Les Clefs d’or

Where Brisbane - - Contents - BY GRA­HAM HODG­SON, QUEENS­LAND STATE DI­REC­TOR

WEL­COME TO BRIS­BANE: Aus­tralia’s New World City! Thank you for choos­ing Bris­bane for your overnight stay, short break or ex­tended va­ca­tion. Per­haps you’re here to at­tend the Com­mon­wealth Games, in which case we hope that you and your coun­try’s ath­letes have an en­joy­able and suc­cess­ful event. No mat­ter what your rea­son for be­ing here, the month of April is a great time to ex­plore South East Queens­land.

n There are sev­eral ex­cel­lent winer­ies within a short drive of Bris­bane. Th­ese in­clude Sir­romet Win­ery, Ocean View Es­tates and Flin­ders Peak Win­ery. If you don’t want to drive con­sider a win­ery tour—a day on The Vino Bus is guar­an­teed to please—or if you re­ally want to im­press your other half splash out on a he­li­copter tour with Ptero­dactyl He­li­copters or S&S Avi­a­tion. If beer is more your thing the iconic XXXX Brew­ery, lo­cated just 10 min­utes from the CBD, run sev­eral tours daily. Al­ter­na­tively, sam­ple some of Aus­tralia’s best craft beers with Hop on Brew­ery Tours. n A day trip to one of the is­lands off Bris­bane’s coast makes for an en­joy­able out­ing. North Stradbroke Is­land, ac­ces­si­ble by ferry out of Cleve­land (a 40-minute drive from the city), is bet­ter suited to trav­ellers with a car. This will al­low for ease of ac­cess to Amity Point and Point Look­out on the north­ern tip and eastern side of the is­land. Here you can trek the North Gorge Walk (1.2 kilo­me­tres) where dol­phin, tur­tle and manta ray sight­ings are com­mon, take a dip in the ocean or sam­ple the lo­cal gelato.

n A day trip to More­ton Is­land, ac­ces­si­ble by ferry out of Mu­rar­rie (a 10-minute drive from the CBD), pro­vides trav­ellers with the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing sand to­bog­gan­ing, snorkelling of ship wrecks, dol­phin feed­ing and 4WD bus tours. Al­ter­na­tively re­lax on the beau­ti­ful white sandy beach with a towel and a good book. Op­er­a­tors in­clude Tan­ga­looma Is­land Re­sort, Dolphins in Par­adise and Aus­tralian Sun­set Sa­faris. n To make a book­ing, or for as­sis­tance with any as­pect of your stay, be sure to seek out the ser­vices of your ho­tel concierge. They’re pro­fes­sion­als in their field and are al­ways happy to help.

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