If you're wanting to get the quintessential “Aussie” experience on your next cruise then look no further the Queensland capital of Brisbane. Once overshadowed by capital counterparts Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane is now Australia's third largest metropolis and boasts a cultural presence and tourism industry to rival any of the world's big-hitter cities.
Located in the Northern Suburb of Hamilton, Brisbane's International Cruise Terminal is located only 10km from Central Brisbane, with a reliable bus service making frequent trips to and from the city.
Once in downtown Brisbane visitors will enjoy beautiful vistas of soaring skyscrapers and lush urban park life, all bisected by the snaking Brisbane River. A stunning urban oasis, the South Bank Parklands constitutes17 hectares of riverfront parkland where bougainvilleas flower year-round and visitors can enjoy museums, galleries, markets, walking tracks and eateries. The area even boasts its own man-made beach where locals love to relax and cool off in the hot summer months.
Elsewhere in the city, there's shopping to be had in the retail hub of Queen Street, while the State Art Gallery features a great collection of Aboriginal works. Walkers will enjoy a tour of the city's historic architectural gems as well as the very lovely Botanic Gardens.
Of course, greater Queensland is known for its sun'n'surf atmosphere and the port of Brisbane is a base from which visitors can enjoy shore excursions to the legendary Gold Coast and Surfer's Paradise resorts. Heading inland, the Gold Coast hinterland offers superb scenery including lush rainforest, sparkling waterfalls and plentiful vineyards. Top it all off with lunch at a classic Aussie pub and you've got yourself a true Queensland holiday.
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