Saturday, 6 January 2018

Australian State of the Month – Queensland

Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of Australia in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. 

Location – Queensland is the second largest State in Australia.  You find it in the top right hand corner of the country.  Its population is around 5 million.

Origin of name – Was claimed as a colony in 1770 by Captain Cook.  It was originally part of New South Wales.  Named in honour of Queen Victoria.

Nicknames – Sunshine State


Capital – Brisbane (and is also the biggest city)

Flower – Cooktown Orchid

State Bird – Brolga

State Animal – Koala

State Sports – Rugby League, Rugby Union and Cricket

Signature foods – Lamingtons (since 1901), Macademia Nuts, Barramundi (great eating fish)

Great places to visit – Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, The Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast

Famous businesses/brands – Bundaberg (ginger beer), Bundaberg Rum,  Qantas (airline), Billabong (surf wear)

Famous people from Queensland – Steve Irwin (wildlife expert killed by a stingray), Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to enjoy this feature. I like learning about Australia. I made Lamingtons once when I checked out a book about Australia and it had the recipe. My counter was a mess of cubed cake and coconut. Delicious and worth it.


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