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Cairns
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Cairns is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site Daintree Rainforest and the alluring Great Barrier Reef. It is also the commencement point for the somber 4WD treks into the vast wilderness of the Cape York Peninsula. Cairns largely reckons on the tourism for the travel. For few tourists who come to Cairns for holidays, Cairns basically marks the end of a protracted journey up to the eastern coast and for the others Cairns is just the commencement of the Aussie adventure. Whichever way you are swaying, you are definitely going to encounter convivial nomads.

Old salts asserts Cairns as the city which has traded off its soul. Bars, clubs, restaurants, resorts, guesthouses and stays, are simply hungry for your tourist dollars. With a past life as thrilling as the rollicking goldfields' port, perhaps it has always been like this. Tourists usually find it easy to spend their riches amidst the tropical, holiday vibe of this Queensland city.

The neat CBD of Cairns is far more board shorts than the briefcases despite the fact there is no beach in the town. The plus manicured Boardwalk, Lagoon and Esplanade are all equally loved while the northern beaches, Great Barrier Reef as well as the bottomless bundle of activities is not too distinct.


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Trinity Beach
This beach is the favourite beach of a true Cairns local. Trinity beach is an amazing beach known for its clear waters. The beach offers a beautiful ambience which never fails to impress anyone. Even more so than the other beaches, the locals and tourists mingle here to give it a much friendlier vibe. This beach is not far from the Cairns International Airport so it is a preferred destination and usually the first beach tourists end up going to.

The beach is cornered by two headlands which provides for an amazing Bay area for all popular activities to take place and thoroughly enjoy their varied pleasures. If you have come here with the sole intention of relaxing, the palm lined shores will just not fail to disappoint you. On the other hand, if adventure is what you seek, you should totally take up on the various tours on offer that leave from Trinity Beach at regular intervals.



Location: It is situated 20 km from the centre of Cairns.

Highlights: Various tours are organized to cater to different people and their budgets.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
Clifton Beach
Clifton is a serene local beach lined beautifully by swaying palm trees. This beach is great for children with its swimming net and playgrounds. There are facilities for BBQ so that you wouldn't have to go away looking to eat. You can enjoy all of your time under the big rain trees right here at Clifton. You can take a walk for kilometers on end enjoying the sunshine, with beach on one side and the Rainforest Mountain on the other.

You can walk right up to Palm cove and chow in its restaurants while laying around on a completely untouched natural environment that Clifton offers. Clifton rarely has tourists and is relatively undeveloped. Having no high risers, it is dotted with low lying beach front houses. This beach is great for family outings and privacy seeking lovebirds.



Location: Clifton is located 22 km north of Cairns.

Highlights: Local beach with less people and undeveloped areas. It is an ideal spot for having a little quiet time.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
Palm cove
Palm cove is the shy, quiet chilled out unique village which is referred to as the Spa capital of Australia. Some who visit it call it 'the ultimate tropical serenity'. It offers the best of tropical adventure with its reef, rainforest and indigenous culture. Relax by the ancient paper bark Melaleuca trees lining the casually styled esplanade. There are various world class beach resorts and hotels here to pamper you and further cater to your every whim and fantasy.

When you get tired of relaxing move out into the tropical sunshine and take part in Great Barrier Reef excursions and rainforest trips, go seeking thrill on a kayaking adventure or try fishing in your personal jetty. A Mecca of sophistication, Palm cove lets you pamper yourself with its various beauty salons and spas. Shop in its boutiques and take care of yourself by taking advantage of the health and fitness centers.



Location: It is located 27 km North of Cairns

Highlights: It is known as the Spa capital of Australia

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
Cairns Botanic Gardens
The Cairns botanical gardens officially known as Flecker botanical garden is a botanic reserve in Collins Avenue. It is named after Dr. Hugo Flecker who is known for his immense botanical contribution to this place. Commenced on the 2 of February 2007, it has since become a world heritage listed site. It is also known as Fitzalan's Botanical gardens and Edge hill nursery.

Having a special place in Cairns history this garden has its native sausage tree kigella pantana, hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii and Cook pine Araucaria columnaris. Further down the Goodwin street are the damson plum and a blue quandong. There are rainforest understory plants along the creek with a paperbarks and a Leichhardt tree. Aroids and gingers are a part of the garden as well. The walking area is non slippery due to the use of exposed aggregate concrete.



