About Queensland

Queensland is Australia’s second largest state by land area, covering more than 22 per cent of the continent. The economy is the third largest in Australia, after New South Wales and Victoria.

Queensland’s natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, extends over some 2,000km, covering more than a quarter of the State’s 7,400km of coastline. With a population of 4.84 million, more than 20 per cent of Australians live in Queensland. Around three million Queenslanders live in the State’s south-east corner.


2.34 million
November 2016

Inflation rate

year-ended Sep 2016

Gross state product

AUD311 billion
(USD226 billion) year-end Jun 2016

GSP: Annual growth rate

Long-run trend

* Total number of people employed.
Sources: Tourism Research Australia, ABS, RBA, Queensland State Accounts