About Queensland

About Queensland

General Information About Queensland

Queensland is probably the most famous state in Australia because of its blue skies and golden beaches as well as its association with several major world heritage sites, including Fraser Island, Riversleigh, the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.

The capital of Queensland is Brisbane, an easy-going but vibrant city which always has something going on.

You can spend some time savouring the local cuisine and fine wines, catch a performance at QPAC, browse the Gallery of Modern Art, hop aboard a Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour and much more.

The state of Queensland is a great place to visit throughout the year, and swimming in the northern regions is possible no matter what the season is. There are many other activities and attractions spread across the region as well.

Travelling in Queensland

Travelling around Queensland is easy. The road network is great for travelling in a private car and there are many airports across the state if you have to travel a long distance in a short time. Flights are offered by Qantas, JetStar, Virgin Australia as well as a number of smaller regional carriers.

You can also choose to travel around the state by trains, which connect Brisbane to many other holiday destinations in Queensland, including Cairns, Townsville, the Whitsundays, Charleville and Longreach. About 70km North of Cairns is Port Douglas – a popular departure point for trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Other popular destinations include:

Tropical North Queensland is also well worth visiting as it is home to a number of stunning national parks and rain forest areas.

There is also an extensive public transport network between the southern end of the Gold Coast to the top of the Sunshine Coast, and everywhere in between. Public transport options include buses, trains, light rail and ferries.

 

Time Differences

Queensland is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +10) and does not observe daylight savings.

Queensland Weather

The Queensland climate varies, depending on which area you are in. It’s never very cold though, so any time of the year is a great time to visit.

The southern part of Queensland has a temperate climate, with the temperature ranging between 20 °C and 28 °C in the summer and 9 °C to 20 °C in the winter. The summer water temperature is around 25 °C, while the winter temperature is a bit cooler at 19 °C.
The northern part of Queensland is warmer and more humid than the southern part, with summer days usually being over 31 °C. The temperatures often feel warmer though, because of the high humidity.

The area inland from the coast of Queensland is quite arid and experiences hot summers and low rainfall.

Queensland Main Centre Average Monthly Weather Statistics

Cairns, Far North Queensland

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
High °C
31
31
31
29
28
26
26
27
28
29
31
31
Low °C
24
24
23
22
20
18
17
17
19
21
22
23
High °F
88
88
88
84
82
79
79
81
82
84
88
88
Low °F
75
75
73
72
68
64
63
63
66
70
72
73
Rainfall mm
395
457
418
200
96
43
29
29
36
41
97
184
Rainy Days
18
20
19
18
14
9
9
8
8
8
10
14
Hours Sunshine
192
172
183
189
189
203
206
223
243
248
237
217

Brisbane, South East Queensland

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
High °C
30
30
29
27
24
22
22
23
26
27
28
29
Low °C
21
21
20
17
13
11
10
11
14
16
19
20
High °F
86
86
84
81
76
72
71
74
78
80
82
85
Low °F
70
70
68
63
56
53
50
51
57
61
65
68
Rainfall mm
114
130
94
60
64
55
22
45
32
86
103
156
Rainy Days
12
12
13
12
10
9
6
6
8
10
12
14
Hours Sunshine
270
226
239
237
236
201
245
267
276
276
264
270

Things to do in Queensland

There is so much to do throughout the state of Queensland. If you’re looking for adventure, want to relax in the sun or have an encounter with nature; you’ve come to the right place!

For thrill seekers, Queensland offers the opportunity to dive in warm tropical waters, take a camel ride on the beach, hang glide, sky dive, feel the rush of riding a rollercoaster and many more exhilarating activities.
Travellers can also go behind the scenes of a movie set, whale watch or experience the thrill of a real cattle muster.

The many islands and beaches of Queensland make it the ideal destination for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can indulge in the local cuisine, relax on the beach, unwind at a day spa or play a round of golf.

In many areas, you won’t have to go any further than your doorstep to encounter some of the local wildlife. Bush Turkeys can usually be seen

foraging in nearby plants and geckoes are often found on the outer walls of buildings.

While staying in Queensland, you can experience a variety of different landscapes, ranging from the tropical rainforests of the coast to the Outback desert. Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef are two places you have to see on your next trip to Queensland.

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Queensland, please visit our Queensland Activities directory.

Things to see in Queensland​

There are so many things to see in Queensland, it’s hard to know where to start. A few places that may be of interest include: 

It’s easy to travel around Queensland, so pack your bags and get ready to go, just don’t forget your camera!

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Queensland, please visit our Queensland Activities directory.