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State of Queensland Things to Do

  • Southbank

    Brisbane Things to Do

    The site of the original settlement, this area of Brisbane was damaged in the floods of 1893. The CBD was moved to the north side of the river and the area became industrialised and run-down. It was given a new lease on life when used for the World Expo 88 site. After Expo the area was transformed into parkland. There you can find rainforest,...

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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    I have been going to Seaworld on and off for the last 30 years. I decided to go there this holiday season to see how the place had changed. Sadly, going to Seaworld has become so expensive it is barely worth going. The animal enclosures are very good. Mind you I was only able to watch one show as waiting in ques takes up much of your time. The...

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  • Great Barrier Reef

    Cairns Things to Do

    We took a trip aboard the Falla while in Cairns last week and are so glad we did. It was great to have a reef experience that felt rustic and relaxing as apposed to an over-crouded frustration. We booked through bookme and got a great deal, but even at normal rate it would be a good price. Falla is a historic Pearl Lugger built in 1956, and...

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  • Roma Street Parklands

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    At one point this area was overgrown , derelict and disused railway lines. Now it is a wonderful landscaped park filled with colourful flowers. Near this area there was a windmill that used to be turned manually by chained convicts.

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  • Hinterland / National Parks.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    After much debate, we decided to head up to Tamborine mountain, really really enjoyed the day. A few wineries, cheese tasting and gallery walk. Really great day out....only 30 mins from Surfers Paradise.

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  • Atherton Tableland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Things to Do

    This was actually a great day out. I went with a company called Northern Experience Eco Tours. The Tablelands area is very scenic and we visited some nice waterfalls that were tucked out of the way. Another surprise was Paronella Park, a Spanish Castle built here by one man, Jose Paronella, in the early 1900's.

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  • City Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    On the City Hall tour, we were taken to see the William Bustard stained glass window. This was created approx. 100 years ago and is in the unusual position of being inside City Hall! What is meant to happen, is for the sun to shine through a skylight and to light up the window, unfortunately it was a cloudy day when we were here, so a very dull...

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  • Beaches.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    Miami is one of about 4 beaches immediately south of Surfers Paradise. It is a patrolled beach but generally not as crowded as some of the main ones due to lack of high rise developement. It's a nice beach to relax on and there's a surf life saving club cafe at the southern end

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  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Things to Do

    As I’m a volunteer conductor on Melbourne’s iconic Puffing Billy Railway, it was compulsory that I ride and enjoy the experience of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I had pre-booked tickets from Melbourne, but judging on the number of people on the train, I didn’t need to bother – perhaps I was there on a quiet day. We decided to “lash out” and travel...

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  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Our travels took us to the Sanctuary where we had an opportunity to be up close with many of the animals for which Australia is famous. Koalas climbed in the Eucalyptus trees, safely out of reach, but easily photographed. The wallabys were quite tame. We walked in a field where they rested in tree shade. There is also a flock of twenty or so sheep...

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  • Bird / Animal Parks.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    Located at the southern end of the gold coast, is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary covers an area of 27hectares, but don't worry, as a little Train will take you for a ride around the whole compound, stopping at various locations on the way. The Train ride is included in the admission price. There are plenty of shady trees, so its...

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  • Cape Tribulation

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Things to Do

    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003. NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since. Last destination for the day but the weather had other plans. It started to rain and sunlight was fading fast. My group really did not do much justice to the beauty of the place as we rushed...

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  • Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Australia Zoo is located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It was established under the name of Beerwah Reptile Park by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970. Bob's son Steve - aka 'The Crocodile Hunter' - made the park a popular tourist attraction and changed the name to Australia Zoo. The zoo is a...

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  • Surfers Paradise.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    For something different to do one weekend we went to "Ripleys Believe it or not." I had found discount tickets on the net which made entry half price. There are 16 galleries altogether, all them with different themes and quite a few are interactive exhibits for adults and children. Some of these were great fun! There is no tour, you just walk...

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  • Green Island

    Cairns Things to Do

    We took a trip on the boat over to Green Island for a half day. I actually wish in hindsight we had made a full day of it, but so be it. It's not a particularly big island at all, but enjoyed the glass bottom boat ride, and the hour or so we had at the beach. Like most activities in this part of the world it is a bit on the expensive side to do,...

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  • City Cat

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    The Brisbane River can be done on a proper Tour boat where you will be given a commentary, OR The other way, and the cheapest by far, is to catch a Citycat river Ferry. These are modern and glide along the River, making many stops along the way. You can sit inside behind tinted windows, or go outside to get a good clear view and to take...

