Queensland offers 13 unique regions for you to explore, each offering countless places to visit. You can also browse through a variety of holiday experience ideas, whether you’re interested in adventure travel, going to an island, visiting a national park, or taking in the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Get travel advice to help plan your holiday in Queensland. The state is large, so knowing travel times and a distance between destinations is always handy. Local Visitor Information Centres will also provide useful tourist information and advice.
Find out more about safety and security issues and other useful practical tips on health, local laws, local customs as well as entry and exit requirements for overseas destinations. This advice can help you make well-informed travel decisions. Read about general travel advice for Australian travellers.
This checklist will help guide your travel preparations, and covers all three phases of your travel: before you go, while you're away and coming home. The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable your travel will be.
Australian passports are issued only to Australian citizens and are needed for overseas travel. Visit the Australian Passport Office website for more information.
Every year Australian travellers become ill, or even die, while travelling overseas. Make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up at least eight weeks before you depart. To find out more about healthy travel and vaccinations visit the Smart Traveller website.
If you plan to take medicines overseas, it is recommended you:
- discuss with your doctor the medication you'll need to take
- carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medication is, how much you'll be taking with you, and stating that it's for your own personal use
- leave the medication in its original packaging so it's clearly labelled with your name and dosage instructions.
If you're travelling with medication, make sure it's legal in the countries you're visiting by contacting the relevant embassy or consulate in Australia.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. Overseas medical costs are not covered by Medicare. It is strongly recommended you to take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Make sure it covers all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of valuables, damage to baggage, and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans. Fully disclose any pre-existing medical conditions in writing. It will save you worry and possible financial hardship. Medical costs overseas can be in the tens of thousands of dollars and many families have been burdened financially in paying these costs when things go wrong.
Whether you are travelling overseas to visit family, as a tourist, for business or to live, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade encourages you to register your plans with them before you leave Australia.
The registration information you provide will help them to contact or find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as important travel advice updates, notice of elections and information on other matters relevant to travellers and expatriates.
Getting help overseas
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides assistance to Australians who find themselves in trouble overseas. This support is referred to as consular services; however, there are legal and practical limits to what can be done. Find out more.
The 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra can also be contacted for assistance from anywhere in the world on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 (local call cost within Australia).
YHA Australia is part of the world’s largest backpacker accommodation network, Hostelling International, providing more than 4000 YHA hostels in over 60 countries. YHA is a membership-based, not-for-profit association, with all profits going back into the hostels and the experience they provide.
The Queensland Holidays website also has a searchable list of backpacker accommodation in a variety of destinations.
Camping and caravanning in Queensland
Find out how to get a camping permit and where you can go camping or caravanning.
Accommodation in Queensland is varied. There are thousands of hotels, B&Bs, resorts and hostels meaning you can find a place to rest, tailor-made to your holiday plans. Whatever your taste in accommodation, you can find it on the Queensland Holidays website.
Driving interstate or overseas
Find out what to do if driving interstate or overseas with a Queensland driver licence, or if you need to renew your licence while travelling.
Travelling on public transport
Hiring a vehicle
Drive, cruise or ride your way around with style and ease. Visit the Queensland Holidays website to find out more about hiring the most suitable form of transportation for the holiday you have in mind.