Queensland, Australia - A Look at a Beautiful, Sunny State
Queensland is a state situated in North East Australia and makes a great tourist destination.
The Sunshine State
Beautiful One Day - Perfect the Next
Queensland is a sunny state in the north east of Australia. The state encompasses 1.72 million km, forming 25% of Australia's land mass. this area consists of lush rainforests, rough outback and gorgeous beaches.
Queensland has an average of 300 sunny days a year - Temperatures range from 10 to 30 degrees with rare extremes forcing the gauge up to 35 degrees or an occasional 40.
The winters are generally mild in this subtropical destination with few areas getting snow. The one exception is the granite belt which occasionally gets snow. Most parts of Queensland rarely get more than a heavy early morning frost during winter.
History of Queensland
Queensland was first landed by Dutch explorer William Jansz in 1606. Original settlement of the Queensland area didn't begin till the late 1700's and only as a penal colony for convicts from England.
Until 1851 Queensland didn't exist in its own right - it was considered a part of New South Wales. In 1851 Queen Victoria gave permission for Queensland to become a state in its own right.
June 6 is now the day celebrated as the birth day of Queensland.
Promises of new land brought nearly 25,000 settlers to the new state and gold discovered in Rockhampton allowed Queensland to survive the 1866 depression.
The current Queensland flag design was officially adopted in 1876.
Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland and is home to an estimated 2 million people.
The city is perched on the Brisbane river which was named after governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane.
Brisbane is based on a large wheel concept with the centre of the wheel constituting the large central business area with many shops, casinos and activities.
Brisbane is only a few hours drive from the popular Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Sports - State of Origin
Each year Queensland takes on its neighbour state, New South Wales in a series of Rugby League games known as the State of Origin.
The series began in 1980 and consists of a shield granted to the winners state for the following year. The champion must win two out of the three games. If the game is tied, the previous year's winner keeps the shield.
The State of Origin has evolved into a well known yearly event with fierce but friendly competition between the two states - Queensland, dressed in maroon, are effectionately known as the toads and NSW, dressed in blue, as the cockroaches.
Fishing in North Queensland
All kinds of fishing are available in Queensland, with particular favourite locations including Cape York, Cairns and Fraser Island.
Popular fishing events include game fishing, saltwater & freshwater fishing. Popular catches include barracuda and barramundi.
Granite Belt - Delicious Produce
The Granite Belt is centred around the town of Stanthorpe in south east Queensland. The area is one of the coldest in Queensland during the winter months and produces nearly all of Queenslands huge apple crop as well as a wide variety of delicious stone fruit. Spring sees the area explode in vibrant colour as wildflowers bloom. The area also boasts over 50 wineries.
Areas like Stanthorpe grow delicious ...
Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast
Australia has some of the best beaches in the world - over 10,000 of them. Queensland boasts some of the countries best.
The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are popular tourist destinations that have many beaches to choose from. The beaches are clean and most have suitable water for surfing as well as trained lifeguards. Some beaches boast beautiful rock pools and scattered shells.
The coastal towns surrounding these beaches also offer plenty of variety for the visitor including large shopping centres, quality accommodation and a variety of theme parks and entertainment.
Australia is one of the largest producers of raw sugar and Queensland produces nearly 95% of this export.
The raw sugar is is extracted from a tall tropical grass that is grown in many areas of north Queensland. The sugar cane must grow for over a year before it can be harvested.
Harvesting the sugar cane involves either cutting it while green or burning it before the raw sugar is extracted and turned into quality sugar.
A white tiger at Dreamworld
Queensland boasts some of the best theme parks in the country, most within a few hours of Brisbane.
Popular theme parks include Dreamworld, Seaworld, Movieworld, Underwaterworld and Wet 'n' Wild. The parks are open nearly all year round and most offer special package deals allowing access to multiple parks for a discount.
Queensland makes it Bigger
Queensland has many larger than life objects that are popular tourist attractions.
The big apple in Stanthorpe is a tribute to the local apple industry.
The big pineapple in Nambour fronts the sunshine plantation which is a fruit themed theme park. The theme park is owned by a well known Australian brand, Golden Circle.
The big barramundi is a tribute to the most sought after fish in the state and is located in Daintree.
Other big items in Queensland include the big shell and the big stubbie (beer) in Tewantin and the big crab in Miriam Vale.
The Great Barrier Reef
The great barrier reef was made a world heritage site in 1981 and allows limited human use and interaction. However it is a popular tourist location for those wanting to dive, snorkel and take photos of the gorgeous underwater life.
The great barrier reef is the world's largest reef system and stretches over 2,600 kilometres. The reef has a diverse range of colourful fish and other sea life that thrives in this unique environment.
The Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday islands are a group of 74 islands off the Queensland coast that boast gorgeous beaches, natural rainforest and plenty of tourist attractions.
The islands are located near the great barrier reef and features plenty of activities including boating, diving, scenic walks and quality accommodation.