Come and feed the dolphins! Tangalooma Island Resort is situated on Morten Island, one of a string of sand islands which protects Morten Bay to the east of Brisbane. Only a 75 min catamaran trip from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is home to a pod of friendly wild dolphins. Full day tours are available from Brisbane and can include dolphin feeding and whale watching. Whale watching season is between June and October at Brisbane’s latitude.
Lone Pine is Australia’s largest koala sanctuary is 13 km from the centre of Brisbane and is regularly serviced by Brisbane Transport buses. Home to 130 koalas and other Australia natives, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the perfect place to cuddle a koala, hand feed a kangaroo or view a platypus!
The Gold Coast, Australia’s 6th largest city is situated 80 km south of Brisbane. Known for its beaches and rainforest swathed hinterland, the Gold Coast is also home to a number of theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries. For those wishing to see some of Australia’s subtropical rainforests, walk amongst the tree tops and see the occasional glow worm, then look into visiting Tamborine Mountain (www.tamborinemtncc.org.au/), Natural Bridge (www.visitgoldcoast.com/places-to-see/springbrook/attractions/natural-bridge-springbrook-national-park/), or O’Reilly’s (www.oreillys.com.au/) in the Lamington National Park.
Located about 100 km north of Brisbane the Sunshine Coast is known for its laid back beach life and stunning hinterland. The Sunshine Coast offers many amusement options including the home of Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo (www.australiazoo.com.au/), Underwater World in Mooloolaba (www.underwaterworld.com.au/), and Aussie World (www.aussieworld.com.au/) where you can also catch a yarn at the Ettamogoh pub. If you enjoy a touch of culture and are interested in arts, crafts and markets, then Montville (www.montvilleguide.com.au/) and the Eumundi Markets (www.eumundimarkets.com.au/) are highly recommended. Don’t forget to visit the granite headlands at Noosa (www.visitnoosa.com.au/) or any of the sandy white beaches between Noosa and Caloundra.
World-heritage listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island is approximately 300 km north of Brisbane. Renowned for its rainforests, fresh water lakes, white sands, and pure-bred dingos, Fraser Island is also known for its aboriginal and European pioneering history. July sparks the beginning of the humpback whale watching season with whales migrating north for their winter calving. Single to multiple day Fraser Island tours and whale watching tours are available from Brisbane and Hervey bay. www.australia.com/explore/icons/fraser-island.aspx
Rainbow Beach is your golden gatewayto some of the most amazing natural attractionsto be found anywhere in the world. From this picturesque' coastal village, enchantingly nestled between Tin Can Bay and the Pacific Ocean, you can experience an enthralling mosaic of these wonders and indulge in your favorite pursuits at the same time. www.ourrainbowbeach.com.au/