Queensland is Australia's Sunshine State and includes the Great Barrier Reef,
Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast. The far north is tropical and subject to cyclones
which the south is more temperate.|
Largest cities: Brisbane, Cairns, Toowoomba, Mackay
Total area: 1,723,936 sq. km.
Population: 3,339,000 (1996)
Approximate width west to east: 1,000
Approximate height, north to south: 2,000
Lowest point: Sea level.
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.
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