When it comes to places to call home, Queensland is up there with the best in the world. Amazing weather, a relaxed lifestyle, and stunning scenery are just some of the reasons why living in Queensland is the best.

1. We've got the best State of Origin team of all time

Queensland has totally kicked New South Wales' butt in State of Origin, winning a record-breaking eight series in a row between 2006 and 2013. To really put the boot in, we also won all three consecutive State of Origin Games in 2010 (ouch!). Nothing better than really rubbing it in to the old cockroaches across the border.

2. It's beautiful one day, perfect the next

This tried and tested tourism slogan is spot on. If the balmy days of summer aren't enough, then the endless blue-sky days of winter are sure to convince you. When the extent of your winter wardrobe is a cardi and you can still hit the beach nearly year-round you know you're on to a winner. Plus, nothing lifts your spirits like enjoying another sunny 24 degree winters day while those poor sods in Sydney and Melbourne living through yet another cold snap. Fools!

3. We're the Koala cuddling capital of the world

Who doesn't want to cuddle a koala? They're iconic as well as being ridonculously adorable. Plus their diet of eucalyptus leaves gives them a chilled vibe that's oh so Queensland. With a number of wildlife sanctuaries in Queensland offering up close and personal koala experiences you'll be posting your #koalaselfie in no time.

4. Our beaches are world class

Queensland is known for its stunning beaches and endless stretches of pristine coastline. With nearly 7,000 kilometres of coastline we really are spoiled for choice. With world-famous beaches such as Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Whitehaven Beach at the Whitsundays, and Fraser Island off the coast of Hervey Bay, it's no wonder we attract over 24 million tourists to our shores every year.

5. We're home to a natural wonder of the world

The rest of Australia have got nothing on us. If our beaches aren't enough to make them jealous, we're also home to Australia's only natural wonder of the world — The Great Barrier Reef. If you're lucky enough to have seen it then you'll know it's aptly titled with pristine waters home to beautiful tropical fish, marine life and colourful coral. And if you haven't seen it yet, then what are you waiting for?

6. Our food and wine is on point

Queensland's food and wine culture is steadily growing to rival the likes of the Barossa, Hunter Valley, and Margaret River. Regions such as Southern Queensland country and the Atherton Tablelands are known for their gourmet food and wine trails scattered across stunning scenery. Now we Queenslanders can have our wine and drink it too!

7. We dominated at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

By all accounts the Gold Coast 2018 (GC2018) Commonwealth Games were a huge success. From our mammoth haul of 198 medals, Queensland athletes made up 45 per cent of the medal tally, claiming 130 medals in total. Our success on the score board was matched with the once-in-a-lifetime experience for both athletes and spectators. Over 15,000 hard-working volunteers helped to make GC2018 a memorable experience for all involved, thanks to the first-class training they received from TAFE Queensland.

8. We're Australia's theme park capital

Almost every Queensland kid has a happy memory of meeting their favourite characters at Movie World, going down the slides at Wet'n'Wild, screaming on a roller coaster at Dreamworld, and watching the dolphin show at SeaWorld. And it's even better to go with a group of mates and have just as much fun as you did as a kid.

9. Our Queenslander houses are iconic

We've all lived in one. Whether it was your beautifully restored family home or a derelict share house, we all have fond memories of the iconic family homes that populate our suburbs. Living in a modern two bed, two bath townhouse will never have the charm of the big verandas, high ceilings, and unnecessary draftiness of an old Queenslander.

10. You can follow your dreams in Queensland

No matter where you live in this amazing state of ours, there's one thing we've all got in common — our education. Whether you've just left school, are thinking of changing careers, or are looking to enhance or upgrade your existing skills TAFE Queensland has an option for you. With campus locations from Cairns to Coolangatta and everywhere in between, you're spoiled for choice with a provider who's been in the business of making great happen for more than 135 years.



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