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How to celebrate Chinese New Year in Queensland

There’s no better place to spend Chinese New Year than in Queensland. From our friendly (and sometimes, furry) locals and an abundance of flavours to try, this Chinese New Year spend time with your nearest and dearest experiencing the best the state has to offer.

Cue the fireworks.

SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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With 2020 heralding the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, celebrate Queensland-style by spotting our very own musky-rat kangaroo.

You can get up close and personal with these creatures at Australia Zoo, the Sunshine Coast’s premier zoo attraction, or Currumbin Wildlife Santacury, in the heart of the Gold Coast.

The young and young at heart will get the chance to cuddle a koala, meet kangaroos and see crocodiles, snakes and all sorts of native Australia wildlife.

Never been to Australia Zoo? Here’s our guide. And, if you’re planning to visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, here’s 0ur itinerary.

BRIGHTEN UP WITH SOME COLOUR

Stretching from Cape York down to Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef is nothing short of breathtaking. And it’s right in our backyard.

Brighten up with Chinese New Year and snorkel the vibrant Great Barrier Reef with your family. This guide will have you planning all the details of your next trip faster than you can say ‘tropical paradise’.

SHARE QUALITY TIME WITH LOVED ONES

Bundaberg family holiday

What better way to start a new year than by watching baby turtles take their first steps?

Head to Mon Repos in Bundaberg, just a four-hour drive from Brisbane, and go on a turtle hatchlings tour guided by a passionate park ranger.

You’ll feel a rush of excitement and anticipation as you watch these creatures waddle along the sand to the shore.

Here’s where you can see turtles in Queensland this year.

WATCH A TRADITIONAL DANCE OR FIREWORKS SHOW

You don’t have to be in China to celebrate Chinese New Year in style.

There are a variety of celebrations happening across Queensland, so you can soak up the traditional festive atmosphere anywhere.

Check online to find specific information about local events in your area.

RESET YOURSELF

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

If you’re chasing a life of health and luxury, look no further than the Gold Coast.

Beyond the beaches are pockets of health retreats designed to relax, restore and reset the most stressed of people. Looking for inspiration of where to go? Here’s our guide.

Looking for a fresh new wardrobe to complement your rejuvenated spirit? Hit up the alfresco shopping precinct on James St in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Chow down on festive treats

Eat Street Markets Brisbane

Appetite for good food? You’re in luck.

Eat Street Northshore has become one of Brisbane’s hottest foodie destinations since launching in 2013, featuring premium street food from international cuisines in a colourful, bustling setting. The foodie haven draws hungry crowds every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.