Surfers Paradise skyline on the Gold Coast


Queensland, also known as the 'Sunshine State' is the country's holiday playground attracting visitors all year round.


Queensland is the most northerly state on the eastern seaboard and undoubtedly the tourist mecca of Australia. 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.

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 is Australia's fastest growing state taking up around 25% of the continent's area.
  • Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in Australia.
  • 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.
  • Queensland houses some of the best design names in Australia, where you can still buy at reasonable prices.
  • The state 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.

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.

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