Queensland's state capital, and Australia's third-largest city, was originally a penal colony. Today, Brisbane features the new Gallery of Modern Art and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, home to koalas and kangaroos. For a peek at the past, travel to the Windmill and Old Commissariat Store, built by convicts in 1828.
Fiji is a quintessential South Pacific getaway. Of the 300 islands, nearly 200 are uninhabited, while the remaining 100 are home to grass skirts, surfers, hammocks, and an astonishing blend of multicultural influences. Known for its coasts and colorful culture, Fiji is everything you'd want in a picture-perfect vacation paradise.
Gold Coast, Australia's surfer mecca, is located in South East Queensland. It's aptly-named for the picturesque strip of sand wedged between the sea and sky scrapers. Today, film studios dot the city and offer a glimpse into the world of film-making for tourists. For a more in-depth look at the movies, spend a day at Warner Bros World Theme Park. Other activities include fishing, golf, eco tours, and boating.
The Sunshine Coast, comprised of lush vegetation, a pristine coastline and superb cuisine, offers a perfect Australian getaway. Kids love the zoo, marine park, and Big Pineapple farm. Five national parks are located in the region, making this a great spot for hiking, camping, and general exploring. Golf is a popular attraction also, with more than 10 courses to choose from.
Tahiti is essentially two islands, Tahiti Nui (Big Tahiti) and Tahiti Iti (Little Tahiti), joined by an isthmus. The drive around the French-speaking islands reveals some magnificent vistas on your getaway. Home to black-sand beaches, a dormant volcano, lush rainforests, and small citrus groves, this is truly the tropical getaway of your dreams.
Queensland' Townsville is known for Castle Hill, a monolithic rock formation in the middle of this generally low-land town. The ports offers access popular vacation spots, Magnetic (Maggie) Island and John Brewer Reef. Townsville boasts a small artificial waterfall along The Strand on the beach and several modern gambling casinos.
"The Whitsundays", off the coast of Queensland, is a popular vacation getaway for tourists looking to sail its warm, azure waters and to explore the beautiful coral reefs. Whitsunday Island is also home to Whitehaven Beach, one of the most eco-friendly beaches in the world. The sand here is the finest, purest, and whitest in the world.