QLD vs. NSW: The best of both states

by Elisa Parry

Origin season is upon us. Which means the good old QLD vs. NSW rivalry is in full swing. Football aside, the two states have plenty of impressive landmarks between them, not to mention some bucket list-worthy experiences. So, whether you’re a staunch Maroons or Blues supporter, here are just some of the epic attractions from both states worthy of a place on your next holiday itinerary.

1. The Great Barrier Reef

QLD is off to a strong start with the Great Barrier Reef. There are so many wonderful ways to explore this World Heritage site. Take a cruise to the outer reef and snorkel (bonus points if you fin Nemo!) or take in the views of the largest coral reef from the sky.

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Young woman climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge
2. The Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of Australia’s most famous icons, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a bucket list item for most people (as long as you aren’t afraid of heights and are happy to climb up a whole lot of stairs). If you’ve been planning to do this for a while, the night climb during Vivid Sydney is a pretty special time to get up there and enjoy the view. You’ll also get to bust a move on the dance floor in the sky!

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Daintree Rainforest
3. Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation

If you’re heading to Queensland, a trip to the Daintree National Park, the planets oldest surviving rainforest, has to be on your must-see list! If you’re short on time we recommend a guided day tour that also includes a crocodile cruise on the Daintree River!

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Learning to surf in Bondi
4. Bondi Beach

Perhaps one of the most Instagrammable locations in Sydney, a day at Bondi is always a lovely day out. While you’re there you should take a stroll to Bronte and enjoy the stunning coastal views. If you want to see Bondi from another perspective, you could take an offshore thrill ride jet boat experience!

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5. K'gari/Fraser Island

Explore the largest sand island in the world. One of the best ways to see K'gari/Fraser Island is on a 4WD safari. Don’t forget your swimmers to you can take a dip in the aquamarine waters of Lake McKenzie. It’s also worth checking out Noosa while you’re in this neck of the woods. It’s the perfect place for a sunny weekend away.

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Person surfing at Byron Bay
6. Byron Bay 

Speaking of sunny escapes, Byron Bay is the ultimate vacation destination. Take a hike up to the Cape Byron lighthouse (the most easterly point of Australia) or learn to surf at The Pass. There is so much to see and do in this vibrant seaside town.

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7. The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is full of attractions, but if you’re looking for some fun-filled adventures than you’ll have to check out the theme parks. There is Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything we recommend getting a three-day pass for all three! You can also hot air balloon over the Gold Coast for just $199! So you might want to work your holiday around that experience!

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Sunset over the Blue Mountains
8. The Blue Mountains

Just an hour north west of Sydney you’ll find the stunning Blue Mountains. Checking out the Three Sisters is a must, there are also some beautiful scenic walks that are well worth your time. After all that exercise, you should pop into the historic town of Leura for a well-deserved cup of tea and hot scone!

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9. Brisbane

Straddling the banks of the Brisbane River, the city is the perfect base for a stay in Queensland. For those up for the challenge you can climb the Story Bridge. It’s also worth taking a day trip to Moreton Island and snorkelling the Tangalooma Wrecks.

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10. Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is a great place for a weekend away to explore the wineries. Book a tour of the vineyards or if you’re feeling adventurous book a sunrise hot air balloon flight and take in the views from above. If you’re feeling really brave you could even sign up for a Top Gun Warbird Adventure flight!

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