Travel

The Queens­land cap­i­tal is en­joy­ing a mo­ment.

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents -

World-class din­ing, a hot shop­ping scene and dy­namic nightlife have con­spired to at­tract record num­bers to the river city this year, with visi­ta­tion up 12 per cent. Add the sub­trop­i­cal cli­mate and prox­im­ity to rain­forests and reefs and it’s clear why the Queens­land cap­i­tal is hav­ing a mo­ment.

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Bask in lux­ury at a 5-star bou­tique ho­tel in the heart of the colour­ful Cax­ton Street precinct. Gam­baro Ho­tel Bris­bane of­fers deluxe rooms with pri­vate bal­cony ter­races, two award-win­ning restau­rants, and a bar boast­ing one of the best van­tage points on the lively food and night­club strip near Sun­corp Sta­dium.

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A trip to Bris­bane wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a visit to shop­ping, en­ter­tain­ment and life­style hub For­ti­tude Val­ley. Here you can find de­signer bou­tiques, art gal­leries and cool restau­rants and bars. Shop the laneways and leafy James St, which show­cases Aus­tralian fash­ion la­bels in­clud­ing Camilla and Sass & Bide.

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Ex­plore the Bris­bane River, which snakes around the city, serv­ing as back­drop to its ma­jor at­trac­tions. Take a dip at South Bank’s man-made beach and check out the art­works at QAGOMA. Then jump on a Ci­ty­cat ferry and head to New Farm Park where you’ll find 15 hectares of park­lands and the Bris­bane Pow­er­house arts centr cen­tre.

Com­bine food, wine and the sky with a pri­vate he­li­copter ad­ven­ture. PTERODACTYL HE­LI­COPTERS of­fers win­ery tours and a "fly­ing sa­fari" of farm­ing prop­er­ties to sam­ple pro­duce. Prices from $260; ptero­dactyl­he­li­copters.com.au.

Cud­dle a koala and hand-feed kan­ga­roos at LONE PINE KOALA SANC­TU­ARY. Just 12km from the city, it’s the largest koala sanc­tu­ary in the world, and houses 100 an­i­mal species. $36; koala.net.

Swap with a the TANGALOOMA city for trop­i­cal-is­land DAY TRIP. life Once at Tangalooma Is­land Re­sort, an easy 75-minute boat ride across More­ton Bay, you can de­sign your own day with 50 ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from. $129; day­tours.com.au.

Cap with off din­ner your at shop­ping GER­ARD’S tour BISTRO. Tucked down a James St laneway, it spe­cialises in a de­li­cious fu­sion of dishes from Africa and the Mid­dle East; ger­ards­bistro.com.au.

Im­merse your­self in the vivid world of In­dige­nous artist Al­bert Na­matjira. This per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion at the QUEENS­LAND ART GALLERY fea­tures stun­ning early works by the late painter. Free; qagoma.qld.gov.au.

Treat your­self to the Lux­ury Stay & Dine ex­pe­ri­ence at GAM­BARO HO­TEL BRIS­BANE. It in­cludes a three-course din­ner and late check­out. From $480 per night; gam­baro­ho­tel.com.au.

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