specific qualities of the region.
Offering ethical, ecofriendly access to the most spectacular parts of the Daintree rainforest, the company has developed a range of exclusive tours, which are both revelatory and educational. The tours’ uniqueness is due to the wealth of knowledge gained through research, collaboration with local Aboriginal people and personal observations. A truly memorable experience of this spectacular natural wonderland is guaranteed.
Island in the sun: Palm Bay Resort
So many islands, so little time! But if it’s peace, tranquillity and elegance you are yearning for, look no further than Palm Bay resort. Located amid the lush flora and fauna of Long Island in the Whitsundays, the resort offers the perfect tropical island escape with more than the usual comforts of home. Contemporary self-catering accommodation is set on its own secluded cove at Palm Bay.
On the water: MY Flying Fish
There can be no better way to enjoy the spectacular islands and reefs of far north Queensland than on a fully serviced yacht with seven of your favourite people. The MY Flying Fish is a luxurious motor yacht equipped with spacious private cabins, a cook’s galley, leisure equipment for in and on the water and, of course, its very own helipad.