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Area:1 722 000 sq km
Capital City:Brisbane
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GMT/UTC +10 (Eastern Standard Time)
State Dialling Code: 07
International Airport:Brisbane
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About Queensland

Queensland is known as Australia’s “Sunshine State” and is made up of 16 very diverse regions.

Each region has plenty to offer visitors in terms of accommodation, attractions and events. The state has a diverse range of native flora and fauna.

The Regions

Brisbane is the Capital of Queensland and offers visitors a wide range of environments including beautiful beaches, rainforests, rivers, subtropical highlands and islands.

Bundaberg, Coral Coast and Hinterland
Providing the most southerly access point for the Barrier Reef the Bundaberg, Coral Coast & Hinterland region is the centre of Queensland’s sugar growing industry. With 14 national parks, coral islands, historic townships and farmland the region has a lot to offer tourists.

Located just north of Bundaberg and stretching north towards Mackay the Capricorn Coast is a delightful place for anyone who loves beaches or fishing.

Fraser Coast South Burnett
Sweeping golden beaches, lush farmland, national parks and history abound in the Fraser Coast South Burnett region. The Fraser Coast is home to the World Heritage listed Fraser Island the largest sand island in the world and Lady Elliot Island, the first coral cay on the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Hervey Bay is also located here and reknown as one of Australians premier whale watching areas.

Gladstone is the main departure point for the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island, known as one of the best diving locations in the world, is located just 72km from Gladstone. National parks include Deepwater National Park and Eurimbula National Park, the site of Capt Cook's first landing in Queensland are also located in the Gladstone region.

Gold Coast
Three major fun parks reside in the Gold Coast region making it a popular family destination. For the adrenalin junkies there is bungy jumping, parasailing and abseiling, or if you want to relax try one of the numerous sun drenched beaches including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin or Coolangatta.

Great Barrier Reef
The Great barrier reef stretches up the Queensland Coast for over 2000km and is World Heritage listed. You can explore the reef by diving, snorkelling or from boats with specially designed underwater viewing chambers and semi-submersible craft.

Located on the coastline halfway between Brisbane and Cairns Mackay offers pristine beaches, deserted National Parks and rural towns.

Mackay is a diverse region with beaches, islands, the central highlands offering farm stays, museums, gem fossicking, gold prospecting and country music events.

Outback Queensland
Outback Queensland offers a host of diverse landscapes including Mulga plains, deserts, scenic gorges and escarpments. During spring experience the colourful spring wildflowers in the south west or visit the opal towns of Yowah, Cunnamulla and Quilpie.

Southern Downs
Located on the border of New South Wales the Southern Downs region is the heart of the Queensland wine industry. Just a three hour drive from either the Gold Coast or Brisbane this region offers wineries, orchards, country hospitality, local produce, good food and spectacular landscapes.

Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast has a wide variety of beach environments which includes family friendly waves, to huge powerful surf for the most avid surfer. The Sunshine Coast region is also home to a hinterland offering a variety of landscapes such as lush rolling hills, rainforests, swimming holes and National Parks. Read More

Toowooba and Darling Downs
Toowoomba is located just 90 from Brisbane and it is the largest inland city in Australia. The Darling Downs is rich agricultural area and lays claim to oldest woolshed in Queensland. There is excellent inland fishing areas and a large population of parrots.

Townsville is the departure point for numerous Barrier Reef Islands, including Magnetic, Orpheus, Hinchinbrook, Dunk and Bedarra Islands. Lush cane fields border the highway between Townsville and Cairns, along with open scrub land, rainforests, picturesque historic townships and quiet beach villages.

Tropical North Queensland
Extending to the northern most tip of Australia Tropical North Queensland is where the reef meets the rainforest. Most of the beaches stretch north of cairns towards Port Douglas and include
Palm Cove Kewarra Beach, Holloways, Yorkeys Knob and Ellis Beach. Whilst to the south of Cairns there is Mission Beach. The World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is located in this region.

Western Downs
Approximately a 3 hour drive west of Brisbane the the Western Downs region contains National parks with ancient rock, excellent inland fishing and wineries.

The Whitsundays is known worldwide for its excellent sailing, vibrant blue sea and numerous tropical islands. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef it encompasses over 100 tropical islands.


Queensland is known as the "Sunshine State" and enjoys a pleasant climate year round. The weather conditions vary across the state

Tropical North Queensland experiences a definite wet season and tropical cyclones can occur. The summer is hot and humid. Parts of the north are inaccessible by road due to flooding caused by the wet season. The winter months June to August, warm and mild.

Outback Queensland experiences hot dry summers and warm winters. The nights however can get very cold.

The southern and central coastal areas have a comfortable subtropical climate year round.

Getting there

By Air
From Overseas: International airports are located in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville and Cairns. Over 21 international carriers fly to Queensland
From Interstate: The major domestic carriers are Qantas, Jet Star and Virgin Blue. There are also a number of smaller regional airlines which service Queensland from other states.

By Road
From Sydney you can travel via the Pacific Highway along the coast or via the New England Highway, which starts at Newcastle and is inland from the coast

From Melbourne take the Newell Highway which offers a direct route to South-East Queensland

From Adelaide travel along the Barrier Highway through Broken Hill to Nyngan where you can take the Mitchell Highway to Queensland's Outback or continue through to Gilgandra and take the Castlereagh Highway or the Newell Highway leading to South-East Queensland.

From Darwin there are two options, the fully sealed road from Darwin to Tennant Creek and across to Mount Isa on the Overlanders Way or follow the Savannah Way from Daly Waters to Normanton on some unsealed roads.

Getting Around within Queensland:
Queensland is a vast state and many visitors can underestimate the distance between destinations for example Brisbane to Cairns is 1807km (1120 miles). Queensland offers a sophisticated transport network with 16 ports, 130 domestic airports, 174,000km of road network to help you get around.

Train Travel
Queensland had an excellent air and rail network. Rail travel offers first class long haul trips between Brisbane and Cairns, between Brisbane and Longreach, between Brisbane to Charleville.

Air Travel
There are numerous airports and landing strips located around Queensland to provide easy access with the major domestic carriers being Qantas, Jet Star and Virgin Blue. There are also a number of smaller regional airlines. Specialist operators can fly to the Great Barrier Reef in a same day return trip or you can charter aircraft to fly almost anywhere in Queensland.

Car Travel
Car rental is available at all major airports and towns. Note: Most car rental companies will not allow their cars to travel past certain points in far North Queensland or OutBack Queensland. If travelling in outback and remote areas be aware of safety precautions such as carrying adequate water and petrol supplies, and suitable communications in the event of break down.

Boat Travel
Queensland has 16 ports and dozens of marinas along the coast. Major boating destinations include Cairns, Townsville, Whitsundays and Brisbane. Sail adventure cruises depart from Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays and there are many companies that operate day trips to the Great Barrier Reef.

More information

For more information about Queensland visit the QLD Tourism web site

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