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Qld Coast Regions

Mission Beach

Mission Beach can be best described as one of the most unspoilt and undeveloped tourism destinations along the Cassowary Coast, and is ideal for the visitor looking for both unspoilt natural beauty and a relaxed and quiet getaway. Adventure activities are also in abundance, with most of the regions' white water rafting taking place on the nearby Tully and Johnstone Rivers. Mission Beach has an extensive range of accommodation most right on the beachfront. Clump Point at the northern end of Mission Beach is the departure point for cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and the beautiful rainforest island of Dunk Island.

Cardwell

The Cassowary Coast is an ideal place for bushwalkers and lovers of nature and the great outdoors. The area begins about 24 kilometres from Cairns and extends to the seaside town of Cardwell 178 kilometres south of Cairns. Situated on the waterfront of the Northern entrance to the Hinchinbrook Channel, Cardwell is a small town with all civic facilities and a great retail centre it is the oldest town in Tropical North Queensland and was founded in 1864. Cardwell is renowned for its great fishing, crabbing, prawning and natural attractions. Cardwell is also situated adjacent to two World Heritage areas - the Wet Tropics Rainforest to the west and. the Great Barrier Reef to the east, gateway to Hinchinbrook Island Resort.

Townsville

Townsville is a vibrant, warm and bright city located 4 hours south of Cairns. The Townsville Strand beachfront promenade frames the city centre, and is regarded as one of the best inner city beachfronts in Australia. The Strand is lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, recreational facilities, barbeque and picnic areas, swimming enclosures and pools, a water-park and playgrounds for children and views of the Bay and Magnetic Island. Townsville is home to a range of fantastic attractions and the surrounding region of Townsville offers visitors the chance to the visit the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands of Magnetic Island and Orpheus Island, rainforests, waterfalls, national parks and outback. There is so much to see and do in Townsville.

Bowen

Untouched beaches, beautiful bays and the perfect tropical climate, Bowen is one of the undiscovered treats of Queensland and an ideal destination for those seeking a laid back beach holiday. Bowen is situated in the northern region of the Whitsundays on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay, just 40 minutes drive north of Airlie Beach. Bowen is cradled by hills to the west and islands to the east and is home to the famous Bowen mango. There is a mix of old meets new with the traditional colonial pubs and art deco facades of the town's streetscapes providing a taste of the past alongside the contemporary style of today. Bowen's heritage architecture and boughs of colourful bougainvillea make a welcoming destination for those exploring these northern corners of the Whitsundays.

Mackay Region

The Mackay Region offers unforgettable holiday experiences to suit every taste, budget and interest. Whether your visit is for business, too see friends or relatives, or simply to enjoy a well earned rest, take time to explore the friendly city and beaches, and then step into Mackay's "backyard". The lush Pioneer Valley, the highland rainforests or Eugella, the picturesque Hibiscus Coast, delightful Sarina, relaxing Broadsound and fascinating historic towns such as Nebo and Clermont, all lie within Mackay's hinterland. And offshore awaiting your discovery are the islands such as Brampton Island, reefs and fishing of the Great Barrier Reef. It's all here in the Mackay region. Stay up to date with Mackay News.

Rockhampton & Yeppoon

Rockhampton is located on the Tropic of Capricorn and the majesty of Rockhampton's historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for decades. Many fine public and private buildings, including the Customs House, old Post Office, Cathedrals, banks, business houses and homes, are constant reminders of the city with an exciting background. The listing of Quay Street facing the river as an historic streetscape that is unique in Australia.

Yeppoon is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast. The township has retained its village style appeal yet offers a variety of wonderful restaurants, accommodation, shops and galleries. A charming esplanade with grassy knoll, palms and a covered picnic and play areas form a backdrop to a vista of sea, sky and islands. As well, annual events, including the Pineapple Festival held in September, enliven the town with gala activities, contests and displays. Local markets offer bargains a plenty. The whole coastline is protected by the Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Bay Islands including Great Keppel Island. The Capricorn Coast has some of the most picturesque and safe swimming beaches in Australia. Stay up to date with Rockhampton News.

Gladstone

The Gladstone Region is an attractive coastal area of Central Queensland, offering a relaxed warm holiday environment with reef, island, beaches and parklands. You'll find the Gladstone Region pleasantly sub-tropical warm to temperate often with cooling breezes, located just 40 kilometres south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Gladstone is gateway to the world heritage listed Heron Island. The reef experience on Heron is exclusively for resort guests, a unique experience few other resorts in the world can offer. Gladstone is only a five-hour drive north from Queensland's capital, Brisbane along the Bruce Highway - a comfortable distance for the self-drive holiday enthusiast. Stay up to date with Gladstone News.

Agnes Waters & Town of 1770

Paradise found. Agnes Waters on the oceanfront has the most northerly surfing beach in Queensland and truly a magic spot. This pale curve of sand is backed by a centre offering a range of facilities, here you will find some of the region's great weather, welcoming hospitality and "get away from it all" ambience make it a perfect holiday location. The district's history and connection to Cook's landing is showcased at the town's museum. Just north of Agnes Water is one of Queensland's most beautiful coastal locations the Town of Seventeen Seventy so named after the visit of Lt. James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770. This was Cook's third landfall in Australia - the first in Queensland - so giving rise to the area's claim to be the birthplace of Queenland.

Bundaberg

Bundaberg, Coral Coast County, home to the southern Great Barrier Reef. Bundaberg is your gateway to this diverse and dynamic region, just 4 hours north of Brisbane and popular with visitors looking for a relaxed holiday and the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle. You can enjoy a day flight or overnight eco resort stay on the wildlife mecca that is Lady Elliot Island. You will not find a better seaside holiday location than Kelly's Beach, accommodation is on, or adjacent to the beachfront and an 18 hole golf course is directly behind. Kelly's is ideal for the whole family or for a relaxed escape. A must visit spot is Bargara Beach, a major centre of the Coral Coast, a hive of activity, this seaside town hosts a foreshore streetscape and shopping precinct, coupled with excellent dining facilities provides a total holiday package.

 

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