Queensland Australia

Sunset at 1770 Queensland

Town of 1770

SEVENTEEN SEVENTY, Australia — It’s an odd name for a town, but then Australia has a lot of unusual-sounding place names (see: Wagga Wagga, Bong Bong, or Humpybong). It’s sometimes listed officially as “Seventeen Seventy.” Locals often write it as “1770”, which gives a better hint as to the history behind the strange name.

Surfers Paradise skyline panorama

Australia’s Picture Postcard Beach

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Surfers Paradise might have a terrible name, but it has a fantastic beach. It’s exactly what you think of when you think of a Queensland Beach.

Aerial view of Lady Elliot Island

Up Close and Personal with the Great Barrier Reef

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, Australia — Ever fancied a pre-breakfast swim with turtles and manta rays? If you’ve ever had a hankering to get up close and personal with Australia’s extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, there aren’t many better ways than a trip to Lady Elliot Island Resort.

Story Bridge at night

Australia’s Sunshine State Capital

BRISBANE, Australia — The capital of the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing metropolitan centers in the country.

View at Point Lookout overlooking the beach at North Stradbroke Island (Photo)

North Stradbroke Island, Australia

NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, Australia — Known to the locals as “Straddie,” North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane separates southern Moreton Bay from the Pacific Ocean. With miles of spectacular ocean beaches and an abundance of local marine life such as whales, sharks, turtles, and dolphins, it’s a popular summer holiday destination and yet still manages to feel remote.