Tangalooma Island Resort has a wide array of excursions on offer, and quite a few of them are for free. This is one of only a few places in the world where it’s possible to hand-feed dolphins in the wild. They come swimming up along side the jetty at dusk for their nightly feed.
Less publicized, but no less astounding, the sanctuary is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian native animals. -"The Green Challenge high ropes adventure course, is the newest nature-based adventure experience for the Gold Coast. With Sixty-five challenges including giant flying foxes and a tarzan swing, the Green Challenge takes visitors higher and further into the spectacular natural setting".
Ever wanted to climb a bridge? The Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane is one of only three legally climbable bridges in the world. With the height being the equivalent of a 22-storey building, it is not something for the faint hearted! Make sure you stop in at Story Bridge Hotel for a celebratory drink afterwards.
Mount Coot-tha is one of Brisbane’s most popular tourist destinations, but also offers an escape from the city life through its 220 hectares of natural bushland and native wildlife that make up the Mt. Coot-tha Reserve. See the breathtaking panorama of Brisbane City all the way out to the ocean at Moreton Bay from the observation deck.
Story Bridge Hotel is a Brisbane stalwart, its existence is intrinsically linked to The Gabba, but it’s probably best known for hosting the Australia Day cockroach races. You’ll find three different bars here, the Shelter, the Corner Bar and the Outback bar. All of them have plenty of cocktails and ice cold beer to offer.
The Breakfast Creek is famous for its steaks, not only because they are delicious but you can choose the meat before it’s cooked. Come here on a Sunday for their session lunch, live music and an afternoon in the sun. The pub The Brekky Creek is located here and serves beer 'off the wood' or out of wooden casks.
Family Nightclub have placed Brisbane on the Dance Music map across Australia and around the world. Consistently attracting thousands of happy punters each weekend, Family is renowned for providing the best local, interstate and international DJ acts. Fitted with world class lighting, sound systems and décor, Family is unlike any other club in Brisbane. Spread out over four individually styled floors consisting of five unique and luxurious bars, large dance floors, deluxe VIP areas and function spaces , Family’s patrons are immersed in opulent style and smooth sophistication. These lush surroundings are complimented by the highest standard of service supplied by our hosts, bar staff and mixologists alike. While revellers initially come for the music, they stay for the whole experience and added offerings plus the great sense of community that Family exudes. It is this Family feel that makes this club one of a kind.
The Queen Street Mall is a pedestrian mall and Queensland’s premiere shopping destination with over 700 shops doing business seven days a week. Here you will find independent designers as well as a plethora of cafés abound. The mall extends approximately 500 metres from George Street to Edward Street. The assortment of logos and brands available in this stretch between Edward Street and George Street is mind-boggling.
Beyond the CBD, it’s worth taking a look at Ann Street and James Street in Fortitude Valley where you’ll find a mixture of boho chic and ultra-trendy style. Come back at the weekend and you’ll find the Valley Markets: fashion on Brunswick Street where you can buy one-off items and flowers and fresh produce on James Street.
Every second and fourth Sunday at the Powerhouse in New Farm, check out the Farmers Markets where you can pick up Queensland’s finest pineapples and mangos, freshly caught seafood or just-picked vegetables. The farmers bring their goods to the markets literally on the back of their trucks. Open from dawn till around lunchtime but, for the best experience, be early to get the best produce and avoid the heat.
Brookside Shopping Centre is located less than ten kilometres north-west of the Brisbane CBD. It opened in 1971 as one of the first major shopping centres in Brisbane's northern suburbs. Stores you will find here are Bras 'N' Things, Millers, Zelows, Ruby & Tiffany and Bellrose Jewellers.
The Airtrain provides the quickest transfers to the CBD (popular with corporate guests), and terrific value on transfers to the Gold Coast and all suburban stations. You can upgrade your Gold Coast transfer to AirtrainConnect, which includes a chauffer driven service to the door of your home, office or accommodation on the Gold Coast.
The CityCats operate from 5.50 am until 10.30 pm every day and run along the Brisbane River between Brett’s Wharf and the University of Queensland, via the Brisbane CBD. The network itself consists of 14 stops. You may choose from a range of single, daily, off-peak, weekly, monthly and group tickets.
Rates vary with the actual locations, traffic conditions, time of day and the route chosen. Save on fares by sharing a Maxi-taxi from special ranks in the CBD and in the Valley. Wheelchair accessible taxis are available. At night secure ranks operate in the CBD, the Valley and Caxton Street. Black & White Cabs: +61 13 32 22 Yellow Cabs: +61 13 19 24