Thinking of moving to Queensland from interstate or overseas? Queensland is the most popular destination for migrants.

It’s full of sunshine, beaches, city, culture, theme parks. Find out if this city suits your lifestyle…

Introduction to Queensland

Queensland (QLD) is one of the most populated states in Australia. To be very precise, it is the third most populous state in Australia. In terms of land area, it is the second largest state. Queensland is best known for its major heritage sites such as the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the six Australian states that have a population that is dense throughout the coastline as well as ‘the Outback’. It is especially known for its stunning and spectacular landscapes, weird personalities and fancy yarns.

Regions of Queensland

Brisbane and South East Queensland

Brisbane is one of the fastest growing Australian cities. Brisbane is ever evolving, without losing its old charm and touch. It is one of those Australian cities where locals invite travellers with a big heart and a humble attitude. Brisbane’s tourist attractions include heritage sites such as the Treasury Building with its graceful porches, the Powerhouse (a factory transformed into a Farm), the 1930s City Hall, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the Queensland Museum. Brisbanites are quite fond of nightlife; hence how popular the parties, music clubs, cocktail bars and pubs are in Fortitude Valley.

There are plenty of restaurants in and around the city center and neighboring suburbs of the city. Many of these represent blended cuisine such as the Spanish tapas to Thai, Chic lounge restaurants and South Bank with its casual cafeterias. Hiking is one of the favorite things to do, especially in the D’Aguilar National Park bush land. The residents of this region are also very fond of fishing and scuba diving at the dune-dotted Moreton Island and rock climbing at the Kangaroo point cliffs.

Gold Coast

The coastal city of Gold Coast, also known as “glitter strip,” is located between New South Wales State on the south and Brisbane on the north. To be precise, it is at the eastern corner of Queensland. It is the ultimate Surfer’s paradise that has long since attracted tourists from in and around Australia as well as the rest of the World. It has been described as the world’s largest sand island and is extremely beautiful with clear crystal water, sand beaches and chain of mountains. It has a population of 550,000 that forms Greater Brisbane, that is jointly governed by the City council in Tweed Shire of NSW and Evandale. Apart from the tourism in Gold coast, numerous industries are also thriving; however, Gold coast continues to be the centre for leisure and recreational activity.

Darling Downs

This is a farming district located on the western hills of the Great Dividing Range in the south of Queensland, Australia. This region is one of the 11 major districts of Queensland and it received its name after the Governor, Ralph Darling. Large sprawling green pastures for cattle grazing and cultivating vegetables, barley, sorghum and wheat surround Darling Down.

Whitsundays Island

A group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland are today known as the Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsunday Islands, that are actually a part of the Barrier Reef, have the same altitude as that of Tahiti and are rich in corals and vibrant aquatic life. A vast majority of these 74 islands make up the Australian national parks and coral reefs that have been an attraction for diving and snorkeling for years now. Two airports link the Whitsunday Island and the main land town of Proserpine and the Hamilton Island.

Wide Bay-Burnett

It is located 400 kilometers north of Brisbane and 170 kilometers from Queensland. Population has grown several folds in the recent decade and today it is estimated to be around 430,000. The Wide Bay-Burnett Regional Plan has been set up to boost growth in the city and protect around 90% of the Wide Bay-Burnet from being urban developed.

Great Barrier Reef

This is the world’s largest natural coral formation that is rich in flora and fauna, and presents huge opportunity for snorkeling, scuba diving and documentation of marine life. It is situated off the coast of the Pacific near Queensland, Australia.


On the coast is a cosmopolitan town, Townsville, which is regarded by many as the unofficial capital of Northern Queensland. Townsville is suitable for people who would like to enjoy the coast as well venture into the great Australian Outback. It is also home to the James cook University. Castle Hill is located at the heart of the city and provides incredible view of the suburbs, hills and valleys surrounding Magnetic Island.

Climate of Queensland

Queensland is bestowed with amazing climatic conditions, with abundant sunshine, cool winters, intermittent rain showers, pleasant autumn and spring months. Towards the north of Queensland, the city experiences hot and humid summers, and the temperature can be as high as 30 C during noon with relative humidity of around 75%. In the summer, the western part of Queensland is hottest. However, winter temperatures in Queensland are satisfying and drop only during the night.

The climate in Queensland varies from typical tropical summer to subtropical climate and hence attracts a lot of tourists during the winter. Western Queensland has an arid climate while the rest of Queensland receives torrential rainfall and experiences a dry climate as the latitude increases. The most popular attraction in Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef that is at least two and a half times the relative size of Texas. Queensland is rich in sandy beaches that run through the entire coastline with coral reefs dominating the shore. The Gold Coast theme park resorts are a tourist destination for recreation and leisure time. Towards the north, the rainforests extend from Cape York to Townsville, and are abundant in amazing flora and fauna.

More Information on Queensland

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  1. Livvie Kennedy

    June 20, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Hi there. My partner and I are planning to move to Queensland from NZ in September/October this year. I am a registered nurse and he is a qualified builder. I have got my Australian nursing registration but we have not yet figured out how to get the building licence switched over. Do you know how this is done?
    Thanks, Livvie and James

    • JJ Smith

      June 25, 2019 at 12:35 am

      Hi Livvie and James,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Good news that you have managed to sort your nursing registration.
      Regarding the building licence, some qualifications (such as university or polytechnic degrees or certificates) or registered occupations (such as plumbers, electricians) are recognised without having to sit further tests or exams.
      However, I cannot find anything on transferring a building licence, so you probably don’t need to.
      James will need to obtain a ‘white card’ to work on a construction site in Australia. Australia has very strict health and safety rules:
      ‘To be able to carry out construction work in Australia, a person must complete an introductory safety training course called ‘general construction induction training’. This is also commonly known as ‘white card’ training.’
      I recommend he reads the below info, which will take him through to where he can obtain a white card:
      It doesn’t take long and I believe it can be obtained online.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.


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