Queensland, Australia


Queensland, Australia:

Also known as the “Sunshine State”, Queensland is most noted for its warm weather, entertainment, and tropics. She was named in honor of Queen Victoria who on June 6, 1859 signed the Letters Patent separating the colony from New South Wales. Australia is split up into a number of states and one of the most popular is “Queensland”. It is the state that encompassed the northeastern section of the mainland continent. To the west lies the Northern Territory, to the South is New South Wales, with Torres Strait with Boigu Island off of New Guinea, and South Australia to the southwest. Queensland’s coasts runs along the Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea. Queensland is the second largest state in land mass or area and is the third most populated. Historically, this state was first occupied by the Torres Strait Islanders and the Indigenous Australians who first inhabited the region 40,000-65,000 years ago. The area was first explored by white adventurers such as the Dutch, Portugese, and French before Captain Cook navigated the area in 1770. Numerous wars and battles between European settlers and the Indigenous took place in this state. It was first made a British Crown Colony on June 6, 1859. The Capital of Queensland is Brisbane and is the area of highest population concentration for the state. Other major cities in Queensland are Logan City, Ipswich, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and Redland City. By Area, Queensland’s “Mount Isa” is the fifth-largest city in the world. The state is broken up into regional centers known as Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Ingham, and Mount Isa. Today, Queensland is dominated by an economy based on tourism, natural resources, and agriculture. The most popular parts of Queensland are many of its coasts like the “Sunshine Coast” and “the Gold Coast”, as well as its panoramic mountain ranges like the “Bunya Mountains” and the “Great Dividing Range” with offers breathtaking views, waterfalls, and lookouts. Queensland is home to six World Heritage sites such as the “Australian Fossil Mammal Sites”, “Gondwana Rainforests of Australia”, “Fraser Island”, “the Great Barrier Reef”, “Lamington National Park”, and the “Wet Tropics of Queensland”. It’s Gold Coast is known as “Australia’s Theme Park Capital” since it has five major amusement parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World, Wet n’ Wild, and White Water World. Queensland’s climate has low rainfall and hot summers in the inland west while very wet and humid warm temperatures along its coasts. Queensland produces bananas, peanuts, pineapples, grain, fruits, vegetables, cattle, coton, sugar cane, wool, bauxite, coal, silver, lead, zinc, gold, and copper.


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