Moving Interstate: all you need to know about moving to Queensland

Map of Queensland

We understand that when you’re making the move interstate, your energy supply is just one part of a bigger picture. To help make the move to your new state as easy as possible, we’ve put together this guide. Here’s all you need to know about Queensland in one handy place.

Queensland State Map

1. Brisbane City
2. Gold Coast
3. Cairns
4. Surfers Paradise
5. Sunshine Coast
6. Port Douglas
7. Rainbow Beach
8. Mooloolaba Beach

9. Noosa Main Beach
10. Airlie Beach
11. Coolum Beach
12. Whitsundays
13. Hamilton Island
14. Gallery of Modern Art

15. Great Barrier Reef
16. Daintree Rainforest

17. Great Dividing Range
18. Glass House Mountains
19. Fraser Island
20. Lamington National Park
21. Mount Isa City
22. Staaten River National Park

Queensland State Guide

Sitting pretty in the northeast of the country, Queensland (QLD) is the second-largest state in Australia1 and mixes cosmopolitan cites and laid-back regional towns with national parks, rainforests, and a stunning coastline, with the Great Barrier Reef lying just offshore. The majority of the Sunshine State’s population is concentrated along its coastline2 and they enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most Australian states – it’s the state to live in for a life in the great outdoors. Get the lowdown on some of Queensland’s key points below.

Queensland Fact Box

Capital: Brisbane
Population: 4,860.4 million4
State Flag6

State Animal: Koala8

Size: 1,730 648 km23
Sunshine hrs/yr Brisbane: 2,792 hours5
State Flower: Cooktown Orchid7
State Bird: Brolga9


Queensland Cities

Queensland is less centralised than most Australian states, with 50% of Queenslanders living outside the state capital, Brisbane, Australia’s third-biggest city.10 The 10 biggest cities in Queensland by population are:11

Gold Coast
Sunshine Coast


Hervey Bay

Queensland Weather

Queensland generally has a sub-tropical climate of warm summers and mild winters, but because it’s such a large state, there’s significant variation across it. The coastal strip experiences warm, temperate conditions; the inland and west are characterised by low rainfall and hot summers; the far north gets a monsoonal wet season between November and April; and elevated inland areas in the southeast can see minus degrees in winter. Queensland can get extreme weather such as tropical cyclones, tornadoes, flooding, drought, and bushfires.12

Transport in Queensland

Queensland has an integrated public transport system of bus, rail, light rail and ferry services operated by Queensland Rail and TransLink contracted operators. To use the TransLink network, you’ll need to purchase a prepaid and reloadable go card which is available to buy and top up at main stations, local retailers and online. Regional bus and long-distance rail services also operate throughout the state.13

Nature in Queensland

Queensland is known as Australia’s Nature Coast and boasts five of Australia’s 11 World Natural Heritage Areas: the Scenic Rim National Parks, Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the Wet Tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef. All in all, there’s more than 200 national parks covering 6.5 million hectares of land.14  Bounded by the Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait, the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, and stretching for a massive 7,400 km15, the state’s glittering coastline is the second longest in the country. You can find rugged mountains on the New South Wales border and untamed wilderness at the tip of Cape York. There’s a whole lot more to see, with top natural attractions including:

- Daintree Rainforest National Park
- World Heritage-listed islands Fraser Island, the Whitsundays, and Magnetic Island
- Bunya Mountains National Park
- Undara Lava Tubes in Undara Volcanic National Park
- The Glass House Mountains
- Wallaman Falls in the Girringun National Park
- Noosa Everglades
- Mount Bartle Frere (Queensland’s highest point)

- Hervey Bay
- Carlo Sandblow
- Gondwana Rainforests
- Lamington National Park
- Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park
- Carnarvon National Park
- Lawn Hill National Park
- Sapphire Gemfields

Queensland: What You Need to Know

  • Queensland post codes begin with the number 416
  • Queensland's area calling code is 0717
  • The current Premier of Queensland is Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Labor Party18
  • Paying for public transport with a preloaded go card will save you up to half the cost of buying your ticket during your journey19
  • Queensland Day, the birthday of the state, is officially celebrated on June 6
  • The Brisbane area also gets a public holiday for the Royal Queensland Show in the second week of August20
  • If you plan on driving on the freeways, you’ll need to create a toll road account with one of the state’s toll providers21

Queensland Fun Facts

  • Queensland was named in honour of Queen Victoria
  • The first recorded landing of a European in Australia was at Weipa in 1606 by Dutch navigator Willem Jansz22
  • Queensland has five of Australia’s 11 World Natural Heritage Areas23
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world. Stretching for over 2300 km, it’s the largest living thing on earth and is even visible from outer space24
  • Queensland has 98% of Australia's reserves of coal seam gas25
  • The Cape York Peninsula is the northernmost point of Australia, the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia26
  • Thargomindah in Queensland was the site of Australia’s first hydro-electricity scheme in 189327
  • Queensland is home to some of the oldest dinosaur footprints in the world, found in the outback town of Winton28
  • World Heritage listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island29
  • The town of Winton is the birthplace of the bush ballad Waltzing Matilda, written by the poet Banjo Paterson30

Moving Checklist

Make sure you’re on track for your move to Queensland

Handy Queensland Websites

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1 The Courier Mails: Interesting facts about Queensland
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2013-14
3 Australian Government Geoscience Australia: Area of Australia - States and Territories
4 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2016
6 Queensland Government: State flags, emblems, and icons
7 Queensland Government: State flags, emblems, and icons
8 Queensland Government: State flags, emblems, and icons
9 Queensland Government: State flags, emblems, and icons
10 Queensland Government: Interesting facts about Queensland
Visit Brisbane
11 Queensland Government: Statisticians Office - Estimated resident population
12 Australian Information Stories: Queensland Climate
13 Queensland State Government: Public transport—bus, train and ferry
14 Queensland Government: Interesting facts about Queensland
15 Queensland Beaches
16 Postcodes Australia
17 Australian Government: Telephone country and area codes
18 Queensland Government: Premier of Queensland
19 Translink: go card
20 Queensland Government: Public Holidays
21 Queensland Government: Toll road locations and providers
22 Queensland Government: Creation of a state
23 Queensland Government: Interesting facts about Queensland
24 Australian Government: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
25 ABC News: Gas supply: Should Queensland be worried?
26 Australian Government Geoscience Australia: Continental Extremities
27 National Library of Australia
28 ABC News: Where to find dinosaur footprints around Australia
29 Australian Government: Department of Energy and Environment - World Heritage Places Fraser Island
30 Australian Dictionary of Biography: Paterson, Andrew Barton