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Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland occupies Australia’s north-east. From the inland deserts to the island reefs, the state has a huge variety of climates, landscapes and industries. Some of Queensland’s best-known destinations include the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays. The cosmopolitan delights of Brisbane and the Gold Coast stand in bold contrast to the rough-and-tumble joys of the outback. The Great Barrier Reef’s natural wealth is rivalled by that of the Daintree Rainforest. And the lure of adventure is matched by the lure of beachside resorts.

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Valid on select 2018 departures. Destinations include Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Cairns, Whitsundays and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off parking at Australia airports

Valid for use on select dates until 30 October 2018. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Ballina, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart. T&C's apply.

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Whitsunday: 5 nights + flights from $690

Valid for travel from August 2018 - March 2019. Includes accommodation, return economy airfare, transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $371 off 5-night Port Douglas packages

Valid for travel from 1 September 2018 - 30 June 2019. Includes breakfast, bottle of wine, 25% off on 18 holes at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course, 25% off on spa treatments and more. T&Cs apply.

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Australia-wide flights from $113 return

Valid for travel between August - October 2018 and February 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Hobart. Destinations include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Sydney, Darwin and more.

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Up to 50% off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel from 23 July - 1 December 2018 depending on the destination. Destinations include Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Winter sale: up to 40% off stays

Valid for stays on select dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Anakiwa, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.

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Cairns: 4-day accommodation + flights from $359

Valid for travel from 21 July - 20 September, 15 October - 10 December 2018 and 15 January - 25 March 2019. Includes accommodation at Bay Village Tropical Retreat and Apartments, continental breakfast for 2, complimentary WiFi and parking and return economy airfare. T&Cs apply.

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Cairns: 6-nights resort accommodation + flights from $1,440

Valid for travel between 1 November - 23 December 2018, 12-28 January and 14 February - 31 March 2019. Package includes 3 nights accommodation at Green Island Resort and 3 nights accommodation at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, daily breakfast, return airfare, return airport transfers, kids stay free plus $1,000 bonus value and more. T&Cs apply.

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Winter sale: up to 40% off stays

Valid for stays on select dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Anakiwa, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.

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20% off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel from 21 August - 27 November 2018. Destinations include Wellington, Cairns, Melbourne, Auckland, Adelaide, Darwin, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Sydney, Queenstown and more.

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Up to $800 OBC on Princess cruises

Valid on 17 February 2019 and departs from Brisbane. Destinations include Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and Willis Island. T&Cs apply.

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Hamilton Island 5-day family stay from $468

Valid for travel between 1 April - 20 December 2018 and 6 January - 31 March 2019. Package includes 5 nights accommodation at Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel, daily breakfast, kids stay and eat for free plus unlimited use of resort shuttle and more. T&Cs apply.

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47% off Queensland escape for two

Valid for stays until 30 September 2018 at Best Western Astor Metropole. Includes late check-out and complimentary WiFi access. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire in Queensland

Valid from 4 June 2018 - 31 October 2018. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Sixth-day free Queensland car hire

Valid from 1 October - 16 December 2018. Minimum of 6 days. T&Cs apply.

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Queensland one-way free car hire

Valid from 15 August – 14 December 2018. Minimum of 3-day rental. T&Cs apply.

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Hamilton Island Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island stays + breakfast, transfers from $390

Valid on stays until 31 March 2018. Sample price is based on a 4-night stay at Palm Bungalows.

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Up to 70% off hotel stays and vacation packages

Destinations include Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Bali, Phuket, Fiji, Vietnam and Hawaii. Sample packages include a 5-night stay in Surfers Paradise for $299 (Regularly $579) and a 5-night package to Fiji for $999 (Regularly $2101),

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Up to $27 off Cairns sightseeing packages

Valid select dates. Activity packages include options like Kuranda Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef cruises, diving and snorkelling trips, Kurana scenic railway, Hartley's Crocodile Park and more.

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Up to $60 off bungee jumping tours in Cairns

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Hire a car and get your fourth day free

Hire a car with Budget Car Hire through DriveNow for a minimum of four consecutive days and get your fourth day free of base rate charges. Available for pick ups at the airport in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine). Valid on select vehicles including family, full-size and SUVs.

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Hamilton Island Hamilton Island

Hamilton island stays from just $150 per night

Valid for local Queensland residence living as far north as Port Douglas and as far south as Gladstone. Price includes transfers from Airlie Beach, Wi-Fi access, shuttle service and use of some water and sports equipment.

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Hamilton Island packages from $1,908

Valid for travel until 31 March 2019. Includes accommodation, bottle of wine, buffet breakfast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Fast facts about Queensland

Where is it? Queensland occupies the north-east of Australia and is bordered by the Northern Territory, New South Wales and South Australia.

How do I get there? Flights to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as regional airports such as Cairns, Hamilton Island and Townsville, are available from every Australian city and some regional locations. The flight takes between 1-and-a-half and 5 hours. Airlines include Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin, Tigerair, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

When should I go? Queensland is a huge state and the climate varies from tropical to temperate. The summer can be extremely hot, while the winter (or dry season) is generally mild. Visit from June to September for the whale migration and mild weather, or wait until October for warmer temperatures, longer days and fewer crowds.

What should I do? Hike through rainforests, bushland, tablelands and wetlands, visit the Gold Coast’s theme parks, experience the Great Barrier Reef, take a flight to the Whitsundays, pick your own mangoes, go to a rodeo, relax on the beaches of the Sunshine Coast, and sleep under the stars in the Simpson Desert.



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