Destination : Queensland

Queensland

Queensland’s show pony – the unforgettable coastline of the Gold Coast.

There are SO many good reasons for flying around Queensland. All those visions you have of a tropical drop-dead gorgeous slice of Australia are totally true, and so easy to fly into. We just put that theory to the test and spent a fortnight, during covid, exploring some of the state’s most incredible outback and coastal destinations. Check out our Queensland safari here.

Queensland is a mother of a size, and with that comes a staggering array of different weather conditions.

The Channel Country staggers through five years of crippling drought … it is still magnificent country to fly over.

Naturally it’s hot as hell out west in the Summer, but if you’re head down at the Barrier Reef with your snorkel on, who cares? It grabs the headlines during the hot months with all the cyclone action and we all know when it rains up here, man it rains. It rained so hard over the years 2011-2013 that the Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River systems had their banks ironed out with the enormous flow of water working its way southwards. Hello said South Australia’s Lake Eyre – thanks very much, we’ll take all that.

Fast forward to 2015 and all that rain gradually becomes a distant memory as 80% of Queensland and most of Australia enters the most tragic five years of drought in recent history. Pastoralists across the country are confronted with desperate challenges, in the face of almost zero rainfall season after season.

To keep the wolves and the odd bank manager from their door, many have opened their doors to tourism in an effort to keep their income alive. Over the past year, the rains have finally fallen where they are needed, though pockets of our farming country have missed out.

I am here to declare that, as adventurous travellers, it is our solemn duty to get on out there and support them! And that goes for all the other states across Australia too. You will find a visit behind the scenes on one of these huge cattle stations or farming properties to be one of the most memorable experiences you’ll have. I promise.

Joining in on a Shandonvale Station muster – all part of your stay.

There are scores of incredibly beautiful landscapes on offer. I adore flying over Queensland’s Gulf Country – it’s different each time I see it.

Mother Nature’s artwork along the Gulf coastline.

And I don’t know one aviator who doesn’t love touching down at the dirt airstrip at Adels Grove in the gorgeous Lawn Hill National Park for a night or two of laid back chill time. With its awesome red rock gorges, swimming holes, great tented accommodation on the creek and welcoming atmosphere, it’s my easy go-to stopover whenever I’m heading up to the Top End.

The wonderful waterways and gorges of Adels Grove – a Queensland specialty.

As a State of Origin Queenslander, I’ve got a soft spot for our sunshine state. How about considering some time away from the coast and heading outback for your next holiday? Bring the kids, and spend some time in red dust territory, getting to know the wonderful people who call this their home.

Your little aeroplane is parked across the road … easy to keep an eye on through the bottom of your glass.

Pull up a stool at the front bar of the Birdsville Pub and try and keep the grin off your face.

Our list of Queensland favourites is getting longer and longer … c’mon, out ya come!