Queensland is the State that has it all - a dynamic economy, an enviable climate, a relaxed lifestyle and good food and wine. So, if you are intending to migrate to Australia, consider Queensland - you will not be disappointed.
Queensland lies on the north-east of the Australian Continent, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the east and Papua New Guinea to the north. The state lies on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro, Fiji and Tahiti in the southern hemisphere and Hawaii and the Caribbean in the northern hemisphere. It is Australia's second largest state, taking up about 22 per cent of the continent and has a population of 3.5 million spread over rural settlements and the cosmopolitan state capital, Brisbane. It has a sub tropical climate with warm humid summers at temperatures of between 2-30 degrees Celsius and mild clear winters with typical temperatures between 9-22 degrees Celsius. The northern two thirds are officially in the tropics but only the extreme north lies within the monsoon belt.
The city of Brisbane has a population of 1.6 million and is a modern and diverse subtropical metropolis renowned for its laid-back way of life. This relaxed lifestyle is why many Australians and migrants choose to make Brisbane their home. It is a recognised leader in terms of culture and importantly, is home to a wide variety of outdoor experiences. Brisbane is well serviced by city infrastructure, including cultural precincts, world class sporting venues, conference venues, parklands, byways and river walks. The city is also strategically well serviced by road, rail and air networks and also has a modern cruise shipping terminal.
The average maximum temperature is 25.2 degrees Celsius and the average minimum is 15.7 degrees Celsius. Brisbane enjoys an average of 263 days a year of sunshine and in winter the average hours of daylight are 10.5.
Outside of Brisbane the main population centres are Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Toowoomba sits on the edge of the Great Dividing Range and is a gentle city with tree lined streets and areas of parkland. The Gold Coast is a 35km strip of beaches running from the New South Wales/Queensland border. Highly commercialised, this coastline has been a holiday spot since the 1880's. The Sunshine Coast, another popular holiday destination, is renowned for its beaches, surfing and fishing but is not as over commercialised as the Gold Coast.
Queensland's enviable reputation for innovative business practices and rapid economic growth has led it to be recognised as the Smart State. It is one of the fastest growing and dynamic States in Australia and has a strategy in place designed to make Queensland the intellectual hub of the Asia Pacific. Furthermore, Queensland's strategic position on the doorstep of the Asia Pacific means businesses in the State are well positioned to compete in the new global world economy. With Australia's fastest population growth and lowest cost of living, Queensland offers the most optimistic prospects for business and residents.