Quirky facts about Queensland

Since Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 it has evolved from a young state into the third most popular tourist destination in Australia.

Home to more than 4.5 million people who predominantly live along the coastline, it boasts more than 100 tropical islands, 200 National Parks and five World Heritage-listed sites.

Our natural attractions and glorious weather attract 26 million domestic and international visitors each year making tourism and hospitality our leading industry.

Beyond our thriving coastline cities there are many Queenslanders living in isolated regional communities who contribute to our state’s vast agriculture industry.

Our tropical climate enables us to produce peanuts, bananas, pineapples, sugar cane and wool which contributes billions of dollars to our state’s economy each year.

As all Queenslanders would know, our tropical climate can also be unforgiving.

Severe tropical cyclones including Debbie (2017), Marcia (2015), Yasi (2011) and Larry (2006) have devastated many communities and crops in the past, impacting Queenslanders across the state.

Weather events including floods, droughts and bushfires have shaped our communities and our identity as Queenslanders to be resilient and embrace mateship during the toughest of times. To celebrate how far we have come we have rounded up some of the most unique facts about our great state. 

10 quirky facts about Queensland

  1. Queensland is the second largest state in Australia, the biggest is Western Australia.
  2. Queensland is nearly five times the size of Japan, seven times of Great Britain and two-and-a-half times the size of Texas. 
  3. Queensland has five of Australia's eleven World Natural Heritage areas. These are:
    Scenic Rim National Parks
    Fraser Island
    Riversleigh Fossil Fields
    Wet Tropics (including Daintree National Park)
    Great Barrier Reef.
  4. There are more than 200 National Parks in Queensland, covering 6.5 million hectares.
  5. Queensland is home to more than 4.5 million people.
  6. XXXX beer is one of Queensland's well-known products and was established in 1877.
  7. The first Queensland railway opened in July 1865 and ran from Ipswich to Grandchester.
  8. Four Queenslanders have been Prime Minister of Australia: Andrew Fisher (three times: 1908–1909, 1910–1913 and 1914–1915), Arthur Fadden (1941), Francis Forde (1945) and Kevin Rudd (2007–2010).
  9. The majority of Queensland receives an average of eight to nine hours of sunshine every day – no wonder it's called the Sunshine State!
  10. Queensland boasts some of the oldest dinosaur footprints in the world which can be found in the outback town of Winton. 

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Statistics from the Queensland Government.