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Wallaman Falls, Townsville

Wallaman Falls

Townsville

Cape Moreton

Cape Moreton

S E Queensland

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast

Capital:
BRISBANE
Population:
4,722,400 (2014)
Area Size:
1,730,648km2
Longitude / Latitude:
153.8°E / 27.29°S
Time Zone:
UTC+10

QLD

Queensland, also known as the 'Sunshine State' is the country's holiday playground attracting visitors all year round. It is the best of Australia's holiday destinations combined into one state!

Queensland is the most northerly state on the eastern seaboard and undoubtedly the tourist mecca of Australia. It is Australia's fastest growing state taking up around 25% of the continent's area. You'll find rainforests, coastal towns, scenic Tablelands. Along the Gold Coast, a 70km stretch of coastline offering an array of beaches, or divert inland to the hinterlands or World Heritage Listed rainforests.

Discover Queensland, Australia's sunshine state. Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. Queensland has 13 unique regions for you to explore. The state also contains six World Heritage listed preservation areas: Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh in the Gulf Country, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef, Lamington National Park and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

Climate

Because of its size, there is significant variation in climate across Queensland.

Most of Queensland experiences two weather seasons: a winter of warm temperatures & minimal rainfall, and a sultry summer period of hot, sticky temperatures & higher levels of rainfall.

There are also 5 evident climatic zones in Queensland:

  1. hot humid summer, warm dry winter (far north and coastal) Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone
  2. warm humid summer, mild dry winter (coastal elevated hinterlands and coastal south-east) Brisbane, Bundaberg, Rockhampton
  3. hot dry summer, mild dry winter (central west) Mt Isa, Emerald, Longreach
  4. hot dry summer, cool dry winter (southern west) Roma, Charleville, Goondiwindi
  5. warm humid summer, cold dry winter (inland south-east) Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe

About Our State

Queensland has a subtropical climate, with high humidity from November to March with sea breezes that bring some relief along the coast. Brisbane, the capital, has a hot and humid climate in summer, and mild and sunny with cool nights in winter (July and August). Tropical cyclones occur in the north from November to April, the wet season, (mostly during January to March). If your visiting the top end (north), the best times are between September to November.

Society & Culture

Queensland people enjoy a fantastic outdoor lifestyle with world class beaches, national parks, rainforests, tropical reefs and waterways. There is continuing growth in cultural diversity across Queensland. You'll discover art galleries and cultural centres showcasing Queensland's rich diversity including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rich culture and heritage. Queensland is home to people who speak more than 220 languages, hold more than 100 religious beliefs and come from more than 220 countries.

The international airline Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) was established in Longreach, Queensland, in 1920.

Things To Do

Venture further inland and, like in other states, you start to witness the other part of Australia, the warm welcomes from outback and mining towns. It is in these places that you really get to know people, as they are always quick with a "G'day Mate!".

More About The Area

Edging the Queensland coast is the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef that stretches for more than 1,250 miles (2,000km). Situated within the Reef are a myriad of islands that add to the already overwhelming biodiversity of the Reef system. The Great Barrier Reef has the most diverse animal and plant ecosystems on earth. Take time out to have a dive amid the splendour of iridescent fish and coral.

Major theme parks, wilderness parks, wineries and a choice of championship golf courses scatter the coastal region. Day and evening Surfers Paradise has live street and indoor entertainment, which means the action is non-stop. If you love shopping, then Queensland is the place to go. It houses some of the best design names in Australia, where you can still buy at reasonable prices.

Head further north or inland and you will find a diversity of environs. You can farm stay in premier beef cattle country, or visit sapphire gem fields. Explore the rainforests or head to the Great Barrier Reef or the popular Great Keppel Island. Soak up history in mining towns, or learn about Aboriginal culture. No matter where you are in Queensland, you will soak up authentic Australian charm, mateship and enjoy fantastic weather at the same time.

 


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Emergency:     000
Police:     000
Country Code:     +61
Area Code:     7

Roadside Assistance:     RACQ
Rail & Bus:     Queensland Rail & Translink


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