Australia is still one of the most preferred holiday destinations for a lot of people. In fact, figures released by Tourism Research Australia revealed that in January to September 2013 alone, the country received 5,889,197 tourists which represents a 4% increase compared to the same period in 2012.
Research also revealed that of all the states in Australia, Queensland, which is ideally located in the north-east part of the country, is the second most visited state in the country which received 2,065,000 international visitors for year ended 2013. Commonly referred to as the Sunshine State and named in honour of Queen Victoria, Queensland is one of the most favoured holiday destinations by both Australians and international tourists. Aside from great weather all year round, Queensland boasts several attractions and world-class activities that will make your holiday extremely memorable.
Why visit Queensland
If your idea of a perfect holiday includes exploring the Great Barrier Reef, exploring Fraser Island on a 4×4 vehicle, working on your tan, and staying at luxurious accommodation in some of the country’s best hotels, apartments and resorts, then Queensland is the state to visit when you’re in Australia.
When it comes to planning a holiday in Queensland, often visitors will automatically think to book Gold Coast accommodation or a hotel in Brisbane as these cities are generally the first that come to mind, but Queensland has many amazing destinations which bring visitors to this state year after year. Some of the most popular tourist destinations are:
Brisbane – If you want to just laze next to the gardens or have a great time with your friends and family at the lagoons of South bank, Brisbane should be on your itinerary. Experience the famous Brisbane River cruise and see several pelicans can or take a bike ride in the City Botanic Gardens. You can also fish, feed wild dolphins, or toboggan down great sand dunes. Looking for something more exciting and heart-pumping? Then, do a bridge climb or coast over in a hot air balloon.
Sunshine Coast – An hour away from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast is where you can find pristine beaches that offer spectacular surf breaks. There are also beaches that are safe for swimming. Noosa is a major draw card for the Sunshine Coast. Looking forward to meeting Koalas while you’re in Australia? Then, head to Noosa National Park. Also, abseil in the volcanic peaks of Glasshouse Mountains, ride a mountain bike, or do some trekking at Kondalilla National Park. You can also relax on the Maroochydore’s wide beaches, feast on seafood with group of friends on the Mooloolah River, or spend time at Caloundra with your family where you’ll find estuary creeks and surf beaches.
Cairns – From Cairns, take a day trip to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef where you can dive or snorkel in a warm tropical water with thousands of different fish, sponges, and rainbow coloured corals. Here, you can also explore Undara Volcanic National Park and Paronella Park where you can find 1930’s Spanish-inspired castle.
Gold Coast – This is definitely a must-visit Queensland destination, and as mentioned, most visitors automatically book Gold Coast accommodation with they choose to visit Queensland as it offers so many tourist attractions. These attractions include numerous nightclubs, stylish shopping centres, fine dining restaurants, and of course, amazing beaches. Another popular activity, especially for nature lovers is to trek through the Gold Coast Hinterland exploring rainforest retreats and the country’s largest glow-worm colony. The list of activities and attractions wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world famous theme attractions. Jump in a giant wavepool at Wet ‘n’ Wild, experience heart-stopping rides at Dreamworld, or see sea lions and dolphins at Sea World.
Given that we here at GCHR.com.au are based on the Gold Coast and specialise in accommodation, when it comes to booking your Gold Coast accommodation be sure to keep us in mind. We offer the widest range of private holiday rentals on the Gold Coast and offer a satisfaction guarantee with every Gold Coast accommodation booking.
Queensland accommodation statistics
As more and more tourists, both local and international visit Queensland every year, the state ensures that it meets the growing demand for accommodation.
A recent research released by Tourism Queensland revealed that for the year ended June 2013, the Australian hotel and resort sector remained stable. Queensland, which registered 182 establishments, which include hotels and resort, private hotels, motels, guest houses, and serviced apartments, saw an increase of 1.7% compared to the same period in 2012. The state had 7,606,841 available rooms for tourists, which was an increase of just .8% compared previous year.
On the demand side, 66.8% of the Queensland’s accommodation was occupied on the period in question. The number of room nights occupied was 5,080,300 which was .4% lower compared to last year. Meanwhile, room occupancy was down by 0.8%.
Gold Coast Accommodation statistics
From June 2012 to June 2013, the number of Gold Coast accommodation establishments offering accommodation with 15 or more units stayed at 27. However, it registered a 3.1% increase of room nights available to 2,390,336. The region saw a 2.6% increase in demand and a total of 1,650,959 rooms were occupied on the period in question. However, occupancy rate dropped by 0.3% to 69.1%.
If you’re visiting Queensland, GCHR.com.au provides customised and personalised Gold Coast accommodation for the discerning traveller. We have wide listing of Gold Coast accommodation from the premier apartments, hotels, and resorts. These include Crown Towers, Chevron Renaissance, Circle on Cavill and Moroccan Resort. You can book your preferred accommodation on this website or you call us at (07) 5539 8553. Together, we will make your Queensland holiday something you won’t soon forget.