Once considered the "country cousin" of Australia's cities, Brisbane is today the nation's third largest metropolis. Lying on the banks of the Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also the gateway to adventures with a uniquely Australian flavor, whether it is to a wildlife park, the rain-forested Mount Tamborine plateau, or the dazzling beaches of Queensland's fabled Gold Coast.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Australia's oldest koala sanctuary boasts the largest collection of these cute marsupials, along with other such photogenic wildlife.
With 26 miles of beaches, resort hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, a casino, luxury houses and apartments, plus golf courses galore, it's no wonder the Gold Coast is both Australia's vacation and retirement capital.
O' Reilly's Guesthouse
Located in the heart of the subtropical rain forest, O' Reilly's is a favorite destination for eco-tourists. During your visit, hand feed king parrots and crimson rosellas. A resort guide leads an interpretive treetop walk through the rain forest of Lamington National Park, designated a World Heritage area.