The endless golden weather and well-shaped waves make it a perfect venue for epic sporting encounters. There's also a thriving arts culture to this unique state, so you can experience both the thrill of a hard fought win and the emotion of a well-crafted performance.
The Queensland lifestyle includes a packed year-round programme of festivals and events that cover sports, food, music, art, culture, and more.
Check out Australia's best live events happening in Queensland in 2017, and beyond.
The best of the best - 2018 Commonwealth Games
From 4 to 15 April 2018, the Gold Coast will be turning the fun dial up to the max as it hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The finest athletes from more than 70 nations and territories will compete before cheering crowds in an electrifying atmosphere. Beyond the sporting arenas, a major arts and cultural programme - Festival 2018 - will showcase local talent and include performers and artists from across the Commonwealth.
Put yourself to the test - Mooloolaba Triathlon
Head to Mooloolaba in March to experience this iconic annual triathlon festival. It's an impressive exhibition of sporting excellence, with events for the whole family. You can test your own limits or simply enjoy the energetic atmosphere. And the spectacular waterfront setting ensures you're never far from a cold beer while you watch the racing.
Welcome to the show - Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro
Queensland is home to more surfing world champions than any other place on earth. So it makes perfect sense to hold this epic men's and women's world championship event at Gold Coast's Snapper Rocks. The famous Snapper Rocks break attracts surfing talent and onshore festivities you won't want to miss. Event held annually in March.
A meeting of the minds - World Science Festival
Philosophers, scientists and thought leaders gather for a super-charged celebration at the World Science Festival in Brisbane, which is held annually in March. Robots move amongst the audience and the buzz in the air comes from both visitors and exhibits. Promising to take science to the streets, you'll see the latest tech from drones to driverless cars and black holes, to name just a few.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins Festival
Every year in the June/July school holidays, the historic town of Maryborough north of Brisbane celebrates one of its most famous daughters, PJ Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. During the annual festival, the streets come alive with events like the Great Nanny Challenge and the Chimney Sweep Dash. Storytellers, artists and performers delight visitors of all ages as they explore the heritage streetscapes.
The big hits - Rugby League World Cup
Running from 27 October to 2 December, the 2017 Rugby League World Cup includes nine Queensland games with a semi-final and final in Brisbane. Rugby league occupies a large space in the affections of the Queensland sporting public. The games will be fast, furious and thrilling, so make sure to pick your team and bring your shouting voice.
Supercharged supercars - Gold Coast 600
Every October this high-octane event turns Surfers Paradise into the ultimate race track. Not only will you see some of the best driving in the southern hemisphere, there's also a huge range of activities to keep you occupied during the pit stops. Live music and DJs, special theme park passes, parades and live action stunts will keep you and the kids more than entertained over the three-day event.
Field of glory - Global Rugby Tens
Held every February in Brisbane, the Global Rugby Tens has been described as two days of rugby heaven. All the superstars of Australian and New Zealand rugby, along with elite international heavyweights, will take the field at Suncorp Stadium in this thrilling new 10-a-side format. The fiercely fought competition is sure to bring surprises and exciting results.