Location: Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

Highlight: The garden has its theme based on the botanical historical evolution of the new Queensland region.
Holloway's Beach
A Cairns residential beach, Holloway's is gaining popularity due to the establishment of a beach resort by the waterfront. It is an extremely narrow beach, with only two meters as its width. It is extremely apt for fishing as on a good day you can see many locals out with their fishing nets at Holloway's. There is also a popular cafe and hotel which makes Holloway's a brilliant destination. If you are looking for some privacy, turn right when you see the Holloway's beach sign.

There is a quite little spot only frequented by couple and artists. A turn left ahead is a shack, easily recognizable with its bluish yellow interiors, which is famous for its local alcohol made from various fruits. The friendly staff is sure to please you with their wide smile and Pleasant demeanor. There is a safety net for you during the stinger season, please be within it to avoid unnecessary complications.



Location: Holloways Beach is north of Cairns City.

Highlights: A small quite beach to explore your personal space.

Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
Gold Coast
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Tourist places in Gold Coast are both plenteous and varying in kind. Located in Queensland, Australia it sports some of the most awe-inspiring beaches. It is the center of watersports like surfing and kayaking. One can also experience underwater sea life here like nowhere else. One can go underwater sea diving or snorkeling and look at the beautiful reefs and swarms of fish in the clear blue ocean water. One can also go to one of its many beaches with friends and family and lie down on the pristine golden and white sand beaches and just relax or go to the numerous nighttime parties to have a wild and exciting time! In addition to beaches, the Gold coast has myriad other tourist activities as well. It has theme parks like Dreamworld where both the young and the old have a magical time! It also has water-based theme parks for tourists to spend some quality family time together having fun. It has several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks where one can visit the exotic wildlife of Australia.

 

Nature walks across rainforests and woods also abound here. The nightlife in Australia has always been very exciting. Gold coast exemplifies this too. There are several interesting bars and clubs peppered across the city where tourists can go in for a quiet drink or for an exciting dance! There are also tonnes of resorts and hotels here for the comfort of the tourists. These charge varying prices and thus fit the budget of an economic tourist as well as that of a luxurious one. A perfectly comfortable weather coupled with welcoming residents and availability of commodious accommodation make it a very luring holiday destination for many travelers. Gold coast is the perfect destination for a relaxing as well as exciting and adventurous holiday and must be visited as soon as possible.

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Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain is one of the most tranquil spot in Gold Coast that takes you away from the hubbub of city life, to indulge in the serene and scenic beauty of tropical rainforest, exotic birds and incredible flora and fauna. Apart from the breathtaking view, the destination also offers you a range of comfortable accommodation, a host of restaurants, arts & galleries, wineries, breweries, cafes and other shops.

Highlights: There are a host of things that you can do at Tamborine Mountain. The Skywalk tour is a unique way to experience the beauty of the beautiful rainforest. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the area by floating on a hot air balloon. Apart from that, it is an excellent place for bird watchers and people who enjoy living close to nature.

Location: It is located in the Scenic Rim, just an hour’s drive away from Gold Coast.

Cavill Avenue Mall
At the heart of the Surfer’s Paradise lies the best nightlife and shopping avenue of the Gold Coast – The Cavill Avenue Mall. It is the fun and leisure centre of the Surfer’s Paradise, with a number of shops, bars, restaurants, night clubs as well as some of the best food joints. The avenue is a place where you can see some of the incredible live music performances.

Highlights: The Cavill Avenue Mall houses some of the best restaurants that offer a wide array of mouth watering cuisines from all over the world. The close by streets is the major attraction of the Cavill Avenue Mall. The street has some of the best night clubs, tattoo shops and economical yet incredible food.

Location: The Cavill Avenue Mall is located in Surfer’s Paradise and is just a little more than hour an hour’s drive from Gold Coast International Airport.

Robina Town Shopping Centre
Shopping at Robina Town Shopping Centre will be a very exciting affair for you. With more than three hundred and fifty shops and food joints, this Gold Coast’s largest shopping centre defines luxury shopping and dine-in. From fashion to departmental stores, you can find almost everything in the Shopping Centre.

