Queensland (QLD) is known to Australians as the ‘Sunshine State’. The subtropical stretch of land on the northeast of Australia is home to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the ancient Daintree Rainforest and the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Queensland is the sun-loving, beach-going traveller’s paradise. The state’s capital is Brisbane (or Brissie), and it enjoys more winter sunshine and warmth than just about anywhere else in the country, making it perfect for outdoor activities and water sports.
Home to more than 1,000 ecosystem types and five World Heritage-listed sites, there’s something altogether magical about the beauty of Queensland. Here, islands of white sand dot aqua waters in the Whitsundays, colourful coral bursts to life with fish and turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, and lush green canopies dance in the sun in the Daintree Rainforest.
The climate is very warm with an annual average of 30 degrees, but has few truly tropical and sultry months. It is warm to hot all year round and invites to bathe at average water temperatures of 26 degrees. Dued to the lesser rain the best time for traveling is from May to October.
Queensland population is 5.257 million as of June of 2022.
Top things to do
- Snorkel and scuba dive with The Great Eight on the Great Barrier Reef
- Experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the Daintree, the world’s oldest living rainforest
- Enjoy an oceanside escape on K’gari (Fraser Island), the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and the Whitsunday Islands