In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

We were invited on the exciting ‪#‎ThisisQueensland‬ blog trip with Visit Queensland touring around Australia’s dazzling northeastern corner. With days of endless sunshine, gorgeous coastal towns and some of the finest beaches in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s an extraordinarily beautiful region which would easily top a list of the most photogenic places in the world. For the first week we spent our time exploring some of the region’s highlights – the cosmopolitan beach town of Noosa, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – a tranquil place filled with pretty towns and spectacular vistas and Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world known for its brilliant blue freshwater lakes, crystalline creeks, sculpted coloured sands, lush rain forests and even its own striking shipwreck.

We ended our first week on Lady Elliot island, a tiny, highly protected coral cay and one of the most extraordinary places we’ve ever seen. Located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef it’s home to over 1,200 species of marine life including manta rays and endangered turtles. We spent our days snorkelling with colourful fish and highly endangered turtles and gawping at the unspoilt coral reef. Here is our favourite Queensland beauty spots, in BIG pictures….

Fraser Island

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

Hervey Bay

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

Lady Elliot Island

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

Noosa

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

 

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

In BIG pictures: beauty spots of Queensland, Australia Global Grasshopper

All words and photos by Becky Padmore taken with a Leica camera, I was a guest of Visit Queensland but as always all views are my own.

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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