The wide range of small towns between Brisbane and Cairns offer all activities related to the sea. Whilst visiting the inland National Parks, you are also sure to come across the small isolated towns and cattle stations. You may be lucky enough to reach Birdsville, along the Birdsville Track, the most isolated of all.
The Great Dividing Range aligns the coast with mountainous views. Inland, beautiful scenery can be found in the Atherton Tableland, along with agricultural land. The most productive of all agricultural growth is found in the Darling Downs. Further north the wilderness grows deeper. It incorporates a barren outback of desert, empty roads, and small towns, which occassionally blooms when it rains. The Cape York Peninsula is also affected by rain, many of it's dry riverbeds flood in heavy rain.
The hotter but wetter seasons are between November/December and April/May, while the rest of the year tends to be cooler and drier. Queensland is also crossed by the Tropic of Capricorn, through Rockhampton and Longreach.
A Little History
In 1824 Queensland began as a penal colony, with settlers following shortly after. It wasn't, however, until 1859 that Queensland became an independent colony from New South Wales. During a large part of the 19th century there was great tension between the white settlers and the Aboriginal people, resulting in fierce opposition.
The first British settlement was in Cooktown, which is also home to a large gold rush. The main industries in Queensland are agriculture and mining, taking up the substantial part of mineral wealth in Australia. More recently, the state has earned money in tourism, a growing development in Queensland.
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