Queensland, in the north east, is the second largest state in Australia and third largest by population. More than half of its 4,638.1 million inhabitants live outside the capital (Brisbane) – a striking contrast to New South Wales and Victoria which are highly urbanized states.
Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland receives an average of between eight and nine hours of sunshine a day, and is also a popular destination for those who want to explore the Great Barrier Reef off the coast in the Coral Sea.
If you want to study close to this world-famous natural wonder, it is worth noting that the highly ranked James Cook University is in the city of Townsville, next to the central section of the reef. Further to the south east is the Gold Coast – a hugely popular tourist destination with a spectacular coastline and abundance of theme parks, and home to the prestigious Bond University.
The other three top universities in Queensland are all in Brisbane, which is inland, but has a manmade beach in the city center. It is the only city in Queensland with a Go8 member: the University of Queensland.
The top universities in Queensland are:
University of Queensland (ranked 43 in the world; 4th in Australia)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (ranked 279= in the world; 12th in Australia)
Griffith University (ranked 341= in the world; 16th in Australia)
James Cook University (JCU) (ranked 351 in the world; 18th in Australia)
Bond University (ranked 421-430; 22nd in Australia)
University of Southern Queensland (ranked 701+ in the world; 30th in Australia)