We asked Queenslander and epic Instagrammer Sue Whiteman (@suewhit) to shine a light on some of her favourite hidden gems around the Sunshine State. From the Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef to the spectacular countryside of the Scenic Rim, there is so much to see and do! Here are Sue's picks.
It's gloomy again here in Brisbane but I know a place in Queensland where the sun shines today. This is Low Isle, about 15km North East of Port Douglas in Far North Queensland. In 2008, along with the weather station and Lighthouse, it was recognised as a Marine National Park. I'd certainly like to be here today! #latergram @australia #seeaustralia @flightcentreau #openmyworld @queensland #thisisqueensland @tropicalnorthqueensland #exploretnq
"Low Isles in the Great Barrier Reef is just a short catamaran charter from Port Douglas. Spend a day here or anchor overnight; forage for shells, snorkel the surrounding reef, or just chill out under one of the thatched huts. And don't forget to check out the lighthouse!"
A day trip in Queensland is all about exploring so yesterday, before even getting to my final destination, I drove past this field. Quick U turn, park safely off the side and here we are. I can't believe how the weather closed in after that and I hear it's going to be dreary for about a week now. Make the best of the day and hope the rain goes where it's needed. @australia #seeaustralia @queensland #thisisqueensland @visitscenicrim #scenicrim @sqcountry #sqcountry A photo posted by Sue (@suewhit) on
"The gorgeous Scenic Rim is west of Brisbane and covers over 4,000 square kilometres, encompassing much of the Gold Coast Hinterland. If you can't find some magic here, well.... you're not trying! The Scenic Rim is home to green fields, organic farms and stunning sub-tropical National Parks full of surprises. One visit will never be enough - you'll keep wanting to discover more!"
"Noosa Heads may not be such a hidden gem these days, but there are certainly hidden pockets to explore. I love the beach, the walks in the National Park, the food and the locals. Noosa is relaxation and lifestyle in the sun at its best."
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OMG Having a great time on my foodie tour throughout the fabulous Scenic Rim. Lunch was fabulous from local producers and served at Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard. . If you are in or around SE Qld, get yourself out here. @visitscenicrim #scenicrim @australia #seeaustralia @queensland #thisisqueensland @visitbrisbane #brisbaneanyday #eatlocalweek A photo posted by Sue (@suewhit) on
"You can't travel through the Scenic Rim without sampling the produce, from Towri Sheep's Cheese to Carrot Beer and Bunjurgen Estate to taste the white port. The vineyard and the inviting food, along with the warm hospitality, is food lovers' paradise. We all love food, right?"
A Winter's sunrise shining over Brisbane City to start another glorious day. The river is smooth and waiting for the ferries and citycats to start their day too. It's Friday so have a wonderful weekend. Get out and about, enjoy. Queensland is made from sunshine. @queensland #thisisqueensland @queensland_captures #queensland_captures @australia #seeaustralia @flightcentreau #openmyworld
"Brisbane is a sub-tropical metropolis waiting to be explored by locals and tourists alike. Ride a bike along the many bike tracks along the river, stopping off at the fabulous South Bank for a bite to eat and a great coffee. If you love markets, you'll find them in great locations around the city. There's always something exciting happening at South Bank's cultural precinct!"