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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2016
Great Barrier Reef  (11 Answers)

I am very interested in snorkeling (not scuba diving) the Great Barrier Reef. So far, I know the better time of the year would be between May and October. Does anyone know, specifically, when the best month to visit is? I'm concerned if there is any particular time when it's more dangerous such as more sharks are in the area because the water temperature changes. Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2016
What to do around Caloundra on my 70th Birthday with my family.

I have organized a weekend in July for my wife and family in Caloundra.Can anybody suggest things we could do as a family group.The only agreement so far is golf on the Saturday morning.What other activities and restaurants can you suggest for the rest of Saturday and Sunday.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2014
About Toll Charges in Queensland  (6 Answers)

Is anyone able to advice me on the toll charges in Queensland?
Will be renting vehicle from Brisbane Airport > Gold Coast (Day 1)
And from Gold Coast > Sunshine Coast (Day 7)
Sunshine Coast > Brisbane Airport (Day 10)

As I am comparing 2 car rental pricing.
AUD837 (Toll charges to be charge direct to my credit card) vs AUD1,037 (inclusive Toll Charges)
Which deal is a better offer with all other criteria the same.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2014
Sunshine Coast  (8 Answers)

Dear friends,
Seriously need some help on Sunshine Coast total 4 adults (1 elderly age 68) & 2 childrens (age 6 & 4).
Will be checking out from Gold coast (Tue) to Sunshine coast (2hrs journey) and tentatively staying in Caloundra area.
Few destination in mind, but at a lost on how to plan the route. 3.5 full days in Sunshine coast.
1) Australia Zoo (1/2 day enough?)
2) Glass house mountain (1/2 day enough?)
3) Fraser Island day tour (Which tour agency is recommended? But seems like alot of time will be spend on travelling as Caloundra is quite far out from Fraser Island). So might not go ahead with Fraser Island.
4) Ginger Factory (1/2 day enough?)
5) Blackall range
6) King's Beach (1/2 day enough?)
7) Eumundi Market (Wednesday AM), where to proceed next from Eumundi market?
8) Any wineyard to recommend and is it harvesting season in early May?
9) Noosa (What is recommended there?)
Will be checking out on saturday early morning to catch a flight in Brisbane back to my home town.
Therefore, would appreciate all your kind assistant on helping me to plan these few days itinernary so that I don't have to travel up and down aimlessly.
p/s : I have already rent a car thoughout my journey from 10 days journey.
Thank you all in advance :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2014
Contact Details  (2 Answers)

I have read the article about Taromeo Camp Ovens at Benarkin, Queensland, however there are no contact details for the venue.
Can you help me please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2013
Beaches of Queensland, Hidden Gems and hipster dens  (6 Answers)

My wife and I are flying from the US in January for a road trip from the Gold Coast to Cairns, we're going to be there for 16 days an would love to know what places we should hit up along the long winding road to the great barrier reef.
We do road trips here in the states all the time, last year we went from coast to coast via Route 50, saw long stretches of nothing but was worth the experience.
As we are flying into Brisbane we'd like to know what places, beaches, restaurants, and sights to see along the way.
What beaches should we hit up? what places should we avoid? Where are places to meet people and share an experience?
Any suggestions would be great. Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2013
Help: Gold Coast to Cairns Road Trip  (4 Answers)

Hello, Me and the soon to be wife will be taking a 15 day holiday road tripping from the Gold Coast to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef in January of 2014. We're going up the coast in a caravan/camper and we're looking for places to eat, sleep, drink and have fun.
We both love to hike, surf, drink, and lay on the beach to let the sun burn off our hangovers.
Also, what places could we stay at along the way? We been to caravan parks that are loaded with kids and crotchety couples, we're looking for a more laid back atmosphere, would love to meet like minded people along the way.
Please reply back, thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2013
goondiwindi  (3 Answers)

does anyone know when i will be able to travel north from goondiwindi ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2012
Cairs/Port Douglas or Whitsunday Islands base for visit to GBR?  (8 Answers)

Dear everyone,

I am planning to travel to Australia in March/April 2013 and I was wondering whether people have any advice where to go to visit the Great Barrier Reef area for about 7 days. I will be traveling with my boyfriend, we're both in our twenties and we will be without a car. He is an experienced diver, whereas I have never dived before and might just stick to snorkelling!

Basically, given our somewhat limited ability to travel once we are there, I was wondering whether people would recommend going to the Whitsunday islands and go on trips from there to the GBR or find a base in Cairns/Port Douglas? What are the relative advantages/disadvantages of the two?

