Planning an international move to Australia is a huge venture, not least because Australia is a huge country, so much so that those of us from smaller countries such as the UK struggle to get our heads around its vastness. This means that when moving to Australia, you need to think carefully about which part of the country you want to move to.
Queensland is the state covering the north-eastern part of Australia, it has been nicknamed the “sunshine state” thanks to its hot climate, being closer to the equator than the southern states. Queensland has an impressive 7,000km of coastline, where many great surfing beaches can be found along the Sunshine & Gold Coasts. One of the wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, is located off the coast of Queensland.
If you’re convinced that Queensland is the state for your international move, you now need to think more specifically about where you’d like to live.
Most obviously, Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is an exciting place to live. Brisbane is the third largest city by population in Australia with 2.4 million inhabitants. Being such a large city, there is a lot going on, and Brisbane also boasts a large business district, which is always useful when looking for work.
Gold Coast is the largest non-capital city in the country, making it the sixth largest overall. The city is located just south of Brisbane, but has a lot going on itself, with attractions such as theme parks, as well as an active nightlife, not to forget the beautiful beaches!
Just the other side of Brisbane, to the north is Sunshine Coast; another city characterised by its stunning beaches, warm climate and strong industry in tourism. Sunshine Coast is also home to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, as well as many national parks which showcase Australia’s mind-blowing natural beauty.
Still further north, Townsville is situated on the north eastern coast of Queensland, and is seen as the governmental and business centre for the northern half of the state. Once again, there are many great beaches to enjoy in this area!
If you’re attraction to Queensland is its proximity the Great Barrier Reef, then Cairns may be a location to consider. Further north still than Townsville, Cairns offers easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, and also boasts a tropical climate, as well as appealing beach communities.
Getting Around in Queensland
When moving to any part of Australia, it’s important to ensure you’ll be able to access other parts of the country, as well as other parts of the world. Queensland has 4 international airports, and a further 9 domestic airports. If you’re planning on frequently travelling abroad, you may want to consider living somewhere close to an international airport to minimise the number of transfers when you travel.
In terms of rail, these services are provided by Queensland Rail and Pacific National, operating mainly between large towns located along the coastal strip.
Things to do in Queensland
The main attraction of Queensland is its natural beauty, which can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Living so close to the Great Barrier Reef mustn’t be overlooked, and this spectacle will surely provide endless amazement. In addition, the Whitsunday Islands lie between the mainland and the Great Barrier Reef, and are characterised by white sand beaches and dense rainforest to explore.
On the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is so called because of its wide surf beach, so this is somewhere to head if surfing is your ideal Aus adventure. The area is also home to Cavill Mall and Cavill Avenue, which offer some of the best shopping in Queensland, along with a great scene for entertainment and nightlife.
In almost any area of Queensland you will find stunning national parks, which you can spend hours, even days, roaming around and soaking up the state’s sunshine and beauty!
Queensland is nearly 7 times as big as the UK
Right at the end of the 19th century, in 1899, the first Labour government in the world took office in Queensland.
Queensland boasts over 200 national parks, covering 6.5 million hectares.