|ISLAND ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF|
AREA: 1,723,936 sq. km.,|
POPULATION: 4,473,000 (30/12/2009)
CAPITAL: Brisbane (1,820,400) 2006 Census
Queensland calls itself the 'Sunshine State', and enjoys semi-tropical weather,
thousands of kilometres of beaches, and an easy going life-style.
In the north the tropical region has rain-forests, gorges, islands, and massive
rivers which cut access to many places after rains. Being tropical it is also cyclonic
and the extremes of weather can be experienced.
In the south, the climate is more moderate with cooler nights and clearer days. It is
divided east-west by the Great Dividing Range which closely follows the coastline. West of
the range the 'Outback' is cattle country with sparse vegetation and in the more remote
areas nights will be below zero in winter and days can reach 50¡ in summer.
Queensland also contains several of Australia's best known and visited tourist attractions
in the Gold Coast, and the Great Barrier Reef. In the far north Cape York Peninsula and the
Daintree Forest and gaining increasing popularity, and the islands off the coast in the reef
are popular holiday destinations for millions each year.