If you are coming to Australia for a holiday, then you should definitely add Queensland to the top of your "must-see destinations" list! Home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches and lush national parks, this state is a tropical haven for tourists and locals alike.

A recent project by the Australian Traveller Magazine also revealed that Queensland is home to some of the country's best-kept travel secrets. A team of eleven travel expert panellists recently came up with a list of Australia's top 100 travel secrets, and Queensland attractions featured 18 times.

Coming in at number three on the list was "swimming with Minke Whales", an activity that is only offered by a select few tour providers in Tropical North Queensland and for a few weeks sometime between the months of May and August.

Other attractions to make the list included Mossman Gorge in Cairns, the Daintree Wilderness Lodge and Great Keppel Island. Whether your idea of a dream holiday is relaxing in a beautiful nature retreat or taking an action packed tour of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland – in particular the tropical far north – is the ideal holiday location.

To explore all that it has to offer, why not organise a car hire in Brisbane? As the capital of Queensland, this is the perfect place to start your road trip. Alternatively, East Coast Car Rentals can also organise you a car hire in Cairns, the central hub of the tropical north.

Australian Traveller editor Georgia Rickard hopes that the top 100 secrets list will inspire tourists to check out the beautiful attractions of Queensland next time they are in the area.

"Queensland continues to be Australia's absolute sweetheart as a holiday destination – there is nowhere Aussies would rather take a vacation," Ms Rickard said.

"But the incredible diversity of secrets on this list just goes to show how much more the state has to offer."