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AREA: 1,723,936 sq. km., POPULATION: 2,625,000
CAPITAL: Brisbane (1,200,000)
Queensland enjoys the self-appointed name of the 'Sunshine State', much of which is deserved for its semi-tropical weather, thousands of kilometres of beaches, and easy going life-style.
It may well be called the 'diverse' state, due to the variety of landscape and climate which it constitutes.
In the north the tropical region has rain-forests, gorges, islands, and massive rivers which cut access to many places after rains. Being tropical it is also cyclonic and the extremes of weather can be experienced.