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Local Places And Attractions

Local Places And Attractions

Staying in Brisbane puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, including rainforests, beaches, islands and waterfalls. Travel time to some of Australia’s favourite beaches including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay are all under two hours by car. There is no shortage of major attractions to visit and explore in Brisbane.

As a convenient urban hub, Brisbane is also a gateway to some of Australia’s most iconic tourism experiences including the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage-listed rainforests, pristine surf beaches, idyllic sand islands and encounters with koalas, kangaroos and wild dolphins.

Most of the Australian “must do” experiences can be found in and around Brisbane:  

Southbank Parklands 

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and Australia's only inner-city, man-made beach with hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind. Find out what's on in South Bank.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - 15 minute drive from Brisbane 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an 18-hectare Koala Sanctuary located only 12km from Brisbane City. You can meet more than 130 koalas, hand-feed kangaroos and encounter other Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River.

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Moreton Island - 30 minute drive to Port of Brisbane then 1 hour, 20 minute ferry

Pristine crystal blue waters & an untouched environment located right on Brisbane's doorstep. Moreton Island is the place to hand feed wild dolphins and snorkel around an old ship wreck in pristine crystal blue waters. Crystal-clear lakes and lagoons exist among tall sand dunes where you can go sand tobogganing. As the world's third largest sand island, it's a taste of tropical paradise and the perfect day trip.

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Experience the Gold Coast  - 1 hour drive or 1.5 hour train south of Brisbane

Sun, sand, and sea - the Gold Coast's star attraction is its stunning beaches,including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise offering beachside shopping, dining, bars and clubs. Beyond the beaches, discover the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls. South East Queensland is home to the biggest and best amusement and theme parks in the Southern Hemisphere, with exhilarating rides and wet and wild water parks.

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Sunshine Coast - 1.5 hour drive or 2 hour train north of Brisbane

Discover the coastal charm of the Sunshine Coast and explore its vast beaches, surf spots, waterfalls, thriving food scene at Noosa and the many natural treasures of the surrounding hinterland. Get up close to and learn all about native and exotic wildlife a Australia Zoo, visit the region's markets or take a drive to the Maleny and the Glass House Mountains for gourmet food, epic views and boutique hotels. 

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Byron Bay - 2 hour drive South of Brisbane

Byron Bay is an easy-going coastal town on the north coast of New South Wales well known for its beautiful beaches, relaxed vibe and free-spirited alternative lifestyle. It’s a popular holiday destination, for holiday makers, backpackers and celebs. This little slice of beachside paradise offers a variety of activities, craft markets, music festivals and you’ll often spot dolphins, whales and turtles. With heaps of art, hippy culture and friendly vibes Byron Bay is the perfect place to cheer up, slow down, chill out.

For more information, go to Guide to Byron Bay

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