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Once considered the "country cousin" among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation's third-largest metropolis - and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland's dazzling beaches.The beaches south of Brisbane form Queensland's Gold Coast. Travel tip: Brisbane is pronounced "Bris-bin."
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With 26 miles of beaches, resort hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, a casino, luxury homes and golf courses, the Gold Coast serves as both Australia's vacation and retirement capitals.
Founded by the late Steve Irwin, TV's "Crocodile Hunter," this 70-acre zoo is home to exotic wildlife, such as fresh and salt-water crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos and giant pythons.
Lying inland from the famous Gold Coast, this volcanic plateau is a fertile landscape of national parklands, rainforests, and groves of macadamia nut, kiwi fruit and avocado.
More than just a brewery tour, this famed Irish alehouse is home to the iconic "XXXX" brand beer. A visit provides insight into over a century's old legacy and its place in Queensland history.
This beach was voted one of the best beaches in the world, with wide golden sands and excellent surf. It is located on Queensland's famous Gold Coast of luxury resorts and designer shops.
Rising 230 meters into the sky with 360-degree views, the Skypoint viewing deck is a spectacular vantage point on the world's tallest residential tower, and boasts the highest point on all of the Gold Coast.
Settled in 1887, this village is often described as the "Creative Heart of the Sunshine Coast," home to art galleries, artisans, crafters' workshops and restored Victorian cottages.
A popular cruise tour venue, this river runs through Brisbane and is the longest in southeast Queensland. It was named after Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane in 1823.
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