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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.
Highways and byways
As in most of Australia, English is invariably spoken. However, in some popular tourist cities (particularly Cairns) some signs may be in Japanese.
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Much of Queensland's income is still derived from agriculture, with different regions specialising 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.
Saltwater Crocodiles (crocodylus porosus) are common throughout the tropical northern half of Queensland all the way down to Rockhampton.
Many 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.
Recently crocodiles have been sighted in places they have not been seen for decades. It is always best to play it safe as a saltwater crocodile can be found both in salt and fresh water.
In recent times there have been calls for a culling. Dr Graham Webb who is responsible for the breeding program that saw the successful return to large numbers of the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory recently called for a controlled culling due to the large numbers.
Australian Saltwater Crocodiles can grow to over five metres in length so regardless of what you are told by anyone you should always use caution in Australia's northern regions. 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.