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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.