Tourism 'State of Origin' battle now on

Wed 12 May 

Tourism 'State of Origin' battle now on

As a warm up to the NRL State of Origin, Queensland's Tourism Minister is urging Queenslanders to get to the number one spot in the final days of "There's Nothing Like Australia" photographic competition.

Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said the latest figures from Tourism Australia's showed the number of Queensland entries were only just behind New South Wales.

"This competition gives Australians the opportunity to share their favourite holiday snapshots and is a great chance for Queenslanders to show the world there's nothing like living and holidaying in Queensland," Mr Lawlor said.

"At last count, Queensland had 3,782 entries versus 3,880 for NSW - just eight entries behind!  It's coming up to State of Origin time, so I'm urging all Queenslanders to get snapping and get Queensland over the line to be number one".

"We already know Queensland is Australia's number one holiday playground and our fantastic holiday destinations are the best in Australia by far, so let's share them with the world."

Mr Lawlor said the Tourism Australia competition would close at midnight on Wednesday 12 May.  "Queenslanders still have a few days left to find their favourite Queensland holiday shot and upload it onto the website at," he said.  "It's great to see so many Queenslanders getting behind this campaign and I'm sure we can put Queensland at the top of the ladder.

"Not only will entrants be able to share their photos and stories with the world, they will also be in the running for some great prizes.  Plus, their photos may even be used in Tourism Australia's international advertising.  Let's get all Queenslanders behind this great opportunity to sell Queensland to the world."

Entries can be uploaded on