by Experience Oz

20 signs you’ve properly explored Queensland

From island hopping and rainforest wandering, to snorkelling the world’s largest reef and unforgettable wildlife encounters, you’ll find moments that last a lifetime in Queensland.

Thousands of people adore making memories in Queensland, whether it be for family trips to Noosa or the Gold Coast, dips around the Great Barrier Reef or weekends in Brisbane or on K'gari (formerly Fraser Island); there are plenty of ways to explore Queensland.

Reckon you’ve seen it all? You know you’ve properly explored Queensland when:

1. You've cracked a well-chilled can of XXXX Gold in the iconic place where it's brewed, in Brisbane.
2. You’ve experienced the thrill and amazement of K'garis' one-of-a-kind sand highway while on a 4WD guided tour.
3. The shipwrecks of Tangalooma have been your playground for a day, and you declared the place ’better than Bali’ while admiring wild dolphins splashing in the moonlight later that night.
4. You know the exact plot of the Hollywood Stunt Driver show at Warner Bros. Movie World.
5. You’ve visited a number of places north of Cairns — and you love telling everyone about the beautiful remote places in “TNQ” (Tropical North Queensland).
6. You’ve been to the village of Kuranda and discovered one visit is absolutely not enough. You want to ride the Skyrail and Scenic Railway at least 15 times each before your time is up.
7. There was once a time you considered buying a baby cow at the Southern Hemisphere's largest cattle sale yards.
8. You’ve been mesmerised whilst visiting the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA), the first underwater art museum in the Great Barrier Reef, near Townsville.
9. Noosa on the Sunshine Coast gives you memories of surf lessons, the Ginger Factory and the iconic Australia Zoo, built by the Irwins.
10. Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, reshaped your entire outlook on tigers.
11. When a friend tells you they have a holiday planned in The Whitsundays, you offer to send through your 46-page PowerPoint presentation of Must-Dos.
12. You know the city of Brisbane is best admired from a kayak on the Brisbane River or a climb over the Story Bridge at twilight.
13. A small tear of emotion still forms in the corner of your eye when someone mentions Australian Outback Spectacular.
14. You’ve been through Infinity in Surfers Paradise at least twice in one day!
15. You know the word togs and you’re not afraid to use it.
16. Hervey Bay once stole your heart with a boat ride and a migrating pod of whales.
17. You know the number 1770 isn’t just the number after 1769 — it’s the home of the pink LARC!
18. Wet'n'Wild will go down in your personal history as your loudest scream and most intense tan lines.
19. You’ve snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef six times but keep adding it to your bucket list anyway.
20. Of the 230 species of butterflies found in the Daintree Rainforest, you’ve encountered at least ten of them. But of course, admiring butterflies didn’t compare to the horseback ride you did on a beach in Cape Tribulation.
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