The Great State of Queensland

This week we celebrate all things Queensland; showing you what is awesome about our great state!

A Natural Wonder

Daintree National Rainforest - photo courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland
Daintree National Rainforest – photo courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Qld

With five of Australia’s eleven World Natural Heritage areas; join our Jungle Tours adventures to discover two of them:

  • Great Barrier Reef.
  • Wet Tropics Daintree National Rainforest.

 

Amazing Animals and Landscape

Southern Cassowary spotted on Jungle Tours
Southern Cassowary spotted on Jungle Tours

Queensland is Australia’s second largest state but is its most biodiverse. Vibrant cities, Red Outback, Wet Tropics, Savannah, Rainforest, gorgeous beaches alongside the Great Barrier Reef. Within this great state there are 13 distinct regions for you to explore.

It is the only state in Australia where you can hope to see the worlds scariest bird in the wild, the Southern Cassowary. We have recent and regular sightings on our day tours and we start the day at North Queensland’s #1 zoo – Wildlife Habitat, with over 100 species of Australian native animals that roam freely through 4 distinct habitats.

Queensland Day

Woody Point shoreline, ca. 1876 the peninsula was selected as the site of Queensland s first penal colony in 1823
Woody Point shoreline, ca. 1876 the peninsula was selected as the site of Queenslands first penal colony in 1823

During a public meeting in 1851 the idea of separating from New South Wales was first considered.

Queen Victoria gave her approval for the establishment of the second Australian colony based in Moretons Bay and Queensland became a self-governing colony on the 6th June 1859.

Interesting Queensland Day Facts:

  • Queen Victoria naturally chose the name Queensland over suggestions to call it Cooksland, in honour of Captain James Cook.
  • The first Governor was Sir George Ferguson Bowen.
  • Queensland Greats Awards are presented as part of the week long celebrations.
  • This year marks the 15th anniversary of official celebrations by the Queensland Government.

State of Origin

SoO

The Queensland / New South Wales rivalry hots up every year during the State of Origin rugby league match. Established in 1980, with the best of 3 games format first played in 1982.

Game One for 2016 was played on the 1st June with QLD winning 6-4. Statistics show the team who wins the first match is more likely to win the series! Affectionately known as the “Maroons”, they have won 9 out of the last 10 series.

Other interesting Queensland facts:

  • Qantas airlines was establishing in Longreach in 1920.
  • There are over 200 National Parks covering 6.5 million hectares.
  • The Australian Labour Party was formed in 1891.
  • The population is 4.8 million.
  • The Great Barrier Reef stretches along 2,300km of coastline.
  • First settled in 1825 as a penal colony, in 1839 the land was put up for sale to free settlers.
  • Our state is so great children write songs about it! (Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Coorparoo).

 

Come celebrate our great state with us this week and escape the Winter blues.

See you soon in the Rainforest!

 

Featured image supplied courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Qld

Caitlin Williams