Australia's Tropical Sunshine State

Queensland and visitors enjoying the sun and surf on a beach at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast with view of the Gold Coast Skyline in the background
Beachgoers enjoying the sun and surf at Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast with view of Gold Coast Skyline in the background. Photo Credit: Kerrie Brailsford

Climate: sub tropical south, tropical north

Queensland is a popular travel destination due to its wonderful climate, and spectacular natural attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforests and Outback. Major industries include agriculture, mining, and tourism. Australia's Queensland State is almost three times the size of Texas and has a diversity of environments to rival a continent.

Brisbane, Capital of Queensland

The state capital of Brisbane is located in the South east corner. Galleries, Museums, and Botanical parklands grace the banks of the Brisbane River which flows through the central business district.

Brisbane forms the centre of a conurbation which extends to the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north. Long, golden beaches to the south and north of the city are a popular destination for surfers from all over the world.

Tourism promotion book cover from 1907
Queensland Government tourism guide published in 1907.

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef

2100 kilometres to the north is the tip of Cape York Peninsular. The Great Barrier Reef begins off the coast of Papua New Guinea, which lies just to the north across the Torres Strait.

From here, the reef extends 2000 kilometers south to end just off Bundaberg. Where the Great Barrier Reef ends, the Great Sandy Strait begins with the Spectacular Fraser Island and Cooloola National Parks. The sand generated by decomposing coral being swept southward by ocean currents goes on to form the golden sandy beaches of the Sunshine Coast, Bribie, Moreton, and Stradbroke Islands, and the Gold Coast.

Tropical North Queensland

Cairns is the international gateway for Tropical North Queensland. Tropical beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage listed Wet Tropic Rainforests and the Australian outback are all accessible from Cairns. With an international airport, a range of accommodation to suit the backpacker to the millionaire, and an amazing array of attractions, activities and entertainment to choose from, Cairns is a great Australian destination.

The mountains behind Cairns offer a cool respite from the tropical atmosphere of the coast. The Atherton Tablelands is renown for pristine Rainforests, crystal clear lakes and brooks and its incredible range of fresh local produce. A multi-cultural population ensures truly global blend of culinary delights, including locally produced cheeses, wines and coffee.

On the other side of the mountains lay historic mountain towns and villages such as Herberton and Irvinebank allow you to step back in time to the days of the wild frontier.

Just 2.5 hours drive from Cairns is Chillagoe the home of limestone caves, fossils and a real outback experience.

Queensland offers one of the safest travel destinations in the world, with low crime rates and a high degree of personal freedom. Queenslanders have a wide variety of beliefs and practises and have a proud heritage of independence, enterprise and freedom protected by law.

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