Southern Cross Motel & Serviced Apartments

715/747 Main St, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, 4169, Australia
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One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by stevehancock

I will be in Brisbane returning from Papau New Guinea in late October. I arrive around 5:00 into Brisbane and will have most of the next day to sight see. I would like to travel north the evening that I arrive and see the coast and possibly the Great Barrier Reef. IS this possible,...and if so where should I go?

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by JohanIsWeg

Just confirm mate... you're arriving at 5am and will have only that and the next day to sightsee? When and from where are you flying out?

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by TheWanderingCamel

The closest part of the Great Barrier Reef to Brisbane is Lady Elliot Island, off the coast from Bundaberg and about 370 kilometres north of Brisbane. I think the only way you could do this is by taking a day trip from Brisbane, and as far as I can see there is only one on offer, at a fairly heft $700.

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by pedroswift

Not do-able. How about Australia Zoo?
That's manageable.

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by Mikebb

Hire a car at airport and drive up to the Sunshine coast only an hour away, further 30 minutes brings you to Noosa Beach, a fabulous place.

When we were in Noosa 2 years ago we took a day tour to Fraser Island, just fantastic, photos on my pages. Research your trip you may be able to fit this in, it would mean prebooking your 4 wheel drive tour.

Good Luck,


Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by wise23girl

I think you may not understand the distance involved. Even the good idea of Noosa might be impossible if you fly out Day 2.

If you hire a car and you are driving back to airport you will have traffic to contend with if you fly out Day 2.And then there is check in time at airport.

Pedmars idea of Australia Zoo is more manageable and there is some transport available.Or just spend time on Sunshine Coast. We can give you more info on Sunshine Coast if need be.

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by adelaidean

I think that the trip to Sunshine coast is very doable...We did the 4 wheel drive trip as well..and its fantastic...sese as much as you can!

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by 1+1

You would have been better off taking the flight with the stop over in Cairns rather than Brisbane. You'd be close to the reef there. Brisbane, as others have pointed out, is a long way off. Change your flight to Cairns, if you can't then forget the reef and concentrate on things that are closer.

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by lynnehamman

I second the idea of flying into Cairns instead of Brisbane. There is a LOT that you csn see & do from Cairns- Port Douglas is 45 min drive from Cairns, and you can see the Reef out of Cairns or Port Douglas.
Distances a VAST in Australia,

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by zanzooni

If you are in Brisbane, you can and should do Noosa/Noosa Head/ and Noosa River. It is manageable on a day trip as I did it while in Auz. In fact, you can do the scenic route up the coast line from Brissy to Noosa and back down again in about 8 hours, which includes stopping for some sights. Include Glass House Mt. as well as Steve Irwin's Zoo. I did that as well as a short walk at Noosa Head's Park, went to the river and walked about, stopped at a visitor's center at Noosa River, etc., etc. I loved Noosa and want to return at some point. It's too far to do the Reef, but that coast line has some pristine beaches, great surfing and scuba diving. It's not good for snorkeling though. ~

Re: One hour north of Brisbane....what to do?

by winechick78

If you do decide to stay in Brisbane and see the city, you may want to check out the Brisbane 1-Day Itinerary at

Travel Tips for Brisbane

Go to one of the parks and let...

by kathyceo

Go to one of the parks and let the small kangaroos come up to you. Put one of the small varieties on your lap like a small dog--they are so soft and cute! I loved the kangaroos! Don't bother with the koala bears, they are not soft, and they stink! (Funh to watch tho). My hosts owned a sailboat, so we sailed the coastline and slept out on the water, it was just perfect weather.


by balhannah

It is Sunday 4 October 2009, and a new $63.3 million pedestrian / cycling bridge in Brisbane is opened.
The bridge, which is expected to have 36 500 people cross it each week, was originally known as the Tank Street Bridge and received its new name "Kurilpa" through a public naming competition.

Its new name is ‘Kurilpa’ .......which is Aboriginal word meaning “place for water rats”.
This name was also used by the original Aboriginal inhabitants for the West End area.

The bridge joins the cultural precinct of South Bank (adjacent to the Gallery of Modern Art) to the city. If you’re doing a walk along the river, this bridge will provide a short cut to Roma Street Parkland. The bridge stretches from the North Quay end of Tank Street in the city to Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane, adjacent to the new Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Anyone who's heading to...

by Krystynn

Anyone who's heading to Australia MUST try and learn some Aussie slang. :-D

It's pretty fun and it's no sweat. Believe me, what you think some of the words REALLY mean may not be what it really is! So, memorize some important phrases before you go, mate. Have fun!

Granite Belt

by urbangorilla

Not off the beaten path, but a fair drive from Brisbane the Granite Belt is a region with rugged country side made up of huge granite boulders and mountains. In winter this area is the coldest part of Queensland, with night time temp's dropping to near or below 0c at times. Excellent area for walks, camping and long treks.
The most popular and accessible area is Girraween National Park, on the border with NSW, about 30km south of the town of Stanthorpe. Good spot to camp and base yourself for walks. The Pyramid is the main attraction; a hill made of granite and and it's big, BIG - as in it takes 40min's or so to climb up it (see pic's). There's two, the second Pyramid requires mountain climbing gear to scale.

XXXX Brewery

by Amareyui

I initially thought there might be some underlying meaning behind the brand name XXXX. But after having a tour in the XXXX brewery in Milton, the spokeperson clarified that, there was nothing behind it.
The beer making process was not very interesting, but I did manage to hold on to two things.
1. Beer was used as a type of distilled water during the nineteenth century when much of the major European cities' water sources were polluted.
2. The four main ingredients to make beer are barley, hops, yeast and water. Sugar is extracted from the barley, hops are added for bitterness, then yeast goes to work and converts much of the sugars into alcohol. While these are the building blocks, many breweries and home brewers add extras to make subtle, or not-so-subtle, changes to their beers.

Address: Black Street, Corner of Paten Street, Milton, Brisbane City 4064 Queensland, Australia


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