Pick up your hire car at Brisbane airport, explore this laid-back city and make your way to the beach heaven that is the Gold Coast.
"We've got rainforest in the backyard, beaches out front and in between a city of bright lights and laid-back urbanites."
Brisbane certainly has some enviable natural assets with several national parks nearby and a coastline that'll make you think you've died and gone to beach heaven.
It looks like a big city, it has everything you'd expect from a big city, but they take everything at a relaxed, small town pace. So just chill.
Brisbane may be Australia's third biggest city and Queensland's commercial heart, but the locals aren't aggressive business types, they'd rather be waxing their surfboards.
Hot, hot, hot. From November to March you'll need a bucket-load of suntan lotion. It's less oven-like the rest of the year and drier too.
Asian and Mediterranean influences vie for your attention in Brisbane. Moreton Bay Bugs, however, are what Brisbane is famous for. These crustaceans are a type of slipper lobster.
Peter Doherty. No, not that one, the one who won a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1996, and was named Australian of the Year in 1997.
During the Second World War General Douglas MacArthur made Brisbane the General Headquarters for operations in the Southwest Pacific Area.
"Beautiful one day, perfect the next", and that's just the weather according to brisbane-australia.com. The city itself is an "undulating expanse that is truly something to marvel at".
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Crack open the secrets behind one of Australia's most famous beers on a tour of the Castlemaine Brewery. Just don't get caught with a can of Foster's.
There is an on-site car park.
You could spend all day getting cultured here. In these high-brow surroundings you can catch a show, go to a gallery, do a bit of shopping and have a bite to eat.
Use the QPAC car park on Melbourne Street for $12 per visit.
Every city worth its salt has a ferris wheel these days. And this one is the best place to go for a panoramic view of Brisbane.
Use the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre car park with a starting price of $13 for a stay of up to six hours.
Scale the city's iconic bridge for some more great views and a healthy dose of exercise. Probably not for the vertigo sufferers among you.
Parking is available on both Wharf and Main streets.
This huge subtropical garden slap bang in the middle of Brisbane is home to waterways, rocky outcrops and sculptures by local artists. You'll forget you're surrounded by a city.
There is a car park area for motorists, with road access from the intersection between Wickham Terrace, College Road and Gregory Terrace.
Ever wanted to cuddle a bear? Well this is your chance. There are over 130 koalas at this sanctuary just desperate for a hug.
Head out of the city on Milton Road (Route 32) and then the Western Freeway (Number 5). Take the Fig Tree Pocket exit and you'll see the signs for Lone Pine. It's about eight miles out of the city.
Sand has never been so sexy. The beaches along this coastline will make you swoon and then reach for a surfboard. Explore them.
Head south from the city to the Pacific Motorway (1) and you'll see the signs for the Gold Coast Highway (number 2). Surfers Paradise is only 50 miles away.
Everyone loves a dolphin! You can't deny it. But even if you don't fancy frolicking with Flipper this island is worth visiting for its beaches and national parks.
Many launches leave from the Holt St Wharf in Pinkenba, approximately 15 minutes from Brisbane Airport and the City Centre. Go down Kingsford Smith Drive then, approximately a mile past the Gateway Motorway overpass, turn right into Holt Street and follow to the end.
Eat fruit, drink fruit, feed it to animals or smear it on your skin. This place proves there's a whole lot more to the stuff than having an apple a day.
It's a couple of hours' drive from Brisbane; just follow the Pacific Highway south to the Gold Coast Airport then remain on the highway for a further 10 minutes. Take the Murwullimbah Exit 40, then simply follow the signs.
" Although it's very easy to walk around Brisbane, it's too big to cover everything by foot so a hire car's a good idea. Much of the Metropolitan area consists of streets forming grids which makes it easy to navigate and find your way round. One handy thing to know: buses displaying a 'give way' sign always have right of way, so don't argue with them! "