Australia is known globally as being one of the world’s most diverse and welcoming countries, and it is something for which we take great pride. In fact, of Australia’s 23 million population, almost half (47%) of all Australians were either born overseas or have one parent born overseas. We also know a thing or two about languages, with more than 260 languages spoken in Australian homes: in addition to English, the most common are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese and Greek.
Australia’s diversity and friendly attitude is matched by its economic stability. To date, Australia has experienced more than 20 years of continued economic growth. We are as competitive on the global economic stage as we are in the world’s sporting arenas. We have more than 120 certified sports organisations around the country, covering popular activities such as AFL, cricket, football (soccer), rugby league, golf, tennis, netball and hockey, to name just a few.
You may not know but Australia is the biggest island in the world, the sixth-biggest country in the world in land area, and the only nation to govern an entire continent. Within our expansive country, there are more than 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas, ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. There are also seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites – more than any other country – including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island and the Sydney Opera House.
Many people around the world know Australia for being a beautiful country, but we also have world-class infrastructure, with five of the top 40 cities with the best infrastructure in the world.
With all these wonderful attributes, we have good reasons to be happy. So much so, we were recently ranked as the fourth happiest country in the world behind only Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Why wouldn’t you want to experience the best Australia has to offer?
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South East Queensland
In Brisbane, we can access some of the most amazing attractions that Queensland has to offer just on our door step, making us the ideal place for you to start your journey in Australia.
- South East Queensland, where Brisbane is located, has two major international airports (Brisbane and Gold Coast), and is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
- The area is a playground for fun in the sun due to its famous attractions and theme parks like DreamWorld, MovieWorld, Wet 'n' Wild, Underwater, Outback Spectacular, Australia Zoo (home of the crocodile hunter!), Alma Park Zoo and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
- With a casual beach culture, the region is known for its world-class restaurants, shopping, entertainment and night life options.
- South East Queensland is full of natural attractions: legendary beaches and waterways provide an idylic backdrop for boating excursions, scenic drives and flights and surf-based activities.
- The Gold Coast (approximately one hour drive from Brisbane) has picturesque hinterland and beaches, and is world renowned for its expertise in tourism and hospitality.
- The Sunshine Coast (approximately 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane) is the third most populated area in Queensland, and is famous for its pristine beaches and natural wonders.
North East Queensland
Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, Townsville is considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals, and hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.
- Popular attractions include "The Strand", a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; Castle Hill, the most prominent landmark of the area and a popular fitness destination; and Magnetic Island, a large neighbouring island, the vast majority of which is a national park.
- Paluma (approximately 1.5 hours drive from Townsville's CBD), is a pleasant change of climate and scenery. Located 1,000 metres above sea level and shrouded in misty cloud, Paluma has a rich and fascinating history. Much of the road leading to the village was built by hand during the 1930s Depression, as was the quaint stone bridge over Little Crystal Creek. Paluma is a popular mountain retreat and a secluded place to unwind. The streets are lined with cosy cafes, art galleries and nooks for local craft and produce.
- Charters Towers (1.5 hours west of Townsville) is a place that gives you the opportunity to view a living montage of Australian history and heritage. When gold was first discovered in Charters Towers in 1871, the place became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second largest town in Queensland. Today, the magnificent heritage buildings are testament to the prosperity of years past.
- If you feel like a road trip, Cairns and the famous Great Barrier Reef are located 350km from Townsville. The 4 to 5 hour drive can be done in a couple of days if you wish to stop along the Great Green Way to enjoy the many attractions you can find on the way, like Rollingstone Beach, the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walk and Paronella Park.
Fast Facts About Queensland