The Queenslanders scored the only try of the first half in the 26th minute after some magic from man-of-the-match Berrick Barnes.
Former Wallabies winger Ben Tune was brought down inside the 22, but the Reds gave a quick ball and Barnes potted a perfectly weighted crossfield kick to the left wing where six-foot-six flanker Mitchell Chapman took the mark and dived over the line.
A conversion from full-back Clinton Shifcofske, on his Super 14 debut, plus earlier penalties from Shifcofske and Hurricanes fly-half Jimmy Gopperth, saw the half-time score fall 13-6 to Queensland.
Barnes then saved a certain Hurricanes try midway through the second half, making a desperate cover tackle on Thomas Waldrom after David Smith had made a clean break.
Shifcofske and Gopperth traded penalties again before Barnes kicked a field goal to make the score 25-9.
Hurricanes full-back Cory Jane scored a late consolation try but it was too little, too late as the Reds strode to a deserved victory.
Tries in each half by Stirling Mortlock and Clyde Rathbone set the ACT Brumbies up for a 21-15 victory over the Chiefs at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium in the opening round of Super 14 fixtures.
The Australia three-quarters struck early in each period as the 2004 champions overcame the New Zealanders, for whom Soseni Anesi scored twice.
The hosts were to pay for goal-kicker Stephen Donald's profligacy, with the Waikato fly-half missing four from four
The first half, which finished 10-5, saw Chiefs forwards Jono Gibbes and Marty Holah and the Brumbies' George Smith sin-binned.
Mortlock opened the scoring, converting his own fifth-minute try, and then extended the lead five minutes later with a penalty.
Donald missed a chance of a three-pointer before former All Black winger Anesi's touchdown midway through the first half.
Rathbone added to the advantage two minutes into the second half and a Julian Huxley penalty in the 49th minute further stretched the lead.
Anesi crossed the line again at the three-quarter stage, and Lelia Masaga closed the gap with his first Super 14 try, but Huxley's second penalty put the Brumbies out of reach.