Breathe deep and relax. When it comes to outdoor adventures, Queensland is hard to beat. Want to plunge into the magical underwater world of a coral reef, hike through lush hinterland, stroll along an endless beach or explore a lava tube formed by an ancient volcanic explosion? Hit the surf, swim in a pristine lake, or explore an outback gorge? Yep, you can do it all here.

If you’d rather slow down to unwind, you can do that too. Head to the Whitsundays or the Gold Coast and you will find some of Australia’s best spas, offering everything from hot stone massage to equine therapy.

Perhaps what you are really after is the chance to connect with an ancient culture. Queensland has some of Australia’s most memorable indigenous experiences, from learning to fish on a subtropical island to exploring the rainforest in the company of an elder.

If all of that makes you work up an appetite, you’re in luck. From ocean-fresh seafood to fresh fruit and veg that have been nurtured by the tropical sun, health-giving food is never far away.

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