Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Touring the Cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast

Well, after writing about England, I got into checking out some other places of interest. Let us now focus on a nearby country to Malaysia, namely Brisbane and the Gold Coast of Australia. Ah, to make sure that accommodations are taken care of, there is always the reliable guide online at Hotels in Brisbane.

Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and it is situated in the eastern part of Australia. It is also the capital and most populous of state of Queensland. The city got its name in honour of the British astronomer and administrator Thomas Brisbane, who was Governor of New South Wales from 1821 – 1825. In recent times, Brisbane has enjoyed being host to the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 1988 World's Fair (Expo '88), and the 2001 Goodwill Games. A new airport and many new buildings were constructed in preparation for the fair. So never fear of any lack of Brisbane Accommodation.

So let us get to the meaty stuff now. What are some interesting places to visit and activities to be had when in the city of Brisbane? As a nature lover, I would like to see and possibly carry a koala bear if permitted. That can be arranged at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which is officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas. Impressive! Ah, who can forget kangaroos, baboons, spider monkeys, sun bear, boa constrictors, buffalo and fallow deer plus many more variety of native fauna? Then there are the scenic spots and botanical gardens for a cool walk or refreshing drive thru. Some popular spots and parks are Rocks Riverside Park for the whole family, Colleges Crossing, Holman Street Terminal with the glorious Story Bridge, New Farm Park, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and many more. These parks are equipped with picnic spots, playgrounds, BBQ facilities and amenities.

There is also the must see South Bank Parklands in Brisbane as it was the site of the 1988 World's Fair. After the World's Fair, the area was transformed into a public park by the Queensland state government. The park features beaches, promenades, restaurants, museums, and many other fun attractions. It is a popular destination for tourists and Brisbane residents at leisure. There’s the cinemas, regular free live entertainment and many festivals and fireworks throughout the year. It is really a happening place!

Now is the Gold Coast any less attractive in terms of fun and enjoyment? By no means. Situated in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. It is the second most populous city in the state and the sixth most populous city in the country. For the thrill seekers, all kinds of heart racing activities are available. There are games such as laser tag, sling shot amusement device at the Funtime-Adrenalin Park, Le Man Karts racing, and more. So head over to the Gold Coast Accommodations to get your bookings done.

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