Queensland is the second largest state in Australia, and Brisbane is its capital city. In fact, we enjoyed Queensland so much that we traveled here twice! Well… maybe our second time was not intentional. But, due to COVID, we had to decide if we wanted to keep traveling south in New South Wales. Or head north back to Queensland, where the borders were about to close to New South Wales again. We decided for Queensland, and it was the perfect choice!
First time in Queensland
Our first time in Queensland was just wonderful. We traveled over Burleigh Heads to Surfers Paradise to Brisbane. There we met one of our great mates at Gympie Golf Course and traveled many many more places like Maryborough, Cape Hillsborough and Lady Elliot Island.
We made it as far north as Airlie Beach where we visited the Whitsundays. On our way back south, we crossed back into New South Wales, when the world came to a stop.
Second time in Queensland
After our Lockdown in Jervis Bay, where we were forced to stay for almost four months (!), our first trip was to the Hinterland of New South Wales. Our original plan was to go back to Victoria while exploring more of NSW’s coast on our way. But COVID had other plans and we ended up going back to the warmth and safety of Queensland.
We are lucky to have had the chance to see more in Queensland and experience towns we never heard of, like Maroochydore and Good Night.
But also because we had the time to go back to places that we didn’t see on our first trip, like Agnes Waters and 1770.
One of our favorite towns is Hervey Bay, and needless to say we had to return. Especially because it was now Whale Season! Like on our first trip when we did a tour out to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island, Harvey Bay was also the starting point for our unforgettable Whale Watching Tour.
Tip: If you continue north, Rockhampton is the last town where you can find ALDI! Be sure to stock up on items for your travels if you want to save a little bit of money.
Another was at Lake Proserpine, a simply beautiful inland lake and free campground, where we relaxed for a couple days. It was too short, but we had our next house sit in Bowen and had to leave paradise too early.
Summary of Links
- Lockdown in Jervis Bay
- Hinterland of New South Wales
- Whale Watching in Hervey Bay
- Our favorite Campgrounds in Queensland
- House Sitting in Australia
From Townsville to the Atherton Tablelands
Tropical North Queensland
From Cairns to Townsville
From Townsville to Mt. Isa
In Townsville, our big adventure was about to start! We wanted to travel from Townsville to Mt Isa through the Outback of Queensland. And we did it! But before we hit the Overlander’s Way, we did a short detour to the amazing Magnetic Island, to soak in our last few days at the ocean for a while.
Afterwards, our Outback adventure started right away and brought us to the Porcupine Gorge National Park. There we witnessed a mind-blowing thunderstorm in the bush camp. And did an amazing hike down to the gorge.
If you know us, you know we don’t let an opportunity go by if it’s about dinosaurs. Yes, you heard right, dinosaurs in the Outback! The towns of Hughenden, Richmond and Winton are in the so-called Dinosaur-Bermuda-Triangle. And we stepped back in time following the path of the dinosaurs!
Longreach isn’t part of the Dinosaur Trail, but we stopped anyway and loved the cute little town. While there, we ran into friends that we had met at Lake Proserpine. What a small world! It was so great to see their friendly faces again and to cuddle with their sweet dog Raffles.
Continuing further, another big surprise was awaiting us. The Clem Walton Park. It is nothing new for us to say that we will just stay one night but end up staying longer. Clem Walton Park is probably THE free campground that we liked the most!
After a few days at the Clem Walton Park, where we saw lots of wildlife, we arrived in Mt. Isa. From there, our next adventure took us to the Northern Territory.