Top 10 Brisbane attractions

If you are heading to Brisbane, you can’t miss out on the best attractions that the city has to offer. Here are the 10 highest-rated things to see and do in this Australian holiday spot.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

This is, of course, the top place in the city for snuggling up with a koala. You can actually get up close and personal with them in this sanctuary, which is the most popular attraction in Brisbane. It is also home to kangaroos and other Australian native species.

Cultural Centre

Try to find a place to stay near the Grey Street area to put yourself right in the cultural centre of the city. What can you find here? As much culture as you can handle. There’s the Queensland Art Gallery, State Library, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and the Queensland Theatre Company, which makes this a very busy zone indeed.

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Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

If you want panoramic views of the city, you’ll find them here with no comparison to anywhere else. There are 52 hectares to explore, including the largest collection of rainforest trees from Australia in the world. Plenty of indigenous plants call this slice of paradise home.

Totem Poles at Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens

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South Bank

Right across from the CBD, you’ll find Streets Beach, the main hub of the South Bank. There’s a man-made lagoon here which is perfect for a swim, and there’s also the Wheel of Brisbane – similar to the London Eye, it offers great views over the rest of the city. You can take a ride at night for an even more stunning experience.

City lights at South Bank

Customs House

Those who love a bit of history will admire this 19th-century customs house, which now operates as a function centre with a restaurant and free guided tours. You can only take them on Sundays, however, so you will need to plan your visit.

CityCat

CityCats and City Ferries patrol the Brisbane River all day long. There are a total of 24 terminals along both sides of the shore, and you can purchase tickets to hop on and off all day whenever you want to. This is a great way to not only see everything from the river, but also get around the city quickly. It stretches from the University of Queensland down to the North Shore.

City Cat water taxi

Story Bridge

Who hasn’t heard of the Story Bridge? This is one of the most iconic sights of Brisbane, and it’s famous as one of the few major bridges in the world that you are allowed to climb. This is a great adventure that you just have to try before you leave the city.

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Queen Street Mall

Want to pick up some souvenirs? Make sure that you head to the Queen Street Mall. There are more than 700 shops here, with a street frontage that backs onto heritage-listed mazes of arcades. On Wednesdays, the open area by the bridge turns into a Farmer’s Market where you can buy food and craft items.

Treasury building in Queen Street

Museum of Brisbane

If you hate trawling for hours inside huge museums, then the Museum of Brisbane is perfect for you. It’s a much smaller site than you might expect, on the top floor of the City Hall, but it is jam-packed with fantastic stories – and views.

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Moreton Island

This is a great day trip for anyone staying in Brisbane. It’s a bit of a tropical paradise, with rich and lush vegetation framing sandy white beaches, 98% of the island is a national park, so it remains undeveloped.

If you want to hit all the best spots in Brisbane, then don’t miss these off your list. 

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Fun things to do in Canberra for couples

Looking for a fun-filled break with your loved one? To hit just the right note between romantic and entertaining, Canberra is a fantastic location. Here you can find plenty of culture, arts, and unusual activities, as well as more normal date options. If you are visiting Canberra as a couple, make sure that you stick these things on your must-do list.

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Walk down Lonsdale Street

If you are looking for a fun day out, you don’t need to go any further than Lonsdale Street. There are plenty of highly recommended restaurants up and down this street, making it is a great place for foodies. Food trucks, pop-up bars, and restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine occupy this area of the city. There are also trendy boutiques for you to browse after you eat. If you are interested in food or fashion, make this your first stop in Canberra – there’s definitely a his ‘n’ hers vibe here.

Browse the farmer’s market

Just about every city has a farmer’s market that you supposedly have to visit, but Canberra really does. Bonus, there are two of them. The Capital Region Farmer’s Market is home to more than 100 stalls, with fresh food as well as locally produced fruit, vegetables, and more on sale. You can get the best and freshest choices here, perfect if you are self-catering. Then there’s the Old Bus Depot Markets, where you can find arts and crafts on sale. Both are open on Sundays. Jewellery and handmade gifts are the norm, and vintage items also find their place amongst these stalls.

