Tropical rainforest, the biggest coral reef in the world, countless palm-lined beaches and an intriguing outback are the highlights of a Queensland camping trip. There are few other states where the sun comes out as often, so if you’re a fair weather camper – and can handle the heat – Queensland is the place to be. Cruise through sleepy coastal hamlets, bustling metropolises and remote outposts, and you’ll be greeted with laidback and hospitable locals lucky enough to call the Sunshine State their home.
So when’s the best time to go? While Queensland struggles to get cold, it does get stormy in the Wet Tropics during summer. If you’re heading north of the Tropic of Capricorn, shoulder seasons outside school holidays are your best bet for avoiding humidity, and the crowds. If you’re into bushwalking or generally being active outdoors, you’ll want to avoid going inland in the height of summer, but should also be prepared for the outback’s chill factor in winter.
Queensland is a whopper in terms of size, but when it comes to road trips, there’s something for everyone – from blissful coastal drives that take only a few hours, such as the beautiful trip from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, to legendary 4X4 exploration. The famous track to Cape York, for example, is a must-drive for many keen off-roaders.