Living in QueenslandSotheby's International Realty
The state of Queensland is affectionately known as Australia’s “lifestyle state” or the “sunshine state” – it truly is the Australian state that shines brightest.
Queensland is situated in the north-east of the country and enjoys a pleasant, year-round temperate climate that ensures Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than any other Australian states.
Pristine beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, lush rainforests and hinterlands, vibrant cities and a vast coastline, Queensland has an extravagantly diverse and beautiful landscape that is fast becoming world-famous as a holiday destination and the ideal sea-change location.
Brisbane is the state’s capital city and it is a bustling city full of energy, style, arts and culture. Wrapped around river bends, Brisbane is a glamorous city with a sophisticated central business district and fusion of flourishing suburbs, each with its own distinct cultural flavor.
The Brisbane River gently flows through the metropolis with its riverside peppered with alfresco dining options. By night, Brisbane comes alive with waterfront bars and restaurants and live music venues. The city hosts destinations such as the stylish West End, the lively entertainment precinct of Fortitude Valley, bohemian Paddington and exclusive enclaves such as New Farm, Ascot and Hamilton – just to name a few.
Located some 50 miles south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is surrounded by mountains, national parks, lush hinterlands and a stunning coastline. With a subtropical climate, tourism is the main industry, built on its 25 miles of coastline and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Where holiday shacks and cottages once hugged the coastline, today’s real estate offerings of the Gold Coast include opulent high-rise apartments, executive mansions, waterfront estates and master-planned communities with championship golf courses, tennis courts and deep-water harbors for mega-yacht mooring.
Around 90 minutes north of Brisbane on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Noosa boasts an enviable laidback elegance. The sub-tropical paradise of Noosa’s international resort glamour, pristine beaches, national park and lush hinterland, the region is also home to some of Australia’s most beautiful homes.
A wildly popular sea change destination for Australians from the cooler southern states, Noosa’s appeal has grown to attract the international elite looking for an idyllic, semi-tropical place to call home.
From the amazing beachfront apartments of Hastings Street with its elegant boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs to extraordinary homes with breathtaking panoramic ocean views and grand estates of distinction in the hinterlands - Noosa is definitely one of Australia's most desirable locations and quite possibly one the worlds.
Tropical North Queensland is home to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the oldest rainforest in the world – the Daintree Rainforest, located in Port Douglas. Most of the 74 incredible Whitsunday Islands can be found within the reef itself, including the famous Hamilton Island. This region can be accessed from gateway locations such as Airlie Beach and Cairns which also host many beautiful homes set against the backdrop of this glorious natural jewel and the world’s most magical rainforest.