The Sunshine State of Queensland is located on the north east of the island nation of Australia. It is home to a third of Australia’s 30 largest cities and has slowly developed into a much-loved tourist destination of the country. The largest city of the state, Brisbane, along with the neighboring Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, attract millions of tourists every year with their natural beauty, heritage charm, and diverse culture. From a quiet family outing to wild celebrations with friends, there is something for everyone.
- Fortitude Valley
Located just a kilometer from the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley is regarded as one of the primary hubs of Brisbane nightlife and adult entertainment. This cultural core of the city is home to innumerable restaurants, bars, clubs, malls, and the Brisbane Chinatown. It is often recommended to start the walk at the Brunswick Mall on Brunswick Street at the city end. Running parallel to Brunswick Street Mall is the Chinatown Mall – the central hub of the city’s Chinatown that welcomes every visitor with the typical Chinese arched gate.
Maroochydore is a popular commercial urban area and is a central point to many of Queensland’s popular tourist resorts. It is located along the southern border of the Sunshine Coast Airport. Maroochydore is known as a major venue for surfing carnivals and the Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli. From the 1970s, the hamlet of Bli Bli has become a major tourist attraction for its fairy-tale Sunshine Castle. Built in the Norman architectural style, this exciting and unique landmark has medieval additions like moats, turrets, and a drawbridge. Actors dressed as knights and medieval merchants not only entertain the crowd, they also offer lessons in sword fighting. Castle Walks and Treasure Hunts engage the old and the young alike.
- King George Square & Brisbane City Hall
Located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street in Brisbane is the King George Square. Built in the first quarter of the 20th century, this open square is home to the Brisbane City Hall. The square was widened and renamed in 1936 after the death of King George V and a statue was installed of the departed king. The Brisbane City Hall is a heritage listed building that was built in the 1920s. This iconic building is a major city landmark. The City Hall was the tallest building in the city when it was opened in 1930. The observation platform above the clock tower offers spectacular views of the city.
- Cathedral of St. Stephen
The Cathedral of St Stephen was built between 1864 and 1922 and has a Roman Catholic affiliation. It was built in a Gothic Revival style of architecture. The foundation stone was laid in 1863 with a vision to build a grand ornate church. However, the economic depression in the late 19th century downsized it to a third of the original plan. It was solemnized in 1874. Major restoration and extension of the cathedral was completed in as late as 1989, the year in which it was also consecrated.
- Roma Street Parkland
16 hectares of subtropical garden at the heart of the city makes the Roma Street Parkland the largest of its kind in the world. Easily accessible through the historic Roma Street Station, the parkland is adjacent to the Brisbane Transit Centre. Cradled amidst the web of boardwalks and pathways, the Roma Street Parkland features a wide variety of recreational parks and themed gardens. With rocky outcrops, cascading waterways, and many artworks by local artists, it is a paradise amidst the busy concrete jungle.
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world, having been founded in 1927. It is named after the lone hoop pine. Spread over 4.6 hectares, the sanctuary started with two koalas – Jack and Jill. Today it is the home to 130 koalas along with many kangaroos, wombats, dingoes, and other Australian native animals. The sanctuary is one of a kind in the world and is the perfect place for a visit by the whole family. It is one of the very few sanctuaries where one can hold a koala – for a fee. The sanctuary is also home to kangaroos and many species of birds.
- Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads is a Gold Coast suburb popular for its surf break, numerous shopping centers, fabulous scenery, and a warm vibrancy that goes up a few notches on the weekends with street performers, barbecues, and dance sessions. The patrolled beaches of Burleigh are lined with natural parklands and dotted with picnic spots. There are also many opportunities for al fresco dining. James Street, with the perfect feel of a seaside village straight out of the movies, also has a number of stores selling souvenirs and local products. With many opportunities for bird watching, even the nature lovers have something for them at Burleigh.
- Gold Coast Hinterland
Located inland from the coastal strip of Gold Coast, the Hinterland is home to many national parks, lush rainforests, bush walks, local wineries, and quaint communities. Contradicting the hustle and bustle of the tourist spots, the Hinterland is one of the best kept secrets of the region that transforms a visitor with the peace and tranquility of nature. Largely undeveloped, the valley brings one face to face with the mysticism and beauty of nature.
- Gold Coast Beach Resorts
Gold Coast is known for its beautiful and unique beaches and foreshores. The iconic Surfers Paradise suburb is one of the foremost coast-destinations of Australia, attracting tourist from different parts of the globe. A must-visit is the Beachfront Markets – a perfect place for bargain hunters, with free live entertainment by street performers, setting up the perfect holiday backdrop. With al fresco dining, chic shopping boutiques, and a stylish beachside area, neighboring Main Beach is the place to be for the ones who want to splurge. Broadbeach is a suburb of the Gold Coast that is popular for its wide expanse of sand beaches and the adjoining parklands. It is also regarded as a Mecca for dining with its myriad of gourmet delis, brasseries, and champagne salons.
- South Bank
The South Bank precinct is aptly named for its location on the southern banks of the River Brisbane. It is an educational, cultural, and recreational hub and has a number of notable attractions. The South Bank Parklands is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state, attracting an estimated 11 million visitors every year. The most dominating landmark in this neighborhood is the Wheel of Brisbane Ferris Wheel. Other notable attractions include the Queensland Cultural Center, Queensland Maritime Museum, Nepal Peace Pagoda, and the multi-award-winning man-made Streets Beach.
Originally posted 2017-05-19 07:46:50.