Queensland is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. Visitors are attracted both by the diversity of the environment and the sunny climate. You can enjoy the beaches, the rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the outback at the same time.

Geography

Queensland is the second largest state in Australia and the third largest in terms of population. Queensland covers 1,723,936 km², a quarter of the Australian continent and more than three times the size of France. It offers environments as different as the festive Gold Coast, the enchanting reefs and atolls of the Great Barrier Reef, the inextricable tropical forest and the endless plains of the Outback.

The fertile but relatively thin coastal strip concentrates cities, sugar cane and market gardening. It is separated from the rest of the state by the Great Dividing Range, which follows the shoreline for its entire length. To the south, it is extended by the Tablelands plateaus, to the north it descends to the swampy plains of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Behind their heights lie the outback plains, which extend into New South Wales and the Northern Territory. In order to preserve the extreme variety of this environment, the government has delimited more than 200 national parks.

Inland, the most spectacular are Lamington, on the edge of an ancient volcano, Carnarvon and its gorges running almost 30km south-west of Rockhampton, and Eungella near Mackay, which protects one of Australia's oldest rainforests and many endangered species.

Climate

There are only two seasons; a dry season, dry season (from May to November) and a wet season, wet season (from December to April). The west is characterized by low precipitation during the winter and hot, dry summers.

Influenced by the proximity of the ocean, the climate of the coast is much more humid and temperate. The dry season is then the most pleasant period. Sunny, dry and warm winters attract visitors from all over the world. Wet summers are less conducive to tourism, especially in the North. Beyond Rockhampton, the state is characterized by a tropical, heavy and humid climate. At this time, the coast can also be prone to cyclones and flooding, which regularly make the tracks impassable. The main road, the Bruce Highway, is sometimes temporarily cut off.

Transport

Plane. Queensland has two main international airports: Brisbane and Cairns.

The bus network is well developed. Two companies cover the territory: Greyhound, which serves most Queensland cities, day and night, and Premier Motor Service. If the bus is your main mode of transport, find out more about Passes.

Although less regular, the trains nevertheless offer a comfortable travel option. Take the convenient Tilt Train (TGV-style) from Brisbane to Cairns in 24 hours. There are also lines serving the interior (Westlander, Spirit of the Outback and Inlander). There are also tourist trains.

The main routes are the Pacific and Bruce Highways, which follow the Queensland coast to Port Douglas to the north. Those who want to discover the arid outback will have the choice between the Savannah Way, the Overlander Highway and the Matilda Highway, which runs inland from Karumba to Cunnamulla on the New South Wales border. During the rainy season, check the accessibility of the roads.

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