|Discover the gems of Southern Queensland|
Embark on a self-drive adventure in Southern Queensland, starting your journey from north Brisbane through the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast regions, south from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and for the more adventurous traveller, west from, Brisbane to Southern Queensland Country. Stop over for overnight at Mooloolaba or Noosa to enjoy a relax evening.
Whale Watching Capital of the World
The Home of the Late Steve Irwin
If you are on the Sunshine Coast on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, be sure to head for the famous Eumundi Markets! This colourful outdoor market features over 500 stalls selling everything from organic carrots and handmade chocolates to toys and local crafts. Kids will have a ball having their faces painted by a fairy whilst adults are entertained by roving musicians!.
Noosa, Sunshine Coast’s Food Capital
The Sunshine Coast, just an hour north of Brisbane, is renowned for its stunning coastline, beautiful country and colourful markets such as the Noosa Farmers Market and Eumundi Markets for fresh gourmet produce and local arts and crafts.
Queensland’s largest and most awarded winery is just a 30-minute drive from Brisbane. Enjoy wine tasting at Sirromet and be sure to dine at Restaurant Lurleen’s, its much celebrated restaurant with lovely views of the rolling greens, vineyards and nearby bays. It boasts numerous awards including 'Australia's Best Restaurant in a Winery' and 'Best Tourism Restaurant'.
Halal eateries for Muslim visitors
Brisbane and Gold Coast in Queensland offer a diverse range of dining experiences to suit any traveller’s needs, including a good number of Halal restaurants that cater to its Muslim visitors. http://www.visit-queensland.com/iss/emerging-markets/travel-info/mosques-and-halal-restaurants.cfm
The Natural Wonder of the Great Barrier Reef
Stretching over 2,300 km in length - The Great Barrier Reef is a must-see in every traveller’s itinerary to Australia. It is the only natural wonder visible from space! From Gold Coast or Hervey Bay, you can access the southern-most tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island, by scenic flight. Once on the island, you will find yourself in a marine haven touted to be one of the best diving and snorkelling spots at the Great Barrier Reef. Gasp at the beautiful corals and frolic in the waters with resident population of manta rays and colourful fish.
Up Close Encounter with Wild Dolphins
Not many places in the world allow you to get up close to wild dolphins, let alone hand-feed them and Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island is one such destination. For more than 10 years, a pod of bottlenose dolphins has been delighting visitors by swimming to the shore every night and eating from their hands. You can also get a bird’s eye view of these incredible creatures from the jetty.
Discover the Natural Heritage Sites
Head to the Gold Coast hinterland, a 40-minute drive inland from Surfers Paradise where you’ll find World Heritage Rainforests of Mt Tamborine, Springbrook National Park, Lamington National Park, Natural Bridge and O'Reilly's, Tamborine, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. The Natural Arch at Springbrook National Park is home to Australia's largest glow worm colony and at night, hundreds of glow worms light up the cave creating a magical effect. Drive north to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand! Hop on a 4WD tour across 75 miles of unspoilt beaches.
Dubbed the River City, one of the best ways to see Brisbane from a different angle is on board one of the many river cruises such as the City Cat ferry or sign up for a guided bicycle tour. South Bank, in the heart of the city by the river, is a lovely precinct with lush parks, cafes, a large man-made beach and lagoon, and colorful weekend markets. Shop at Queen Street Mall and funky precincts such as Fortitude Valley with its groovy fashion outlets, a lively music and culture scene and trendy bars. Not to-be-missed every Friday & Saturday from 4-10pm is 'Eat Street Markets’: Brisbane’s newest and most interactive market experience at Hamilton Wharf.
Kids, and even adults, will have such a blast at Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Currumbin Sanctuary and Paradise Country Farm.
Try an adrenaline pumping jetboat ride or do a Skypoint climb. You can also learn to surf from one of the many professional surf instructors along the world famous Surfers Paradise.
Explore Mount Tamborine & Lamington National Park on a Southern Cross 4WD Tour complete with BBQ lunch at a private 400 acre property. Or catch the sunrise on a Hot Air Balloon and descend to a yummy champagne breakfast in a vineyard.