Australian State and Territory Emblems
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Proclaimed the State gemstone of New South Wales in 2008. It is the most rare and valuable type of opal.
Proclaimed the State fish of New South Wales in 1998. A friendly but powerful coastal fish that often follows divers. It can be up to a metre long and weigh between 2 and 15kg, though some specimens may reach 40kg or more.
The bird emblem of New South Wales. This great brown kingfisher is sometimes called a 'laughing jackass' because of its distinctive territorial laughing call. They hunt snakes, lizards, fish and insects and live at forest edges, in clearings.
Ornithorhynchus anatinus. The animal emblem. The platypus is a furry creature, about 30cm - 38cm long, it has webbed feet and a large duck-like bill which it uses to gather its food from the bottom of rivers.
Flower emblem. A large (10-12cm across) and spectacular scarlet flower growing in the bush in clumps of tall stems.
Officially named as Queensland's aquatic emblem in March 2005. The public nominated the species as their preferred representative for Queensland.
Has featured on the Queensland Coat of Arms since 1977. It wasn't until January 1986 that it was announced as the official bird emblem of Queensland.
Became known as Queensland's floral emblem in 1959, during celebrations to mark the state's centenary.
Phascolarctos cinereus. Officially named the animal emblem of Queensland in 1971, after a newspaper poll showed strong public support for this marsupial.
Named the official state gem for Queensland in August 1985.
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