The 32 km of coastline south of Brisbane, between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise – a desolate place with only two generations ago – is the tourist and residential area that has the fastest growing in Australia. And despite the recession, are as many millionaires as burns caused by the sun. Gold Coast is horrible in some places and beautiful in others, but always attractive. Beaches, especially Burleigh Heads, placed in a national park, are strikingly beautiful, while Surfers Paradise the holiday place of the tasteless rich men in Australia, it should be mentioned in the same context with Ipanema, Miami and Cannes, because of its excessive architectural elements.
Gold Coast has no shortage of parks for families. In Surfers Resort at Sea World, are shows with dolphins, Dreamworld is a large amusement park with an Australian optimistic atmosphere, was the location of the TV program “Big Brother”. Currumbin Birds Sanctuary is overwhelmed at the lunch time by the flocks of parrots; Park Fleay’s Wildlife, near Tallebudgera, is a suitable place for searching platypus, Wet and Wild is the largest marine park in the southern hemisphere, and if the heat of the beach is too strong, you can spend up to 20 minutes in the Frozen World, enjoying the unique sculptures in ice, skating and beating with snow. But tourism postcard, which dominates over everything, is the Movie World, the only park in the southern hemisphere with Hollywood activities. Jupiters Casino, the Conrad International Hotel complex in Surfers is always there to fill your nights and empty your pockets. The Province that starts from Brisbane and continues into the country is virtually ignored by tourists. Tablelands stops and here is the beginning of Darling Downs large area with rolling plains and rich soil. Warwick city serves as the basis for the dairy industry, meat and horses. On the riverbanks of Tondamine, the second largest city in Queensland retains much of its historic character. There are still some beautiful buildings, but the most famous feature is the Rose and Rodeo Festival.
The modern city of Stanthorpe near Warwick is always mentioned in evening weather reports on TV, with the coldest temperatures recorded in Queensland. The lowest was -14.6 ° C.
Toowoomba is not only the largest internal city in Queensland (population of 83,600 people), but also a city with outstanding parks. Being located near the Great Barrier Reef and having a view over Darling Downs, Toowoomba is colored all year, but in spring it looks sensational.
Lamington National Park lies in the mountains McPherson, directly behind the Gold Coast. This vast and dramatically park, covered with tropical forests provides some of the finest walks in Australia, with some very attractive mountain cabins.
The Land of “Big Things”
On the sunny coast, within a hour of Brisbane, in the north, tourism gets a grand kitsch. On the road were built some spectacular “monsters”, in order to attract tourists. Do not be alarmed, for example, if you face a huge cow 9 meters, which bends over the highway. Visitors can climb a ladder inside the cow disappeared through a trap next to the udder. Bovine monstrosity is an attraction for nearby antiques shop. Right next to Bruce Highway, located 6 km south of Nambour, is a huge fiberglass pineapple. Valley of giants includes also an Australian drinker cartoon shaped character, Tavern Big Ettamogah. Highway currently bypasses all these attractions, except tavern, the other can be reached on a tourist road from Nambour.
Glass House Mountains have received this name from Captain Cook, but nobody knows why, either because they saw their reflections on the smooth parts, or because he remembered the glass furnaces in Yorkshire.
However tourists can be distracted from what is actually one of the most beautiful stretches of Queensland’s coast (focus on the dramatic forms of Glass House Mountains – Glass House, which appears to the west, rising from the middle of a grassy plain). Beaches like Mariochydore and Coolum are the jewels of the Queensland.
New Highway leads directly to sunny Noosa, avoiding asleep valley of Yandina. Noosa has been named Australia’s Cannes, a heady blend of beauty, sophistication and lots of money. Housing near the calm the waters of Laguna Bay, for many people, Noosa is close to the essence of the Australian dream.
Today is a collection of villages – Noosaville, Noosa Heads, Tewantin and Sunshine Beach. In the 60s, Noosa was a small and asleep settlement, the favorite of local farmers and fishermen, on weekends. A few huts on the beach, a post office and a shop – that was all. But perfectly cylindrical waves covering a few points of Noosa National Park soon changed everything. Due to their rarely and northern aspect, waves of Noosa is one of the most beautiful in the world, and the beach is a Mecca to surfers. Name of local beaches – Ti-Tree Bay, Granite Beach, Fairy Pool, Devil’s Kitchen – embedded, for them, the charm of Noosa.
Advertising has recently attracted other people – rich retirees from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Once they saw Noosa Heads, these refugees from colder climates places have started to buy large parcels of the best land. Just a few meters from Hastings Street (the main artery of business in Noosa), swimmers are still laying the beach or swimming in the lazy sea so clear that fish are seen on the bottom.
Plan your trip to Queensland, depending on the season: from December to April, far North is undergoing a tropical monsoon season. From May to October, the North enjoys a nearly perfect climate.
The cape defends Noosa by the south-eastern winds, being the gateway to the Noosa National Park, 334 hectares forest and marshy area on the southern shore of the Noosa River.