Brisbane, the sophisticated capital city of Queensland on Australia’s east coast, is one of the world's fastest developing cities. With its harmonious mix of elegant colonial sandstone structures and modern glass skyscrapers, this friendly, welcoming city has a laid back, vibrant atmosphere.
Art and outdoor adventure are always on the agenda; the South Bank's cultural institutions and restaurants combine with riverside gardens and a lagoon. [ReadMoreMob] Take the paddle steamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, or bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. A day trip to Moreton Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast hinterland are regular favourites, while, for the more adventurous, Kangaroo Point cliffs offer abseiling.
A more sedate day can be spent exploring the city’s numerous walks, reserves and barbecue hotspots. Australia Zoo – owned by the family of the late Steve Irwin – and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, are home to various native Australian animals.
The Gold Coast
Some 41 miles south of Brisbane city, the glorious Gold Coast region is known the world over for its long sandy beaches. One of the most renowned seaside resorts is the lively Surfer's Paradise, which at peak times attracts around 20,000 visitors a day.
Follow in the footsteps of Steve Irwin
One of Australia’s most famous sites, Australia Zoo features over 1,200 animals and daily shows. Founded by the late Steve Irwin, the zoo is home to native mammals such as Tasmanian devils and wombats. The Irwin family ensure that his legacy lives on today.
Enjoy an unforgettable day in Byron Bay
A coastal town in the north of New South Wales, Byron Bay has become one of Australia's most popular destinations due to its combination of culture and natural beauty. Within the hinterland is the sacred Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens.
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