Planning a trip through Queensland? 

Are you a backpacker on your first trip to Australia?

Find out just how easy it is to explore our magnificent state and country!

indexQueensland has some amazing attractions, fantastic sights and will give you memories to last a life time. But how do you choose what to see and when if you can’t stay long enough to enjoy them all. These top ten things to see and do should help you decide. Many backpackers start north and work along the coast. So our top ten starts at Cairns, Far North Queensland.

The Strand
The Strand, Townsville
  1. Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Mini Moke around Magnetic Island
  3. Sail the Whitsundays
  4. Get lost in The Caves, Rockhampton
  5. Watch the turtles hatch at Mon Repos, Bundaberg
  6. Go whale watching at Hervey Bay
  7. Explore Fraser Island
  8. See the Croc Show at Australia Zoo, famous for The Crocodile Hunter
  9. Check out the big 3 theme parks at the Gold Coast
  10. Catch a wave at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Nothing can ruin your trip more than an unfortunate event occurring if you run into trouble so keep in mind the emergency services number for Australia is 000, or 112 for mobile phones. You will be asked Police, Fire or Ambulance so stay on the line and wait until you are directed to the right place.

Backpacker hostels are everywhere in Australia, and are the cheapest form of accommodation as well as a great place to meet other travellers. There are many websites you can use to compare and check hostels all over the world, which also include many other backpackers reviews. We like to use HostelWorld, and with accommodation from just $4 per night, who wouldn’t!?

If you prefer a more local or cultural experience you could try out Couchsurfing. This is a free form of accommodation where you exchange cultural experiences rather than cash. Find out why Couchsurfing is more than just a free place to sleep here.

Some things to remember while travelling in Queensland:

  • Distance can be an issue when travelling anywhere in Australia. For example length of the Queensland coast takes up to 24 hours by road and 36 by bus or train.
  • Hitch-hiking is illegal in Australia, and you can be arrested for it. To avoid this check out one of the awesome ridesharing websites (such as Ridesharing Oz) where you can organise a free ride online.
  • If you drive in Queensland when you are not allowed to, you will be charged with unlicensed driving and you may have to appear in court. Ensure you have a valid license from your country of origin and have read up on the road rules. These can be different between States and Territories so make sure you do your research if you are planning on visiting more than just Queensland. One rule you should keep in mind is that it is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt at all times in any moving vehicle, if you don’t you may get a fine.
  • If you are planning on working you need to get a Tax File Number, which you can read about and apply for here.


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Everything you need to know about backpacking through Queensland, Australia

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