Queensland is one of the six states in Australia and probably most famous because of its association with several major world heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. Eastern Queensland has a climate ranging from subtropical to tropical, and it's a popular wintertime tourist attraction. Large areas of western Queensland are very arid. Much of Queensland has a wet and dry season due to its latitude, and this is more notable further north you travel. One of the major tourist areas is the beach-based tourist resort just south of Brisbane, known as the Gold Coast. South East Queensland is one of the fastest-growing areas of Australia.
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Queensland is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+10) and 18 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Daylight Saving is not observed
AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time
As in most of Australia, English is invariably spoken. However, in some popular tourist cities (particularly Cairns and the Gold Coast) some signs may be in Japanese.
The main international airports are in the state capital, Brisbane, and Cairns. Domestic airports can be found in some moderately sized cities such as Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville.
- Gulf Track
- Telegraph Track (Peninsula Development Road)
- Planet Earth Adventures, 1 Cox Lane,mt Surprise, QLD 4871 (Between Cairns & Kurumba), ☎ 40623127. Planet earth adventures is a unique venue in a rural paradise hosting camp grounds, a museum, cafe/restaurant serving fresh organic food grown on the grounds, tyre sales & repairs, snake shows & entertainment venue. Activities available include pool table, darts, music jamming sessions, camp fires, Climbing Mt Surprise, Volley ball and basketball. Mount Surprise is a historic town and the perfect place to camp on journeys through north queensland. Local attractions also include the famous Undara Lava tubues.
Orchid Beach on Hinchinbrook Island
Go tandem skydiving in Caloundra with Sunshine Coast Skydivers.
Catch The Savannahlander from Cairns to Forsayth - this unique four day train trip is a great way to see the Australian outback.
Much of Queensland's income is still derived from agriculture, with different regions specializing in different produce. Famous examples include sugercane in the Whitsundays; peanuts for Kingaroy; mangoes for Bowen. Fresh local fish can also be found right along the coast, usually sold in "Fish & Chips" shops.
The local beer brewed in Queensland is "XXXX", known locally as 'fourex'. Rum is also produced in Queensland at the central coast town of Bundaberg. Hence it is creatively called Bundaberg Rum, or 'bundy'. There are several vineyards surrounding the town of Kingaroy.
- Golden Chain Motels  has over 50 locations in Queensland including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Cairns as well as many regional towns and cities. Golden Chain is a great option for quality accommodation at affordable prices.
- Saltwater Crocodiles (crocodylus porosus) are common throughout the tropical northern half of Queensland all the way down to Rockhampton. Some people play down the threat to humans posed by the Saltwater Crocodile. The facts are that the Saltwater Crocodile has been protected for decades now and there is a healthy population in Northern Australia. It is always best to play it safe as a saltwater crocodile can grow to over 5m in length, and are found both in salt and fresh water. Beaches, rivers, creeks and waterholes can be home to large crocodiles. They are not known to frequent the Great Barrier Reef but live in coastal areas and rivers in tropical Australia.
- When swimming at surf beaches, swim on beaches patrolled by Surf Life Savers and between the red and yellow flags. Surf conditions can change quickly and powerful unseen rips can cause problems for even the strongest swimmers. The flags denote the safest area to swim in and the area is monitored.