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Things to do in Queensland + The Barrier Reef

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Queensland + The Barrier Reef. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Queensland + The Barrier Reef attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Queensland + The Barrier Reef to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Queensland + The Barrier Reef.

  • Fish D'vine

    A rum bar that serves 74 different kinds of rum—one for each of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. More
  • Josephine's

  • Magnums

    Near the boardwalk, popular Magnums has its own party formula: a beer garden with live music, cheap drinks, mechanical surfboard riding, jelly wres... More
  • Mama Africa's

    A DJ-centric club with zebra-striped dance floor and tribal motifs. More
  • Noosa National Park

  • Rusty’s Market

    The stalls here are piled with ruby-red lychees, hairy rambutans, and spiky durian. More
  • Skybury Coffee Plantation

    One of the larger plantations in the region. More
  • Suzy Mercien-Ferol

    Years as agent: 18. Specialties: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tahiti. Consulting fee: From $150. More
  • Vannella Cheese Factory

    The shop sells a legendary bufalina, a tiny buffalo mozzarella made by owner Vito Minoia and his son Giuseppe. More

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