North Queensland

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North Queensland
Queensland
Qld region map 2.PNG
Queensland's regions
Population: 231,628
Area: 80041.5 km² (30,904.2 sq mi)
LGA: Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Mackay, Palm Island, Townsville
State District: Whitsunday, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Mackay
Federal Division: Dawson, Kennedy

North Queensland or the Northern Region is the northern part of the state of Queensland in Australia. It is just south of Far North Queensland. Queensland is a massive state and is larger than many countries. The tropical northern part of it has been historically remote and undeveloped. This has resulted in a regional character and identity that is quite different to the rest of the state.

Townsville is the largest community in North Queensland. It is regarded as an unofficial capital.[source?] The region has a population of 231,628 and covers 80,041.5 km².[1]

Geography[change | edit source]

There is no official boundary that separates North Queensland from the rest of the state. Unofficially, its southern border is usually considered to begin south of the Mackay Region. To the north is the Far North Queensland region. The centre of the region is around Cairns. To the west west is the Gulf Country.

Suburbs of Townsville around Castle Hill

North Queensland is a coastal region. Its largest settlement is the city of Townsville, where there is a major seaport.

State of North Queensland[change | edit source]

There have been many groups saying that North Queensland should become its own state.[2]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "National Regional Profile: Northern". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 1 November 2011. http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  2. "North Queensland State Flag proposals". http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/au!nqld.html. Retrieved 27 November 2012.


Coordinates: 20°15′40″S 146°01′12″E / 20.26111°S 146.02°E / -20.26111; 146.02