Located on the Brisbane River between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane is affectionately known as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Sunshine State. Situated in the south of Queensland east of the Great Dividing Range, Brisbane is Australia’s third most populous city and home to almost six million easy going sun kissed Australians. Having a pleasant subtropical climate, it’s easy to see why people are generally more laid back here and it’s in this region of Australia where you may notice a slight change in the classic Aussie accent.
While there is plenty to see and do in Brisbane, it’s riverside location and proximity to Moreton Bay and the nearby National Park all add to its charm. There is an extensive network of walkways and cycle ways that spread along the banks of the river among beautiful parkland making a trip to Brisbane exceedingly pleasant. It comes as no surprise then that in 2015, Brisbane was nominated as one of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world.
Seeing the Sights
Making the most of Brisbane’s highlights is easily achieved, as there are many tour operators eager to put smiles on faces. Many offer the chance to see the city’s historical landmarks by both bus and boat and provide a chance to see the city from a variety of vantage points. Many of these tours include a trip to the Koala sanctuary where you can have a cuddle or three with a cute Koala, something that is an absolute must.
Trekking and Bushwalks
For lovers of the great outdoors, a day trip to the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park is not to be missed. A full day's bushwalk among nature with a lunch stop at the Purlingbrook Falls and an opportunity to cool off and immerse yourself in the azure blue rainforest pools.