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Sunny Days Ahead: 6 Dreamy Queensland Trips To Light Up Your Life

With the Queensland borders open, there has never been a better time to explore the beautiful scenery, vibrant energy, and unique experiences that QLD has to offer. Need a little inspo to reignite your passion for domestic travel? Viva Holidays has you covered!

With the Queensland borders open, there has never been a better time to explore the beautiful scenery, vibrant energy, and unique experiences that QLD has to offer. Need a little inspo to reignite your passion for domestic travel? Viva Holidays has you covered!

The sunshine state is back open for business!

After months of dreaming about travel and tasting that sweet, sweet, freedom, it’s finally time to get out there and experience the great open road once more. It’s time to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and our loved ones in places we’ve never explored, or wish to explore more in-depth, through experiences that make us come alive.

Whether you’re yearning for the lush rainforest, white sand islands, or crystal clear waters, or craving the excitement and buzz of Brisbane and the Gold Coast – you’ll find the best value deals to choose from right here.

Simply put, Queensland is good to go and we’re totally stoked about it!

Ready to explore? Let’s take you there.

1. Experience a luxurious Cairns and Great Barrier Reef getaway

Clifton Beach, just north of Cairns. Photographer: Katie Purling. ©Tourism and Events Queensland

People have been flocking to Tropical North Queensland in search of treasure since the first gold rush. However, today’s visitors come to enjoy the abundance of natural and environmental treasures that surround the city of Cairns.

With the tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in close proximity, Cairns attracts a young and intrepid crowd that adds to the vibrancy of this lively and welcoming city.


With a personality of its own, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort is a sophisticated character with a playful outlook on life. Guests can expect understated elegance, contemporary design, and a splash of fun.

Residing in a prime location at the northern end of the iconic Cairns waterfront boardwalk, Riley features 311 stylish rooms and suites, most with spacious balconies.

  • Includes: 3 nights accommodation at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection (5 star) in a Resort Room
  • Guaranteed late check out until 2pm
  • Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming
  • Nespresso machine with complimentary pods
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventure departing Cairns Wharf
  • 3 nights per person from $539 (Twin Share)
  • Find out more here

2. Escape to Townsville, to explore land and sea

Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is a very popular destination for sun-seekers and provides amazing access to the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s the perfect place to begin your getaway to the Outback, wildlife-filled wetlands and stunning tropical islands. Boasting a 2.5-km beachfront area, known as the Strand, it’s also an exciting and vibrant city to visit in itself.

The Ville Resort – Casino

Discover a world-class destination on the edge of paradise at The Ville Resort – Casino. This stunning property boasts views of the marina and is home to some of the best dining options Townsville has to offer.

  • Includes: 3 nights at The Ville Resort-Casino in a Deluxe Hotel Room ★★★★✩
  • Complimentary welcome cocktail
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary car parking
  • 3 nights per person from $199 (Twin Share)
  • Find out more here

3. Enjoy an island escape in the wondrous Whitsundays


In need of some sun, sea, and sand? Situated amidst the 74 Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and Daydream Island each offer experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, and colourful reefs.

Hamilton Island

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Hamilton Island Escape Reef View Hotel

Dreaming of a truly relaxing island getaway? The Hamilton Island Escape Reef View Hotel can give you exactly that.

Situated in a perfect spot on Hamilton island, this hotel offers large, comfortable, modern rooms, incredible views, fun activities, world-class cuisine, and fantastic service.

Whether you’re after a comfortable base ready to explore, in need some R&R time by the swim-up bar, or looking to treat yourself with date night, there is something for everyone within a stone’s throw of this majestic resort.

  • Includes: 5 nights at Hamilton Island Escape Reef View Hotel in a Garden View Room
  • Full breakfast daily
  • BONUS $150 resort credit~
  • Use of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers, and snorkelling equipment
  • Use of the gym, spa, sauna and tennis court hire
  • Use of the scheduled ‘Island Shuttle’ service
  • Return Hamilton Island Airport/Marina transfers
  • 5 nights per person from $859 (Twin Share)
  • Find out more here

4. Take in dreamy views on the Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island

Beach at Northshore

The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions with amazing beaches, stunning sunlight, picturesque hinterland, and plenty of breathtaking views.

Though famous for its paradise-like Fraser Island and the visiting whales, the Fraser Coast offers plenty of other amazing places and adventures.

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort enjoys a pristine beachfront location amongst 14 hectares of natural bushland and manicured gardens. Set around a private beachfront lagoon, the resort is situated only one hour north of Brisbane and 5kms from the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Featuring 361 rooms, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort offers a large range of leisure facilities and activities for all ages, including a variety of restaurants, two bars, a day spa, windsurfing, kayaking, golf, a kids club and so much more.

  • Includes: 6 nights accommodation at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort (4-star) in a Resort Room 1 Queen Bed Garden View
  • Complimentary car parking
  • 6 nights per person from $399 (Twin Share)
  • Find out more here

5. Live it up on the Gold Coast

Sunset view of Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. ©Tourism Australia

The Gold Coast is a diverse destination, offering action-packed days and fun-filled nights.

Families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere.

voco Gold Coast

For your stay at voco Gold Coast, choose from three different room types with ocean or hinterland views. Get comfy and enjoy the sunset views and then get glam and ready for a fun-filled night on the town.

  • Includes: 4 nights accommodation  at voco Gold Coast (4.5 star) in a Ocean Room
  • Complimentary breakfast daily
  • Complimentary tea and coffee supplied 
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Aveda bath amenities
  • 4 nights per person from $249 (Twin Share)
  • Find out more here

6. Board the Spirit of the Outback for the Ultimate Outback Queensland Adventure

Sunrise in Winton. Photographer: Phil Warren. ©Tourism & Events Queensland

Put your adventure boots on and set off into the heart of Queensland’s outback on a fully escorted Ultimate Outback Queensland Adventure.

The journey begins when you board the famous Spirit of the Outback. Experience the real Australia and allow yourself to daydream as you take in the ever-changing scenery and rugged landscape between Brisbane and Longreach.

Step back in time and follow in the footsteps of early pioneers, as you explore Australia’s rich heritage on a fascinating outback quest. Meet local characters who will captivate and charm you with their stories of life in the country.

  • Includes: One way overnight travel on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach – First Class Sleeper
  • One way economy class airfare from Longreach to Brisbane
  • Services of an experienced tour guide from day one to departure from Longreach Airport
  • 5 nights 3½ star accommodation in Longreach
  • Welcome barbecue at Longreach Motor Inn
  • Admission to Longreach School of Distance Education
  • Qantas Founders Museum & Guided Tour
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise including Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show
  • Strathmore Station Smoko Tour
  • Admission to Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Outback Stockman’s Show & Lunch
  • Camden Park Station Sunset Dinner Tour
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon
  • Half Day Winton Tour
  • Admission to Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Ilfracombe Town Tour and Wellshot Hotel lunch
  • Exclusive Rosebank Station Farewell dinner
  • All coach transfers (excluding Brisbane arrival and departure transfers)
  • 5 nights per person from $3,499 (Twin Share)
  • Find out more here

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