Thank you so much for your help and advice - I really appreciate it!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2012
Where to go for one week  (8 Answers)

Hi, We are a couple in our fifties with one week available at the end of November to spend a relaxing time in Queensland, FNQ, an Island or Fiji or South Pacific island but do not know what to expect weather wise. Not looking to spend the whole week on one resort but like sea, sand, natural attractions, good food and peace and quiet. Budget is mid to high but not exclusive range.
Any suggesstions would be appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2012
Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast  (16 Answers)

Hi all,

First post... we will be going to the Gold & Sunshine coast Jan 2013, family with 3 kids 8-12, we would like to know
- we have 4 weeks, should we spend half and half or more on the sunshine coast, we will want spend our time relaxing, surfing and shopping, plus seeing the best attractions
- will we need a car to get around or can we walk/do public transport, we will have surfboards with us some of the time
- what are the top attractions to do, we can't do them all, and how is the cheapest way to do them?
- where should we stay on the Goldy and Sunny, the most central location or will a single location on each have it all?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2012
Woombye  (2 Answers)

Hi there. What airport is closest to fly into from Wellington, New Zealand if we are wanting to go to Woombye, Queensland, Australia and also do we have to get another internal flight once we arrive there
Many thanks Nikki

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2012
road trip in north queensland  (9 Answers)

Hi there,
my friend and I are thinking of hiring a car and exploring a bit of north queensland for about 7 or 8 days or so in mid July. We haven't got very far in our plans yet!

I was vaguely thinking about Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree and Atherton Tablelands. We would like to do some snorkelling or scuba on GBR. I have also heard that the crater lakes in Atherton Tablelands are beautiful. Does this sound realistic? Would we need to book accommodation ahead at that time of year? It is not Qld school holidays.

We would be flying from Perth so I guess we would fly into Cairns?

Any tips would be appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2012
Accommodation on Sunshine Coast-October 2012  (8 Answers)

A lot of our family will be travelling from interstate for a family wedding on the Sunshine Coast in October this year. We would really appreciate some recommendations re apartments(at least 2 bedrooms) or houses available for short term rental(probably up to 5 days)at this time of the year. We will all have cars, so anywhere from Buderim south would suit.
Many thanks in advance-I know from previous experience how great VT members are.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2011
Christmas???  (5 Answers)


My partner and I are over in Australia on a working holiday visa. We are currently living in Townsville but hoping to move down to Brisbane beginning of Jan! We have holidays over chrsitmas and new year and just wondered if anyone had any tips on where to spend them. We were thinking of heading up to cairns for a few days and then down to Airlie Beach/whitsundays before heading to Brisbane for work. Its just the two of us and first xmas away from family so want to make it exciting and special.
What are other travelers doing over the festivities?? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Nat :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2011
Drive from Nelson Bay to Airlie Beach  (11 Answers)

We are driving to Airlie Beach from Nelson Bay in January and intended to break the journey over 2 nights. One night on the Gold Coast and the following night at Gladstone. We aren't flying because on the way back we are staying at Noosa for a week and my husband has a longboard. Does this sound feasible? Any other suggestions as to where we should stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2011
weekend away at sunshine coast or gold coast  (6 Answers)

Im trying to organise a romantic/relaxing weekend away for my partner and I in about 3 weeks time... I thought it would be really easy but Ive spent days looking online and cant make a decision!

He has no idea im organising anything, he has been working so hard lately and hasnt had much time off so thought this would be nice.

We wont be able to leave until he finishes work on the Friday so thats why i thought somewhere close like Sunshine or Gold Coast (we are in brisbane). and will have to come back Sunday afternoon.

I thought maybe we could Stay at the gold coast somewhere close to draculas (he hasnt been there) and on the Saturday we could go there for dinner and entertainment? But I still dont know about that idea.
Otherwise we could stay at the sunshine coast but just wanted to find something to do on the Saturday mainly as Friday we might just have time to go out for dinner and drinks.

I want it to be relaxing but not boring!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2011
Would you like to share a ride between Cairns and Whitsunday Islands and/or back

Hey, I will be in Cairns on 18 April 2011. Just rented a Jucy campervan until 10 May. I will be visiting a few places around Cairns, then going down to Whitsunday Islands, and then back up to Cape of tribulation, ending back in Cairns. Mostly interested in the outdoors, taking in some national parks, some scuba diving and anything nice that comes along the way.

I'm travelling solo around the world all of 2011. Arriving from Thailand where I learned thai massage, and will then be heading towards California and Latin America. I'm an easy going person, pretty relaxed and open minded. Want to know more, check my profile on tontondavid

Like minded, preferably non smoker, interested to share this ride or some of it?

