|Subject: Hometown - Brisbane/Gold Coast/in-between (Qld, Australia)|
Responding to the great new thread idea - showing visitors Your Hometown...
I live half-way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Sacrilegious as it may be for an Aussie and Queenslander at that, I'm
not actually a beach-goer!
But when we have guests - and depending on their ages and inclinations,
and the weather - contrary to popular advertising, it's not sunshine *every*
day of the year ;-) - we might take them to:
South Bank Parklands, Brisbane Great area just across the river from Brisbane City (walk over via the new pedestrian bridge, or catch a City Cat ferry) Over there are our Art Gallery, Museum, an IMAX theatre and cinemas, great markets (Fri night and weekends) and a great family entertainment outdoor area/complex including a patrolled/life-guard beach/pool, BBQs, mini amphitheatre for shows, shops, restaurants...
Tamborine Mountain (Gold Coast hinterland) Great markets every other Sunday, nice little winery (maybe more than one!), some great weekend getaways accom (from B&B to the more luxurious), lovely eateries and beautiful views, shops, O'Reilly's (, bush walks, accom, bird-watching, hand-feed wild parrots (lorikeets, rosellas, king parrots), tree top boardwalk)
Theme Parks (if you are so inclined) Half way to Gold Coast - Movie World (small scale version of Universal Studios) Gold Coast - Sea World Half way to Gold Coast - DreamWorld Half way to Gold Coast - Wet&Wild (water fun park with dive-in movies during summer) Gold Coast - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (feed North of Brisbane - Australia Zoo (The Crocodile Hunter's Zoo :))
Mt Cootha Take a drive up for a wonderful lunch or dinner (perhaps at The Summit restaurant) and a great view of the city.
University of Queensland, St Lucia campus During the flowering season for the Jacarandas (varies from Sept - Nov) the grounds down by the river and lakes are covered in purple carpet - the shed flowers are amazing. Nice cafes, or picnic by the lakes with the ducks!
Beaches :) (all second hand information as it's been yonks since I've been there...) *** Please swim between the flags *** Currumbin (north of the Gold Coast) - beaches! Gold Coast - a bit too touristy/commercial but still famous beach Noosa (hour and a bit north of Brisbane) - shops, nice beach, up market
Australian Wool Shed (just north of Brisbane) Australiana, demonstrations - Sheep shearing, mustering. Good fun :)
Further afield... Montville and Maleny are a nice day trip up in the mountains...
Who knows what I've forgotten! :) Megan Brisbane, Australia