It seems that just about every week for the last year or so, Mother Nature has cast her maternal instincts aside and let loose a fury that Thor and Poseidon themselves would be proud of … and not just in our idyllic part of the world, but globally!

The impact on travellers and locals alike has been devastating and truly does test the stamina, fortitude, faith and courage of all who are caught up in the ensuing devastation.

Queensland has not been immune to this devastation. Far from it! The people of Queensland have endured events none of us would ever want to live through, given the choice. But their spirit is strong and their will to recover, rebuild and reinstate normality is powerful. Massive clean up operations on a State and National level, and hours of labour by volunteers from all walks of life, all nationalities and all creeds, has seen the scars healing far quicker than most of us would have envisaged possible.

Queensland – one of New Zealand’s favourite holiday destinations – has proved in spirit, determination and courage that this is definitely where Australia shines. The beauty of a destination is often its people and it’s here that Queensland stands strong.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure, that we present to you our pick of some of Queensland’s finest holiday and travel options. This edition of Let’s Travel is dedicated entirely to Queensland – the amazing places to see, the exciting things to do and the colourful potpourri of people to meet.

From the rugged Outback to the golden, sandy beaches; from the mountainous Hinterland to the lush Tropical North; and from the seclusion and splendour of the Great Barrier Reef to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Brisbane … Queensland is a place where you can enjoy a jam-packed adventure … or do absolutely nothing; a place where you can be amongst many people … or none!

We hope you take the time and opportunity to visit, stay a while and enjoy.

Safe travels

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430)