Queensland is a state of Australia, located on the northeastern side. The people living in Queensland are known as Banana Benders, which is probably owing to the large banana plantations in the tropics. It is said that the state was initially inhabited by the Aboriginal people, which was followed by the European settlement after thousands of years. The name of the state has been given in the honor of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who signed the proclamation separating the state from New South Wales in 1859. Queensland is one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia and is blessed with gorgeous reefs, sun-kissed beaches, national parks and much more. Gold Coast in Queensland is one of the most popular surfing destinations and the Great Barrier Reef is located on Queensland’s coastline. One of Australia’s fastest growing states, Queensland is also known as Sunshine State, a perfect name considering that this state experiences 300 days of sunshine every year. For some more interesting and fun facts about Queensland, read on.
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Location: Northeastern part of Australia.
Area: 1,852,642 km2
Official Languages: AustralianEnglish
Time Zone: UTC+10
Interesting Facts about Queensland
- The capital of Queensland is Brisbane.
- The capital city of Brisbane is also known as ‘River City’ due to the serpentine Brisbane River that flows through it.
- Queensland houses five World Heritage listed preservation areas, namely Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh in the Gulf Country, Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
- People who stay in Queensland are also called ‘Queenslanders’.
- Towards the south of Queensland, the Gold Coast is located, which is the surfing and party Mecca of the state.
- Queensland was initially sited by Europeans in the 1600s.
- Queensland boasts of the fastest growing economy in entire Australia.
- Queensland has the lowest cost of living in comparison with the other Australian states.
- Queensland’s coastline stretches over 7400 km with the corals of the Great Barrier Reef fringing the eastern coastline for over 2000 kilometers.
- Queensland houses the Q1, located on the Gold Coast, which is the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. It was the tallest residential tower in the world before it lost its title to ‘The Mariana Torch’ in Dubai
- The statue of Wally Lewis at the northern end of Suncorp Stadium is visited by Rugby League enthusiasts from around the world.
- Queensland also houses the world's best collection of dinosaur tracks near Winton.
- The state animal of Queensland is Koala.
- The flower representation of the state is Cooktown orchid
- The state bird is Brolga.
- The aquatic symbol of the state is Barrier Reef Anemonefish.
- The state gem is Sapphire.
- The representative color is Maroon.
- Queensland is the second-largest state and third-most populous state in Australia. In terms of area it’s second only to Western Australia and ranks behind New South Wales and Victoria, in terms of population.
- The state of Queensland is also known as Sunshine State as it boasts of a sunny weather and lies in the tropics.
- Queensland is the home to more than 1000 species of native vertebrates and 200 national parks.
- Queensland is the second largest state in Australia and this state encompasses about 22% of the entire Australian continent.
- Mt. Bartle Frere (1622m) is the highest point in Queensland.
- Queensland enjoys a tropical climate and the state receives about 8 to 9 hours of sunshine every day.
- Queensland’s motto is ‘Bold, Aye, and Faithful Too’.
- Queensland was the first state to receive a Coat of Arms granted by Queen Victoria in 1893.
- Some of the main industries here include peanuts, bananas, pineapples, cotton, sugar cane, wool and coal.
- One-third of the population in Queensland is migrant or descendants of migrants. The rest of the population constitutes of early immigrants from Britain and Europe who settled in Queensland during the 19th century.