Theme Parks and Attractions

Where to go and things to do in the Sunshine State

Queensland is home to the best theme parks and natural attractions in the country. As the most popular holiday state in Australia, Queensland offers everything from great all year round weather, to ancient rainforests and wild adventures, natural encounters, islands and beaches, and the incredible Great Barrier Reef. The state of Queensland really does have something for everyone and the options are endless!

When it comes to theme parks Queensland has the biggest and the best! There's fun and excitement for all ages at Gold Coast theme parks including Dreamworld, Movieworld, and Seaworld. "Fun is our thing" at the Sunshine Coast's Aussie World. A range of wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state allows visitors to get up close with all the cutest native and exotic wildlife at the many interactive displays and wide-open enclosures, while walking amongst the lush, natural environments.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

North Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef is Queensland's major tourist attraction, and is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays, plus literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, glass-bottomed boat viewing, cruise ship tours, whale watching and more.
Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest

North Queensland
The Daintree Rainforest is believed to be one of the three oldest in the world with unique plants and animals found nowhere else, a paradise for bird-watchers and nature-lovers. Explore ancient rainforests, stunning valleys, superb beaches, spectacular mountains, and clear streams.
Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Queensland
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. This is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, ancient rainforests and fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks.

Whale Watching at Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay Queensland
When it comes to up close interactions with Humpback Whales, there's no place like Hervey Bay. The stunning intimacy of these gentle giants will truly take your breath away. From July to November, the whales stay for up to 10 days in Hervey Bay, using time to rest, play and socialise.
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

North Queensland
Rising from sea level to 328m, the Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way through the living colour and natural beauty of a world Heritage-Listed rainforest that's millions of years old, then into the stunning Barron Gorge and onto the delightful village of Kuranda.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast
Voted one of the most popular Queensland theme parks, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary dedicated to conserving our nation's Indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture. With Blinky Bill now present for daily shows, the amazing viewing experiences available at the Wildlife Hospital and hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure for the entire family.
Darling Downs Zoo

Darling Downs Zoo

South East Queensland
Be Amazed at our vast array of beautiful and ugly, dangerous and gentle, big and small, but always fascinating, wildlife... and all just a short drive from Toowoomba or Warwick. Pose with a Python; Learn about Lions; Marvel at our Marmosets; and Shiver at our Snake and Reptile Show! And that’s just for starters!
Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird Park

South East Queensland
Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. Find treasure filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth, enjoy a horse trail ride, adventure activity or explore the natural bushland along the walking tracks and see hundreds of colourful birds.
Lone Pine Sanctuary

Lone Pine Sanctuary

Brisbane, Queensland
Only 12km from Brisbane City, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's largest koala sanctuary. Interact with 100 species of Australian animals. Hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets, or get cuddly with a beautiful koala. Unwind with an organic coffee in the "Koala Forest" surrounded by 40 koalas in beautiful, natural settings.
Binna Burra Lodge - Lamington National Park

Binna Burra Lodge - Lamington National Park

Gold Coast Hinterland
Situated a short drive for all major Gold Coast theme parks, Binna Burra is an authentic heritage listed lodge offering a genuine Australian experience in nature. The Lodge has been welcoming guests since the early 1930s, and still retains its original charm and character. Positioned 800 metres above sea level amidst the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Binna Burra is centre stage to some of Australia's most spectacular natural features. Winding through ancient Antarctic Beech forest, along exposed escarpments and into heath-land, be amazed by the rich abundance of birds and unique wildlife that inhabit this complex and diverse ecosystem. The Lamington National Park comprises Australia's largest remnant of sub-tropical rainforest. Lamington National Park is characterised by rugged mountain scenery, breathtaking lookouts, tumbling waterfalls, caves, fern gullies, and more than 160kms of walking trails.
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Cape York

Tropical North Queensland
Rich with Aboriginal culture and Australian pioneering history, Cape York is an untamed wilderness area waiting to be explored. The journey through Cape York Peninsula is an epic adventure taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery.
Canarvon Gorge

Canarvon Gorge

Queensland Central Highlands
An oasis of birdlife, unique plant species and freshwater creeks, the Carnarvon Gorge is a sparkling gem amongst the dusty heart of Central Queensland. Climb over boulders, marvel at the colours of sandstone cliffs, walk through quiet eucalypt and cabbage palm forests.
Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

North Queensland
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. A visit to the Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. The stunning natural landscapes of coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches, friendly towns and tropical resorts.
The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast

South East Queensland
The Gold Coast is Australia's holiday capital, boasting some of Queensland's biggest and best theme parks, a fantastic range of attractions, shopping, dining, major events and more! From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there's a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons over 10 million visitors flock to the Gold Coast each year.
TreeTop Challenge

