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The dutch explorer Willem Jansz was the first European who landed on the Cape York Peninsula in 1606
Lieutenant James Cook, the first European who encounter Queensland's coast in 1770.

Queensland's in the beginning were a part of the British-administered Colony of New South Wales. Brisbane was foundet in 1825 as a penal settlement.The Brisbane penal settlement was closed in 1839.

In 1851 a public meeting was held to consider Queensland's separation from New South Wales. After Queen Victoria gave her approval. Queensland became a self-governing colony. June 6 is now celebrated as the day acknowledging the birth of Queensland. Since December 10 1859 officially Queensland is officially separated from New South Wales.

Although Queensland on the East Coast has some of the most famous tourist attractions in Australia only 70,000 German tourists visited Queensland in 2004. Queensland has a 2500 kilometer coastline and an area of more than 1.7 million square km but only approx. 3.5 million people. 

The State can be divided into two climate zones, the tropical North and the subtropical South. There are only two international airports in this large state, the airport in Brisbane (IATA Code BNE) and the airport in Cairns (IATA Code CNS). Budget airlines like Virgin Blue and Jetstar offer domestic flights from these international airports to other famous tourist places. You can also rent a car and travel along the East Coast. 

The most famous attraction in Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef. The UNESCO declared it World Heritage in 1981. The Great Barrier Reef is the world largest coral reef ecosystem and consists of almost 3000 coral reefs. The reef is scattered with beautiful islands and idyllic coral cays and has a unique diversity of species. For instance there are more than 400 different types of corals and 1500 different types of fish. The reef is also one of the most popular diving areas of the world. The visibility under water can be up to 60 meters. The most famous diving spots, which are accessible from Cairns are the Norman, Saxon, Hastings, Arlington, Moore and Sudbury reefs. The Agincourt, Opal and Tounge reefs are easily reached from Port Douglas.

There are more than 220 other national parks and protected areas in Queensland. It has the largest rainforest area in the world that is still in sound condition. There are trees that are more than 3000 years old. These trees as well as the rare tree kangaroos show the unspoiled nature of the tropical North of Queensland.

With the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, sun-kissed beaches, lush rainforests and rugged Outback Queensland offers something for everyone.Surfers love the endless beaches. Along the Queensland beaches are a lot surfing competitions every Year.



Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland. It is the third largest city of Australia after Sydney and Melbourne. In the last few years the...

Cairns - Queensland

Cairns was officially founded in 1876 as a frontier town to support the gold rush. The city of Cairns takes its name from the State Governor of...

Diamantina National Park

Vast open planes of Diamantina National Park seem to reach the horizon! Diamantina used to be an idyllic place on earth and in 1992 it was declared...

Fraser Island National Park

The Fraser Island National Park is located near Maryborough, to the north from Brisbane on the East Coast. On the island, occupying over 1600...


As the majority of places on the East Coast of Queensland, Gladstone profits from its location on the Great Barrier Reef. The unsurpassed beauty of...

Gold Coast

Gold Coast is located on the south border of Queensland near Lamington National Park. It is only 70 kilometer away from Brisbane. Gold Coast is the...

Great Basalt Wall National Park

Great Basalt Wall National Park is currently closed for visitors. The 35.200 hectars of land, protected in this Park, are the wildest and the most...

Jardine River National Park

Jardine River National Park is located on Cape York Peninsula, northern part of Queensland. On this small piece of land run and stream a lot of...


Rockhampton was founded about 1750, and although this city with population of 65.000 is not so big, it is of great importance for cattle breading....

Simpson Desert National Park

In the drought heart of Australia Simpson Desert National Park is the biggest and the youngest desert with sand dunes. It is the biggest desert...


Townsville is the biggest city in northern Queensland and is located on the East Coast. Just as in Carins, that’s 346 km away, Great Barrier...


Melbourne Cup Timetable 2009
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Russian flag on Mount Kosciuszko
Russian climber Alexey Kuzminykh and his team of alpinists reached Australia's highest mountain peak, Mt. Kosciuszko at 2228 m, where the Sochi 2014 flag now flies.