Do you know what Queensland is like?

The colours and contrasts of Queensland are what I love about it!

The luxurious cocktails, golden sunshine, warm evenings,

the exquisite rolling turquoise ocean and clean white sands,

and also the deep green foliage right next to the most brilliant lime green fernery.

Ah Queensland: beautiful one day, perfect the next.

That’s what they say in the advertising campaign about Queensland.

(I’ll add a map too, so you can see where the photographs were taken!)

The total land mass of Queensland covers 22.5% of the Australian continent, an area of 1,730,648 square kilometers,

making it the second largest state in the Commonwealth of Australia and bigger than many countries.

The total length of Queensland’s mainland coastline is 6,973 km (4,333 mi)

with another 6,374 km (3,961 mi) of island coastline. 

The east coast of Australia, including what is now known as Queensland was first explored by James Cook

but for thousands of years before that it was occupied by Indigenous Australians, perhaps 40,000 years at least.

Sparkling Chlorophyll by jensstudio

The capital of Queensland is Brisbane.

Sparkling Chlorophyll by jensstudio

The most unique geographical feature of the state is the Great Barrier Reef.

When you go snorkeling this is actually what you can see! I know – we’ve been often!

Amphiprion percula - the "Clown Fish"

The coastal strip, east of the Great Dividing Range, has a moist, warm temperate climate.

See the horizontal rainbow on the horizon?

West of the range both the minimum temperatures and rainfall rates decrease, while the days are hotter.

In the north of the state there is a monsoon season.

Tropical cyclones cross the coast regularly, sometimes providing good rainfall inland.

Mount Bellenden Ker has recorded Australia’s highest annual rainfall, 12,461 mm (490.6 in)

and has Australia’s highest median annual rainfall of 7,950 mm (313 in).

The highest daily rainfall total was 907.0 mm at Crohamhurst on 3 February 1893.

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland (Whitehaven Beach)

The highest temperature recorded in the state was 49.5°C in Birdsville on 24 December 1972. That’s HOT.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in the state was -10.6°C in Stanthorpe on 23 June 1961.

Breakout by jensstudio

I do hope you enjoy my photographs.

What should my next blog look like – any ideas?

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