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 Bundaberg

Explore gracious old buildings and sugar and rum-making history in Bundaberg. Join a diving or fishing trip to Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island, the southernmost coral isles of the Great Barrier Reef. See loggerhead turtles nest and hatch at Mon Repos Beach. Swim or fish at Elliot Heads, dive from Coral Cove and Innes Park or spot kangaroos in Woodgate Beach, just some of the beaches along the pristine 140-kilmotre long coastline. Visit Lady Elliot or Lady Musgrave islands on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Stay in the postcard-perfect town of 1770, named after the year it was discovered by Captain Cook, or in the historic, character-rich towns of Gin Gin and Childers. Bushwalk the lush rainforest of Cania Gorge National Park and marvel at the ancient Mystery Craters in Eurimbula National Park.

 Southern Queensland Country

Explore wineries, orchards and pretty, historic villages such as Nanango, Blackbutt and Yarraman in South Burnett. Stay in cozy guesthouses in the Southern Downs. Take in wide, rose-lined streets, old sandstone buildings and the Warwick Rodeo in Warwick. See panoramic views in Sundown National Park, towering granite boulders in Girraween National Park and the 40-meter-high Queen Mary Falls in Main Range National Park. In Bald Rock National Park, you'll find the biggest rock after Uluru. Explore the historic streets, vivid flower beds and perfectly manicured lawns of Toowoomba, a garden city on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. You can enjoy their colorful Carnival of the Flowers each September.

 Townsville

Don't miss Townsville's sensational sunsets, scenic beach promenade and balmy nightlife. Take a catamaran to Magnetic Island, where you can bushwalk through national park, horse-ride on pristine beaches, swim from secluded bays and snorkel colorful coral reefs. Here you can spot humpback whales in August and koalas in the Koala Park Oasis all year round. In the living museum of Charters Towers, you'll find country music, gracious heritage buildings and Australia's first stock exchange. Visit the natural attractions of Saunders and Balgal Beach and Australia's highest sheer drop waterfall at Wallaman.

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FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure
Published on January 18, 2011

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