This was the first
trip down to Australia back in 1994. In fact, most first
time visitors opt for
the "Sunshine state", a laid-back land of beaches and sun.
The entry point was
Brisbane, where we spent the first 2 days recovering
from the rather long
journey. "Brizzie" is located between two major tourist
destinations, the Gold
Coast (south) and the Sunshine Coast (north),
so that most Queensland
visitors won't stay long within the city itself.
An excellent way to
explore it is on foot.
Lone Pine Koala sanctuary
is one of the most famous fauna parks of Queensland.
One of the ways to
get there is to board a cruise boat which departs next
to Victoria Bridge.
But there are not only
Koalas in this park, other inhabitants are Kangaroos,
Wombats and Emus.
We left Brisbane northwards
on Bruce Highway, the main road leading to Cairns.
The first kilometers
weren't that easy as you had first to get used driving
on the opposite side
of the road.
About an hour later,
left the main road to follow the scenic route through
the Glass House Mountains.
Unfortunately, the sight wasn't that good as
there had been huge
bush fires a couple of days before.
We headed back towards
the coast, but instead of staying in Noosa, a major resort area,
we had chosen to stay
on a farm in Eumundi. As Eumundi is within a short drive
to the coast, you had
both, some land life and on the other side sandy beaches.
our next stop was Hervey Bay, a jump off point to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is Queensland
largest island and has it's place on Unesco's World Heritage list.
The island with it's
meadows, lakes, rain forest, sand dunes and multicolored
sand cliffs can only
be explored by 4 WD, either on a tour or self driven.
Another highlight of
the region is the wintering of Humpback whales between may and september.
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