Then send me a message on the forum


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 09, 2011
Travelling from Cairns to Brisbane in December  (16 Answers)

Hi, I am having major debates with my husband as to whether we should do our big trip to Queensland Australia, with our 3 young children, in December. I have mixed advice from people we Uncle says that it is the worst time to go and some colleagues, who have visited that time of year, say we should definitely go!
My dilemma is that December is the ideal month for us to travel in terms on time off work and off school but I don't want to regret visiting that time of year as I want it to be an amazing experience for us and the children. Some advice word be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2011
Australia is still open for business  (6 Answers)

If you are intending to come to Australia in the near future, below is a message from Tourism Australian and includes links for information on flooding.

An update on the flood situation in Australia

Australia, like most parts of the world, is affected by extreme weather conditions from time to time. Recent heavy rainfalls in some parts of Australia, most notably in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, have caused river levels to rise and severe localised flooding. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

The Australian Government is providing assistance to communities affected by the floods and will continue to work with the Queensland Government in providing support.

While visitors are urged to avoid the flood affected areas of Queensland and other states, Australia remains open for business and continues to welcome travellers.

The Australian continent is very large and whilst the floods are widespread, they are in fact restricted to a relatively small part of the country. The vast majority of the major international travel destinations in Australia, including Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Melbourne and Uluru are all completely unaffected.

Below is some up to date detailed information from Queensland and New South Wales. Please feel free to provide this to your industry partners and clients.

Customers should also be advised to contact their travel agent, accommodation or tour provider directly if they have any concerns about any current bookings, or before considering changing their travel plans.

Tourism Australia is providing daily updates and links to official Queensland Government information on its consumer website , as well as its trade and corporate websites. Our international offices are also providing this information to consumer, media and trade enquiries.
Queensland Flood update
Access to parts of Queensland is currently affected by flooding. If you are planning to visit southern Queensland in the immediate future you should check official sources for up to date information about access to those areas.

Parts of Brisbane, Central Queensland, the Queensland Outback, Southern Downs and Granite Belt, Toowoomba and Darling Downs, Western Downs, South Burnett and the Lockyer Valley are currently affected by flooding and access is restricted in these areas. For information on latest conditions visit /floods or for the latest road updates.

Most tourism businesses in Bundaberg, Gladstone, Agnes Water and 1770, Bargara beaches, Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island, are now open and returning to normal business operation. There may however be some limited local road access.

The Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns, Port Douglas and Tropical North Queensland are currently accessible and most tourism operations in these regions are open for business. This includes beaches, island resorts, accommodation providers, tours and attractions.

Most tourism operations on the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast are currently open; however localised flooding has affected road access in some of these areas. For latest road conditions visit

With the exception of Rockhampton Airport, all Queensland airports are currently open. For those travelling by road, please visit for the latest updates on road closures and travel information.

Please contact your travel agent, accommodation, attraction or tour provider directly for concerns about any current or upcoming bookings you may have or before considering changing your travel plans.

For the latest flood news and updates Tourism Queensland recommends visiting the Queensland Government’s official Queensland floods webpage: or visit the Bureau of Meteorology to check weather forecasts for your holiday destination.

People wishing to directly help flood victims can donate to the Queensland Government Flood Assistance Appeal at /floods
New South Wales Flood update
Parts of northern New South Wales are currently affected by flooding which has led to the closure of some major roads and highways.
People intending to travel to northern New South Wales by road via the Pacific or New England Highways are advised to postpone their trip until flood waters subside and roads reopen.
The Pacific Highway is currently closed from Halfway Creek in the south to Maclean in the north while the New England Highway is closed north of the Queensland border. The alternative route between Coffs Harbour and Grafton, The Orara Way, is also closed in both directions.
The Gwydir Highway is closed between Grafton and Glen Innes. The Bruxner Highway is closed between Casino and Tenterfield and the Summerland Way is closed from Grevillia to the Queensland border.
In western New South Wales, the Kamilaroi Highway is closed between Bourke and Brewarrina.

For further updates on road closures visit the Roads and Traffic Authority’s website at or contact the RTA Traffic Information Line on 132 701.
The State Emergency Service is also advising people who are camping in northern New South Wales to establish camp sites on high ground well above areas liable to flooding and that those travelling with caravans should also be parked well away from rivers and streams. The SES advises that rising rivers are likely to cut access so campers and caravanners should consider whether to find a different camping area where access will not be lost.
Further details and updates on flood emergency procedures visit and for Emergency Assistance in Floods & Storms
Phone: 13 2500

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2011
Travel in February  (9 Answers)

My girlfriend and I are going to be travelling from Cairns to Brisbane from February 13-21. We're concerned with the recent flooding in Queensland and wondering if it will interfere with our trip. We'll be taking the train, doing some diving on the great barrier reef and checking out the local beaches.

