Brisbane is the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane’s metropolitan area has a population around 2.3 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population around 3.4 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range.
Top five attractions for tourists in Brisbane are:
The area of Brisbane was damaged by the floods in year 1893. Therefore, the CBD was moved to the north side of the river and the area became industrialised and run-down. It was dealth a new lease on life when used for the World Expo 88 site. After Expo the area was changed into parkland. There you can find rainforest, a beach, grassy areas, the riverside promenade and a beautiful avenue shaded by an arbour of bougainvillea. Many shops and restaurants also are found, a covered auditorium, a Nepalese pagoda gifted by Nepal after Expo and the more recent addition – the Wheel of Brisbane. South Bank is also called by the home of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
The Roma Street Parkland is located in the heart of Brisbane, occupying top spot on my list of favorites. The park is considered as the world’s largest subtropical gardens in a city center, thus, the park contains a variety of themed gardens and recreational areas. Paths and boardwalks, lush greenery, traverse cascading waterways, and seasonal blooms. The walkways also serve a functional purpose in making the parkland more accessible to pedestrians, wheelchair users and strollers. Wandering along them, one will discover an ever changing view of immaculately tended gardens. 1800 unique species of plants can be found in the park. They are grown in microclimates, representative of subtropical Queensland. Flora unique to specific regions thrive in distinct precincts throughout the 16 hectares of green space. Among these are the wetland species, found flourishing around the lake. The irises are my special delight here. There’s also a subtropical rainforest that can be viewed from various levels, with a misty fern gully at its base. Plus, an arid garden showcases the stark beauty of plants from Australia’s interior.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary have cuddling a koala at any time of the day for about $16 AUD, the visitors may receive a large photograph measuring 210mm x 150mm (8.3in x 6in). Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has around 130 koalas resting on Eucalyptus tree constructions. Animals are safely out of reach, but easily photographed. There are no cages between koala and the tourists. The koalas live in different homes, according to their age and gender. These considered as the “Boys” (teenagers), the “Kindergarten” (toddlers) and the “Retirement Home” where the oldies go for a more quiet and relaxed lifestyle.
Australia Zoo is situated in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It was founded under the name of Beerwah Reptile Park by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970. Bob’s son Steve – aka ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ – created the park a popular tourist attraction and changed the name to Australia Zoo. The zoo is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association. Unfortunately Steve died in 2006 but his widow Terri maintains the zoo running. Australia Zoo won the Australian Tourism Awards for 2003-2004 in the category Major Tourist Attraction and in 2004 the first Animal Hospital was opened. The hospital was upgraded in 2008.
Mt. Coot-tha, this is where the tourist come for a great view over the capital city of Queensland. The name ‘Coot-tha’ or ‘Kuta’ was derived from the Aboriginal name for the area which meant ‘honey’ or ‘the place of wild honey’. From this look-out there are great views of Brisbane City and it’s surroundings. The city centre often has a patch of sun lighting it up, supplies for a great photo! The visitors also can see the Brisbane river, and the Mountains, like Mount Warning and Mount Barney, and on a nice clear day like when they were there, the visitors clearly see Moreton Isand in Moreton Bay and it’s islands to the East, and the Glasshouse Mountains and the D’Agilar Range to the West.