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UnDiscover Brisbane and surrounds
Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland is the place to be! It’s buzzing dining and nightlife, exciting attractions and events, arts & culture, is the perfect backdrop to soak in the Aussie outdoor lifestyle with sub-tropical climates and botanical back yard. From abseiling down cliffs to having a dip in a beach in the middle of the city, bar hopping through historic pubs and wandering laneways, the River City will delight you at every turn.
Best of outdoor life
Bring your sunglasses and an appetite, because Brisbane’s thriving dining scene is in love with the outdoors. Check out Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane’s latest riverside entertainment and lifestyle precinct, conveniently located within Brisbane City beneath the iconic Story Bridge. Originally constructed in the 1930s, this historic space has bounced back to life and now provides the perfect setting to eat, drink, play and stay. Come on down and sample locally-brewed schooners at Felons Brewing Co, relax on the lawn with take-away fish and chips, enjoy a spritz while watching the sunset at Mr Percival’s and dine at unique restaurants including GRECA Greek Taverna with both rising stars and acclaimed chefs at their helm. Additional restaurants including ARC Dining, Stanley, Toko Brisbane and a 166 room, Art Series Hotel will open in 2019 – all with views of the vibrant city centre and Story Bridge.
UnDiscover Brisbane’s hugely popular Eat Street North Shore which is unlike anywhere else in the world. It is a unique laneway foodie market that offers a wide variety of street food along with some of Queensland’s freshest seafood and latest trending dishes, Eat Street North Shore combines delicious food, fabulous sounds of big bands & live music, special cocktails and millions of fairy lights – not to be missed every Friday, Saturday & Sundays.
Soak up the arts
Explore the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), housed in two riverside buildings at South Bank. QAGOMA's collection consists of more than 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, and the gallery presents a diverse program of Australian and international exhibitions. The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Fortitude Valley is also worth a visit; it concentrates on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists. Brisbane also boasts an exciting live music scene. Check out the line-up at The Triffid, which hosts some of music's hottest acts. For a rollicking good time, head to Lefty's Old Time Music Hall, an all-American saloon with live country music and southern bar snacks.
Nature and wildlife paradise
Right in Brisbane’s backyard, there’s an island made entirely of sand. Moreton Island may not have any sealed roads, but what it does offer is the perfect setting for coastal camping, shipwreck snorkelling, and beachside dining. Moreton Island is the backdrop for laid back beach holidays and adrenaline adventures alike. White sandy beaches line the island's ocean side and are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing, while the sheltered western side is more relaxed, with crystal clear blue water gently lapping against its shore. The Moreton Island National Park covers 98 per cent of the island's area. Spend the night at the Tangalooma Island Resort where you can have the opportunity to hand-feed the bottlenose dolphins which visit the beach each evening. The resort has a licensed feeding program and is the only place in the bay where dolphin feeding is allowed. For an adrenaline rush, join a 4WD desert safari.
Head off road to the Sunshine Coast
While there are many beautiful drives you can explore on a guided tour, there are just some places that a tour bus can’t go. The Great Beach Drive, a 200 kilometre (124 mile) wave-washed highway on the Sunshine Coast (just 2 hours’ drive north of Brisbane), is the perfect example of an incredible experience you can only have by hopping behind the wheel. You'll need a 4WD and a sense of adventure, but you’ll never forget the feeling of sand beneath your wheels as the waves crash just metres away. You’ll drive past the famous cliffs known as the Coloured Sands, and Carlo Sandblow, a massive sand dune that towers over Rainbow Beach. Extend your trip by taking your vehicle on the barge to Fraser Island - the world’s largest sand island. Drive along the beach to its northern tip or tackle the sandy rainforest tracks through the island's centre, spotting wild dingoes along the way.
Venture out in the night
Think you can only enjoy the Great Barrier Reef in the light of day? Well, think again! Head up to the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns is 2 hours by flight north of Brisbane) to enjoy one of the most unique experiences, on the reef is the Reefsleep Experience, and it’s also one of the best ways to get the reef all to yourself. Cruise Whitsundays takes small groups of visitors to its Reefworld platform for a full day of snorkelling, diving, boat and helicopter rides. When the daytrippers and other tours head back to shore at 3pm, Reefsleepers get to stay on for more swimming, dinner and a possible night dive. When the stars come out you’ll snuggle into a swag (a low tent with an in-built mattress, designed for and take a thrilling toboggan or quad bike ride down the sand dunes. Speeds of up to 40 kilometres an hour can be reached.