Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Brisbane, Australia

List of noteworthy Brisbane attractions and places to see in Brisbane, from the must-see tourist landmarks to the top local attractions.

Story Bridge Climb

Brisbane's Story Bridge Adventure Climb is an exhilarating two and a half hour scaling of the beautiful Story Bridge, offering the viewer an exclusive panoramic view of Brisbane's glorious city landscape, Glasshouse Mountains to the north, the world acclaimed Lamington National Park and of course, the phenomenal view of the eastward Moreton Bay.

 


On the way up, guests may listen to the audio guide tour, which walks you through a detailed history of the bridge. If are able to take the early morning ride, you will notice how the bay gleams in the sunrise, while in the evening the sun radiates off the city the its high-rises. Either way, you may choose to book the time of ascension to fit your preferences. 

 

WhiteWater World

Get wet and wild at WhiteWater World on the Gold Coast. With more than 140 slides, rides and watery activities, it’s the best place on the coast to hit the water.
 

 

 
Ride the Nickelodeon Pipeline Plunge, take the little ones to Wiggle Bay, ride the swells into the Cave of Waves or stay on for after-dark fun in summer when WhiteWater World lights up at night.










Dreamworld

Dreamworld on the Gold Coast is the home of the most thrilling rides on Australia's east coast.

 
 
Shout your lungs out at Screamworld after dark, battle aliens at AVPX, see the light and laser spectacular of Illuminate, or watch virtual V8 supercars in action at Red Line. Learn the mysteries of boardsports with Flowrider, or be amazed by the shows screening at the IMAX theater.



Dreamworld is also home to Australian wildlife, including a huge population of koalas, while Bengal and Sumatran tigers rule at Tiger Island.

 

Sea World

The Gold Coast means theme parks, and one of the most popular is Sea World.

 
The emphasis is on educational animal encounters at Sea World, with the interactive fun of dolphin adventures a particular highlight. Watch polar bears in action, go on a seal safari, see performing dolphins, and meet Bert and Ernie at Sesame Street Beach.





Sea World isn't just about wildlife, it's also the home of roller-coaster action on Jet Rescue. Ride the Bermuda Triangle, lose your lunch on the Corkscrew Rollercoaster, splash down on the Viking's Revenge, or take to the high seas on the Pirate Ship.

 

 

 

Wet 'n' Wild

It's truly wet and awesomely wild at this Gold Coast water theme park!



 The star attraction is the Kamikaze jet spray water slide, with its sheer drop and over-the-top speeds. The Tornado slide blasts you from a tunnel into a wet and wild storm. Or enter the Blackhole's dark, enclosed tunnels to go spiraling through the heart of darkness until the final splashdown.




For the longest slides, wind your way around Mach 5's five high-energy open-air flumes. To ride waves, get the adrenaline ride of your life aboard Surfrider's giant surfboard.

 

Warner Bros. Movie World

Hollywood comes to the Gold Coast at Warner Bros. Movie World!


 
Catch your favorite characters at the Star Parade down Main Street with the Looney Tunes Gang, Scooby-Doo and Shrek. Watch cars collide with the Hollywood Stunt Driver show on a real-life movie set. If you dare, try the thrilling new Batwing Spaceshot ride – the breathtaking drop goes way beyond freefall!



 

Thrillseekers will also love the Superman Escape, Roadrunner roller-coaster, the huge Wild West Falls adventure and Lethal Weapon: the Ride.


Australia Zoo

The legacy of the late crocodile-hunter, Steve Irwin, continues at Australia Zoo, where you can cuddle a koala, hand-feed an elephant and take a walk with a Sumatran tiger.




The zoo is managed by Irwin’s family, wife Terri and children Bindi and Robert, and the Irwin family personality is a major part of the zoo's continuing attraction for visitors.




Conservation is key at Australia Zoo, with endangered species breeding programs, field study and habitat preservation. The amazing animals you’ll see at Australia Zoo include Australian natives like wombats and Tasmanian devils, plus big cats, giraffes, otters and lemurs. A highlight is the daily handfeeding of elephants, kangaroos and baby farmyard animals.



Gabba Cricket Ground

For an authentic Australian sporting experience, take yourself along to the 42,000-seat Brisbane Cricket Ground.




Known as the Gabba, because it's in the suburb of Woolloongabba, the sports ground hosts Australian Football League (AFL) games and international cricket matches.




Summer is the time for cricket, with matches held between January and March. In winter, March to October, AFL games hit the turf, often under the lights at night. Tours run daily, but not on match eve and match days. You get to view the stadium from the upper levels, then take a walk on the hallowed ground, see the memorabilia in the members’ dining room, see the corporate and media facilities, view the practice wickets and take a stroll through the players’ locker room.

 

Queensland Cultural Centre

Brisbane's cultural precinct is on South Bank, opposite the city center on the Brisbane River.

 

The highlight of the Queensland Cultural Centre is the inspiring Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), which hosts a regular program of visiting and local exhibitions. It's the largest contemporary art gallery in Australia, and includes drama and film.

 


Housed in another building is the Queensland Art Gallery and its collection of Australian and international art. Queensland Museum – South Bank documents the changing face of Brisbane and Queensland over the centuries, from culture and history to flora and fauna.

 

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