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  • The capital of the state of Queensland, Brisbane,

  • is located inland from Moreton Bay

  • between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

  • The heart of the hilly city is its river,

  • which snakes from Mount Stanley to the Coral Sea.

  • Queensland is Australia's Sunshine State

  • and enjoys a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers

  • and warm, sunny winters.

  • In Brisbane, any time of year is a good time

  • for adventurous outdoor activities along the river or coast.

  • Experience the more relaxing side of Brisbane

  • in the parklands, museums and bars.

  • "Brissie" still has the laid-back country feel

  • that is so iconic for the land Down Under.

  • However, it is Australia's third-largest city,

  • houses over two million people, and is growing fast.

  • Start your tour of the city on Brisbane's biggest hill.

  • Mount Coot-tha was already visited by the Aboriginal people

  • up to 40,000 years ago and its name means "honey",

  • which they found here in abundance.

  • While you are here, explore the wonders of the Southern Hemisphere

  • in the Planetarium and Brisbane Botanical Gardens...

  • including the laughing kookaburra.

  • Oi, what are you laughing at?

  • Feed lorikeets and see iconic Australian wildlife

  • at the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

  • Meet kangaroos, koalas and wombats and don't miss the animal shows,

  • which demonstrate some real Aussie traditions!

  • Down river, in the central business district,

  • the Queen Street Mall displays all the country's big retail brands.

  • Visit the nearby Brisbane Museum to learn about the mining boom

  • and other events that shaped this city.

  • Exhibits show how World Expo '88 led to the transformation

  • of the river's southern bank, the city's favorite backyard,

  • which even has its own beach.

  • Spacious South Bank has many free activities and facilities

  • which attract more than 10 million people every year.

  • Cool off in a lagoon or browse the weekend markets.

  • Join the locals for a beer,

  • or visit one of the many prominent museums and theaters.

  • The Wheel of Brisbane overlooks the Cultural Forecourt,

  • a collection of Queensland's major museums and theaters.

  • Meet some prehistoric creatures,

  • admire indigenous and European modern art

  • or see a show at the Performing Arts Center.

  • From the piers at South Bank,

  • take the public ferry downstream to Newfarm Park,

  • where the restored Powerhouse has become a real institution

  • among art and music lovers.

  • On your way back, hop off at Kangaroo point to climb the Story Bridge:

  • One of the best spots to watch the sun set over the city.

  • Book your guided tour for mid afternoon,

  • because nightfall comes early in Queensland.

  • Get an early start and jump on the ferry to Moreton Island

  • for a fun day out on the beach.

  • Join a Segway tour along the shore before surfing down a massive sand dune.

  • On a hot day, snorkel around the Tangalooma wrecks,

  • or if you rather stay high and dry, book a helicopter ride instead.

  • Flying over the bay and the Coral Sea,

  • it is clear that Queensland's natural beauty merely starts in Brisbane.

  • Only two hours to the north,

  • the Great Barrier Reef is a living national treasure.

  • Brisbane has a wealth of attractions

  • and you can indulge as much as you like,

  • but in the river city of the north your are never far from nature,

  • which is free for all to enjoy!

The capital of the state of Queensland, Brisbane,

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