What makes Queensland so special?

Queensland is home to awesome natural and cultural riches found nowhere else. It’s little wonder we’re known for our love of the great outdoors and our state pride.


In Queensland you will find a remarkable 85% of Australia’s native mammals, 72% of its native birds, and slightly over 50% of its native reptiles and frogs. Within Queensland, 1,049 species are classified as threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Among these, 713 species are found only in Queensland.

By better protecting and managing more of Queensland we a playing a critical role in protecting Australia’s endangered flora and fauna.

Half of all species living in Queensland are found only here and nowhere else like this Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.


Queensland is rich in living cultural heritage of global significance.

Representing one of the oldest living and continuous cultures, First Nations Peoples have cared for land and sea country for thousands of generations.

While all types of protected areas play a role in helping to safeguard cultural values across Queensland’s diverse landscapes, cultural practices are required to return balance to the delicate interplay of species and ecosystems.

Retuning cultural management to Queensland’s landscape is fundamental to restoring ecosystem health and vitality.


From the rolling red sand dunes of the Simpson Desert to mangrove-ringed atolls of the North Queensland coastline; the rocky escarpments of the scenic rim and the infinite horizons of the outback savannah, there’s a truly staggering array of landscapes to discover. 

However, since European settlement; deforestation, rampant development and inadequate land management practices have seen many of  the vast, diverse landscapes that make up Queensland changed forever. 

Just 8.3% of Queensland is currently designated as protected area – the lowest percentage of any state in Australia.

It’s time to turn this around, and protect the green spaces that all Queenslanders love to explore and relax in.