State of Queensland Favorites

  • Gold Coast
    Gold Coast
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  • Gold Coast
    Gold Coast
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  • Currumbin Creek - Gold Coast
    Currumbin Creek - Gold Coast
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State of Queensland Favorites

  • Information

    Brisbane Favorites

    Looking to book some local or overseas travel? Seeking enlightenment on where to go and what to do? There is an annual Travel Expo held on a weekend in February at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre which is located at South Brisbane close to the Cultural Centre and South Bank. Typically around 100 exhibitors from all aspects of the...

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  • Beaches.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    I am not one for busy crowded beaches, I prefer ones with less people, but still with the Life Savers on patrol for my safety, OR still water ones. Some of the quiet Beaches are The Spit, Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach ,Main Beach ,Tallebudgera and Bilinga. I love the water without the waves, especially at Tallebudgera Creek,...

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  • Flora & Fauna

    Brisbane Favorites

    These Birds are quite friendly even though they may not look it. They love to hang around eating areas, hop on tables etc, where ever food is. They never used to be like this, there home was in the Farmer's paddocks, finding grubs to eat with their long beaks. A long drought, thousands of hungry birds, and they found Suburbia for a food supply. DO...

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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    WANT TO SAVE MONEY? Who doesn't, especially when on holidays! CHECK OUT THESE MONEY SAVERS Holiday World Pass-Unlimited entry for 21 days $99.99 Enjoy UNLIMITED ENTRY into both Dreamworld & WhiteWater World for 21 consecutive days http://goldcoast.godo.com.au/activity/DMWD114 Another Value Pass is the Warner Bros. "3 for 3 pass." This has to be...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    Brisbane Favorites

    The Kangaroo Point cliffs have so much to offer. Perhaps we should start at the top of the cliffs. At the top is a narrow strip of lawn, where electric bbqs, picnic settings and toilets are located. The view is of Southbank, the winding Brisbane river and the Brisbane CBD, one of the best! At the bottom, is another park with the same plus a...

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  • Bird / Animal Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    At the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, you can either watch the Lorikeet's feed for FREE, or for a small donation, buy a plate of Lorikeet food [Wombaroo milk] to feed, this will be re-filled for NO extra charge. This is a really fun thing to do if you've never done it before! Once you have paid your donation, then your given a plate which is...

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  • Walks & Itineraries

    Brisbane Favorites

    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...

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  • Shopping.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    YOU HAVE WRITTEN YOUR POST CARD, AND NOW WANT TO BUY THE STAMP AND POST IT....... Don't worry, there are a number of Post Offices on the Gold Coast. They provide more than Stamps these days! Their range of services includes ....electronic banking and passport interviews, stationery & gifts as well. Most post offices these days have extensive Post...

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  • Brisbane suburbs

    Brisbane Favorites

    This tip is for all those people who love browsing around cemeteries. The Nudgee Catholic cemetery is the only major private cemetery in Brisbane, and the 1st burial here was in 1867. It really is quite interesting to have a walk and drive around, its very large! The cemetery is divided into distinct sections. It has an area for the church...

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  • National Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    The Natural Arch is a stand alone attraction and very popular. It's about a 45 minute drive from Surfers along a scenic drive that makes the trip doubly worthwhile. The short walk down to the waterfall is very scenic as far as rain forest is concerned. Some large strangler figs (pics 3&4) and a few other giants can be viewed on the main...

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  • Transport

    Brisbane Favorites

    The City Cat trip from bretts Wharf to the University of Southern Queensland is a Great! way to see Brisbane from a different angle. Bretts Wharf lies at the bottom of Racecourse Rd in Ascot, one of the richer Northside suburbs of Brisbane, and at the top end lies Eagle Farm Racecourse. Along the street are many cafes, reatuarants and boutiques to...

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  • Night Skyline

    Brisbane Favorites

    We only stayed for one day in Brisbane and we completely worn off a pair of shoes :-) Just hiking everywhere and hoping to catch it all. Of course it's a mission impossible, but also a challange! When we drove home we drove over 14th Street and in my back mirror I saw this amazing sunset. Time to pull the car over and make this beautiful...

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  • Sunshine Coast Does Exist

    Sunshine Coast because of technical difficulties is just a series of separate towns on VT.The Sunshine Coast is a place, a region in Queensland just north of Brisbane and a choice for you ...Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast?...The Sunshine Coast may not be officially recognized as a city yet(well in the stats last week Sunshine Coast was called a city...

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  • CORRECT CLOTHING FOR THE WEATHER

    Have you ever been somewhere on holiday and been caught out by the weather?I have in Europe!For people on a tight budget or perhaps somebody who doesn't want to buy expensive summer clothes when they live in a cold climate, or vica-versa, the "OP" [opportunity shop] may be the way to go.You can buy, wear, return and still have the same amount of...

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  • FISHING IN QUEENSLAND & NEW SOUTH WALES

    You never know what you may do on holidays, and when in the lovely Queensland climate, you may hire a BBQ Boat, a Houseboat or normal Boat, and do a spot of fishing while relaxing in a chair with a Beer nearby.In Queensland, you do not need a licence to enjoy this activity fishing in the Sea, but in some Dam's, you do need to buy a Permit, as these...