Highlights: Enjoy a cup of coffee and relax at the Food Atrium. After shopping enjoy the latest movie on the comfortable chairs of the Events Cinema. You can also spend some fun time at AMF Bowling and M9 Laser Skirmish. Finish your day with a delicious meal from one of the beautiful lakeside restaurants of The Promenade.

Location: The Robina Town Shopping Centre is located next to M1 Motorway. It is less than a kilometre away from Queensland Rail Robina Station. The free shuttle service from the Centre is operational on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Timing: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Kurrawa Beach
Kurrawa Beach lies on the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and is popular amongst the enthusiastic surfers. It is well known for hosting the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships by the
surfing enthusiasts and is popular nationally as well as internationally. The Kurrwa Surf Life Saving Club is one of the leading clubs of Kurrwa known for surfing sports and at the same time is popular amongst the locals for its bistro and bar. The trippers across the world come here for spending their holidays and relish a full dose of entertainment along with mouth-watering meals and refreshing cocktails and beers. To the north of the main beach area is a playground and a duck pond for progeny, which is also meant for picnic purpose and barbeques. Activities like cycling, rollerblading, walking, and watching the alluring view are famous things to do here.

 Highlights: Pacific Fair, Kurrawa Surf Club, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant.
WarnerBros.Movie World
The Gold Coast has been the premier holiday destination of Australia and Gold Coast Tourist Attractions include Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular, and Sea World Resort. If you have been wondering how to find daily show timings at movie world, you ought to know that every visitor is handed a map of the park and list of show times as soon as one enters the park. It is recommended the children under 14 years of age be accompanied by any adult. At the Warner Bros Movie World ‘Parent Swap’ has been introduced that is offered to friends, guardians or parents who may have a child unable or very frightened to go up on a ride. With the Parent Swap one person enjoys the ride while another waits with a child. When the first individual is done with their ride the second, goes to the queue front and enjoys the ride, minimizing delays. Visiting the Warner Bros Movie Park can never be a disappointment.

Location: Located on the Pacific Motorway on Gold Coast, Queensland. The best time to visit would be during holidays specifically before Christmas and during 1-7pm.
Brisbane
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The beauty and richness of Tourist places in Brisbane are what make this great city a magnet that attracts people from all around the globe. One of the best things about Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland is how the government has recognized the city’s value as a heaven for tourists. The wonderfully maintained beaches, the natural attractiveness, the food, the vineyards, and a lot of other aspects of the city will surely satisfy your senses. The cultural scene of Brisbane includes adventure, traditions, and the ever growing metropolitan itself. Located along the Brisbane River, this third largest city of Australia is a home to a huge variety of wildlife. The coexistence of nature only adds to the great diversity of Brisbane, which makes it a city you must visit.

In last decade, Brisbane has become one of the fastest developing cities of Australia. The modern restaurants and bars, the unconventional architectural progress, and the traditional sense of Brisbane offer a perfect tourist destination. Your traveling goals will never be fulfilled if you do not plan to make a trip to this city. And, if you like adventure and danger then Brisbane will be even more attractive to you. Like any other city in Australia, the people here too are always hunting for thrill. This is why the adventure sports are popular as activities in Brisbane and you must take a taste of it.      

The gentle subtropical weather makes the city really comforting. This has made the beaches even more popular among the tourists as there cannot be a better way to spend a sunny day than to lazing around on the sand. The beauty of Brisbane was almost undiscovered until 1982 when the city hosted the Commonwealth Games. The world suddenly came to know about this gem of a tourist destination and it has been busy being so since.  

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Queen Street Mall
Queen Street Mall is the shopping paradise in Brisbane city. It is the most popular pedestrian mall in the whole country and it is known to host about 26 million visitors every year. The mall has huge number of stores which showcases local, international as well as flagship brands. It is believed that there more than 700 retailers based here which caters to almost all kinds of goods available here. It is not only the shopping that attracts people here but it is also considered as the most happening place in the whole Brisbane.

