Interesting Queensland facts
Queensland has five of Australia's eleven World Natural Heritage areas, one of which is a Wonder of the World—the Great Barrier Reef.
There are over 200 national parks in Queensland, covering 6.5 million hectares - now that's a hike!
The Royal Flying Doctor Service started operating on 17 May 1928 when Dr Kenyon St Vincent Welch flew out in response to an emergency call.
Queensland has more than 1000 species of native vertebrates, many of them unique to the region.
Australia’s “Sunshine State” is home to some of the icons of Australian life; the long sandy beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island and the cosmopolitan city of Brisbane. Then there are the true delights in the north; the Atherton Tablelands where the platypus is found, the tropical rainforests running down to the Coral Sea and the gem of them all, the Great Barrier Reef. No visit to Australia can be complete without a trip to this multi-coloured underwater paradise.
Where to go in Queensland
Queensland’s vibrant riverside capital city is wedged between the ocean and delightful national parks. It may be a hub for arts, culture and dining, but still retains a close connection with nature and a classic Aussie laid-back friendliness. It is also the gateway to the wonders of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
It's the perfect setting for Hollywood movies and world-renowned surfing events, and it's not hard to see why. The Gold Coast has something for everyone - from foodies to families, surfers to hikers. Just 30 minutes from the beach, there's a subtropical hinterland complete with waterfalls, hiking trails and charming villages.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the world’s largest and longest coral reef system. It comprises of 3,000 separate reefs and is home to over 1,500 species of fish, abundant marine life and over 200 types of birds. It is every nature lover's paradise!
Tropical North Queensland
Tropical North Queensland has been thousands of years in the making: within its borders, it arguably fits in more untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure than some entire countries manage. The World Heritage-listed double-act of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest are its most prized stars.
The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands and one of Australia’s most iconic destinations. You can hop from Hamilton to relax on Whitehaven Beach, considered to be one of the world’s best beaches. The Whitsunday Coast has charm of its own, with great beaches, national parks and the vibrant town of Airlie Beach.
The Sunshine Coast brings with it endless beaches, lush rainforests and an easy-going, laid-back lifestyle. it’s the type of place where you feel relaxed from the moment you arrive. Paddle into the home of longboarding with a surf lesson at Noosa’s Main Beach or explore the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.