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.

Queen Street Mall          Old and new architecture          Kookaburra Queen Paddle Wheeler

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.

Koala          Far away from home          Tired ?

But there are not only Koalas in this park, other inhabitants are Kangaroos,
Wombats and Emus.

Having a rest     Kangaroo     Curious creatures     Kangaroo     Close view

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.

Leaving the Highway    Not a clear view    Glasshouse mountains    After the fire    Not cleared up yet

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.
Heading northwards, 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.

Noosa Heads   Noosa National Park   Fraser Island tour   Fraser island scenery   Freshwater lake

Fraser island road          Rainforest          Sand cliffs          Cliffs

Fraser Island dunes          Maheno rusting hulk          Fraser island highway

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