Five Favourite Queensland Destinations From 2016 - Mark Fitz

Five Favourite Queensland Destinations From 2016

What a massive year it's been! So many beaches and so much fun. Here's my five favourite Queensland experiences from 2016.


5. Fraser Island

Take your 4WD over on the ferry so you can fully explore the island at your own pace. There's a comfortable resort awaiting you or you can choose to go camping. If you're lucky you may even spot some dingos on the beach.

TIP- Do yourself a favour and check out Lake McKenzie and it's crystal clear waters. You can thank me later 😉

  • Lake McKenzie swim
  • Lake McKenzie
  • Sunset footprints
  • Lake McKenzie ripples

4. Keswick Island

Only 15 minutes by plane from Mackay is this little beauty! Step off the plane and at the end of the runway is some of the best fringing reef you'll ever snorkel.

TIP: Pre-book a golf buggy and it'll be waiting for you as you land. Zip around the island and stop in at Basil Bay for a picnic lunch (you can BYO lunch from Mackay).

  • Keswick Island
  • Flying into Keswick Island
  • Keswick Island
  • Snorkelling Keswick Island

3. Magnetic Island

Board the ferry from Townsville for a quick trip over to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island Race Week was huge this year and is a massive draw card. If you've never sailed before- the best way to get started is a sunset sail out of the marina.

TIP- Hire a Mini Moke and explore the many different beaches. Arthur Bay is a fantastic snorkelling spot with lots of colourful coral and fish, just a short swim from shore.

  • Sunset over Horseshoe Bay
  • Sailing into Magnetic Island
  • Sunrise over Magnetic Island
  • Snorkelling Magnetic Island

2. Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast delivers every time rain, hail or shine. When it's wet, you've got the wonderful waterfalls and when the suns out- bring on the beach and surf.

TIP: Check out Hastings Street in Noosa and go for a surf, hire a car to explore the waterfalls, kayak in Caloundra and say hello to the Sealife Aquarium in Mooloolaba to swim with sharks and seals! 🐠🐟💦

  • Noosa surf
  • Buderim Falls
  • Fun with the seals
  • Sunrise staircase

1. Whitsundays

So many bucket list experiences all in the one place! If you want to see the ultimate tropical paradise there's no better place to start than my favourite beach in the world- Whitehaven beach. Follow it up with a visit to Lover's Cove on Daydream Island and then sleep out under the stars at Reef World on the Great Barrier Reef! No matter where you're from, the Whitsundays needs to be on your itinerary for 2017.

TIP: If you're looking for a romantic afternoon, make your way to Langford Island for an unforgettable experience on a sand bar in the middle of the Whitsundays. Keep an eye out for the turtles that live close by and you might even be able to get a selfie with one!


  • Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island
  • Swimming with Wally the massive maori wrasse
  • Follow me to Paradise
  • Monte's Reef Resort

Thanks for joining me on these adventures this year. Have a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to sharing even more amazing parts of our world with you in 2017! 🌴🐢🌞👌

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