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Cairns to Byron Bay Road Trip
Instead, we spent a rainy day & night in Brisbane City, completing visa paperwork at the Thai Embassy (for a 6-month tourist visa to Thailand…that’s another story).Lolly McCafferty
Leaving my heart behind
I’ve been in Noosa for a little over a month, and it was just way too short for me. I’m still missing it, and the beautiful people I met. But the day I left was also the day that I finally could pick up my best friend from Brisbane Airport to celebrate life with him for 2,5 weeks. The day before I left I felt so many things at the same time. I didn’t want to leave. And deep in my heart I knew I’d come back to this place. The place where my inner rainbow came out. I had some crazy, deep conversations with one of my roommates, and I’ll never forget about her. I’ve had some crazy nights with my other roommates. We cried, we laughed, we talked, we drank, we smoked, we did everything together. And it really was the best time ever. No wonder why people are so super relaxed over there. Can’t wait to get back there.robin-hilster
The Insider's Guide to Brisbane's CBD
While Australia may be the deadly island where every evil creature that ever roamed the earth resides, we have some damn nice cities. Take Brisbane: river cruises, unique festivals, and enough trees to coat the moon. While it may not be as ubiquitously known as New York City or Tokyo, it’s still on the map – and visits don’t have to be expensive! Here’s the insider’s guide to the sights of Brisbane’s CBD.Alexandra Tolley
Cairns: A perfect winter getaway
Recollecting our time we spend there, I can still feel the warm air which was a much needed change from the Australian winter we were getting used to in Brisbane! Our first day passed with us just walking around the town and exploring Cairns, but everywhere we walked; there were these tours to the Reef and various adventure trips that were offered to us! Mind you, you won’t lack choices while deciding what you want to do there.Bhairavi Jaiswal
Brisbane & Central Queensland
Brisbane & Central Queensland Whales: Hervey Bay, approx. 3,5 hours from Brisbane Each year a large number of whales migrate north along the eastern coast of Australia. During this period of time it is possible to go on whale watching trips from several different locations along the coast. One of the more popular places to do so is the town of Hervey Bay. During the season several whale watching boats depart from Hervey Bay marina each day. The size of the boats and what is included in the price varies from company to company. Blue Dolphin Marine Tours is the company for you if you are interested in a more intimate experience on a smaller boat.Sofie M. Wulff
This year I am in Australia, without my family and without all those tradition. I am in Brisbane and it is 30 degrees – so no snow and definetly not cold. We can not bake cookies without an oven in the hostel. So you not really have this christmas feeling in the beginning of December like at home.travelgirl
In order to get to Heron Island, you need to take a ferry from Gladstone which is located 442 kilometers north from Brisbane on the east coast. From Brisbane and other Queensland cities in driving distance you can get there by Greyhound Australia, or if you are located another place in Australia or want to spare some time you can get some pretty good deals on domestic travel with Virgin Australia. Once in Gladstone you have can either get there by ferry with prices from 60 AUD one-way, or you can get there by a seaplane which will take you there with prices from 338 AUD one-way. If you want a very special experience, you also have the opportunity of getting their with a helicopter. This way of transport is expensive but gives you an amazing view as you fly across the Great Barrier Reef. Prices with helicopter can take you there from 395 AUD one-way.Jonas Skaaning
Driving through Queensland
The trip from Brisbane to Cairns was supposed to be the last part of my road trip along the eastcoast, before going back to Germany after 7 months of traveling through Southeast Asia and Australia.Julian
Queensland: Surfers Paradise
Heading over at the beginning of February, we knew it would be hot. Very hot. Auckland was having a hot muggy summer, but nothing can describe the heat and humidity on a 34 degree Celsius day, the average for Gold Coast in Summer. And what better to do, on a day with a “feels like” temperature of 37 degrees celcuis, than put on a full length jumpsuit, a safety harness and a sun hat, and climb Australia’s tallest outdoor observation area, the Q1 buildings SkyPoint climb. 270m up in the sky, we got the most amazing view I’ve witnessed yet. From Coolangatta in the south, to Brisbane in the north on a good day. The sea stretches in to the horizon, and the mountains peak on the other side. I can’t lie. The climb itself was absolutely terrifying. Single file up narrow, steep ladder, with a handrail on one side, and drop to the other. Despite several reassurances that the safety cables combined could sustain the weight of a car, I didn’t fancy trying my luck leaning over the edge. Gold Coast city isn’t as well known for its waterways, despite them being nine times the length of Venice’s, but from so high up there’s no denying how far they spread. It’s hard to find a house in Gold Coast that isn’t a 30 seconds walk from some sort of water. After plenty of photo’s, history lesson’s (both on the development of Gold Coast and the various surrounding shipwrecks) and a game of “Spot your hotel”, it was time to head down the equally as narrow, steep stairs, and back inside to take off those jumpsuits. Swiftly followed by a drink upstairs on the observation deck, and one of the greatest burgers I’ve ever had.Tash Knight
