Brisbane, Queensland’s capital, is nestled amongst the curves of the Brisbane River. The city enjoys a subtropical climate and a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle with a wide range of excellent shopping, dining and cultural experiences on offer. The compact CBD is dotted with restaurants, cafés, pubs and lush parks and gardens, such as the Roma Street Parklands and the City Botanic Gardens, in which to relax after a day’s shopping or the excitement of the Treasury Casino. It is a short stroll across the river to the South Bank Parklands, which contain great restaurants and cafés, shops, pubs and a beach-fringed lagoon.
The serious shopper will delight in the Queen Street Mall, large shopping centres, the many boutiques situated throughout the city and suburbs, and the variety of markets that spring up on weekends all over the city. Wander through the world-class museums, galleries and theatres in the cultural precinct adjacent to South Bank, or the Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm.
Explore the ‘river city’ aboard a CityCat and learn more about the city’s relationship with the river at the Queensland Maritime Museum.
For the energetic, there is rock climbing at Kangaroo Point, as well as dancing and live music in Fortitude Valley’s clubs and bars.
For a quieter, more relaxed experience, take a leisurely drive through the southern section of D’Aguilar National Park to Mt Nebo or Mt Glorious or visit with the local fauna at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The lookout atop Mt Coot-tha offers spectacular views across the city to Moreton Bay and south to the Border Ranges.
There are many interesting attractions that are an easy day trip from the city centre.
East of the city, are the calm waters of Moreton Bay that give sanctuary to migrating humpback whales. The bayside settlements of Redcliffe, Sandgate, Wynnum and Cleveland provide good fishing, boating and diving opportunities as well as jumping-off points to the wild beauty of Moreton and North Stradbroke islands.
To the south, the Gold Coast is the region’s adventure playground. Here, there is something for everyone, including golden beaches, first-rate shopping and exciting theme parks. Behind the glitter of the coast is the peaceful, wild beauty of Tamborine Mountain and World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
To Brisbane’s west and north are the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys, where heritage-laden towns are surrounded by fertile farmlands. To the west, and south to the New South Wales-Queensland border, the region’s beautiful national parks and jagged mountain ranges attract photographers, bushwalkers and rock climbers.
Publication Date: 01/07/17
Folded size (WxHxD): 140mm X 250mm x 3mm
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