Beer drinkers spill beans on Queensland's top 50 spots

THERE'S nothing like enjoying the great outdoors in Queensland.

And there's no shortage of locations to try out if the results of a new survey are anything to go by.

Beer company Great Northern scoured the state in search of the ultimate outdoor destinations for its new advertising campaign.

A number of the top hot spots have now been chosen to feature in the multimillion dollar campaign on more than 150 billboards across the state.

Great Northern Marketing Manager Mick McKeown said his team went from town to town, interviewing hundreds of people to source the best local knowledge.

"We didn't want to just photograph the best tourist destinations across Queensland, we wanted the best outdoor hotspots favoured by locals," Mr McKeown said.

"We were overwhelmed with the response from them who in return for a couple of cold ones were very willing to share their top fishing, camping and four-wheel-driving spots with us.

William Cahalon and best mate Craig Ardern who work at Tangalooma Island Resort couldn't believe their luck when they were asked to be in the ad at Moreton Island.

"It's awesome being in a beer commercial," Mr Cahalon said.

"I can't wait to get a photo in front of our photo on the billboard."

Their other mate James Pinter said Moreton Island is the real star in the ads.

"Surf, sand and sun, Moreton Island has everything you could ever want," Mr Pinter said.

"I visited Moreton Island every year as a kid and couldn't stop coming back so I moved here 16 years ago.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said advertising campaigns from the commercial sector could have big effects on the promotion of Queensland's destinations.

"Many businesses are investing in Queensland to showcase our major events, the natural beauty of our vast landscapes and our regional communities," Mr Gschwind said.

"The tourism industry in Queensland contributes $22 billion to the state's economy and employs 235,000 people. Investment from private companies supporting the growth of this crucial Queensland sector is a bonus for the industry."

Mr McKeown said Great Northern would continue investing in Queensland over the coming years.

"Great Northern has been a major hit in Queensland and we anticipate this advertising campaign, will help drive sales even further," he said.


 Mount Bartle Frere, Wooroonooran National Park (featured)

 Ellis Beach, north of Cairns (featured)

 Josephine Falls, near Innisfail (featured)

 Vlasoff Cay, off Cairns

 Russell Heads, south of Cairns

 Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown

 Princess Charlotte Bay, north of Cooktown

 Bathurst Heads, north of Cooktown

 Creb Track, Daintree National Park

 Lake Tinaroo, Atherton Tablelands

 Adels Grove, Lawn Hill National Park (featured)

 Wallaman Falls, near Ingham (featured)

 Goold Island, off Cardwell (featured)

 Zoe Bay, Hinchinbrook Island

 Orpheus Island, off Ingham

 Blue Valley/Dalbeg Track, Burdekin River

 Nobby Headland, Magnetic Island

 Tully River

 Cape Hillsborough National Park, north of Mackay (featured)

 Eungella Dam, west of Mackay (featured)

 Teemburra Creek Dam, west of Mackay

 Bluff Point, near Yeppoon (featured)

 Carnarvon Gorge National Park (featured)

 Stony Creek, Byfield National Park (featured)

 Lake Maraboon, west of Rockhampton (featured)

 Five Rocks Beach, Byfield National Park

 Keppel Bay Islands National Park, off Yeppoon

 North West Island, north east of Gladstone

 Stanage Bay, north of Rockhampton

 Blackdown Tableland National Park, south west of Rockhampton

 Rocky Dam Creek, near Cape Palmerstone National Park

 Cania Dam, north of Monto (featured)

 Baffle Creek, north of Bundaberg (featured)

 Kinkuna National Park, south of Bundaberg

 1770, near Agnes Water

 Breaksea Spit, Bundaberg

 Barubbra Island/Burnett River Mouth, Bundaberg

 Orchard Beach, Fraser Island

 Great Sandy Straits

 Rainbow Beach/Double Island Point

 Red Cap Hill Nature Refuge, near Surat (featured)

 Balonne River, Murray Darling Basin SW Qld (featured)

 Coomba Falls, south of Kingaroy (featured)

 Table Top Mountain, Toowoomba Range (featured)

 Lake Cressbrook, north east of Toowoomba

 Glenlyon Dam, south west of Stanthorpe

 Dumeresq River, Queensland/New South Wales border

 Moreton Island, off Brisbane (featured)

 Morans Falls, near the Gold Coast (featured)

 South Stradbroke Island

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