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  • INFORMATION CENTRES

    One of the 1st places you should visit, is the local Information centre.Here, you will find brochures on Accommodation, sights to see, things to do,National Parks info, in fact, anything on the Town and area that you are in, plus on surrounding areas as well, and its ALL FREE!Friendly, helpful volunteers, keen to share their knowledge of the area,...

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  • DAYLIGHT SAVING

    Daylight saving DOES NOT HAPPEN IN QUEENSLAND at least for now (2011)This is something you need to remember if you are phoning or visiting other States in Australia, as there will be an hours difference, plus the normal time difference for the States of South Australia.The Northern Territory & Western Australia do not participate. DAYLIGHT SAVING...

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  • SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS

    In Australia, and Queensland, we have volunteer Lifesavers on our Beaches.They put flags on the Beach, and the idea is, that you swim between the flags.Some points to remember for a safe & happy day at the beach.............Only swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. They mark the patrolled area for swimming and the safest place to...

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  • QUEENSLAND'S COLOURFUL TOILETS!

    On my Australian page, you will find quite a few photos of Aussie Toilets.You may ask why?Well, here in Queensland and Australia, we take pride in our Toilets. They are cleaned daily, they are in the smallest town to the largest city, but best of all *** THEY ARE FREE*** Very different to Europe!Not only that, we make them attractive by painting...

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  • MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON

    For those that aren't Australian, with a prize money of 6.2 million Australian dollars, the Melbourne Cup is one of the richest horse races in the World. It is the richest prize in Australian sport.It is known as "THE RACE THAT STOPS THE NATION," and this is quite true, for nearly everywhere, the radio is on to hear the call of this important race....

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  • Rescue Helicopters and others

    Helicopters to report on traffic congestion.....to recuse those who have fallen down inaccessible cliffs.......to transport you to hospital or from one hospital to another in an emergency......to patrol the beaches and watch out for sharks......for search and rescue at sea....to help control bush firesAll this and more in QueenslandSome of these...

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  • Fraser Island, day two

    Then came the S.S. Maheno, one of the world’s most photographed piles of rust; a ship with a proud history that included the blue riband for Atlantic crossings and Tasman Sea crossings. It was the world’s first triple screw steamer and weighed 5323 tonnes; as a wreck it served a local Maryborough politician well because he got married on it after...

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  • ATM'S

    ATM'S are located all around Queensland. You will find them at Banks, Shopping centres, inside Service Stations, Train & Bus Stations, anywhere where the public might need money.You will not get change from the ATM, as the money dispensed is in $50 notes, it is only if you want an uneven amount, eg $60, that you may receive 3 X $20 or 1 X $50 + $10...

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  • Cash in Hand...Using ATMs

    So you meed to know where to look for a safe withdrawal of cash and by what name to ask if you cannot find one...in Australia we call the little beasts Automatic Teller Machines (ATMS) where as you might be used to Bankomet...or Cash Machine.Be aware of how much you can withdraw in a 24 hour period (usually 12mn to 12mn but be aware of Daylight...

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  • CICADAS

    It is Summer time in Queensland, and I have just returned from a Sunday drive. Several times as we passed through areas of scrub and tall Trees, the deafening drone of Cicadas filled the Car. Golly, was I glad that I only have a few at home and not thousands like were making the noise here. This was at Cunningham's Gap in Queensland, but they are...

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  • QUEENSLAND WEATHER

    Coming to Queensland?Well, if you want warmth, then you have come to the right Australian state, as Queensland experiences an average of 300 sunny days per year!As it is located in the subtropics, average summer and winter temperatures range from 9°C - 29°C in Brisbane [although these days, it hits the high 30's] and 17°C - 31°C in Cairns. The...

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  • PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS IN QUEENSLAND

    At most Pedestrian crossings in Queensland, the Pedestrian has right-away. You must stop the vehicle you are driving and give way to the pedestrians using the crossing. If you look at my photo, you will see the crossing is painted in white strips across the road, and has a walk sign either side that is easy to see, so when seeing this, slow down...

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  • Sunshine Coast..Which Beach?

    It is December 2012 and the coastal area of the Sunshine Coast(Caloundra to Noosa) is a bit windy...yes there is a cyclone somewhere out there in the Pacific Ocean so the waves are curling a bit more and crashing on to the rocks.Is it still safe to swim?Well "Yes, if you swim on a patrolled beach and swim between the flags" What do the lifesavers...

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  • Just west of DALBY

    So you are beginning to explore the south west corner of Queensland. You have left Toowoomba behind....you have been on the Warrego Highway to Dalby and now you are just west of Dalby and heading towards TARA known as 'The Home of Friendly People".In all you are about 380K south west of Brisbane the capital.So it is time for a rest...very important...

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  • Some Unusual Trees in Town

    Well is this an amazing sight or what? A village built around the trees. Just 27k north of Cairns in North Queensland and we would never have even known Palm Cove existed except for VT member tropicrd.Palm Cove is named after the palm trees along the beach...but it is not the palm trees which amazed me but the majestic ancient Melaleuca (paperbark)...

