A holiday in Brisbane, Australia will put you in the middle of some of Queensland's most popular tourist regions. Brisbane is the capital city for the state of Queensland and a holiday in this region will provide something for all members of the family. Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and lies on the shores of Moreton Bay in the south east corner of the state. You can get to Brisbane from almost anywhere. There is an international airport so you can fly in from all domestic cities or you can catch a flight direct from many overseas locations. Brisbane car hire is also available from the airport or in the city, this will give you more freedom to explore the area. This is a modern western city and a great place to base yourself to see many local places of interest. To the east lie the calm waters of Moreton Bay which is protected from the Pacific Ocean swells by two magnificent sand islands. These are Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island and both have superb resorts so that you can stay and visit the local attractions like the rainforests, lakes and fantastic beaches. Day and extended tours to the islands are also available. Vehicular ferries from Brisbane are also available.
Brisbane itself is a fantastic city with wonderful accommodation in hotels, apartments or backpacker hostels. The city center lies on the Brisbane River which meanders through the CBD and there are lots of quiet parks and gardens along its banks to enjoy a quick cup of coffee in a great cafe or restaurant or visit Southbank, have a swim and enjoy the quiet ambience of the region. To the south along an eight lane motorway lies the Gold Coast. This is also a fantastic holiday region and it is famous for its magnificent theme parks and fantastic beaches. The theme parks can be accessed by day tour from Brisbane. To the north lies the Sunshine Coast and this is also a holiday region packed with great beaches and other attractions. The World famous Australia Zoo which was the creation of the late Steve Irwin is here and day tours from Brisbane can take you there on a daily basis. This attraction will thrill and educate you and the children will be spellbound by the fantastic displays.
Brisbane is a safe place to visit. There are all the attractions that you would expect to find in any modern western city. There are plenty of sensational theatres, museums and galleries to be enjoyed. Australia is a great sporting nation and Brisbane city caters for this. Rugy league has its headquarters at Lang Park or Suncorp Stadium, The Brisbane Lions AFL team and the Australian cricket team play at the Gabba and Ballimore is the home of Rugby Union. The new tennis stadium at Milton is world class and now hosts tournaments as a lead up to the Australian open that attracts some of the best players in the world. If you are planning a campervan or motorhome holiday in Australia then Brisbane is a great place to arrive and start your tour as the major rental companies all have large bases here. Many organized tours, especially into Queensland, originate here.
All things considered Brisbane can play a role in your Australian holiday either as a base from which to explore or as a stepping stone to the next holiday region you want to visit.
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