Did you know the British could have named Queensland — “Cooksland” — after British explorer James Cook, if Queen Victoria didn’t have her way? Queensland Day celebrates the birthday of the Australian state every year on June 6. It was on this day, in 1859, that Vicky granted the state the right to form its own government.
The day commemorates the struggle against British Rule. It is also an opportunity to celebrate everything that’s great about Queensland, from its many Natural Heritage Sites to the sunny days (which make for great barbecue opportunities).