Did you know that the British could have called Queensland – “Cooksland” – after the British explorer James Cook, if Queen Victoria did not get away with it?

Queensland Day celebrates the Australian state’s birthday each year on June 6. It was on this day, in 1859, that Vicky gave the state the right to form its own government.

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The day commemorates the fight against British rule. It is also an opportunity to celebrate all the good things about Queensland, from its many natural heritage sites to sunny days (offering great barbeque opportunities).

QUEENSLAND DAY TIMELINE

1981 – It’s official
June 6 is officially celebrated as Queensland Day for the first time.

June 6, 1859: acts of Queen Victoria
The queen signs the letter patent, allowing Moreton Bay to form its own government. Queensland is adopted as the name of the new colony.

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1855 – New colonies
The Imperial Parliament passes a law giving the British Government the power to form new colonies.

1851 – Request for separation
The turmoil of various factions in Moreton Bay results in a petition sent to the Queen for the separation of Moreton Bay from New South Wales.

QUEENSLAND DAY ACTIVITIES

Organize a barbecue

Start your winter on the right note with a barbecue lunch on Queensland day. Invite your friends, grill up, and make sure you have a bucket full of ice and beer!

Take a walk

Queensland has five natural heritage sites and 200 national parks. Take this opportunity to explore the state’s natural wonders. If you’re short on time, driving the Gold Coast with the family is always an experience.

Catch up on the story

Choose a book about the British Empire or watch a documentary that chronicles its rise and fall. “British Empire in Color” is a worthy recommendation here. While it is important to let go of the past, we also believe that it is important to know your roots.

5 THINGS YOU NEVER NEVER REALLY EXPLAINED TO US ABOUT QUEENSLAND

It is the home of the Dingo fence

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The fence, which stretches from central Queensland to southern Australia, is twice as long as the Great Wall of China.

Queensland Parliament had no women’s restrooms

When it was first built, the state parliament had no women’s restrooms, as there were no female parliamentarians.

Lung Fish lives here

Lung Fish is a living fossil, dating back to the Triassic period. It is about 350 million years old.

First to stop capital punishment

Queensland was the first British Commonwealth colony to abolish the death penalty (1922).

Tall jungles grow on the sand here

Fraser Island in Queensland has tropical forests that grow on sand dunes, the only place in the world where such a spectacle can be seen.

WHY WE LOVE QUEENSLAND DAY

Power to the people

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The British finally granted Queensland the right to form its own government after the people of the state began demanding a separate colony of New South Wales. The day commemorates the struggles of Australians against British rule.

An excuse to explore

The second largest Australian state has a lot to offer, from the famous Gold Coast to several World Natural Heritage sites. Queensland Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate the state’s geography, heritage and culture.

Both garnet

On Queensland day, you’ll find government buildings, landmarks, and monuments decorated with brown lights. Even the pavement turns brown on this day.

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