Queensland is the second largest state in Australia, covering an area of 1,730,650 square kilometres and with a coastline stretching for 7,400 kilometres. Queensland is seven times the size of the United Kingdom, or five times the size of Japan, or twice the size of Texas. The population is 3.5 million, of whom nearly half live in Brisbane.
Queensland can claim to be both the wettest and the hottest state in Australia. Mt. Bellenden Ker, near Tully, once recorded 1.14 metres of rain in a single day, while Cloncurry claims Australia's record temperature of 53.1C (127.6F) on 16th January 1889.
One of the great wonders of the world is the Great Barrier Reef stretching up the coast of Queensland, and it is one of the reasons why Queensland is the most popular state for visitors to Australia. The Great Barrier Reef extends for over 2,000 kilometres and actually consists of some 2,500 individual reefs and 700 small islands, covering a total area of 345,000 square kilometres. There is much more to explore in Queensland and browse some of the destinations below.
Free camping in Queensland
| Charters Towers
| Mission Beach