The promised land that keeps on giving

  • Author Inspiring Journeys
  • Date 5 Mar 2019

Picturesque valleys, lush rainforests and sapphire shorelines

Southern Queensland provides a visual splendour only possible in tropical climates. A gentle meander along the coast will introduce you to a patchwork of colours, flavours and cultures that sprout from the fertile land itself.

The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking. The history and culture tells an alluring tale of traditional custodians, early-settlers and charming communities nestled amidst the salubrious hinterlands. A journey across these lands will introduce you to a new perspective and leave you with an authentic impression of Australian country living. 

Winding roads that lead to a tapestry of adventure 

We believe there is no better way to bond with the local people and places than by weaving across the region’s expanse. Taking to the road permits a sense of escapism and connection that a two-week beach holiday never could. 

Hopping from vibrant cities to tiny towns, you’ll see how different communities live. From city walls adorned in colourful self-expression to the roadside coffee-carts brewing locally roasted beans. It’s the off-the-beaten-track moments that let you peek beneath the glossy facade of a region. 

Encounter the excitement of cities, towns and villages and unwind in forests, lakes and seascapes. Southern Queensland has this ability to exude a sudden sense of freedom, where  the construct of time floats away on the ocean breeze. 

A luxury journey where the rainforest meets the sea

A small-group tour with Inspiring Journeys offers an authentic taste of local life beyond the pages of a guidebook. From the moment you arrive in Brisbane, you’ll be whisked away to start your Australian adventure in style.

The Uncharted Coast is an eight-day journey that will have you captivated and well-rested as you trace the coastline from Fraser Island to Byron Bay. Professional Driver Guides reveal the region’s iconic sights and unearth hidden gems with the knowledge of a local. 

Spend sun-drenched days exploring green and gold landscapes and evenings enjoying local dining experiences. Taste fresh produce plucked from the ocean and countryside and enjoy a nightcap as you settle into the sumptuous surroundings of your boutique accommodation.
 
Set sail for pristine islands and rouse your inner-child as you ride over dunes in a 4WD. Meet local people, hear the stories of Indigenous Australians past and present, and see if you can feel crystal-energy as you enter the world’s largest amethyst cave. With all this taken care of and more, all you need to do is kick off your shoes and buckle-up for a spellbinding adventure. 

When only the best accommodation will do

Inspiring Journeys handpicks luxury accommodation to enhance your Australian travel experience. Whether you want to interact with fellow travellers, enjoy a little me-time or retire to your private room, you’ll find what you need at these quality boutique hotels. 

Set on 12,000 acres of undulating hillside, Spicers Hidden Vale combines genuine country charm with the sophistication of a luxury retreat. Find space to relax, enjoy paddock-to-plate dining and treat yourself to a spa experience with sweeping views of the countryside. 

From countryside to seaside, slip into the Byron state of mind with barefoot luxury at Elements of Byron. This award-winning beachfront property offers world-class facilities wrapped in the tranquillity of nature. Why not relax with a cocktail by the adults-only pool as the sunset paints the sky amber.

The Uncharted Coast highlights
• Unique guided tour of Brisbane, taking in street art and aboriginal history
• Swim in the azure waters of Lake McKenzie and relax on the powder-soft sand
• Explore Carlo Sandblow for an incredible vista of Rainbow Beach
• Experience a night of indigenous storytelling while dining under the stars
• Enjoy a private tour of Australia Zoo’s wildlife hospital
• Sip on a sundowner as you cruise the canals of the Gold Coast on a private boat
• Personalise your experience with a scenic helicopter ride or a rainforest skywalk

When to visit southern Queensland

Southern Queensland benefits from warm weather all year round. However, we favour the climate from September to March (spring to autumn). 
With four distinct seasons, each one has its own charm. Springtime offers paddocks filled with baby roos and wildflowers. Summer turns up the heat, making waterfalls, lakes and oceans all the more inviting. Autumn is mild and ignites a fiery transformation across the trees and vineyard leaves.