Thousands of events gets organised here and one can feel the thud of music feeling the air on every weekends. Restaurants, pubs, cinema halls, beauty salons, boutiques, bars and a throbbing nightlife can be experienced here with some of the best entertainment options being available here. It is truly the premier entertainment destination of Queensland. 
Gallery of Morden art
Based in Stanley Place, The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is one of the famed sightseeing destinations in Brisbane. Based in the beautiful twin buildings of Cultural Precinct, this is a treasury of the finest art of Asia, Australia and Pacific. Hosting some of the renowned world famous Australian as well as International art exhibitions, the place has successfully grabbed the attention of millions of art lovers across the world. In fact the greatest achievement is the storage of more than 17000 works of art in various genres like contemporary, historical and even modern art from various parts of the world. The Gallery has its own retail outlets where all purchases of artworks can be done. The stores are open from 10am to 5pm.For the travellers there are refreshments within the premises, the Goma Restaurant and QAG Cafe and Goma Cafe Bistro.

Location: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland.

Timings: 10am to 5pm 
South Bank Parklands
South bank Parklands is located in the southern bank of Brisbane River. 17 hectares of lush and verdant landscape forms the destination of premier lifestyle and cultural stoppage of Brisbane. The park host a range of world famed renowned eateries with delicious mouth melting cuisine, breathtaking and awe striking views of the rivers and hundreds of cultural entertaining events that keeps the place throbbing with almost every night throughout the year.

For the nature lovers there are place to enjoy the silent harmony away from the hustle and bustle too. In a whole it is a splendid place to unwind and relax specially feel entertained in the weekend nights with family and friends. One can enjoy some of the best Australian cuisine in the eateries based here. 
Brisbane City Hall
When it comes to cultural and heritage icons, then the most apt sightseeing destination in Brisbane, is the Brisbane City Hall. Built in 1930, the hall has remained a property symbolic of huge pride, elegance and grandeur. Based in the heart of Brisbane, the place is famous for conducting many events displaying cultural and civic events. Going through several restorations and repairing works, the institution displays the history of Brisbane and regular tours showcases iconic clock tower, Father Henry Wills Organ and Main Auditorium.

 One can also visit the Museum of Brisbane on the 3rd floor of the City Hall, which is known for displaying the best artworks by specialized artist of the city. Contemporary exhibition is scheduled here which is equally interesting. Art and Architecture gets the best expression in City Hall and there are guided tours available to understand it in a better way. 
Alma Park Zoo
Located in Alma Road on the northern side of Brisbane, The Alma Park Zoo based on 40 acres of land is the oldest zoo and the first one built in Queensland. Tropical gardens and paved pathway at the backdrop of lush rainforest trees and verdant growth of plants beautifies the zoo in the most fascinating way. Photography is allowed here so one can catch some great clicks of snakes, crocodiles, koalas, lemur, baboons and others. The zoo houses almost 200 mammals and comprises of almost 100 species including exotic ones from Australian natives, American, African and even Asian animals. Several events remain organised by the zoo like Hamadryas Baboon presentation, reptile presentation and others which makes the tour more interesting. The zoo is quite easy to locate as it is only 30 minutes drive towards the north of Brisbane, close to Dakabin Railway station.

Location: Dakabin, Queensland

Timings: 9am to 4pm 
Cape Tribulation
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Moreton Island
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Places to Visit in Moreton Island
Moreton Island
One of the most popular and preferred Sand Island, based at about 25kms off Brisbane banks is the ever beautiful Moretan Island. It is the largest sand island in the world with loads of activities and unlimited scenic panorama to entertain the visitors. Pristine beaches, fascinating sand dunes, abundant growth of wild flowers and exotic scenic beauty forms the natural surroundings of the location.

 The best part is one can do a lot of entertaining activities here like feeding the dolphins with nearly 600 bottlenose dolphins housed here, diving or snorkelling in the beautiful yet mysterious wrecks , experience whale watching and also go fishing to have some unique experiences. Other activities popular here includes sand tobogganing and quad biking. It’s a magnificent location to enjoy with friends and family and be entertained in the best way possible. 
Port Douglas
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Other Attractions

Townsville
The Northeastern Coast of Queensland, Australia, Townsville is the beauty of the country which attracts tourists from all over the world. Townsville is noted as Australia's largest urban centre for livelihood, modernity and shopping centres. The City has emerged some World's leading brands in terms of fabric, knit and leather.

