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Can you believe we’re already thinking about the next school holidays? Us either – but with the Easter break fast approaching and travel plans needing to be made, we’re thinking about where we might want to go on our next getaway.

Here are seven Queensland locations topping our list.

Stradbroke Island

What does your version of paradise look, feel and smell like? If it looks like a white sandy shell-covered beach, feels uber-relaxing and smells like salt air, then North Stradbroke Island is calling your name. While North Stradbroke Island is less than an hour from the mainland by ferry, this island paradise will have you and your family feeling like you are a million miles away. One word: Bliss. Read all about it right here.

Bargara

With an almost identical climate to Hawaii and palm trees to match, Bargara might just be one of Queensland’s best kept secrets. Situated just outside Bundaberg, this seaside suburb is beloved by visiting families for its pristine coastline, natural wonders – the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, for example, is just a short drive away – and many kid-friendly amenities and playgrounds.

Sunshine Coast

From Pelican Waters in the south to Teewah in the north, there is so much to explore on the Sunshine Coast. Whether you stop in Caloundra for some sun, surf and sand or travel on to Montville for delicious food and wine, you’re sure to have a great time. If you’re willing to drive a little bit further, you’ll find out what the hype is all about in Noosa. For help, check out our definitive guide to visiting the Sunshine Coast.

Cairns

With rainforests, beaches and delicious local delicacies, Cairns just about has it all – except cold weather, that is. Queensland’s northernmost city always feels tropical with highs of 26 degrees through June, July and August. Better yet, winter is Cairns’ dry season, so you’ll be treated to temperate sunny days while you take to the skies in hot air balloons, explore the region via train, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and splash about in waterfalls.

Toowoomba

It’s no secret that the coastal cities in South East Queensland steal most of the spotlight, but that suits locals in Toowoomba just fine: they get to enjoy their outback oasis in relative peace and quiet. Toowoomba residents are in no doubt that they live in one of the most picturesque parts of our country – here’s how to get out and explore it with them this autumn.

Warrego Way

Winding from Brisbane to Birdsville, the Warrego Way is a must-travel for those hoping to experience Outback Queensland. Travel from Toowoomba to Dalby, the rambling Warra Hotel and the replica historical village in Miles, then Roma’s big sky country, Charleville, and downward to find opals in Quilpie. When you finally make it to Birdsville, climb ‘Big Red’ and watch drivers tackle the steep and sandy tracks. Enjoy a beverage and some shut eye at the historic Birdsville Hotel – but not before visiting the ghost town of Betoota.

Moreton Island

Travel just seventy-five minutes by ferry and you’ll reach the turquoise shores of Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world (behind K’gari, previously Fraser Island, and North Stradbroke Island). You can go slow, sunbake, read and eat on your beach lounge or soak up some island adventures. We chose the latter and filled our days with fun! Find out what happened when our publisher Keeley paid Moreton Island a visit with her family.

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