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."
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.
This is one of Brisbane's jewels and offers the opportunity for a day at the beach. Combining spectacular scenery, relaxing beaches and an exciting 4WD off road adventure, this is sure to be a great way to spend the day.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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.
Gain insight into Aboriginal culture with an exclusive journey lead by a local expert. Discover native plants during a bush food and medicine walk. Examine First Peoples artifacts and learn how they were made.
Local Connections: Wine Tasting & Wine Making at Mt. Nathan Winery
5.5 hours | Brisbane | BNE-980B N E - 9 8 0
Learn the secrets to making your own wine with an excursion to Mt. Nathan Winery. Explore the beautiful property and hand feed the sheep and alpacas. Learn about bee hives and the use of honey in their wines followed by an in-depth tasting of red and white wines.
Australia Zoo & the Sunshine Coast for Small Groups
7 hours | Brisbane | BNE-999B N E - 9 9 9
Discover the Australia Zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin of Crocodile Hunter fame, on this full-day excursion. Enjoy free time to explore the complex and attend an exciting animal performance. Also visit Montville, a charming mountain village of Victorian cottages, lush gardens and craft shops.