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Explore the National Gallery

What better place to discover art than the National Gallery? If you and your loved one enjoy strolling hand in hand past astounding works of art, then you won’t be able to get enough of this fantastic gallery space. It’s a huge collection of works from multiple eras, genres of art, and cultures, so it has a little something for everyone. No matter what kind of art you prefer to stare at for hours, you will find it here – and we all love feeling a little cultured now and then.

Date in New Acton

Even when you’re away from home, it’s still important to do Date Night. Head over to New Acton, an area outside the city centre which has plenty to offer. There is a cinema here if you want to catch a romantic movie, or you can go out to a restaurant for a candlelit meal. After you eat, be sure to head over to a bar for a drink and a dance. During the day there are also plenty of cafes where you can cuddle up.

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Canberra is definitely a city where you can enjoy a romantic break, mostly because it’s set up perfectly for nightlife as well as typical date activities. If this article has tempted you to visit, check out the great range of accommodations in Canberra, be sure to pick a central location to limit too much travelling.

I’d have to say the best part of Canberra is that there are a lot of things here that you just can’t see anywhere else, like the spectacular National Gallery. That’s what makes it such a great choice.

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5 of Australia’s best waterside hotspots

Do you love the thrill of adventure? You probably gravitate toward anything that involves adrenaline and nature. Australia is full of beautiful and scenic places to explore. When people think of a holiday they often think of beach destinations, and for good reason. Waterside venues are among the most visited in the world, especially in Australia. These destinations provide a multitude of activities for trips with friends and family. Here are a few of the best waterside hotspots in Australia.

Cairns

Cairns is the ultimate in vacation destinations. Cairns boasts a variety of activities that can be enjoyed both in and out of the water at any time of day. With top-notch beaches, Cairns is great for the sport lovers who enjoy surfing, water skiing, and jet skiing alike. On top of this, many tour companies offer sightseeing adventures like whale and shark tours out on the open ocean.

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Gold Coast

If you’re not a fan of sand, why not try somewhere that the water doesn’t lead directly to the beach? Water parks are a great destination in the hot summer months. The Gold Coast hosts numerous waterparks for great family fun for all ages. Not only is the Gold Coast home to many waterparks, but when you want to change it up, the beach is only a short distance away! It’s also perfect for extreme water sports like jet skiing and local companies like JSW Powersports can offer great deals on water sport equipment to add a bit of adrenaline to your Gold Coast trip.

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Noosa

The Sunshine Coast of Queensland is a beach lover’s dream come true. Not only is the coast home to some amazing sandy shores, but also numerous rivers and closed in bays. Noosa is a water-loving town that will satisfy anyone’s interests. Kayak down the Everglades, or surf on one of the beautiful beaches. Spend a weekend in November cheering on the elite triathletes who indulge in Noosa’s love of tri-sport races. Take a romantic walk along the beautiful walkways overlooking the canal.

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Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is one of the most premier destinations in Australia. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, visitors are often overwhelmed by the beauty of the region and sheer number of activities that are available.

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Fraser Island

Just off the Queensland coast, Fraser Island is a great resort location for any type of traveller. Listed as the largest sand island in the world, this island is great for those who want to relax on the beach or take in the stunning views of the rainforest. For those who enjoy a more tranquil swimming experience, Fraser also hosts a number of exquisite lakes that have unique characteristics of their own.

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No matter your interests, you’re bound to find something the whole family will enjoy at Australia’s many waterside hotspots. What is your favourite waterside hotspot? Post your answer in the comments below.

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5 Things To Do Before A Working Holiday

So you’ve decided that the life of a traveller is too big a commitment, but a nice break away could be the perfect alternative. Working holidays are a popular choice for young people, but it’s not as simple as just packing up and leaving. Below are five things you should make sure to sort before you even think about getting on a plane.

1. Get Qualified

If you’re about to go on a working holiday, one of the best things you can do is to make sure you’ve got some qualifications to show off. Flexible learning environments such as Careers Australia offer courses in industries from hospitality, nursing and events, through to IT, retail and transport—all industries you will find just about anywhere in the world.