TreeTop Challenge

Lamington National Park - Gold Coast Hinterland
The Mount Tamborine TreeTop Challenge located at Thunderbird Park is highly regarded as the Gold Coast's largest Adventure Attraction with more than 100 adrenalin pumping TreeTop Challenges spread over 6 courses, spanning through 9 acres of un-spoilt natural bushland combining rope and wire challenges. You will have an unforgettable adventure as you hang about in the tree's balance on our suspended bridges and jump on 11 huge zip lines.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Cairns, North Queensland
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The Skyrail experience spans 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you'll see, hear, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment.
David Fleay Wildlife Park

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, David Fleay's is a wildlife park with a difference! Stroll through the tranquil surroundings to experience some of Queensland's most iconic natural habitats and meet the resident wildlife - crocodiles, koalas, emus, brolgas, dingoes, dunnarts, bilbies and kangaroos, platypus and more. Explore the park on your own or join our dedicated Park Rangers at the daily wildlife shows.
The Ginger Factory

The Ginger Factory

Yandina, Sunshine Coast
Open daily with free admission, the iconic Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast's most popular attractions. Enjoy educational tours, fun rides, great shopping facilities and a fantastic cafe featuring modern Australian cuisine. From the largest range of the world's finest ginger products to tranquil gardens and walks, there is so much to discover, taste, see and do.
Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame

Longreach, Western Queensland
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. The live 'Outback Stockman's Show' tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land. The show features trick horses, a bull, dogs, sheep and so much more.
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Aussie World

Palmview, Sunshine Coast
Aussie World is the Sunshine Coast's premier theme park! It's Rides Unlimited at Aussie World with over 30 rides and attractions for the young and young at heart including water ride Plunge, water play area Leak'n Logs, thrill ride Redback and fun Giant Slide. Entry includes unlimited rides for one all-inclusive price. And with shorter queuing times you get to ride your favourite attraction as often as you like! Cruise into the Cafe for snacks or lunch, an ice cream or drink and don't forget to grab an awesome souvenir show bag from the Gift Shop.
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park, Gold Coast hinterland
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is situated in World Heritage Lamington National Park, two hours south of Brisbane or one and a half hours south-west of the Gold Coast. The O'Reilly family have been welcoming guests since 1926. Lamington National Park is World Heritage Listed and is the largest sub-tropical rainforest in Australia. It is home to over 200 bird varieties, 500 waterfalls and has 160 kilometres of walking tracks. O'Reilly's is famous for its Tree Top Walk which offers visitors a close up view of the rainforest canopy and its wildlife. Explore on your own or take advantage of the guided Discovery Program. The Discovery Program includes guided walks, four wheel drive bus trips, nocturnal walks and glow worm walks, flying fox rides, slide shows and much more. Walk through lush rainforests, past waterfalls, under tree gardens of ferns and orchids, and into the unspoilt world that is yours to explore.
Dreamworld

Dreamworld

Coomera, Gold Coast
When it comes to Queensland theme parks, this is the biggest! Dreamworld is a world of happiness including 50 rides and attractions. Meet your favourite DreamWorks heroes and ABC KIDS characters, go wild at Tiger Island, and discover indigenous culture and Australian wildlife at Dreamworld Corroboree.
Movieworld

Movieworld

Oxenford, Gold Coast
Warner Bros. Movie World is a Queensland theme park with a difference. This is the only place where you can become lost in a world of fantasy and fun, meet your favourite stars and super-heroes, and experience the exhilaration of world-class rides, attractions and shows!
Seaworld

Seaworld

Main Beach, Gold Coast
Get below the surface to discover a world of fun and adventure at Seaworld - the premier marine theme park in Queensland. Enjoy amazing attractions and rides for all ages, displays, shows and marine animals, guaranteed to provide a day full of fun.
Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo

Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Australia Zoo is Queensland's ultimate wildlife destination and chock-a-block full of action and adventure. Get hands-on with cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Come face to face with majestic tigers, Crocodiles, or get your photo taken with a baby alligator.

Wet'n'Wild

Oxenford, Gold Coast
Dive into a splashtacular family day out at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, where summer is endless and so is the fun. Wet'n'Wild offers a world class line-up of pools and slides for the whole family including the awesome Constrictor, Tornado, and White Water Mountain.
Sea Life Mooloolaba

Sea Life Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
Sea Life Mooloolaba is an all-weather visitor attraction where you can learn, explore and interact with thousands of marine life over 16 amazing and unique zones. With 14 fun talks and animal feeds, cage free shark dives and snorkels, there's plenty for everyone to enjoy.
WhiteWater World

WhiteWater World

Coomera, Gold Coast
When the fun heats up on the Gold Coast, it's time to cool down in WhiteWater World - a fabulous water-based Gold Coast theme park. With more than 30 water slides, a day at WhiteWater World is splashing fun for all ages and a relaxing day out for families. There's thrilling Slides, Family Fun Slides, and Wiggle Bay for the little ones.
Kingston Park Raceway

