Queensland which includes the Gold Coast, offers pristine beaches, tropical islands, lush rainforests, vibrant cities and the authentic Australian outback. Known as Australia’s Sunshine State, Queensland offers an abundance of diverse experiences. Brisbane is Queensland’s capital and Australia’s fastest growing city. With a plethora of towns to visit and landscapes to see, Queensland is sure to leave you invigorated with renewed energy.

A Few Facts
Area: ......................................................................... 1,730,648 km²
State Capital: ...................................................................... Brisbane
Metro Population: ............................................................. 2,147,400
State-wide Population: ....................................................... 4,476,700
Coastline: ..........................................................................6,973 km
Time Zone: ...........................GMT +10 hours, no daylight saving time
Phone Dialling Code: .................................................................+617
Average Daily January (Summer) Temperature: ....................... 29.0°C
Average Daily July (Winter) Temperature: ................................ 20.9°C
Distance of Airport to CBD: .......................................................13 km
Driving a Vehicle: ................................................ www.tmr.qld.gov.au
Public Transport Services: ................................. www.translink.com.au 
State Tourism Website: .............................................. www.tq.com.au
State Education Website: ........................... www.studybrisbane.com.au or www.studygoldcoast.org.au

Public Holidays for 2015
New Year’s Day................................................. Thursday 1st January
Australia Day................................................... Monday 26th January
Good Friday ...............................................................Friday 3rd April
Easter Saturday .....................................................Saturday 4th April
Easter Monday........................................................ Monday 6th April
Anzac Day ...........................................................Saturday 25th April
Queen’s Birthday.....................................................Monday 8th June
Labour Day........................................................ Monday 5th October
Christmas Day................................................ Friday 25th December
Boxing Day ...................................................Monday 28th December

Government School Term Dates for 2015
Term 1: ....................................................... 27th January - 2nd April
Term 2: ...........................................................20th April - 26th June
Term 3: .................................................. 13th July - 18th September
Term 4: ............................................... 6th October - 11th December

Shopping Hours
Major supermarkets are open Monday to Friday 8.00am-9.00pm, Saturday 8.00am-5:30pm, Sunday 9.00am-6.00pm. Most major shopping centres close at 5.00pm every day, with the exception of Fridays, when they close at 9.00pm