The great outdoors in Brisbane – part 1

The city of Brisbane is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and one of Australia’s top holiday destinations. It’s history has always been colourful: Brisbane began life as a penal colony for British convicts in the 1800s but its scenic and fertile surroundings soon drew in settlers from the world over.
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Now Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane is perhaps best known for its mix of culture and style – the nightlife spots, cutting-edge art scene and multitude of award-winning restaurants and cafes are reasons why this Queensland capital is on the travel radar.

Plus, there’s that great subtropical weather which means outdoor events like food markets can be enjoyed almost all year round.

According to the Tourism Australia website, there were 6.8 million visitor arrivals for year ending September 2014, an increase of 8.2 percent relative to the previous year.

In 2014, global travel media company Lonely Planet also picked Brisbane as “arguably Australia’s hippest city… (an) energetic river town on the way up.”

But what makes Brisbane truly unique is its wealth of nature. On top of that, the mild climate also allows visitors to experience the outdoors all year round. After all, locals will tell you that life in the city is best lived outdoors. They’re not wrong: There are hundreds of walks, parks, bike rides, beaches as well as river activities and theme parks to immerse yourself in.

So whether it is trekking up Brisbane’s highest peak Mount Coot-ha or abseiling down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane is the place to go if you want to experience the great outdoors.

The city of Brisbane is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and one of Australia’s top holiday destinations. It’s history has always been colourful: Brisbane began life as a penal colony for British convicts in the 1800s but its scenic and fertile surroundings soon drew in settlers from the world over. Now Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane is perhaps best known for its mix of culture and style – the nightlife spots, cutting-edge art scene and multitude of award-winning restaurants and cafes are reasons why this Queensland capital is on the travel radar.

Plus, there’s that great subtropical weather which means outdoor events like food markets can be enjoyed almost all year round. According to the Tourism Australia website, there were 6.8 million visitor arrivals for year ending September 2014, an increase of 8.2 percent relative to the previous year. In 2014, global travel media company Lonely Planet also picked Brisbane as “arguably Australia’s hippest city… (an) energetic river town on the way up.”

But what makes Brisbane truly unique is its wealth of nature. On top of that, the mild climate also allows visitors to experience the outdoors all year round. After all, locals will tell you that life in the city is best lived outdoors. They’re not wrong: There are hundreds of walks, parks, bike rides, beaches as well as river activities and theme parks to immerse yourself in. So whether it is trekking up Brisbane’s highest peak Mount Coot-ha or abseiling down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane is the place to go if you want to experience the great outdoors.

An escape from the city

Brisbane maybe surrounded by its towering skyscrapers, but the city’s famed nature spots is merely a walk away. For example, a great place to start is right in the city at Roma Street Parkland and the City Botanic Gardens. Bring comfortable walking shoes as there are spectacular walking and bike tracks close to Brisbane and surrounding suburbs – you could end up walking for hours!

The forests and reserves of Brisbane also make a great day trip for bushwalking or to just take in the natural beauty. At 28,500 hectares, Brisbane Forest Park is the place to go to enjoy a picnic, relax in the cafe, explore the walking trails. You might even catch some of the natural wildlife while you are there.

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Speaking of wildlife, Daisy Hill Conservation Park is a koala habitat that is a must visit. One of the last relatively intact natural habitats between Brisbane and the Gold Coast for the species, and quite possibly the best place to go for if you are escaping the hubbub of city life.
With luck, as you enjoy a picnic or a morning walk, you just might catch a sight of a koala resting on one of the tall gum trees. Otherwise, visit the Daisy Hill Koala Centre (free admission) to learn more about these Australian icons.
Another place to catch these mammals is at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: With more than 130 Koalas calling the venue home, the sanctuary is considered one of Brisbane’s must-see attractions. Here, you can hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies or even watch a platypus play in his enclosure!
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Stay at a Capri by Fraser, Brisbane if you visit the city and stay tuned for more in part 2!

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