2. Make a Booking

The next step is to book and pay for the big items. Flights are the first port of call; make sure you have them locked in early so you don’t have to pay a fortune for booking last minute. Also consider paying for an open-ended return ticket so you don’t get stuck cashless, and with no way home. Accommodation is your other big ticket item. Even if it’s just a hostel or a friend’s couch in the interim, it’s better than paying $100 a night for the only hotel with any vacancy.

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3. Fine Tune

The other key elements to sort out before any working holiday is applying for a visa/s, opening a bank account in your destination, and purchasing insurance. Firstly, you won’t be able to start earning without a bank account and working visa, so make sure you speak to the embassy, a travel agent, or your destination employer if you’re unsure. Insurance is also a must, not just for missed flights or lost baggage, but so your healthcare is covered abroad too.

4. Get Local

If you’re packing up your current life to go seek opportunity, income and adventure in another country, you have to know as much as possible about your destination. Do your research into local customs and currency, as well as studying some regional and country maps so you have a bit of an understanding of the layout of the place. Also research things like language, public transport, weather and what social networks are available for international workers to meet new people.

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5. Contacts

Getting your contacts in order before you leave is a must. This includes family and friends you’re leaving behind, the embassy in your destination, insurance company, employer, accommodation, and any people you might already know in your new home. Also, make sure to unlock your phone before you leave, so you can purchase a compatible sim card once you get there.

The best advice anyone can give you when it comes to the working holiday is to have a plan, which includes crossing off all the above items well in advance. Also, make sure you are always sensitive to the environment and culture of your temporary home; just because you work there, doesn’t mean you own it. Your experience will be all the more enjoyable if you try to adapt.

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Seven Australian Islands You Must Visit

Not only is Australia a giant island, but it is surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of incredible, smaller islands. Below are seven top Australian islands to visit.

Switch off from reality at Lord Howe Island

Located off the New South Wales coast, Lord Howe Island is an island of tranquillity. Small, and packed with stunning birds and rainforest, you will spend your days hiking, snorkelling, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches. If you choose to visit Lord Howe Island, accommodation is easy to find – check out resorts like Pinetrees Lodge for a truly relaxing escape.

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Lose yourself on Kangaroo Island

One of the largest islands off the Australian coast, Kangaroo Island is home to stunning beaches and plenty of native flora and fauna. The food and wine scene is also remarkable, so be prepared to loosen your belt as you tour this beautiful island.

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Drive on the beach Fraser Island

The largest sand island in the world is a perfect place to go camping off Queensland’s coast. Pack your swag in your 4WD and drive down the beach at low tide. Stop off at Lake McKenzie for a swim in the pristine fresh water, before taking a hike to the lookout point. If you’re lucky, you might see dolphins, turtles or manta rays in the surf below. Just remember not to feed the local dingoes, and store and throw away food as instructed, and you’ll have a fabulous trip.

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Get a selfie with a quokka at Rottnest Island

If you haven’t already seen them, quokkas are pretty much the most photogenic animals in the southern hemisphere. So jump on the ferry from Perth and travel across to Rottnest Island. Hire a bike (no cars allowed), and cycle your way across the island, discovering its recent history, visiting the lighthouse, and finding a quokka to take an obligatory selfie with.

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Mix with the penguins at Phillip Island

Spend your evenings admiring the Little Penguins that come in to nest on the beaches of this Victorian island. Once you’ve had your fill of cute penguins, fill your days surfing and swimming at the beautiful beaches, tasting wines at the local wineries, or even visiting the galleries for a taste of local art.

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Smile at the Tiwi Islands

Located north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are known as the ‘Islands of Smiles’ thanks to the incredibly friendly local people. Join a fishing tour and snag yourself some tasty fresh barramundi, spend the afternoons visiting the renowned art galleries, and don’t forget to chat with the island’s residents. Just remember: don’t swim in the water without checking with the locals first!

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Learn your biology at Heron Island

For fans of diving, marine biology and eco-tourism, Heron Island is the perfect location. Established with a research station and focus on marine preservation, it’s a great place to visit for a tropical island holiday for the whole family. Leave the kids with the Junior Rangers (they will love it), and spend the day snorkelling and the evening drinking cocktails by the water. Pure bliss!

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These are just seven of Australia’s magnificent islands. Which ones have you visited?

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