Population: Circa 4.5 Million
Climate: Warm summers and mild winters with very little rain
Great for: Diving and Snorkelling, Sailing, Whale watching, Scenic road trips
Visit the art galleries or see the ballet, take your bike for a ride in the Botanical Gardens or swim in the lagoon at South Bank. Brisbane is also a great starting point for road trips: Follow the Pacific Touring Route up to Cairns or drive the Great Sunshine Way down to the Gold Coast.
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy fresh seafood in Cairns and visit the lively bars or head for a show in a unique rainforest venue.
Be stunned by the technicolour coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling and diving experiences here are unforgettable, but if you prefer to stay dry, just get on one of the glass bottom boats.
Spot humpback whales in August or meet the koalas at Koala Park Oasis all year round. Stroll along the scenic beachfront promenade or head into the rich hinterland to discover tropical rainforests and waterfalls.
Head’s top tip
“Take the cable car from Cairns to Kuranda and travel above the Daintree Rainforest with fantastic views out to the Reef.”
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