Queensland.co.nz : Tourism

Tourism is Queensland's leading tertiary industry with millions of interstate and overseas visitors flocking to the Sunshine State each year. The industry generates $4.0 billion annually, accounting for 4.5% of Queensland's GSP.[26] Queensland is a state of many landscapes that range from sunny tropical coastal areas, lush rainforests to dry inland areas.

The main tourist destinations of Queensland include, Brisbane, Far North Queensland including Cairns, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest, Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, Hervey Bay and nearby Fraser Island, North Queensland including Townsville and Magnetic Island, North Stradbroke Island and South Stradbroke Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays known for Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island and Daydream Island.

The Gold Coast of Queensland is also sometimes referred to as "Australia's Theme Park Capital", with five major amusement parks. These are Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World, Wet 'n' Wild and WhiteWater World.

There are also wildlife parks in Queensland, including:

Gold Coast

* Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at Currumbin
* David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh Heads

Sunshine Coast

* UnderWater World at Mooloolaba
* Australia Zoo near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains, home of Steve Irwin until his death in 2006.


* Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at Fig Tree Pocket
* Brisbane Forest Park at The Gap

North of Brisbane

* Alma Park Zoo at Dakabin
* Kumbartcho Wildlife Sanctuary (originally Bunya Park Wildlife Sanctuary)

Accommodation in Queensland caters for nearly 22% of the total expenditure, followed by restaurants/meals (15%), airfares (11%), fuel (11%) and shopping/gifts (11%).