Gold Coast, Australia : The perfect holiday destination
Gold Coast happens to be Australia’s entertainment capital is where the rib tickling Bollywood blockbuster movie called ‘Singh is King’ was shot. Often confused with Brisbane by the outsiders, Gold Coast has a charm of its own. It’s one of those cities that offers two opposite kinds of lifestyle- one full of hustle-bustle, and the other with beyond imagination #chill ; which means anybody from Shakespeare’s 7 stages of life can revel Gold Coast!Aakansha Gurnani
Lip Falls is located in Denham Scenic Reserve, in Beechmont. Beechmont is a quiet town west of Burleigh Heads and south of Mount Tamborine. The properties are large and often have cows or veggie gardens. It takes on average, around an hour and 15 minutes to get there from Brisbane CBD. The first time I visited Lip Falls, we spent a good quarter of an hour trying to find it, as the entrance is tucked away between properties with little signage to indicate that there is even a walking track there. In a way, I appreciate it being a little harder to find; it makes it feel like I did as a child exploring the campgrounds.Angela Vaughan
Explore South Bank - Brisbane
As a seasoned Sydneysider I have always thought of Brisbane as a sleepy over-sized country town, but since the devastating floods of 2010, Queensland’s ‘New World City’ has undergone a dramatic face-lift, and its trendy South Bank has now become one of Australia’s top tourist hot-spots.Diana Jane Heath
Queensland: Dolphin feeding on Moreton Island
But that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the experience of feeding a wild (!) dolphin by hand. Tangalooma Island Resort just a few hours from the heart of Brisbane offers the same opportunity – and it’s doable in just one day!Lisa
Brisbane: 7 Lovely Places to Visit.
Hello, there! I decided to write about Brissie because I lived there last year and I felt in love with this amazing place! So I would like to recommend you visiting 7 places if you are in this city of Australia. Let´s go! South Bankwww.travelwithlaureen.com
The Best of Brisbane on a Budget
Brisbane… on a Budget? Brisbane is a well-loved city, which doesn’t feel like a city at all. Think more large country town with friendly people and no subways… That’s more like it! As the state capital of Queensland, many travellers pass through as they journey up or down the infamous East Coast of Australia. However, when people think of cities, many no doubt imagine that to enjoy yourself, you will need a hefty wad of spare cash. When it comes to Brisbane, think again! With a huge wealth of activities and sights on offer that won’t force you to not eat for a week, it’s no wonder Brisbane is so highly regarded by travellers and locals alike.rosie-cox
So this is why they call it the sunshine state. While our northern hemisphere counterparts are shovelling snow and struggling to cover every inch of their bodies against the icy wind, Queenslander noses are turning red for a very different reason. The summer sun in Brisbane is unrelenting and unforgiving. Kids run around with their fluoro zinc war paint on, drenched in sweat and water gun ammo. Adults stay as still as possible under the shade of a palm or giant Moreton Bay fig tree, moving only to swat away a fly or take their shift as barbecue sentry. The air is thick with the scent of frangipanis and sausage sizzles.Wanderlust_1991
Latvian girl exploring Brisbane!
Latvian girl exploring Brisbane!Stjuxa
Brisbane: All that you should know about this icredible city
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is the third most populous city in Australia. I’ve been living here for almost two years and have had many experiences and many different feelings from the beginning until now, I want to share all that I have found here with everyone who wants to come to this part of the world and explore this amazing city.Santiago Vargas
Byron Bay Lighthouse - More than a light on a rock
Sadly enough to say, I am one of those Australians that may not realise just how lucky they are to live in this beautiful country! I have lived in Australia for 28 and a half years (it would be longer, but that’s only how long I have been alive for), and over 3 of those years have been in Brisbane, Queensland. Now within easy driving distance from Brisbane (2 hours on a good day, 5 if someone forgets how to drive on the Pacific Highway), is a beautiful coastal tourist mecca called Byron Bay. My point? For some inexplicable reason, I have talked about visiting Byron Bay since I moved to Brisbane. On any given day, it wouldn’t be unusual to hear me say ‘you know where we should go to / where I want to go to / gosh I would love to go to – Byron Bay’. But somehow sleeping, eating homemade cookie dough and housework always seemed to take up my entire weekend. So when my husband suggested that we actually stop talking about Byron and actually VISIT Byron, I remembered why I continued to keep him around – he has some genuinely good ideas! So we booked a room, packed the car and prayed that the highway was clear (which thankfully it was).Emma Denning
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