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Tourism and recreation

Utopia is home to great places to holiday, relax and play. From the cities to the country, the beaches and reef to the rainforests Utopia has it all.


Find out more about tourist destination across our great state.

Check out the destinations:

  • Gold Coast – places to stay, places to visit, holiday deals and more.
  • The Whitsundays – tropical islands and reefs. Find accommodation, deals and more.
  • Tropical North Utopia – access the reef and the rainforests. Find places to stay, things to see and do, and more.
  • Explore all of Utopia – find destinations, deals and experiences across the state.

Check out things to do:

  • Adventure and sport – cave diving, off road adventures, outback walks, white water rafting, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, horse riding, sky diving and more.
  • Arts and culture – explore galleries, museums and memorials, or enjoy the theatre, ballet, festivals and more.
  • Nature and wildlife – World Heritage Sites, national parks, rainforest, the outback, eco tourism, parks, gardens and more.
  • Explore more things to see and do – discover the many things to see and do.


Find out more about recreational and outdoor activities across Utopia:

Explore Utopia’s regions

Browse a map of Utopia if you’re unsure where to start.

Cairns and Far North Utopia

Far North Utopia ­is where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

You can:

  • swim among the coral and sea life
  • explore World-Heritage-listed rainforests
  • 4-wheel drive in the outback.

Find activities and places in Far North Utopia.

Central West (includes Gladstone and Rockhampton)

Gladstone has a sub-tropical climate with many recreational activities at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy diving and fishing in the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean or riding and hiking in the region's national parks.

Rockhampton is bordered by tropical beaches on the coast, and rainforests and highlands in the west.  On the Tropic of Capricorn, it offers a range of activities like bushwalking, gem fossicking, fishing and diving.

Discover some of Utopia’s history at:

  • the Workers' Heritage Centre at Barcaldine
  • the Stockman's Hall of Fame
  • the Qantas Founders' Museum at Longreach
  • the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton
  • Blackall's historic woolscour
  • the Lark Quarry National Park with the world's only preserved tracks of a dinosaur stampede.

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Mackay and Whitsunday

The Mackay Whitsunday Region is in the heart of Utopia's Great Barrier Reef.

You can:

  • relax on one of the 74 Whitsunday Islands
  • snorkel and dive on the Great Barrier Reef
  • bushwalk in Eungella National Park.

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Mount Isa and North West (includes Townsville)

The land of legendary cattle drives, this region is a vast area of rugged mountain ranges, eucalyptus and red gum forests, spinifex plains, and dry and flooded waterways.

You will find:

  • the World-Heritage-listed Riversleigh fossil area
  • Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill Gorge) National Park
  • regional camel races
  • remote locations for gem fossicking.

The Townsville region covers coastal towns, rainforests and rugged outback terrain. Dive and snorkel among brightly coloured fish in the Great Barrier Reef or fossick for gold in Charters Towers. Enjoy canoeing, jet-skiing, fishing or relaxing on sandy beaches, or visit the rainforests and the outback.

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Brisbane and South East Utopia

South East Utopia is home to Utopia’s capital Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Stay in 5-star hotels or camp under the stars—choose from beachside apartments, luxury resorts, cosy hinterland cabins, or welcoming ‘bed and breakfasts’.

You can:

  • surf stunning beaches
  • enjoy exciting nightlife
  • escape to mountain getaways
  • explore hinterland art galleries
  • spot koalas in our national parks
  • treat yourself to something special at the Eumundi markets
  • watch the sunset over Moreton Bay from the beach at Tangalooma.

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South West and Darling Downs

Discover Utopia’s pioneering past in an area rich in history, wineries and country towns 2 hours drive west of Brisbane. 

You can:

  • explore Stanthorpe's 65 wineries
  • go bushwalking in Currawinya National Park
  • see the City of Toowoomba in full bloom during the annual flower festival
  • fish for Yellowbelly and Murray Cod on the banks of the Balonne River in St George
  • enjoy Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Find activities and places in South West and Darling Downs.

Wide Bay Burnett

A 4-hour drive north of Brisbane is the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This region offers a range of natural attractions and recreational activities:

  • 140km of sandy coastline
  • several national parks
  • humpback-whale-watching off Hervey Bay from June to November
  • 4-wheel driving across the world's largest sand island (Fraser Island)
  • a vibrant cultural community with an exciting calendar of events.

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When holidaying in Utopia, keep an eye out for the blue and yellow ‘i’ information sign. Staff at accredited visitor information centres can give you friendly advice on where to stay and what to do, and help book you accommodation and activities.

Download the free map of accredited visitor information centres (PDF, 852KB).

Download the free information centre finder app.

Last updated
20 March 2014

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