Brisbane Shore Excursions
A self guided walking tour is perfect for an inquisitive explorer who wants to investigate the rich history of the city center. The Brisbane Visitor Information Centre historical walking tour map is available online. Interesting sights to visit
include the Old Windmill (1828), Queensland's oldest standing building, the Commissariat Store (1829), built to service the Moreton penal colony, St Stephens, (1850), an impressive church built in neo-gothic design and the George Street Mansions (1890), an elegant set of terraces constructed to house well-to-do merchants.
South Bank Parklands
The South Bank Parklands are located on the area used by Brisbane's World Expo 88, and many of the buildings and sculptures made for the event still stand. Relax by the Nepal Peace Pagoda, a beautiful copy of a Kathmandu Temple, one of only a handful of Peace Pagodas outside of Nepal. Or sunbathe at Streets Beach, a wide curve of imported sand fronting a large lagoon.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Originally founded as a refuge for orphaned koalas, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has grown into a major zoo with a fantastic collection of Australia's animals. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Traveling to the sanctuary from the city by bus or cab takes about half an hour.
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
The Mt Coot-tha Lookout stands just 3 miles (5 km) west of the city's business district and gives a spectacular vista across the whole city. There are also a number of short, enjoyable hikes starting at the lookout, exploring the beautiful eucalyptus forest. One idea is the Summit Track - this takes you to the Aboriginal Art Trail, which is marked by tree carvings and contemporary rock paintings.
Surfers Paradise, the center of the wonderful Gold Coast, is only 55 miles south east of Brisbane. There's lots to see and do. Enjoy a lazy lunch in one of the laidback beachside cafes. Sunbathe on the gorgeous sands of Main Beach. Or take an invigorating swim in the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean.
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