Highlights:
 Townsville is one of the most Urban-clad cities of Queensland, Australia. "The Strand" is the main cause of tourist attraction in this city. It is considered as one of the most beautiful sea beaches of the Australian continent. Apart from that Townsville is the house of Australia's largest heritage places like Riverway, a riverside parkland, The Castle Hill, which is considered as the most famous tourist attraction spot. The Castle Hill is known as the city's fitness destination.

Location: Townsville is located on the north-eastern corner of Queensland, Australia, which is just adjacent to The Great Barrier Reef.

Price: Entry to the land of Townsville is free of cost unless you are willing to be a part of any event.
Whitsundays Island
Sandwiched between the NE coast of Queensland state and The Great Barrier Reef, in Australia, Whitsunday Island is an assemblage of beautiful yet adventurer islands, clubbed in together, forming an exotic tourist attraction place. Though Whitsunday Island is itself popular enough to draw tourists, businessmen are simply attracted to its more commercial kind of term known as 'Hamilton Islands'.

Highlights:
The Whitsunday Islands are a collection 74 continental islands situated at the north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. One cause for the massive tourism attraction of the Whitsunday Islands is its exotic yatching destination. Brisbane weekends are largely spent on the southern waters of Whitsunday Island, yatching out along the seashore. With a mixture of tasty Australian seafood and the traditions of Ngara people, the natives of Whitsunday Island, this spot is the best holiday destination.

Location: The Whitsunday Islands are typically located on the northeastern shores of Brisbane, Queensland.

Price: Entry to the Whitsunday Islands is free of monetary value.


Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island is a part of Australia's famous Island collection called Whitsunday Island. Located close to The Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the prestigious world's Heritage places, Hamilton Island is an ideal place to spend a holiday away from the urban-clad lifestyle of the modern century.

Highlights:
A holiday plan to Hamilton Island is an ideal choice if you want to enjoy the raw essence of Australia's white sand and untouched coral lifestyle. The Island has emerged a marine lifestyle which is quite different from the rest of Australia's Island collection. Hamilton Island is a paradise for golf lovers since it houses 18 famous golf championships. Hamilton Island houses the world's famous sea beach, 'Whitehaven Beach'.

Location: Hamilton Island is located at the heart of The Great Barrier Reef and very near to the Queensland state of Australia.

Price: Entry fee to the Island is free of any monetary value. 
Port Douglas
At the furthest north of Queensland, Australia, a small place called Port Douglas exists which is an extraordinary tourist destination. Travelers from all around the world who visit Australia, never misses this beautiful and refined place, Port Douglas. One cause of its popularity and fame is because of its close proximity to the World heritage sites- The Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rainforest.

Highlights:
 Port Douglas is popularly named after John Douglas, the former premier of Queensland. The township is the home of four best World heritage sites: Macrossan Street, St. Mary's Wharf Street, 6 Dixie street Port Douglas Wharf and Port Douglas Court house Museum. Kitesurfing is the most popular play in the town which draws crowds of tourists hovering at the streets of Port Douglas. Port Douglas is named as one the best top 100 towns in Australia.

Location: Port Douglas is located north of Queensland, Australia and is in close approximation to Cairins, Australia.

Price: Entry to the Port Douglas town is free of monetary value.



Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Being the third-most populated state of Queensland, Australia, the Sunshine Coast is a semi-urban area situated at the heart of the city. The town has a touch of urban lifestyle with European culture since Europeans were the first to settle in this region. As the name suggests, Sunshine Coast is a beautiful coastal region surrounded by valleys and water bodies while making it an ideal place to hop in during vacations.

Highlights: Sunshine Coast region is guarded by an unbreakable chain of sea beaches which attracts more than 3.2 million visitors every year. The plethora of sunshine falling upon the sun-kissed beaches explains the scenic beauty of this place. This Coast is the home for 5 famous National Parks of Australia, including Mapleton National Park, Kondalilla National Park, The Glass House National Park and so on.

Location: The Sunshine Coast is located at the north of Brisbane, in the Southern east corner of Queensland Australia.
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