Queensland is renowned for its incredible natural beauty, the highlight of which is the world famous Great Barrier Reef. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this astonishing 2000km-long reef is certainly one to tick off the bucket list. However, Queensland isn’t just a one trick pony: venture towards the Gold Coast where beautiful golden beaches meet shimmering high-rises, or explore the stunning Whitsundays - pure island paradises offering beautiful beaches and perfect crystal blue waters, ideal for sailing and snorkelling.
The Gold Coast
Possibly Australia’s most iconic holiday destination, the cosmopolitan region of the Gold Coast exudes relaxation, offering long golden beaches and sub-tropical weather. The array of leisure pursuits includes world-class golf, fishing, tennis, yachting, surfing, designer shopping, theme parks, a vibrant restaurant scene and renowned nightlife. With a variety of amusement parks, including Dreamworld Themepark and Wet’n’Wild, it is a brilliant destination for families.
Great Barrier Reef
Comprising over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays, the Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a must-see for anyone visiting the east coast of Australia. It’s the world’s largest coral reef and has over one-thousand islands boasting pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear, blue ocean. These waters are home to an incredible underwater world teeming with colour and life - including tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. With fabulous diving and snorkelling opportunities, as well as scenic flights to experience, exploration may be enjoyed from above and below the water.
Forming part of the Great Barrier Reef, the stunning Whitsunday Islands offer exclusive luxury retreats for discerning visitors. The pristine beaches and glistening waters make for the perfect backdrop to beach picnics and leisurely walks. Embark on seaplane and helicopter tours over the islands and the reef, or immerse yourself in the waters and enjoy diving, snorkelling or charter a boat for a sailing excursion. For utter exclusivity and luxury, enjoy a private beach picnic or a sunset cruise with Champagne. Game-fishing is available from September to February.
Completely natural and unspoiled by artificial structures, the Daintree Rainforest is the accessible section of the awe-inspiring coastal lowland rainforest in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The dense, lush region showcases the unique biological diversity and pristine rainforest integrity, including exceptional swamp and mangrove forest habitats, eucalyptus woodlands and a wonderful array of native birds.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Gold Coast experiences a sub-tropical climate During the summer months of December to February is when the Gold Coast experiences most of its annual rainfall. The average temperatures range between 20°C and 28°C. The hot days are often followed by tropical storms at night. This is an ideal time of year to visit the rainforests and mountain creeks that surround the Gold Coast.
Winter on the Gold Coast sees whales visiting the coast line, the cooler days are great days to get out on the water to whale watch. The cooler temperatures mean that there is also less humidity and less rain so it is the perfect time to spend at the beach and surfing.
The autumn days, March to May, are generally sunny and warm followed by equally warm nights and drier than the summer days. The humidity is lower as well. Autumn on the Gold Coast is the perfect time to enjoy sailing and other water sports due to the winds still being strong and tropical storms being less frequent.
Spring is similar to autumn on the Gold Coast; with a rising humidity as September to November roll by with increasing rainfall and temperatures. This is also the windiest part of the year for the Gold Coast so sports such as sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing and kite boarding are perfect to enjoy.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Queensland.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Visas are required for travel to Australia. Elegant Resorts can provide Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for which we'll require: full name (including middle names), passport number, nationality, date of issue, date of expiry, place of issue, your date of birth, your home address in the UK and an email address in the UK as well as an address in Australia (this will be your first hotel or the Southern Crossings head office address, which our Travel Consultants will provide at the time of booking). Alternatively, you can apply for the visa online yourself through the Australian Government website at www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/ there is no charge for the visa but a service charge of approximately AUD$20 per person will apply. Please note, from 1 September 2015 a new Environmental Management Charge (EMC) will be introduced for The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. All visitors will be charged 6 AUD per person, per day up to a maximum of 18 AUD per stay.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.