Brisbane: Gateway to the Gold Coast

Photo Credit: Christolakis via photopin cc

Photo Credit: Christolakis via photopin cc

Queensland’s capital of Brisbane not only offers one of the most vibrant city atmospheres but also provides holidaymakers with access to some of Australia’s most stunning natural beauty spots.

If you’re one of the five million people heading for the land Down Under and taking flights to Brisbane this year make sure to take the time to get out of the city and explore the magnificent Gold Coast attractions.

In a class of its own

Brisbane more than holds its own when it comes to city attractions, culture and nightlife. Start off with a Brisbane River cruise, which is a cost-effective tour option allowing you to view sights such as Story Bridge and Kangaroo Points Cliffs. Spend some time cycling through the City Botanical Gardens or have a picnic in Rainforest Green — a sub-tropical rainforest at the beautiful South Bank. Take in as many of the urban villages as you can but be sure to visit the city’s quirky markets, including the Bleeding Hearts City Market famous for locally produced artisan goods.

Brisbane has a thriving arts, entertainment and restaurant scene including the stylish stores of Adelaide Street, a diversity of performing arts and exhibitions at the Queensland Cultural Centre as well as a wealth of restaurants, cafes, and bars at Queen Street Mall.

Coastward bound

You cannot visit Brisbane without taking a trip along the Pacific Coast Touring Route and a few days at least should be kept free for this adventure. Every day brings something different here, and you won’t need a big bag of cash to enjoy the scenery and some of the world’s best beaches. Driving the Gold Coast from Brisbane through to Cairns will include attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and Hinchinbrook. The Gold Coast is the place for surfing, diving and relaxing on immense white sands as well as viewing sights such as the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Wooroonooran National Park.

Build up for the beach experience

The Gold Coast is a place of unimaginable beauty and visitors should prepare themselves for a sensory overload. Make an itinerary of the places of interest you don’t want to miss, and set aside approximately a week to tour the area. Sail from Airlie Beach to any of the over 70 white sand Whitsunday Islands if you’re looking for that Robinson Crusoe beach experience. You can of course stay closer to Brisbane and take the 130km drive north to the beaches, national parks, and sophisticated nightlife at Noosa.

Whether you’re visiting for the city sights and nightlife, the breathtaking coastal scenery or for the Great Barrier Reef and diving, Brisbane will offer something new every day.

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