With some restrictions easing, school holidays on the horizon and months of staying home, the itch to get out and explore has never been felt so keenly.
For the upcoming school holidays between 27 June – 12 July 2020, the quintessential Queensland holiday (that you've always wanted to do) is your saviour.
Within the borders of your home state is yours to roam, with campgrounds, caravan parks and other accommodation options re-opening and waiting to welcome back short-break visitors.
This is your moment to be a tourist in your own backyard and support local tourism and businesses. Good on you!
And while air services are still restricted to essential travel only to other parts of the country, this is also the time to plan an adventure further afield for when we are ready to visit again.
Stay close to home: Road trips from Brisbane
A town with rich gold rush history, the coldest place in Queensland and a world-heritage rainforest reside within the 250km radius of home, and countless other adventures just beyond your doorstep. Not sure where to start? Pick a theme for your holiday and commit to explore all it has to offer.
A few starting ideas:
- Traverse ancient terrain in Queensland’s Gondwana Rainforests
- Long weekend itinerary in Stanthorpe and the Southern Downs
- Other road trip ideas
Play tourist in your own city
It is time to dust off your must-do Brisbane list of recommendations that you would usually give to your out-of-town friends to show off your hometown and give them a test-drive or explore more additions. Support your favourite local haunts and then put on your tourist hat and visit those attractions you have taken for granted. Right now, they need you to visit.
- Things to do in Brisbane with kids
- North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands are open for day trip visitors, get over there and check out the islands on our doorstep.
- Whale watching season starts from July and you can see the humpback whale migration from Brisbane and South East Queensland.
The door to Queensland is open!
You know that Queensland holiday that you've constantly put on the backburner because things that can be done at any time usually gets done at no time? Stop taking our glorious home state for granted, dust off those holiday dreams and get them ticked of your travel bucket list now.
- Tick off two world heritage sites in one trip to Cairns – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
- The Whitsundays, choose Daydream or Hamilton Island (or just do both).
- Prefer to travel green? Here’s ten green Queensland getaway options to get your research started.
Plan your next holiday
Easing of travel restrictions will be in phases. With travel within Queensland now open, this will be followed by other domestic travel and the ever-alluring New Zealand travel bubble in due time. While we wait, let us get planning.
- Visit Outback Queensland by supporting one of their iconic events like Vision Splendid – Australia’s largest Outback film festival. Pssst: We are giving away a VIP experience to Vision Splendid, enter here.
- Holiday here this year, will continue to be Australia’s motto. Read our travel collection for Australia.
- Plan for a trip across the ditch with these New Zealand travel itineraries.
Airport travel tips
If you are flying through Brisbane Airport to visit Queensland or for essential travel reasons here are some tips to travel well and save money:
- Essential travel parking offers: Check our Facebook page for further discounts on our great parking prices at the moment for essential travellers. Book parking online in advance for the best price.
- Domestic Terminal retailers are starting to re-open: find out where to shop and grab a bite to eat here.
- How to travel safe through BNE.
Plan ahead: Busy travel times at Brisbane Airport
School holidays are often the busiest travel times at Brisbane Airport, if you are planning future travel be aware of our typically busy times below.
- The start of school holidays and returning home just before the school holidays end.
- Easter holiday break.
- Leading up to Christmas - 22, 23 and 24 December.
Important travel planning dates: Queensland School Holidays
- June - July School Holidays: Saturday 27 June - Sunday 12 July 2020
- September - October School Holidays: Saturday 19 September - Monday 5 October 2020
- December - January School Holidays: Saturday 12 December 2020 - Tuesday 26 January 2021
- Easter holiday break: Friday 2 April - Sunday 18 April 2021
Find all important school holidays and term dates here.