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The city of Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third most populated city in Australia. Situated on a bend of the Brisbane River, this city has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and offers plenty to see and do.
Brisbane inherited its name from the Brisbane River however, it was originally referred to as "Mian-Jin", an indigenous name meaning "Place shaped as a spike".
The innovative and vibrant city precinct sports a trendy café culture, thriving shopping district and a heritage feel with 19th century sandstone buildings dotted throughout the city.
Located on the Southern Bank of the Brisbane River, directly opposite the city, are the South Bank Parklands. Connected to the city by the Victoria Bridge, the parklands are one of Brisbane's most important cultural precincts and home to several festivals and events. The parklands include mixture of rainforest, grassed areas and plazas as well as the riverfront promenade and the Wheel of Brisbane.
The Wheel of Brisbane is a stand out feature of the city skyline. Taking you 60 metres above the ground in an enclosed air conditioned capsule, the giant observation wheel offers breathtaking views across the Brisbane River and spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of Brisbane City.
Another fantastic vantage point is the iconic Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane’s highest peak offering panoramic views across Brisbane and out to Moreton Bay.
While in Brisbane you must check out Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Here you can have your photo taken as you cuddle an adorable koala, hand-feed kangaroos and discover a large variety of Australian wildlife in a natural bush setting.