Kingston Park Raceway

Brisbane, Queensland
Kingston Park Raceway is Queensland's largest and most technically advanced Go-Karting & Amusement Fun Park. The raceway has over 100 karts and 3 great tracks to test the driver's skills and if you're up to a challenge the Le Mans Track is 1100m of sheer adrenalin pumping bitumen that is guaranteed to get your heart racing. Just to make it interesting there are 4 levels of go karts at Kingston Park Raceway, to suit varied levels of ability and experience and everyone is guaranteed.
Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane

Brisbane, Queensland
Our giant observation wheel offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Brisbane City. Unrivalled for its view, this an uplifting experience that will take you almost 60 metres above the ground in the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed air-conditioned capsule.
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Ripleys Believe it or Not

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise is Surfers Paradise's most unusual and unbelievable attraction! Located in Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Mall in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Ripley's offers sixteen individually themed galleries of unbelievable artifacts and interactive exhibits where you will "Experience the Fun" around every corner.
Australian Outback Spectaular

Australian Outback Spectaular

Coomera, Gold Coast
Discover the Outback Spirit with Australian Outback Spectacular, an evening dinner show filled with outback music, drama and action. Prepare yourself for the most breathtaking arena show ever produced under the Australian Outback Spectacular roof.
Port Douglas

Port Douglas

North Queensland
Feel the pace slow as you revitalise with lazy days on the beach, or come alive and explore nature's untamed tropical wonders. Swim at beautiful Four Mile Beach, enjoy boutique shopping with a tropical twist, dine with the birds at a wildlife park or dive into the Great Barrier Reef.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Brisbane, Queensland
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens , displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is featured on the grounds, along with Japanese Gardens and a Freedom Wall monument. The 56 hectare botanic gardens are open every day of the year. Entry to the gardens is free.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Mountain, South East Queensland
The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers guests a unique and thrilling way to explore the beautiful rainforest canopies. Set in a magical 30 acres of privately owned rainforest beside the crystal clear rock-pools of Cedar Creek on Mt Tamborine, the walk departs directly from the Eco Gallery with a comprehensive array of Australian rainforest flora and fauna displays. The walk takes approximately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace, when pausing to view the many points of interest and information along the way. The entire walk totals 1.5 kms and is a combination of forest floor trails, 300 metres of high-tech steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy, and a 40 metre cantilever bridge that soars a breathtaking 30 metres above the creek and rainforest below.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Brisbane City, Queensland
Climbing Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge is an adventure like no other. Standing on top of the bridge above the glistening landscape is a very special moment - you'll feel like you're on top of the world. This is your chance to see Brisbane truly shining. From far above the river gleams, the city sparkles, cars look like toys and you can see all the way out to Moreton Bay in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west.
Toowoomba Japanese Gardens

Toowoomba Japanese Gardens

20 Regent Street, Darling Heights Toowoomba Queensland
The Toowoomba Japanese Gardens are called “Ju Raku En”, which is Japanese for "enjoying peace and longevity in a public place”. This is a must-see garden destination with over 100,000 visitors each year coming to take in the award winning landscapes. Ju Raku En are one of Australia’s largest Japanese gardens, and cover an area of 4-acres. The main features include a central lake, extensive gardens, tree groves and three separate ‘islands’. The central lake which is home to ducks, turtles and fish, and is crossed over by numerous vivid red traditional Japanese bridges, believed to ward off bad omens. The bridges extend to three garden ‘islands’, which showcase ornate topiary plantings, manicured gardens and other Japanese plants of interest. Walking through the park, visitors are treated to an array of visual delights including bamboo avenues, waterfalls, Azalea Hill, cherry blossom trees, a tea house, numerous conifer plantings and a wisteria arbour. The gardens feature over 230 species of Australian and Japanese native trees and plants. This contemplative garden transforms into a wash of colour and allure during spring, and is one of the major attractions featured during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers festival in October each year.
Tjapukai

Tjapukai

Cairns, Queensland
Tjapukai is a popular Cairns tourist attraction, and one of the most authentic Aboriginal tours available in Australia. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts. A visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage.
Holoverse

Holoverse

Southport, Gold Coast
Holoverse is the world’s most futuristic theme park. Each visitor enters one of 40 themed hologram rooms. These hologram rooms will make holograms appear all around you. In a hologram room you will pat animals made of light, play in holographic water with the turtles, the floor will open up and you will look down hundreds of meters. When you jump all the holographic atoms go up so you feel like you are falling down, even though it’s all an illusion. You can fly, you can smash rocks, and you can walk through solid walls. We also have the world’s first holographic game where you can use holographic swords to fight monsters that run up to the wall, then jump through as holograms into the real world. This is the first holographic theme park in the world, so it’s certainly something that you have never seen before.