Can anyone advise if we should stick with our plans for Queensland, or should we travel elsewhere in Australia?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2010
Floods Queensland  (5 Answers)

Can somebody inform me please about the situation near Tully (Qld).? My bro in law lives in Wongaling Beach (near Tully) and we are a little worried about the situation there.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2010
Gold Coast or Whitsundays?  (4 Answers)

I have 2-3 to spend either in the Gold coast or Whitsundays. I'd go to the Whitsundys if you can see the reef there without snorkeling (I can't). However, it's expensive so I'd like to know which one is better to visit. The Gold coast is more accessible (I'll be in Brisbane) and maybe more affordable. so which is more worth visiting?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2010
Hervey Bay - Whale Watching  (2 Answers)

Hi team - curious...whale watching in August. Can anybody suggest a tour operator? Thanks in advance! Mike

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2010
Cape York with Kids...  (4 Answers)

We're heading up to cape york next winter with young kids. What would you recomend we see & do??? Also, give me the truth about Crocs! Are my kids gonna be safe camping??? How long would you recommend to allow from Cairns - tip and back??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2010
what should we do in and around Brisbane?  (12 Answers)

We have 3 full days in Brisbane and I want to do 4 things. I would like to spend a day in Noosa enjoying the town and the beach, a day at Fraser Island, a day at Lamington Park, and a day in the city of Brisbane. Which one should I skip since I cant do them all? (later in our trip we are going to Daintree and also Sydney if that helps with your suggestions). thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2010
Almost set on the trip  (15 Answers)

First of all, thanks to everyone who has been so helpful over the last few days. You are awesome! Now, what do you think of this final idea. We are already set to fly into Brisane on Aug 4 at 10:30 my thought is to stay in the Brisbane area until Sunday(we will havea car so thats 4 days in and around Brisbane). Then fly Cairns (and get car)and have Sunday through Thursday in Cairns area..and then back to Sydney Thurs afternoon for 3 nights in Sydney. We leave for USA on Sunday afternnon. Is this a good plan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2010
A few nights in Mackay area (or drive to Townsville for our last few nights)?  (4 Answers)

We will fly into Brisbane On Aug 4 and then have 8 nights until we fly back to Sydney (from either Mackay area or Townsville...thats what I need help with). I am thinking about spending the first few nights in and around Brisbane, and then a night at Fraser Island. Then we start our way up the coast. Since we will only have 4 nights left, is it worth driving to Townsville to stay there a few nights...or should we just go to the Mackay area and do the stuff there (Airlie Beach, Whitsundays etc.)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2010
Help with trip planning around North Queensland  (6 Answers)

We are flying from California to Cairns in mid-July and will have 9 days to spend in North Queensland. We'd prefer to not drive too much, so we probably won't go further than 200-400 km from Cairns.

We are not into nightlife or shopping, we are looking places that have beautiful nature or cool activities: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, camping, looking for crocodiles and any other unusual animals (in the wild, not in a zoo). We really like rainforests, especially if we don't have to stay on a short touristy trail.

I think beautiful pristine beaches are all far south of Cairns, but a day or two swimming off a decent beach would be nice too.

We'll definitely take a 1- or 2-day boat ride to outer reef, but apart from that our plans are completely open. Any advice is very welcome!

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2010
Fruit Picking Queensland Questions!?  (3 Answers)

So im heading to Queensland soon and i need to know a few things if anyone can help.

I'm going to look for work to save up a bit of money and travel around.
I'm flying to Brisbane in a few days and i've been looking at the Working Hostels around Queensland, looking at the reviews tells me that most of them are just looking to get your money and do not care about your well-being.
People have commented about Bundabergs (the place where i was planning to go) hostels saying that they will look for any reason to kick you out of the hostel and they hardly have any work available.
I must have read over 100 reviews all saying roughly the same thing and now i'm kind of worried about what to do.

Which are the best places agaisnt the southern coast of Queensland to find fruit picking work?
Any good recommendations for working hostels that treat you with respect?
Does Brisbane have fruit picking work?
Also would it be better to get a job on the farm myself instead of going through a working hostel?

Also if anyone has had any previous experiences fruit picking in Queensland could you please tell me how it went and what you did

Many thanks

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