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”.
Its 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. It’s probably worth mentioning here that the Greater Brisbane region is made up of five different urban centres, including Brisbane City, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, and Redland City. This explains why you’d won’t see any of these places in my list of Queensland towns below.
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 – 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.
Fancy going on a virtual road trip along the Queensland coast?
In 2016 I hit the road for 19 days, driving from Brisbane all the way to Port Douglas, with plenty of stops along the way. I wrote over 30 posts about it so that you could take the same journey, virtually, at any time to suit you.
To start at the beginning, go to Another Australian Road Trip: Brisbane to Port Douglas.
Join me as I set off, then follow the journey by clicking the links at the foot of each article to get to the next stop. All the way to Port Douglas.