Queensland (QLD) is Australia’s second biggest state and covers an area of 1,727,200 km². If it were a country in its own right, it would be the 18th biggest in the world, just behind Libya. The UK could fit into it over 7 times and it is the same size as America’s biggest state, Alaska.

It has a population of around 4.66 million people. It is known as “The Sunshine State” and its residents are affectionately called “Banana Bender’s” or sometimes, less affectionately, “Cane Toads”.

Queensland Location MapIts most famous attraction has to be The Great Barrier Reef, arguably the best place on the planet to look at the pretty fish.

Famous Queenslanders include Geoffrey Rush, actor, Rod Laver, tennis star and Powderfinger, one of Australia’s most successful rock groups. But surely the states most famous resident was John McCallum. John who? McCallum! Creator of Skippy, Australia’s most famous resident of ALL time.

Places in Queensland

The capital city of Queensland is Brisbane, but there are plenty other major towns, cities and localities to choose from within the state.

Here’s a list of all of them with a population in excess of 10,000 people along with a guide to how many people live there.

Populations of places change on a daily basis. When I compiled this list in 2011, I got my population figures from various sources and some of them are from the census of 2006. I have decided not to try to constantly update these population numbers, so if you are interested in a certain city or town, then you may want to search online for updated information about the population.

That way you can see if the population is growing, unchanged or shrinking.

  • Gold Coast-Tweed Heads – over 450,000
  • Sunshine Coast – over 180,000
  • Townsville – over 128,000
  • Cairns – over 98,000
  • Toowoomba – about 95,000
  • Mackay – about 66,000
  • Rockhampton – approximately 60,000
  • Bundaberg – approaching 50,000
  • Hervey Bay – over 40,000
  • Gladstone – about 28,000
  • Maryborough- over 20,000
  • Mount Isa – about 19,000
  • Cairns Northern Beaches – over 15,000
  • Bongaree – around 14,000
  • Nambour – about 13,000
  • Yeppoon – about 13,000
  • Warwick – over 12,000
  • Emerald – about 11,000
  • Gympie – about 11,000

And then there are all the towns with less than 10,000 population, we’ll be adding those as we go. If you live in one any of these towns, or the smaller ones not yet listed, why not tell us about it in the comments below…

Buy or Rent Property in Australia
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  • claire de sousa May 19, 2016, 7:42 pm | Link

    Please leave some comments as to where a good area (good schools, space, family activities, reasonably priced accommodation) would be in Australia. Considering relocating from South Africa…


    • Chris jelliffe May 19, 2016, 8:25 pm | Link

      Awesome question Claire – bit like saying ‘ I want a house’ ! More info maybe!! ?family, what do you all do, what do you enjoy doing, what do you want to do? Are you city or bush folk? Wine bars or pig shooting?
      Why do you want to leave SA, what has made you think about Australia?
      Give us a clue!!

      • BobinOz May 20, 2016, 8:23 pm | Link

        It’s also probably worth mentioning that there are already thousands of comments around this website all about suburbs, schools, safety and so much more. So it’s already been done, all you have to do is read them.

  • John Amodu Samba April 18, 2016, 6:50 pm | Link

    Am john Amodu Samba, l hails from Benue state of Nigeria.looking for a friends that will makes my dreams come through.l graduated Benue state university makurdi in the department mass communication.

  • David Jaycocks March 6, 2016, 3:52 am | Link

    Can you advise the best healthcare for a family with two children 6+7.
    We arrive in Brisbane on the 19th March on a 489 sponsored visa.

    Kind Regards


    • Chris jelliffe March 6, 2016, 11:35 am | Link

      Hi David – some info for you.
      The Aussie medical system is very complex – I’m an ex-pat Doctor and don’t fully understand it all!
      I’ll try to precis:- All citizens and permanent residents are entitled to a ‘Medicare’ card. This allows free access to the public system (NHS equivalent). If you don’t have a medicare card you can get medical insurance through one of a few of the Health funds. My son was covered under an overseas visitors policy by Medibank Private, one of the bigger funds. This however only entitles you to public health access.
      Privately insured patients get a portion of their medical costs reimbursed by Medibank, a further portion reimbursed from their health fund, and any excess is paid by the patient themselves (so called ‘Gap payment’). With me so far??
      So – if you don’t have a medicare card you can’t take out a private health policy under this system. I am sure that some of the healthcare funds will provide full cover for your family without medicare cards, but I don’t have any details to hand, and it won’t be cheap.
      Brisbane has a number of excellent hospitals, including the new Lady Cillento Childrens hospital, and the back up in the public system in Brisbane is very good.
      Primary care is a mixed bag – a lot of GP’s are private, but some ‘bulk bill’ which means they send their account to medicare not you.I think you are covered by the basic visitors insurance but again each healthcare fund is very different.
      Suggest you contact Medicaire for further details- they have a website (allbeit a complex Government site)
      Another useful contact would be the AHSA, the Australian Health Service Alliance, which represents a number of Private Health Funds across the country.
      Most of the health funds under their ‘blanket’ are easy to deal with.
      Good luck and enjoy – Brisbane is very liveable city and probably a good starting point if you are considering staying here permanently.
      Get in contact again via this website if I can be of further help.
      Chris Jelliffe

      • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 10:02 pm | Link

        Good answer Chris, thanks. I’ve also got a post about it, David you might like to read…


        If you do, you will see that I also use Medibank Private.

        I think it’s worth remembering that they are all just insurance companies, so the best insurance is the one that allows you to choose your own hospital/doctor/specialist and I think most of them do that. Check the small print to make sure you are aware of what they do cover and what they don’t cover.

        Good luck, Bob

  • Chris jelliffe February 22, 2016, 9:47 pm | Link

    Hi Ann
    Further to Bob’s helpful and realistic comments, I have no idea how the rental market works in New Zealand. In Australia rentals are “leased out” rather than being given the option to give notice either way (as in the UK). Six month leases are perhaps more difficult to find than the usual one year lease. If you break the lease and move out earlier than the lease period, you are liable for the rental fees until the place is re-let, and you also have to fund the re-advertising fees to re-let the property. You should(but may not – check with the agent) get your rental bond back from the agent.
    I think the system is interesting to say the least, but you may have had the same (very harsh) arrangements in New Zealand. I own a rental property in Mackay, and as soon as we suggested a ‘periodic’ lease to the tenants (ie a fixed term of notice either way) they immediately panicked and assumed we were selling out so left forthwith. Can’t win really!
    Have fun

  • Ann February 20, 2016, 8:23 am | Link

    Hi, my husband has recently got a job working in fortitude valley area. We currently live in NZ and will be moving to Brisbane probably for 1-5 yrs depending on what happens.
    We are in our early 50’s no children but have one small dog. Need to look at renting but not sure what area to look in. Want to avoid flood zones and short commute to his work ….less than 20mins.
    Prefer to be close to area with parks for walking, running, biking but also with good access to shopping, restaurants etc.
    Where would you suggest and are we likely to be able to rent with our small dog..

    • BobinOz February 22, 2016, 5:37 pm | Link

      Well you won’t want to live in Fortitude Valley, it’s Brisbane’s main nightclub area. If I were you I would try to get anywhere that’s conveniently located and will allow your pet and then try and get a six-month rental lease.

      Then spend that time having a good look around at convenient suburbs to see what might suit you best. The Gap to the west might be a good area to start, given your requirements. Good luck, Bob

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