Queensland Day

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and marks the state's official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony in 1859. Queensland Day 2022 marks 163 years since this momentous occasion.

Commemorated annually on 6 June, Queensland Day is an important celebration of our state’s culture and heritage, and an opportunity to reflect on what Queensland means to you and what makes you proud to be a Queenslander—whether it be our people, places, opportunities or lifestyle.

We encouraged all Queenslanders—businesses, community groups, organisations, schools, families and sporting teams—to come together and celebrate our state's unique culture and heritage.

Lighting of Queensland icons

To celebrate our state’s birthday, we continued the tradition of lighting key icons, landmarks, and buildings across the state were lit maroon on Queensland Day.

Find out more about Light Up QLD.

Picture of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges.
Picture of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery.
Picture of Brisbane sign in Southbank
Picture of Brisbane Performing Arts Centre
Picture of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Picture of the Wheel of Brisbane
Picture of Queensland Parliament House
Picture of Queensland Parliament House
Picture of Brisbane Roma Street Parkland
Picture of Brisbane Square
Picture of Brisbane City Hall
Picture of Brisbane's Story Bridge

Other Awards and celebrations

Platinum Jubilee

From 2 – 5 June, we celebrated another historic milestone—the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. Her Majesty is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

Find out more about the Platinum Jubilee.

Queensland Greats Awards

The Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of remarkable individuals and institutions for their invaluable contribution to the history and development of our great state.

Find out more about the Queensland Greats Awards.