Whether you’re a tourist visiting for the first time, or call the beautiful Sunshine State home, here are 15 unbelievable facts you probably didn’t know about Queensland!
It is the second largest state in Australia (1,727,000 sq km). It is five times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain, and two-and-a-half times the size of Texas.
Queensland is home to 5 out of 11 World Natural Heritage Areas: Scenic Rim National Parks, Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the Wet Tropics (Daintree National Park), and the Great Barrier Reef (also a wonder of the world).
The Sunshine State is the birthplace of Qantas, which was established in Longreach, Qld, in 1920.
There are 200 national parks in Queensland which in total cover 6.5 million hectares (65,000 km)
The legendary Australian poet Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda was first sung publicly at North Gregory Hotel, Winton Qld on 6 April 1895.
Queensland gets an average of 261 days of sunshine per year – hence why it has the nickname “the Sunshine State”.
Some of the world’s oldest dinosaur prints are located at outback Winton, Qld.
Queensland is home to world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.
It is also the home of the first lamington, a cake made originally for Lord and Lady Lamington.
Brisbane was home to the world’s busiest submarine port in WWII.
Queensland’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef is home to 10% of the world’s entire fish species.
The Q1, located on the Gold Coast, is the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere and was the tallest building in the world until it lost its title to the Mariana Torch in Dubai.
Famous Queenslanders include actor Geoffrey Rush, actress Miranda Otto, crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, actress Margot Robbie, and Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman.
Brisbane City Hall’s clock tower is the largest in Australia.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens was home to the world’s first cultivated macadamia nut tree, which is still alive today.