Extending from sunny Gold Coast in the south, past Cooktown in the north and over to Munga-Thirri NP in the Outback,
Queensland is the second largest and one of the most visually beautiful and diverse territories in Australia.
From personal experience, it’s rich history and cultural variance, along with it’s stunning natural appeal make it my most beautiful place in the world.
Travelling the east coast of Queensland from Gold Coast towards Cooktown, you pass a range of landscapes.
The tall grey, geometric skyscrapers of Brisbane contrast heavily with the rainforest foliage of the Daintree and the gorgeous sandy beaches that adorn the coastline.
Only when you pass the city surroundings of Brisbane, does the true beauty of Queensland’s landscape reveal itself.
Continuing north past beaches such as Rainbow and Airlie, the mid-day sun reflects brightly on the glistening white sand and the cool,
crystal clear waves that lap the shores are instantly inviting. Whitehaven Beach is by far though the most incredible beach in Queensland.
It’s secluded location makes it only accessible by boat, meaning it’s been unaffected by the mainstream tourism that can be seen on other beaches in Australia.
Stepping off the boat, you’re immediately met by a deserted stretch of coastline, with its waves rippling onto the edge of the sandy shore.
Moving further north you come across another location of stunning beauty.
As a ‘Natural Wonder of the World’ the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system covering over 344,
400km2 and playing home to more species of aquatic wildlife than anywhere else.
On the surface, the only visible signs of the reef are the contrasting light and dark areas of water and the occasional fish that can be seen.
It’s not until you descend into the depths that the true scale and beauty of the reefs really comes to light.
Brimming with an incredible range of life, the entire colour spectrum is visible throughout the different animals and corals.
Having completed my Adventure scuba diving qualification whilst there, I can honestly say that diving is the best way to experience the pure wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.
From the moment you duck underneath the surface you are immersed in a new world. As you slowly make your way deeper into the darkness of the unknown, you discover more about life under the sea.
From the smallest fish, to the many species of turtles and whales, new friends in the vast open water greet you as you descend to unseen depths.
Then as you begin your ascent back towards the boat, you’re slowly welcomed back by a trickle of sunlight, leaking through the water.
As a photographer and avid traveller, I love and find these types of landscapes the most appealing.
The contrast in textures and colours within Australia,
along with the warmth of the sun make for a place that is incredibly photogenic and this is the main reason why Queensland is the most beautiful place in the world!