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`It is often said that Scandinavians find the achievement of plenty linked with mediocrity so dull that many of them either take to drink or commit suicide. Australians are more likely to commit smugness.'
ELSPETH HUXLEY Their Shining Eldorado (1967)
Occupying an enormous chunk of the continent's northeast, Queensland is the second largest state after Western Australia. From the subtropical capital of Brisbane in the far south, this vast tract of land - much of which has a hot, sunny and virtually winterless climate - stretches north to well within the tropics.Many people come here solely to experience the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, a magnificent natural wonder that lies parallel to the coast's sandy beaches and idyllic islands. But Queensland offers much more. Behind the coastal strip, and the hills of the Great Dividing Range, stretches the inhospitable Outback, while in the far north are lush tropical rainforests and the rugged and sparsely populated Cape York Peninsula, which ends just south of Papua New Guinea.