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Queensland Travel Guide
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Brisbane is the economic centre and State capital of Queensland, with a year round warm subtropical climate. Australia’s fastest growing city, it is the entrance to many coastal resorts and itself offers many attractions. Probably the most famous and wonderful of these is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which can be reached via a river cruise.

The Botanic Gardens
is a brilliant shady reserve at the south end of the city centre, accessible by a new footbridge. City Hall in King George Square houses a museum, art gallery and a clocktower observation deck.

Other buildings worth visiting include the State Parliament House with its glittering copper roof, St John’s Cathedral, The Mansions and the Old Windmill, the city’s oldest surviving building and once a treadmill worked by convicts.

The Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank encloses the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Performing Arts Centre. The South Bank Parklands, on the site of the 1988 World Expo, brags an interesting Maritime Museum and an enormous artificial swimming beach.

The Brisbane Powerhouse
is a energetic alternative arts venue, and the looming art deco Castlemaine Brewery offers enjoyable daily tours with samples of its famous product. Brisbane’s many festivals are another main attraction, please see our festivals - events section for further information.

Beyond "Brisbane"

Known to some as the best beach area in the country, the Gold Coast region 80 kilometrtes (50 miles) south of Brisbane comprises 42 kilometres (25 miles) of white surf beaches, theme parks (Sea World, Movie World and Dreamworld), a casino, hotels and restaurants. Also, it has year round sunshine and lively tourist facilities.

The partying is never ending at Surfers Paradise, a Miami style high rise strip overlooking a crowded beach. Inland are rainforests, lush green mountains, walking trails and scenic villages. Nature lovers will also welcome the Lamington National Park in the McPherson Mountains, and the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary.

An hour’s drive north from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast offers miles of untouched lakes, wilderness, mountains and un spoilt beaches with surf ranging in condition from mild to wild. Arts and crafts trails, nature walks and inspirational views can be found in the hinterland, where the Glasshouse Mountains can be found.

Cairns is the main gateway to the far north. As well as the Barrier Reef, there are rainforests in the Atherton Tableland to the west, and to the south is Mission Beach with 14 kilometres (9 miles) of white sandy beaches, looking out to Dunk Island.

To the north, there is the delightful old town of Port Douglas attracting many visitors, as well as Daintree, which has services to Cape Tribulation National Park, and Cooktown, close to Endeavour National Park where brilliant examples of Aboriginal rock art can be found. Past this lies the wilderness of Cape York Peninsula.

Townsville is North Queensland’s largest city, boasting a casino and an international airport. Cruises are available to nearby islands, as are trips to the Barrier Reef for diving, whitewater rafting or walking. This pleasant city, its streets lined with palm trees and tropical flora, has several interesting attractions on offer, such as ReefHQ, the largest coral aquarium in the world, with a transparent walk in tunnel, and Magnetic Island, a resort island with superb beaches, bush walking tracks, diving opportunities and a koala sanctuary, only 8 kilometres (5 miles) offshore and a 25 minute ferry ride from the city centre.