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78 Bulcock St, Caloundra QLD 4551, Australia
Heading north, Caloundra is literally the first genuine beach town on the Sunshine Coast. From the downtown looking out at the water, there’s no question you’re in a tropical locale. The Glasshouse Mountains frame the hotels and Pumicestone...
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Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Most tourism photos of the South Bank Parklands on the Brisbane River – smack in the center of the city – imply it looks like a private tropical resort. But for free. Don’t dismay. It's that good. This is truly one of Brisbane’s man-made gems. The...
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1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah QLD 4519, Australia

Luckily, Brisbane is only an hour south of this fantastic zoo and animal-rehab center run by the family of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who died in 2006. While the zoo's focus is on wildlife conservation, it offers visitors more than 20...

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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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From websites and reviews we thought we were in for a sleepy little surf hamlet in Noosa. Turns out, Noosa is the “Laguna Beach” of Queensland. And quite family friendly. It’s polished, pretty, chock full of cafes, boutiques and coffee shops and ....