10 Quick Facts About Queensland To Get You Started

10 Quick Facts About Queensland, Australia To Get You Started

Thinking about visiting the Sunshine State (Queensland, Australia)? Here’s 10 Fast Facts to get you started! 

  1. Queensland is BIG, it’s the second largest state in Australia. It is almost five times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain, and two and a half times the size of Texas.
  2. Queenslanders love their Rugby League. Knowing about the almighty ‘Maroons’ (Cane Toads) and their many victories over NSW (Cockroaches) will stand you in good stead with any true local.
  3. Our state receives an average of 261 days of sunshine every year – hence its nickname, The Sunshine State.
  4. Queensland has more than 200 national parks – so many to explore while backpacking.
  5. Queensland’s tip is the northernmost point of Australia, the Cape York Peninsula, which is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia.
  6. Our coastline spans more than 7400km, 2000km of which boasts parts of The Great Barrier Reef – the largest living thing on earth and is even visible from outer space.
  7. Some of biggest industries include peanuts, bananas, pineapples, cotton, sugar cane, and wool – many of which you can experience by WWOOFing. Tourism and hospitality is the largest industry in Queensland.
  8. Queensland boasts some of the oldest dinosaur footprints in the world, and they can be found in the outback town of Winton.
  9. There are over 100 islands off the Queensland coast including Stradbroke, Whitsundays and Magnetic Island.
  10. Queensland is home to the world largest sand island. The World Heritage listed Fraser Island.