Queensland is the second largest state by area and the third largest state by population. Queensland is also Australia's most decentralized state. With regions such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast its little wonder that Queensland brings to mind lazy days on sunny beaches. The warm waters and beach breaks beckon surfers from all over the world, and seaside towns show relaxed Australian culture at its best. The weather is a huge drawing card for visitors. The sub-tropical climate is nearly always pleasant with only a few weeks of cold weather in the winter.
The capital and largest city is Brisbane. Brisbane is the third largest city in the country and while it may not be the super city that Sydney is it makes up for it in natural beauty and a truly relaxing lifestyle.
Brisbane has many hilly areas and a few small mountains, surrounding these across the region are many forests and parks. It also has several interesting districts, a good street cafe scene, a great riverside park, a busy cultural calendar and a thriving nightlife. Step into Brisbane and your worries lift gently off your shoulders. The mood is light, the sun warms your face and the people are among the world's friendliest.
Australia's most famous natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, will stun you with its magnificence. It is a truly amazing experience for divers with an abundance of colorful marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, it stretches over 2000km in length and can be seen from space. It is sometimes referred to as the single largest living animal being in the world. The beauty of the waters and the prolific life it supports leaves visitors breathless. You can reach coral sites by air and water taxi to scuba dive or snorkel for intimate reef views.
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