Sam Oliva and Megan Shields from catch some rays at Tallebudgera Creek.
Sam Oliva and Megan Shields from catch some rays at Tallebudgera Creek. Nigel Hallett

Is Queensland still the sunshine state?

QUEENSLAND is in danger of losing its title of the Sunshine State with data revealing Perth recorded more hours of sunshine in the past 12 months.

Brisbane has averaged 8.21 hours of sunshine per day for the past 12 months, including a 13.2-hour day at the height of summer.

However, the sun was shining for longer in Perth, which averaged 8.74 hours a day since May 1 last year and 13.3-hour days in ­November, December and January.

The weather bureau's website also notes Sydney had 7.1 hours per day, Adelaide had 7.36, and Darwin had 8.1 hours.

The data was compiled from the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

Climatologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan said that overall, the least sunny part of the country was Tasmania's west coast, which was often cloudy and also had short days in winter.

"The most sunny part of the country is in the Pilbara in Western Australia, which has many cloud-free days, especially during the cooler months," he said.

Melburnians received the least amount of sun in the past year, having been exposed to an average of only 6.46 hours per day, slightly less than Hobart's 6.59.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gsch-wind said despite Perth recording more sunshine hours, Queensland would always remain the Sunshine State.

"We are blessed here to have sunshine all year round," he said.

The iconic slogan originated back in the 1950s after songwriter Clyde Collins composed a song titled The Sunshine State.

The tune was so popular, it became the state's unofficial anthem and gained endorsement during the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government era.

News Corp Australia

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