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The cool and casual capital of Queensland offers all the glitz and glam of a big city without the big city airs. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills, this urban oasis sure is easy on the eyes. Whether you're headed uptown, downtown or out of town, you'll be sure to encounter your fair share of first-ever experiences. Scale the legendary Story Bridge, take a sandboarding tour on North Stradbroke Island. Or if you'd like to connect with your inner Aussie, try your hand at sheep shearing at the Australian Woolshed.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
If finding furry Australian natives is on your to-do list, take a tour of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - it's the largest in the world. Here you can spend some quality time with the resident kangaroos and even cuddle a koala.
Travel about an hour from Brisbane to visit the Australia Zoo, home to the late "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin. Escorts from the Australia Zoo will take you to see the famous Croc Show. After the show, explore the zoo on your own.
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Enjoy a scenic drive to "Gallery Walk." Then, it's off to a well-known winery for wine tasting. Enjoy lunch at St. Bernard's, one of the most popular and historic pubs in the area. After lunch, make your way to the Gold Coast. Enjoy some free time before returning to Brisbane.
You don't have to go far to go green. Brisbane is home to the world's largest subtropical city garden, the Roma Street Parkland. So, get ready to put some miles on the soles of your shoes. There are a ton of trails to wander and nearly 100,000 varieties of plants and shrubs to admire.
Those looking to take it up a notch (literally) can sign up for a Story Bridge Adventure climb and enjoy the views as you ascend the almost 20-story celebrated city landmark. If there were ever a chance to conquer your fear of heights, this is it!
There are countless places to get your shop on in Brisbane but the Queen Street Mall is the mecca of them all. Here you'll find the largest collection of funky shops and trendy fashion houses. And for the shopaholics in the group, don't worry, there are even more unique boutiques in The Valley, South Bank, China Town, etc., etc., etc.
Make your trip complete with a pint of genuine Aussie ale. Connoisseurs (anyone looking to score a few samples) will enjoy a tour of the XXXX Ale House. You'll learn all about the 125-year-old heritage of brewing and what makes up the legendary recipe. And did we mention a few samples?
The local currency used in Brisbane is the Australian dollar (AUD). Credit cards are widely accepted. And you can use your ATM card at banks around the country as long as your card is connected to the international banking network. Travelers checks are also accepted.
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Learn more about this port city with this tourist information guide.