QUEENSLAND is the king of cooling off this summer, with research from travel giants TripAdvisor finding four of the top five aquatic attractions in the country are in the Sunshine State.
From ocean rafting at Airlie Beach, diving at Agincourt Reef near Port Douglas, to cooling off in pristine waterfalls and volcanic rock pools on the Atherton Tableland and swimming in Fraser Island’s stunning Lake McKenzie, Queensland dominated a list of the most popular aquatic attractions in the country.
Sydney’s iconic coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach topped the list, while having a surf at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast finished just outside the top five at No.7.
The five Queensland destinations make up some of the top-rated attractions on TripAdvisor.
A TripAdvisor spokeswoman said Queensland’s beaches, creeks and streams were popular drawcards for tourists from around the world.
“Queensland is home to many of Australia’s great aquatic attractions and it is evident in our data that both local and international travellers who visit the state are drawn to its beaches, reefs and lakes,” she said.
“Our advice to out-of-towners is to pick a tour or activity that will help you get more out of the experience when visiting these attractions than you would on your own.”
Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the TripAdvisor findings confirmed what everyone knew about the state’s water wonders.
“It is extremely pleasing to see and it shows that our coastline and water-based activities still resonate with visitors,” he said.
“A list like this also shows that we’re not a one-trick pony with our aquatic experiences. There’s great diversity.”