Queensland vs NSW: What else have they got to fight over?


In 2014, the State of Origin final smashed records as more than 4.19 million people tuned in to watch, according to NRL.com. That's almost equivalent to the entire population of Queensland.

It's a fairly important game, and the question on everyone's lips right now as we approach the 2016 series is: Blues or Maroons?

As we wait to find out how this one ends, here are a few other areas these states can fight over.

Who has the best beaches?

Sydney's Bondi Beach gets a lot of attention, but it's not hard to pick Queensland as the ultimate winner in this round.

Home to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Lizard Island, Queensland is a treasure trove of golden sands and blue waters. But the ultimate beach in Australia - and the one that regularly makes it into top fives and top tens worldwide - is Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. There are no words to describe the utter beachy perfection of this shoreline - it's practically an unfair fight.

That's one for the Maroons.

Who makes the best wine?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) tells us that Aussies drink roughly 270 million litres of white wine and 190 million litres of red wine per year - obviously, a good vino is just as important as the State of Origin for many. So who wins here?

Sorry Queensland, but New South Wales has this in the bag. They've got Mudgee, Orange, and the all-important Hunter Valley squeezing out some of the best wines in the country. While Queensland has been growing wine grapes since the late 1800s, it doesn't hold anywhere near the clout that NSW does.

Score one for the Blues.

Who has the best food?

In the north, Queensland is known for its incredible fresh produce. The mangoes that grow here are world-renowned, while the avocados, pawpaws, pineapples, strawberries and bananas are second-to-none. The state's seafood is another top speciality, with prawns, scallops, barramundi, and mud crabs just a few examples of the delicacies on offer.

Meanwhile, New South Wales holds its own in the foodie court, too. You've got fresh produce such as guavas, pears, berries and passionfruit coming out of the state's metaphoric ears, as well as oceanic treats such as yellowtin tuna, snapper and Sydney rock oysters.

We'll call this one a tie.

Looks like we'll just have to wait for the series to find out who really wins this time!