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Queensland is the second largest state of Australia by area and the third largest by population. It became a separate Crown Colony on 6 June 1859 (now celebrated as Queensland Day) and gained statehood upon Australian Federation in 1901.
Originally established as a convict settlement for troublesome prisoners the area around Brisbane encouraged free settlers and now the state's economy is dominated by the agricultural, tourist and natural resource sectors.
Most of the population live in the South East around the capital Brisbane. The coastal towns are popular (Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton) and there are some major centres inland (Mt Isa, Longreach and Toowoomba).
Queensland is nicknamed 'The Sunshine State' to reflect our tropical and sub-tropical climate and the folk who live here are proud to be called Queenslanders.
Probably the destination most associated with Queensalnd is The Great Barrier Reef which is easily accessed from Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands.
Queensland is also proud of her rainforests. Unfortunately some have been destroyed in man's hunt for timber and land but there are many National Parks throughout the state where these forests can still be enjoyed.
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