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.
Head out to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, winner of many Australian Tourism Awards. Get close to a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, in a beautiful setting.
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.
Begin your adventure on a spectacular elevated walkway through the beautiful middle and upper canopies of the rainforest. Take time out at Cedar Creek Estate's for lunch and a guided walk through a private Glow Worm Cave. Lastly partake in the ultimate wine experience that you'll remember long after the last glass.