It’s not hard to see why tourists from all over the world flock to Australia. The country is huge and sprawling, covering continental Australasia and in its sprawling diversity there’s a whole lot to see and do. The continent is home to some of the most incredible plant and wildlife on the planet and has an ecosystem so unique and fragile that authorities strictly police all plant and animal products that come into the country. For all Australia’s natural beauty as many people flock to its diverse and charming cities, and it’s easy to see why. The bustling and cosmopolitan cities of Australia have a lot to offer in terms of art and culture… Not to mention the fact that nobody parties like the Aussies! Yet while most flock to conventional tourist traps like Sydney or Canberra or the uber hip Melbourne, spare a thought for the capital of Queenstown… Brisbane. Brisbane may not be on as many bucket lists as Sydney, but it has a whole lot to offer tourists of all ages and inclinations…
Party along the river
The beautiful Brisbane river offers a great view from which to watch the city pass by as the gentle sea breeze stirs your hair. You can party on a personalised cruise from picturesque Moreton bay on a ship like the Brazilian Breeze featured here; http://brisbaneriverandmoretonbaycruises.com.au/ or go straight on to the island resort of Tangalooma or North Stradbroke island. From there all manner of snorkelling and diving experiences will be open to you. If you haven’t swum with Australia’s diverse marine life, you simply haven’t lived.
Cuddle with koalas
The adorable koala bear (it’s not a bear, it’s a marsupial but let’s not get pedantic) is one of the country’s most iconic animals. But as urbanization increases, these special creatures are in danger of habitat loss and so need to be protected. That is why Lone Pine koala sanctuary works hard to protect these wonderful little guys. Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Founded in 1927 it is one of the few places where you can walk amongst koalas and even pet them for a small fee. You’ll also learn everything there is to know about the precious marsupial and the hard work they do at the sanctuary.
Sun yourself at South Bank
Australia’s dangerous marine life prohibits swimming in most of her seas. That’s why Brisbane has its own man made beach; South Bank Pools. Here you can swim and sunbathe, bring the whole family and fire up the barbie for that quintessential taste of Australian beach life.
Climb Mount Coot-Tha
If you have a head for heights and want to see this wonderful city from above, few vantage points provide such picturesque views as the impressive Mount Coot-Tha. Standing almost 300 meters above sea level, it’s the highest point in the city and offers stunning views as far as Moreton island on a good day. It is also home to the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.