With 283 days of guaranteed sunshine a year, Brisbane is one of Australia’s most popular destinations. Not only is it a fantastic place to live it’s also at the top of many Australian travel itineraries. Escape the chaos of Sydney and enjoy a laidback time soaking up the Aussie sun on Australia’s East Coast.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The sanctuary at Lone Pine is known as Australia’s ‘Home of the Koalas’. Often overshadowed by the large zoos available in the country, the work that goes on caring for ill, injured and orphaned koalas is unparalleled. The team are dedicated to rehabilitating the koalas in their care and also help look after kangaroos, platypus and other native Australia species.
Climb Brisbane Story Bridge
One of the city’s most iconic landmarks, did you know that you can climb up Brisbane Story Bridge? Whilst it may not be as dominating as Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, it certainly takes nerves of steel to scale Brisbane’s equivalent.
The views 74 meters above the Brisbane River are spectacular, bridging the popular Southbank district to the CBD. The journey up and over the bridge takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes in good weather conditions and it boasts a unique vantage point of Brisbane that few get to see.
Visit the Gold Coast
Rent a car and whizz one hour south of Brisbane to the Gold Coast. The beaches are outstanding; stretches of white sand with some of the east coast’s best surfing spots. You can not only enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, but also indulge in a variety of outdoor pursuits such as hiking, paragliding and whale watching.
Car hire Brisbane Airport
If you’re wanting to get behind the wheel whilst Down Under check out the variety of rental firms available at the airport. Don’t forget to take out car hire excess cover to ensure you’re completely protected whilst visiting Brisbane.
Hike Mount Coot-tha
Once home to the Yugarapul Aboriginal people, Mount Coot-tha is an amazing mountain to scale for views of Brisbane. Also known as Honey Mountain, you can scale the terrain 287 meters up via the bush trails. Often there are people enjoying yoga at the summit upon sunrise whereas others ensure the 10km Mount Coot-tha running tour that definitely isn’t for the fainthearted. See you at the top!
Visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
If you’re visiting Honey Mountain make sure to pop in to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium too. The largest planetarium in Queensland, it features incredible star shows and stargazing at night as well as being home to the oldest asteroid fragments.
Amazingly, entrance to the planetarium is free. However, the Cosmic Skydome Shows do incur a cost.