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  • Markets / Shopping Centres

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    Carrara Markets have 500 market stalls that sell everything from brand new to second hand. These are permanent markets and a lot are under-cover. Living here and going to these markets, I really don't find them much! I find these days, they are full of cheap and a lot of items come from Asia. Australian souvenirs being sold are not Australian...

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  • Esplanade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Things to Do

    Cairns Council has recently put in two Bocce courts on the Northern end of Cairns Esplanade and they are very popular especially with our Italian community. I watched it for awhile but still not sure about the rules ( a bit like lawn bowls) but the group of players were very serious as they played the game. The courts are under huge shade trees...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Reflections of the river - STOP 4 The City Botanic Gardens, are the original Botanic gardens. These gardens are quite large. They are located beside the Brisbane River and are only about 10mins from the Queen street mall or the Railway Stations. You will find office workers enjoying these peaceful "green" gardens that have lots of open space, a...

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  • Boat Cruises.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    HUMPBACK WHALES are in Queensland waters Winter & Spring, [end May - end October] They come from Antartica to the warm Queensland waters to give birth. They stay for a short while, then head back south to the cold waters. Hervey Bay is the best place to see them, but if you can't go there, then go to the Gold Coast. There are quite a few...

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  • Lagoon

    Cairns Things to Do

    So, instead of a beach in the centre of Cairns, you can now swim in a huge man-made lagoon! The lagoon is 4800 square metres in size, and is located on the foreshore. It has a sandy beach which is a great for the kids to build sand castles whilst you keep watch from the shady grass area nearby. This is a pretty major development for Cairns. I...

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  • Mt Cootha

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Mt. Coot-tha, this is where I came for a great view over the capital city of Queensland....Brisbane. The name 'Coot-tha' or 'Kuta' was taken 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...

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  • Joy Flights.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    you should try mates. thats what my receptionist mentioned. so, we tried though it was pretty expensive. i must admist, that decision was a good one to make. nice view, delicious breakfast, unforgettable experience. check this out: www.hotair.com.au/goldcoast

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  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Cairns Things to Do

    The Tjapukai Cultural Park is the only authorised presentation of Aboriginal culture in the Tjapukai Tribal area. The Tjapukai communities and their elders have approved and overseen the materials presented in the park. They own the land the park is situated on and have a substantial equity interest in the venture. The park is located 11 km from...

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  • Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Brisbane, and we have two Botanic gardens, one in the city, and one at Mt. Coot-tha. We went to the Mt. Coot-tha gardens for another visit, and to take some photo's. These gardens are large, 52 hectare's, and they have 20,000 plants ranging from Arid, Tropical, Temperate, Native & Exotic. There is wetlands, and a bamboo grove, lakes and many...

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  • Go-Kart Grand Prix.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    MSI Karting In Paradise is a leader in Australia's Karting Industry. They have the longest track on the Gold Coast at 1.3 kms, made up of a long main straight, tight turns and undulating terrain. MSI's track surface has been installed in accordance with the latest european standards. MSI is able to have up to 18 racers on the track at one time...

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  • Skyrail

    Cairns Things to Do

    If you like trees and the rainforest in general, SkyRail is a pretty cool experience. It allows you to 'fly' above the canopy across the Great Dividing Range in what are essentially ski pods. They seat six people and there is very little extra room for baggage - this is important if you intend to stay in Kuranda for awhile, because you are...

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  • ChinaTown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Yes, Brisbane does have a China Town. My view.....This would be the worst China Town I have ever been to! It is located in Fortitude Valley which is only a short walk from the Brisbane CBD. There isn't a lot here, and on a weekday, it's extremely quiet. I believe that in the evenings and on the weekends, it does get busier. There are Chinese...

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  • Rafting.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    After Mission Beach we go to Tully where we make a spectaculair tour in/on/under a raft on the Tully River,it was a fantastic tour, we make a one day tour.There are tours from a half- till 3 days, the 3 day tour start with a helicopterfligt to the top of the river and so you go down with the raft.

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  • Kuranda

    Cairns Things to Do

    Fairyland in Kuranda is an actual rainforest area where back in the early 1900's visitors arrived by the scenic train from Cairns to explore the beautiful forest.It must have been difficult to climb up embankments in long dresses and suits with ties etc during that period, but they did wear sensible boots. Most areas around Kuranda railway station...

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  • Queen Street Mall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Originally a busy city street a section of Queen Street was turned into a pedestrian mall in 1982 as part of the preparations for the Commonwealth Games. It was designed with the aim of bringing more people into the city centre. The first section was between Albert Street and Edward Street and it was extended to George Street for World Expo in...

