find it all in Australia's 'Sunshine State'. The Spectacular Great
Barrier Reef, the virgin rainforest of the Daintree, thousands of
pristine white beaches, the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and, of
course, the Outback. You'll also find fantastic entertainment, shipping,
dining and nightlife in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and the many
the 'Sunshine State', is the second largest Australian state, boasting
perfect tropical weather and the world's largest living organism - the
Great Barrier Reef. Lying on the north-east of the continent, with the
azure waters of the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean lapping its
coastline, Queenlsand borders on New South Wales and South Australia to
the south and the Northern Territory to the west.
a vast area and a range of geograhic and climatic regions, Queensland
is perfect for visitors wanting to explore different aspects of Australia.
The coastal centres and islands of the 200 km Great Barrier Reef offer
snorkelling, diving and sailing. The Great Dividing Range separates
the sub-tropical rainforest coast from the lush beauty of the hinterland
with its national parks and unique birds, animals and plant life.
has bright sunny days and balmy nights, and as Australia's only sub-tropical
capital city, has been dubbed Australia's 'City of Sun Days', South of
Brisbane is the Gold Coast, a long stretch of golden beaches, superbly
equipped with resorts, theme parks, sports facilities and a fabulous line-up
of after-dark entertainment. To the north is the Sunshine Coast, wit its
marvellous beaches and sophisticated resorts.
Snorkel the clear blue
are more than 1000 islands in the Great Barrier Reef accessible from Port
Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Mackay, Roackhampton, Gladstone
and Bundaberg. The Whitsundays is another area of outstanding natural
Queensland covers a huge area where the clear, blue skies, golden sunsets
and friendly locals welcome you to explore this fascinating area of old
bush pubs, national parks, limestone caves, dinosaur footprints and Aboriginal
rock art. Queensland is also rich in World Heritage including the Riversleigh
fossil mammal site, the ancient rainforests of the Wet Tropics, Fraser
Island (the largest sand island in the world) and of course, the Great
capital offers a stimulating city experience in a friendly and relaxed
environment. Its state-of-art sporting, convention arts and entertainment
facilities, plus hundreds of restaurants and cafes, cater for the diverse
taste of the international visitor.
1.5 million people live in Brisbane
Airport is 13 km from the city
operate frequent serices from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.
and trains operate in city and suburban areas daily. Brisbane River
ferry services link north and south of the ciy daily, departing from
Edward Street and Customs House.
city sights bus stops at 18 places of interest around the city.
Do Not Miss
Coot-tha panoramic views
the views across the Brisbane River from Kangaroo Point.
Parklands with local craft market and inner-city sand beach.
markets are held along the river every Sunday among sky-scrapers and
Feed wild dolphins and sand toboggan down the southern hemisphere's
steepest sand dunes at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.
more than 100 different Australian beers on tap at Brisbane's National
Festival of Beers
the coast of theme parks - the Gold Coast, home to Warner Bros. Movie
World, Wet 'n' Wild Waterpark, Sea World and Dreamworld.
the day at the Southbank Parklands on the Brisbane River where there's
a beach, restaurants, cafes, entertainment and attractions. On several
days of the week markets present local arts and crafts. THe adjacent
Queensland Cultural Centre incorporates the Performing Arts Complex,
the Museum, the Library and the Art Gallery.
ride of your life
Gold Coast is located 78 km south of Brisbane. This famous strip features
a series of 35 beaches patrolled year-round by professional lifeguards.
These beaches stretch for 70 km north from Calbarita Beach in New
South Wales to Coolangatta, Palm Beach, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise
and South Stradbroke Island.
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