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Queensland is the second largest state of Australia. It is in the North East of the continent and bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and in the South by New South Wales. On the East by the Coral Sea and further North by the Pacific Ocean.

The South East is densely populated compared with the remainder of Queensland. It makes up an area roughly set out by the city of Towoomba in the West and on the East Coast by the Sunshine Coast, larger Brisbane and in the South by the Gold Coast all the way to the NSW border.

Along the coast going North there are a number of important industrial – and port cities. Special train lines from the various mining areas run into these ports. A huge export of various commodities contributes to the general wealth of Australia and the State of Queensland in particular.

Beaches in Queensland's Tropical North

Land inwards Queensland supports both cattle and crop farming on a large scale with scattered but many and very important mining concentrations.


Queensland is often referred to as the Sunshine State thanks to its warm climate varying from more or less sub-tropical in the South to full tropics in the North.

Queensland's Rainforests meet the Ocean

Queensland is world famous for its Coral Reef or Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for more than 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 345000 square kilometres. It is so large and prominent that it can be seen from outer space.


The Great Barrier Reef is a diving or snorkling paradise

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site and the larger part is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world (CNN). The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions.


Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear waters and accessibility from the tourist boats called ‘live aboards’, the reef is a very popular destination, including scuba diving.

A popular destination for all kinds of boating visitors

Due to their accessibility tourism on the Great Barrier Reef is concentrated in the Whitsundays and Cairns.

Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities by geographic area and the third largest municipality in the world; spread over 2,116 square km (4,600 sq km’s).

It is beautifully located on the Brisbane River which as a tide river finishes in the Moreton Bay. Brisbane has an attractive living ambience and attracts a constant flow of migration from the Southern States.

The weather in Brisbane is comfortable and sub-tropical. The city of Brisbane enjoys a very enviable climate of brilliant hot summers and typically clear and rather mild winters.

The city is hemmed by the winding Bricbane River

Brisbane is a an attractive and relaxed city. Good use is made of the river snaking itself through the city. Excellent and long walk- and bikeways have been created following its banks. Brisbane has beautiful well maintained parks. The city is blessed with many museums and excellent concert halls as well as entertaining and performance centres.

The famous beaches of the Gold Coast

Close to Brisbane are the world famous Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas with pristine beaches and first class accommodation facilities. Many people live in either of these two areas and both are cities in their own right.
The area with Brisbane as its centre is sometimes referred to as “The 200 Kilometer City”. It sprawls along the coast all the way from Noosa north of Brisbane to Tweed Heads to the South on the border of New South Wales.
The hinterland is inviting and stunningly beautiful. It is mountainous with native forest including numerous rainforests with clear walking tracks.

Natural Bridge, in the mountainous hinterland of the Gold Coast in South East Queensland

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