Best known for being the home of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is a popular destination for both international and domestic tourists. Overflowing with skyscrapers and hotels on the Gold Coast, to family-friendly Noosa, and backpacker meccas of Airlie Beach and Cairns, there is something for everybody. The capital city of Brisbane is clean, bright, and modern and does its best to compete with its much larger rivals of Sydney and Melbourne. The natural areas lack some of the drama of the other states, but with well-spaced gems like the Whitsunday Islands, Daintree National Park, Eungella National Park, Glass House Mountains, and Gold Coast Hinterland, there is still plenty worth seeing.
Surrounded by fruit orchards and small towns, the Glass House Mountains became a national park in 1994. They were named by Captain Cook in 1770.
Near the town of Goondiwindi ("The Resting Place of Birds") stands this lone dead tree.
Originating as a penal colony, Brisbane has evolved to become a modern city.
- Black Island
Near the northern tip of the Whitsunday Islands is Black Island, surrounded by some of the best snorkelling I've ever encountered.
- Rural Sunset
Even a month after massive flooding, the normally parched landscape was still super-saturated and greener than it had been for decades.
A closeup of Araluen Creek, located within Eungella National Park.
Flood waters transform the landscape near the Eungella Reservoir.
One of the most distinctive of the Glass House Mountains north of Brisbane.
- Mount Ngungun Sunrise
Sunrise from the summit of Mount Ngungun offers unimpeded views of all the Glass House Mountains.
- Morning Clouds
While sailing around the Whitsunday Islands, mornings were always an impressive display of light, which were always followed by the clouds thickening and then raining for most of the day.
- Strangler Fig
Found throughout Australia's rainforests, strangler figs grow around the outside of host trees and once large enough, kill off the host.
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