Welcome back to Australia!
This time I’ll be taking you north of Sydney (and the state of New South Wales) to the state of Queensland and it’s capital, Brisbane.
Situated in north-eastern Australia, Queensland is a tourist hot spot due to attractions such as ‘The Great Barrier Reef,’ ‘The Daintree Rainforest,’ along with the multitudes of islands such as ‘The Whitsundays.’ It is literally a natural paradise for those wanting to get away for a bit.
However, for the purpose of this blog post (and due to the fact that Queensland is such a large state), I’ll be focusing only on South-East Queensland and will be covering Far-North Queensland at a later date.
How to get there?
From Sydney there are multiple ways of getting to Brisbane. You can drive, which is about a 10 to 12 hour drive from Sydney, take a regional train… or my personal favourite (because it’s the fastest), fly. Flight time out of Sydney Kingsford Smith airport is roughly about an hour to an hour and a half, with flights being reasonably priced.
There’s a reason Queensland is called ‘The Sunshine State’ by us Aussies, so remember to pack sunblock or buy there and please do remember to wear it, even if traveling in winter. Also, staying hydrated is essential, so when going out remember to pack water, especially if you plan on hiking into some of the forests! And, always follow the guides and locals advice!
Welcome to North Stradbroke Island…
North Stradbroke or ‘Straddie’ (as the locals call it) is an island located within Moreton Bay, approximately 30 km south-east of Brisbane. The easiest way to get there, is by driving and then by ferry, or by tour bus.
Travel though the amazing Moreton Bay, with it’s still waters and see some of the amazing islands along the way towards North Stradbroke Island…
North Stradbroke Island is a tiny little oasis for beaches, swimming lakes and amazing views overlooking the ocean, as well as spotting some of Australia’s most unique wildlife!
Welcome to Moreton Island and Tangalooma Island Resort…
Moreton Island, is an island located 58 km west of Brisbane. It is the third largest sand island in the world (with number one and two spot being held by Fraser Island and North Stradbroke Island, both also in Queensland). To get to Moreton Island, you need to take a 75 minute ferry ride from Brisbane.
Located on the west side of Moreton Island, is the Tangalooma Island Resort. Originally an old whaling station, this resort gives it’s guests the opportunity to go snorkeling/scuba diving in old ship wrecks, tobogganing on sand dunes and a chance to feed wild dolphins. It is now a site used to educate people on the conservation of marine life.
Welcome to the Gold Coast and Springbrook National Park…
Welcome to the Gold Coast, a city just 66 km south-southeast of Brisbane and just immediately north of the state boarder with New South Wales (my home state!). It is a major tourist hot spot and while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Surfer’s Paradise Beach!
Springbrook National Park is a protected national park just 100 km south of Brisbane, within the Gold Coast hinterland area of Queensland. It is just one of a series of protected rainforests within Queensland, and is well worth a day stop for some hiking and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Because we were so close to the state boarder, the driver was nice enough to take us across to my home state of New South Wales, he even said I could walk home… buuuut that’s a bit too much of a walk for me… =P
Welcome to Brisbane…
Last but not least…
Welcome to Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, and Australia’s third most populous city, is situated along the Brisbane River in the south east corner of Queensland.
While in Brisbane, there are many things to do, like visiting the ‘The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary,’ or visiting ‘The South Bank Parklands,’ among many more attractions… Just a short drive away is also ‘Australia Zoo’ made famous by Steve Irwin.
Well that’s it folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick glimpse into just one part of Australia!
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