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  • White Water Rafting

    Cairns Things to Do

    From my research, there are basically two rivers to choose from and two companies that take you rafting. The Baron River rates out at 1-2 on the rapids, which means they are simple, easy going (yawn); the Tully River rates out at 3-4, which makes them moderate, have to hold on more, sometimes losing people over the side... The companies are Raging...

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  • Story Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    One of the largest steel cantilever Bridges in the World - STORY BRIDGE - Brisbanes answer to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is stop 2 if your walking the Reflections of the river heritage trail. Work began on the Bridge during the 1930's Depression. The building of this Bridge gave unemployed men work, and when it was finished, the Bridge...

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  • Snorkelling

    Cairns Things to Do

    There is so many cruises to choose from, it can become a nightmare to choose the right one. Many offer cheap day tickets but you want to go with an operator that has a reef platform. From memory, only a few operators had this. I have been booking a few of my tours through this site and they have a pretty comprehensive...

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  • Anzac Square War Memorial

    Brisbane Things to Do

    To see the "Shrine of Memories & Crypt," I walked into the tunnel that led under the road to Central Railway Station. Watch for the open glass door on the left hand side if coming from the square itself. The Crypt [1930], contains tributes for Australian and allied participants in War. The Shrine of Memories for me, was a beautiful quiet area, to...

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  • Paronella Park

    Cairns Things to Do

    The park covers 13 acres of rainforest beside Mena Creek Falls. It was the creation of Jose Paronella & officially opened in 1935. I visited the park on an organised day trip from Cairns It was a delight to walk through the park with its thousands of plants & trees, trying to spot glimpses of the many varieties of wildlife that are found...

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  • Newstead House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    I couldn't think of a better way to end my tour of Newstead House, than by enjoying a Devonshire tea on the verandah. On a hot day, the breeze was beautiful, as were the two scones with jam & cream, and for me a pot of coffee, or for you - perhaps a pot of tea. The scones were light and delicious, all of this is done by volunteers. This is only...

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  • The Fig Tree

    Cairns Things to Do

    This Tree is honderds of years old. The name is the Cathedral. The Curtain Fig Tree Cairns, Australia It may not have the most exotic name in the world, and it may not send tingles to your toes with the thought of making a visit to this tree, but hey, we wouldn't be listing it on this website if we didn't think it was worth a mention. In fact, it's...

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  • River Festival

    Brisbane Things to Do

    'RIVERFIRE' and as the name implies, it is a colossal amount of FIREWORKS SET TO MUSIC, on the Brisbane River. It is known as "Brisbane's night of nights" and it certainly is, it is FANTASTIC!!! , its what they call a "pyrotechnic and musical extravaganza." Its hard to explain, but there are fireworks on the Bridges, fireworks on barges, and...

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  • Night Zoo

    Cairns Things to Do

    My favorite activity while in Cairns was going to the Night Zoo...You are picked up at the hotel, and delivered to the Cairns Zoo at around 6P.M. You are served a wonderful bar-b-que steak dinner with all the fixins. While you are enjoying dinner, there is a singer/guitarist and all of the staff are dressed like Australian cowboys from the outback....

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  • St Stephen's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    STOP 18 ON THE PUBLIC ART TRAIL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE This large Cathedral is worth paying a visit, as is the smaller St. Stephen's Chapel, built in 1850, which is located next to it. The cathedral was opened in 1874 and was the first Catholic cathedral in Queensland. Bishop Quinn, who arrived in Brisbane in 1861, organized the building of the...

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  • Port Douglas

    Cairns Things to Do

    Reported an artists' colony - think Taos or Monterey - we found it to be a seedy Carmel-by-the-Sea. Still, it has one gem for the photographer: St. Mary's by the Sea, a small church and very popular for weddings.

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  • The Old Windmill

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    This heritage listed site is the OLDEST SURVIVING BUILDING IN QUEENSLAND. It was built in the late 1820's and used by Convicts to grind grains such as wheat and maize. The grinding was done by a treadmill with wind powered sails in 1828, these sails are no longer on the Windmill. The Treadmill was also used for punishment. In 1862, the Windmill...

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  • Palm Cove

    Cairns Things to Do

    PALM COVE BEACH Feel like going to the beach but Cairns waterfront doesnt please you!!!Catch a local bus that departs regularly from outside Woolworths in the centre of town..The trip takes about 30 minutes and it is very inexpensive for what it is...This is a local bus that services the beachside communities.The beach at Palm Cove is also the...

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  • New Farm Park

    Brisbane Things to Do

    New Farm Park is one of Brisbanes most popular parks. A large park, with plenty of lawns, pathways, shade trees, bbqs and toilets, it is easy to reach by public transport. The city cat ferry stops here, and so do Buses. The Park had a great adventure playground, which on a weekday, was teeming with children having lots of fun. A kiosk is next to...

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