Be­yond Bris­bane

Want to make the most from your Bris­bane hol­i­day? Es­cape to these nearby des­ti­na­tions for some­thing mem­o­rable.

Muhibah - - IN THIS ISSUE - Words KA­REEM SALLEH Im­ages TOURISM AUS­TRALIA, BRIS­BANE MAR­KET­ING, TOURISM WEST­ERN AUS­TRALIA, TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENS­LAND/JASON CHARLES HILL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY, GLEN DAVIS

Dis­cover won­ders out­side of Bris­bane.

Thanks to its thriv­ing art scene and culinary ad­ven­tures, Bris­bane is the per­fect stop for your Down Un­der get­away. But if you re­ally want to make the most of it, then why not check out these other des­ti­na­tions that are a short drive away from the city. From is­land fun to coastal cities, here are the best spots.

WHALE WATCH­ING AT FRASER IS­LAND

Just six hours by car from Bris­bane, the World-her­itage listed Fraser Is­land is the per­fect place to go if you want to watch whales jump from the wa­ter. Au­gust to Oc­to­ber is the best time to spot these whales, in par­tic­u­lar hump­back whales that come up quite close to the boats as they take time out from their mi­gra­tion to nur­ture their calves in the shel­tered lee of Fraser Is­land. How­ever, it’s best to plan your trip in ad­vance as tours can get booked up quite quickly.

Fraser Is­land is also the world’s largest sand is­land so there is plenty to do. Start your trip to some of the is­land’s clear­est wa­ter at Lake Macken­zie and then take a drive along the stun­ning sands of 75 Mile Beach. Make sure to look out for those wild din­gos, Aus­tralia’s favourite wild dog, if you’re tak­ing a walk around the is­land. Call­ing Fraser Is­land home are also over 350 species of birds, pos­sums, wal­la­bies, sea tur­tles and dol­phins.

If you re­ally want to make an ad­ven­ture out of your trip to Fraser Is­land, you can con­sider camp­ing on the beach. For safety rea­sons, choose a pub­lic camp­site. Do take note that you will need to ob­tain a camp­ing per­mit from the Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vices. You can apply on­line (qpws.usedi­rect.com) or in per­son at any one of their of­fices.

BE CHARMED AT SUN­SHINE COAST

With its beau­ti­ful coast­line and that cool re­lax­ing beach town vibe, it’s no won­der why Sun­shine Coast is a pop­u­lar spot to visit just out of Bris­bane. It’s a 90-minute drive away, which makes it easy to get to for a trip.

Start your ex­cur­sion at Noosa where you’ll find beau­ti­ful beaches and sea­side restau­rants to dine on some of the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents. From Noosa, you can make your way to Lake Cootharaba. This spec­tac­u­lar body of wa­ter with its mir­ror-like re­flec­tions is part of the Noosa Ever­glades – one of only two ever­glades sys­tem in the world (the other being Florida).

More than 44 per­cent of Aus­tralia’s bird life flock here so if you catch this at the right time, it’s truly a won­der of na­ture. From the Noosa Ever­glades, it's time to check out Rain­bow Beach, named so be­cause of the 72 coloured sands that fea­ture in the sandy cliffs.

Make sure to go to the Glass House Moun­tains, just an hour’s drive from Noosa. With its craggy cliffs and end­less vis­tas, these make for the best scenic views and won­der­ful hol­i­day snaps. Hike through the moun­tains or take short walks to spec­tac­u­lar look­outs.

The Sun­shine Coast is also an an­i­mal lover’s dream come true – visit the Aus­tralia Zoo (founded by the late Steve Ir­win, the Croc­o­dile Hunter) for some fun times with feath­ered, scaly and furry friends like koalas, kan­ga­roos, Tas­ma­nian devils and yes, croc­o­diles. Fun fact: The wildlife hos­pi­tal here has treated nearly 70,000 an­i­mals!

GET YOUR HEART PUMPING AT GOLD COAST

A trip to Bris­bane is not com­plete with­out an ex­cur­sion to the Gold Coast. Brim­ming with world-class beaches, amuse­ment parks and nightlife, the Gold Coast is an ad­ven­ture lover’s par­adise.

Try your hand at surf­ing if you’re up for it (you can sign up for a day class) or bring the fam­ily to amuse­ment parks like Wet ‘n’ Wild for a splash­ing good time or Warner Bros. Movie World, Aus­tralia’s num­ber one theme park and home to the tallest, long­est and fastest Hyper­coaster. If thrilling rides are not your thing, you’ll want to head to Sea World, Aus­tralia’s num­ber one Marine Park where you’ll dis­cover a whole new world be­low the sur­face.

Want to up the adren­a­line? Ex­plore the wild tree­tops of the hin­ter­land at O’reilly’s Rain­for­est Re­treat Tree­top for an ad­ven­ture among amaz­ing bush­land and rain­for­est. Or climb your way to the top of the Q1 build­ing in Surfers Par­adise at 270 me­tres in the air at the Sky­point Climb. This heart-stop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence will def­i­nitely be some­thing you won’t for­get!

Royal Brunei Air­lines flies Bris­bane 4x weekly. Dis­cover things to do in Bris­bane in www.muhibah.com.bn

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01 Crys­tal-clear waters all around at Fraser Is­land. 02 Hump­back whale watch­ing.

03 03 Spec­tac­u­lar views at Glass House Moun­tains, Mary Cairn­cross Look­out. 04 Koala spot­ting at the Aus­tralia Zoo. 04

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