Queensland

Queensland

Things to do - general

Queensland  is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia.Queensland has a population of 4,750,500, concentrated along the coast and particularly in the state’s South East. The state is the world’s sixth largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 km2. The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city. Often referred to as the “Sunshine State”, Queensland is home to 10 of Australia’s 30 largest cities and is the nation’s third largest economy.

The state was named in honour of Queen Victoria, who on 6 June 1859 signed Letters Patent separating the colony from New South Wales. The date 6 June is now celebrated statewide as Queensland Day. Queen Victoria, who went on to become Britain’s second longest reigning monarch, chose an eponymous name for the colony over Cooksland, which had been suggested by the influential local Presbyterian minister John Dunmore Lang in honour of navigator James Cook . Queensland achieved statehood with the Federation of Australia on 1 January 1901.

Country Australia
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Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedAustralian Dollar AUD
Area (km2)1,852,642

Sports & nature

Whether you’re a hard-core adventurer or up for a small challenge, Queensland will definitely get the adrenaline and heart pumping. Some of the activities that you could enjoy are : Learn to surf year-round in temperate waters. Grab your scuba gear and explore world-renowned dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef. Play at some of Australia’s best championship golf courses designed by golfing legends. Test your fitness in a marathon, triathlon or ocean swim around the state. Explore the Whitsunday Islands on a sailing adventure. Rock climb your way around South East Queensland Weave through the Daintree Rainforest on a mountain bike while getting to know the oldest rainforest in the world. Cast a line on a lazy afternoon in an inland waterway for prized barramundi and mangrove jacks. Nature Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

When the sun goes down and the lights come on, a whole new sector of the Queensland economy comes to life. The night time economy is estimated to be worth more than $10 billion in Queensland and is vital to it's status as the Tourism State. There are over 7200 licensed venues in Queensland, and they are all interconnected in a complex ecosystem of entertainment experiences. Over 50,000 people are employed in the night time economy.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

Queensland was first inhabited by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. The first European to land in Queensland (and Australia) was Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606, who explored the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula near present-day Weipa. In 1770, Lieutenant James Cook claimed the east coast of Australia for the Kingdom of Great Britain. The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip at Sydney; New South Wales at that time included all of what is now Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. Queensland was explored in subsequent decades until the establishment of a penal colony at Brisbane in 1824 by John Oxley. Penal transportation ceased in 1839 and free settlement was allowed from 1842.Culture and history image
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