Guide to Queensland
Combine balmy weather and natural attractions on a golfing holiday in Queensland, which has an extensive range of attractions and experiences beyond the treasured 18 holes. Dive into the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and trek through ancient World Heritage rainforests. Explore the relaxed, sub-tropical city of Brisbane or discover rustic towns and dinosaur prints in the iconic outback. When you plan your Queensland golfing holiday, you can opt for relaxation, adventure or a great mix of the two.
The State’s Capital – Brisbane
Youthful, modern and vibrant, Brisbane is Australia’s subtropical metropolis. Take a tip from the locals – get outdoors and make the most of the subtropical climate. You can discover the city’s hidden treasures on foot, cycle along the river’s edge or scale the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
The diversity of attractions is just one of the things that brings visitors to Brisbane. In between alfresco dining and exploring the myriad of shopping arcades, visitors can browse weekend art, craft and gourmet food markets, or even feed wild dolphins. Add in a vibrant entertainment scene, world-class contemporary art and culture, major sporting events and a buzzing nightlife, and you have the complete Australian urban experience.
On Brisbane’s doorstep you’ll also find golden beaches, lush mountain hideaways and a gentle winding river leading to the paradise of Moreton Bay.
In Queensland the climate is warm and the people even more so. The cities are youthful, vibrant and welcoming, while brilliant white sandy beaches stretch the entire length of the coast. From the tip of the Tropical North to the thrills and theme parks of the Gold Coast in the south, you can expect an unforgettable holiday in Queensland.
On the doorstep of tropical airns and easily accessible from Brisbane, the famous Great Barrier Reef is a must-see during your time in Queensland. It’s home to over 2,900 individual coral reefs teeming with technicolour marine life. You can enjoy this natural wonder in so many ways. Sail the magnificent Whitsundays, skimming across six shades of blue ocean to secret coves and coral cays, or relax in one of the many island resorts dotted along the coast.
Cairns is a great base for exploring both the reef and World Heritage-listed Daintree and Kuranda rainforests. Cruise the Daintree River past birds, animals and crocodiles or take a scenic rail trip to the butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda.
From Brisbane, you’re an easy drive to the Fraser Coast, where you can spot migrating humpback whales or 4WD and camp on the sandy terrain of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Brisbane is also gateway to the Gold Coast’s beaches, rainforests, nightclubs and theme parks and the Sunshine Coast’s stylish resort towns.
Inland lies the rugged Queensland outback, where you can connect with Aboriginal culture, fossick for opals, learn to muster cattle or ride wild rapids through spectacular gorges and waterfalls.
All across Queensland you’ll have the chance to meet Australia’s unique wildlife – cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos and witness the awesome size and power of a monster crocodile.
Golf in Queensland
Queensland is the ultimate tropical golf getaway, with secluded beaches, warm weather and fascinating coral reefs alongside several excellent courses.
If tropical islands, golf, sailing and the Great Barrier Reef interest you, then Hamilton Island is a must. Stay on Hamilton Island and play golf on nearby Dent Island, Australia’s only championship island golf course. Set among the spectacular backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands, the course’s changes in elevation, restricted landing areas and the ever-present breezes provide a definite challenge from the back tees and enjoyable resort golf from the forward tees.
Queensland is also home to several champion-designed courses. Tee off on an 18-hole course created by Peter Thomson on Hope Island, near Surfers Paradise. Or experience the golfing vision of Greg Norman on lush courses in Robina and Brookwater, just outside Brisbane.
Both Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are home to an array of excellent coastal courses set between pristine beaches and rainforest-clad hinterland. Then there’s Brisbane’s Royal Queensland course, where you can take time between rounds to relax on the winding Brisbane River.
Test your handicap in the home of the Australian PGA – Palmer Resort in stylish Noosa or on the world’s only tropical links course in Port Douglas. Near Cairns lie the luxurious resort courses of Mareeba and Palm Cove.
The climate along the Queensland coast ranges from hot and humid in the far north, to comfortable cool temperatures in the southeast. The inland west has low rainfall with hot summers and mild, dry winters. With warm summers (November to March), and mild winters (April to October), Queensland is a great holiday destination all year round.
In summer, lightweight clothing is recommended with a thin sweater or jacket for evenings when it can be cooler. All year round, however, be sure to pack a hat, sunglasses and SPF30+ sunscreen.