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See the Sunshine State: Our guide to caravaning in Queensland

With more and more Australians enjoying time out of lockdown by taking to the road with their caravan, there’s never been a better opportunity to explore Queensland. Known for its beautiful beaches, relaxing scenery, and Gold Coast theme parks, this state has something for everyone.

So, come along with ENGLAON as we take you through the best places to spend a Queensland getaway.

Sights along the reef

The premier attraction in Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. For excited nature lovers, scuba tours let you take in the Reef’s rich ecosystem. Ride the helicopter or boat to Green Island off the coast of Cairns – filled with wildlife and native plants. The island sits on top of a coral cluster, and is the only such formation with a rainforest growing on it. And, since it’s just near Cairns, there’s plenty of caravan parks in and around the city to stay at while you explore the island.

On Fitzroy Island, you can visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. This volunteer organisation helps sick and injured turtles recover before their reintroduction into the native ecosystem, and gives you an opportunity to see the important work the Centre does.

But if you prefer to just put your feet up and relax on the sand, Whitehaven Beach has you covered. Frequently called “the best beach in Australia,” the water is clear and the soft sand is pristine. There are plenty of activities offered, from day trip cruises to sailing and snorkelling.

Relax or thrill seek on Queensland’s Gold Coast

While the Gold Coast can get busy during schoolies and the height of summer, it’s a lot quieter during the winter months. And, since this is a regular tourist destination, there are plenty of caravan parks to set up your home base.

Nature lovers can go whale watching out on the beautiful ocean, or visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, set against a majestic rainforest. Feed kangaroos and enjoy the opportunity to get up close with Australia’s iconic native animals.

Since this is such a developed tourist area, there are countless local restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal and a nice drink. Or find yourself a spa and enjoy being pampered. The Gold Coast Wax Museum is filled with countless effigies of famous celebrities and historical figures. It’s a fun visit for an afternoon out.

If you bring children with you, there’s no better place for them than the Theme Parks. At Dreamworld, there are higher intensity rides to keep the kids entertained, and relaxing experiences like Tiger Island. Movieworld also has rides for thrill-seekers, along with regular shows and entertainment experiences. You can also try WhiteWater World, where you can rent a cabana to relax while the kids explore the park.

An aerial shot of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia

Visit Queensland’s Far North

While less popular than the tourist hotspot that is the Gold Coast, Queensland’s Far North has plenty to see and do. Tropic Wings, a tour company, offers coach tours of some of the best places – including a huge butterfly sanctuary. It’s a great way to see a wide variety of what the Far North has to offer. If butterflies aren’t your thing, why not try a private tour to Wooroonooran National Park, where wetlands and waterfalls await.

For a truly stunning view, take the Rainforest Skyrail. It’s an opportunity to soar above the scenic rainforest and watch it unfold below you. After travelling the Skyrail, you can enjoy a trip over the boardwalk, taking you into the heart of the rainforest.

The Skyrail isn’t too far from Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat, a caravan park inside the rainforest. It’s a truly unique camping experience, and may be one of the most pristine parks you ever stay at.

If you’d prefer a trip inside, there are plenty of small galleries for you to enjoy. Janbal Gallery is 100% Aboriginal owned and operated, and hosts a variety of Aboriginal art. There’s free entry to the Cairns Art Gallery, which has a huge collection of art. One of regional Australia’s largest art galleries, it’s well worth a visit.

Travel with ENGLAON

No matter which part of Queensland you visit, or what you see there, you’ll want the opportunity to kick back and relax inside after a long day. Our 12V Caravan TVs are the perfect entertainment centre, letting you watch your favourite shows, listen to music, or look at photos of your trip in crystal clear picture quality. For all your travels across Australia, an ENGLAON TV is a great addition to your caravan.

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