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  • Crossing the Border

    Queensland is bounded by New South Wales to the south, Northern Territory in the (far) west, and South Australia in the south-west corner.The road rules differ slightly so become informed...... Currency is Australia wide.It is 100K to the nearest crossing into NSW from Brisbane at Twin Towns (Coolangatta/Tweed Heads) and for the tourist there is...

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  • Quuensland Entertainment Centre

    They say 'it all happens here' and yes that is just how it is. What a marvellous complex. The Main Arena has tiered seating providing variable capacities ranging from 1,500 -14,500 seats. There is so much for you to enjoy...We saw André Rieu,the Dutch violinist, conductor,and composer, and on another occasion Cirque du Soleil which is a dramatic...

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  • Listen to the Sounds of the Bush

    In Queensland......I was in the yard tonight (yes it is a yard not a garden) and I was listening to the choir of the night time crickets chirping in the trees...and I thought of VT and what a nice review 'Listen to the sounds of the bush 'would make. Oh and I found out it is only boy crickets who chirp!.Now another sound that is loved in Queensland...

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  • Spot an Anteater in the Outback

    This little fellow is much larger than usual (well as far as I know)....and where was he? He was near the famous Nindigully pub 160 kilometres west of Goondiwindi, 45 kilometres east of St George ...just for the record.So if you can find one larger than this one or even find one at all I will 'shout you' a beer or a cup of coffee when you come to...

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  • QUEENSLAND WARATAH TREE

    If you happen to see one of these Waratah trees in flower, you will be stopping and pulling out that camera for photo's. They are one of the most spectacular Trees in Queensland.It is a native tree that comes from the Queensland rainforests, and in October, it's laden with bold scarlet red waratah-like flowers. At other times it has dark green...

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  • PRETTIEST TIME OF THE YEAR IN QUEENSLAND

    In my opinion, late Spring heading into Summer is the time when Queensland blossoms with "flower power!"Late October, and the streets and parks come alive with masses of lavendar/purple flowers on the Jacaranda trees, are they ever a picture! Also at this time or a little before, other tropical trees are in bloom, bright reds and yellows, all these...

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  • Special for You

    Written Tuesday 16th October 2012.This is my 100th tip (review in the new parlance) and I am the first person to reach 100 for this travel page....so what can I write that is special for you.Maybe if I go from 'the top of my head' I would choose some special places for you to visit...my favourite ones....and if I think of something later on I can...

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  • GINGER PLANT FLOWERS

    If you have never seen the flowers on ornamental Ginger, then you are in for a treat when visiting the ANNUAL GINGER FLOWER & FOOD FESTIVAL held at the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.There are celebrity chef's, people talking about gardening, and lots of ginger and related in full flower.........You can buy ginger plants for your garden! THE...

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  • BLACK SWANS

    It wasn't until I went to Europe and saw lots of white Swans and no Black Swans, that I found out Black Swans are only found throughout Australia, with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and are more common in the south. The Black Swan has been introduced into several countries, including New Zealand, where it is now common, and New Guinea.The...

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  • GREEN TREE FROGS

    I hope you like Frogs, as in Queensland and other parts of Australia, is a lovely friendly bright green Frog, which is commonly known as the "Green Tree" Frog. Sometimes, its colour is dark olive. Some have white spots on their back and side and around the corner of the mouth to the base of the arm, a white belly, and a skin fold that runs from the...

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  • Our Temperate Regions

    When you think of Queensland what comes to mind are our beaches, tropical rainforests, and silent deserts but how often do you think of deciduous trees.... amazing gardens....fog.....jumpers....why there is a Carnival of Flowers every year on The Darling Downs in Toowoomba. Flowers grow in Toowoomba as I would expect in the beautiful Usher Gardens...

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  • The Bats of Mount Etna

    Central Queensland, Australia, ...Tropic of Capricorn...about 26 miles north of Rockhampton.MOUNT ETNA CAVES NATIONAL PARK To see the batsYou can only do the Mount Etna Walk from March to October ....at other times you must take a guided tour as the Ghost and Little Bent Wing Bats need protection in the breeding season.It is indeed a spectacular...

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  • Fraser Island, day two

    It had rained the night before, lord had it rained. The torrent bucketed down to the point where water cascaded straight off the guttering, not even having time to reach the downpipe but crashing onto the concrete below. Large pools had formed across the lawns in the ever darkening night and the morning would show trails across the carpark where it...

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  • Fraser Island, day one

    From my notes:"Let the journey begin I thought, somewhere in my sleep deprived mind was a positive thought; elsewhere all I wanted to do was lapse into a coma so I could feel good again; but the bus was coming. Indeed, it was coming 10 minutes earlier than I anticipated so I raced around the motorhome and grabbed things here and there and rushed...

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  • Fraser Island, day one

    I went back early from Lake Wabby and kept up my unsuccessful attempts at getting a decent bird shot on the trail.Part two"Our goal was Lake Wabby, achieved by walking along a 2.3 km soft sandy trail through some colourful vegetation, whose orange colours haven’t been retouched in any way on the computer. The lake itself is a barrage lake, formed...

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