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The capital of Queensland state and the third largest city in Australia, Brisbane is a friendly, funky town with a lively arts scene and some great dining. Most importantly, it's the only state where hugging koalas is allowed (seriously).
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708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia
I had one goal for the trip to Australia: hugging a koala. This was a little more difficult than you might think; it's only legal in Queensland province, and there are strict rules about how long the koalas can work per day and how much rest...
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Boundary St, West End QLD 4101, Australia
Restaurants are pretty expensive in Australia, but Char Char Yiros offered great values and amazingly delicious Middle Eastern food. Walk into the sweltering, tiny shop and place your order, then escape to a patio table and enjoy people-watching...
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Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Located right on the Brisbane River, the City Botanic Gardens are a lush greenspace filled with unusual specimens and well-tended paths that welcome joggers, strollers, office workers on lunch, and anyone needing a break. Ornamental ponds, a...
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29 Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
If you’re in Brisbane on a weekend, head to the Stanley Street Plaza, where the Collective Markets set up shop. You’ll find handmade crafts, art, clothing and accessories, toys, jewelry, vintage and antiques, and more. Enjoy live music and...
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South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Ahh Southbank. Home to the ferris wheel of questionable importance, hordes of tourists, lively markets, the mouth watering Max Brenner ( is it ever not busy?!), the cheap as chips Southbank cineplex, the man made Streets Beach, more restaurants,...
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South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Walking under the beautiful, floral arbour at South Bank parklands never fails to take my breath away. Don't leave Brisbane without walking through South Bank, under the arbour that meanders through the parklands and along the river. Check out...
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Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
One of South Bank’s most popular — and free — attractions, Streets Beach is is a large man-made beach located in Brisbane’s central business district. Clean and well-maintained sandy beaches and shallow, connected swimming lagoons attract...