14 photos that prove exactly why Queensland should be your next holiday destination.

While talk of Queensland typically conjures up images of white sand beaches, stunning coral reefs and fascinating wildlife, most of us don’t know the sheer extent of what it has to offer.

To put it into perspective, Queensland is nearly five times the size of Japan. It’s seven times the size of Great Britain. And in that area, you can find five of Australia’s 11 world heritage sites, and one of the Wonders of the World.

It’s also home to the oldest rainforest on Earth, is full of national parks, and houses the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary, while its capital city offers a bustling cultural hub, with some of Australia’s best art, food, wine, shopping and events.

But Queensland is the kind of place that’s far better described in pictures than words.

So here are 14 photos that prove Queensland should be your next travel destination.

1. Visit Whitehaven Beach

2. Relax on the Kuranda Scenic Railway

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*Insert Harry Potter’s Hedwig’s theme song* 12.01.17 #kuranda #queensland

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3. See the ballet at Queensland Performing Arts Centre

4. Swim with a turtle on Heron Island

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In a #scuber and found a very lively turtle. #heronisland #scuber #thisisqueensland

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5. Learn to surf on the Gold Coast


6. Eat all the food in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

7. Slow down on Magnetic Island

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Yes well I’m in love with this place pls

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8. Watch live music in Brisbane

9. Explore the Daintree Rainforest

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Swimming with jungle perches, eels and turtles at #cassowaryfalls #daintreerainforest #portdouglas #freshwater

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10. Watch the sunset in the outback

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The Big Red sand dune at sunset is truely magical. That would explain why everyone heads up there at the end of the day during the Bash. It’s just outside Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert and we recently paid it a visit during the @bigredbash music festival with @queensland. Such an epic outback adventure and one i would suggest everyone chuck on their bucketlist. This was shot with a @djiglobal Phantom 4 Pro. . . . . . . . #ExploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeAustralia #welivetoexplore #outbackqueensland #bigredbash #BeautifulDestinations #simpsondesert #sanddune #bigred #travel #queensland #Australia #travelandleasure #travelawesome #natgeotravel #natgeoau #drone @tropicalnorthqueensland @australia @outbackqueensland @natgeoau @welivetoexplore @beautifuldestinations @lonelyplanet

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11. Visit Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast

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Koala cuddles with @robertirwinphotography! You can meet our beautiful koalas every day right here at #AustraliaZoo. ????????

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12. Have a wine under the Story Bridge

13. Swim with dwarf minke whales


14. Chase waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands

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