Brisbane and surrounds

South Bank Parklands - Photo and text courtesy of Tourism QLD

As Queensland's capital, Brisbane has its very own savvy downtown precinct, which serves as a destination in its own right or as the perfect hub for exploring spectacular Moreton Bay, beaches, or many regional hinterland attractions located inside a leisurely 60 minute drive. Brisbane's active yet relaxed way of life fits perfectly with the plethora of things to see and do in and around the city.

Within 60 minutes of downtown Brisbane, so much is so close: from beaches and islands, to hinterland and country, to parks and wildlife just to name a few options.

By the Bay - taste and inhale the seafood, sandy beaches and salt air at the seaside escapes of Redcliffe, Scarborough, Shorncliffe and Sandgate, all within 30 minutes of downtown Brisbane. Idyllic island escapes are just a ferry-ride away, from Couran Cove Resort on South Stradbroke Island to Moreton Island's Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. Less than idyllic, but well worth a trip across the bay, is Brisbane's own Alcatraz - St Helena Island.

Rainforest, Hinterland & Country - nature's best is on Brisbane's doorstep. Experience a taste of rural life on a working cattle station in the scenic Lockyer Valley or Boonah Shire. Bushwalk, rock-climb, fish, four-wheel drive and horse-ride your way through authentic country towns within 60 minutes drive from downtown Brisbane.

A wealth of Brisbane visitor information is available on the popular web site.

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Sunrise over jetty, Redcliffe - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Valley markets - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Beenleigh distillery, Logan River - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD


Max temperatures of 30°C in summer and 22°C in winter.

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 Guide to Southern New South Wales Shipwrecks Guide to Southern New South Wales Shipwrecks
This book is the latest in a series of divers guides - it features 87 wrecks along the southern New South Wales coastline (includes free CD).


Encounter with a Whaleshark at North StradbrokeEncounter with a Whaleshark at North Stradbroke
Something huge was out there and from the side it looks first like a tiger shark. I mean, it was too big for a zebra shark....
Leopard Sharks Up Close and PersonalLeopard Sharks Up Close and Personal
The leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) belongs to the Order of carpet sharks (Orectolobiformes) and is easily recognisable.
Underwater Card 2