Green Attractions in Brisbane

As capital of the diverse and beautiful Queensland, Brisbane is a modern city with as much nature to offer as urban delights. There are plenty of green attractions in Brisbane, so if you are traveling in a very tight schedule, Brisbane can still offer you the chance to enjoy Queensland’s amazing nature. There are parks and comforting patches of green all over the city, but once you cross the city borders you’ll find yourself either in the middle of a wild rainforest or wandering through some marvelous nature reserve. Here are a few suggestions for those willing to explore the nature-friendly side of Brisbane:

Moreton Bay and Islands

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The area around Moreton Bay near Brisbane is best known for the Boondall Wetlands Reserve, home to a complex ecosystem. The mangroves, marshes and grasslands of Boondall shelter countless species of water and migratory birds, thus making this reservation a birdwatcher’s paradise. At about 40 kilometers off the coast of Brisbane you’ll find the Moreton Island, where you can enjoy guided nature tours as well as other outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, sunbathing or bird watching.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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Flower lovers and not only will be delighted to visit the beautiful and encompassing Brisbane Botanic gardens. The gardens are not only appreciated for their educational value, but also as a favorite hangout place. In addition to the amazingly diverse subtropical fauna, you’ll also be able to enjoy the great panoramas at Mt. Coo-tha, sip a coffee in a peaceful atmosphere and discover the secrets of the universe at Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Koalas are an important part of the Queensland natural patrimony but also some of the cutest animals on Earth so you shouldn’t skip the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Don’t leave the sanctuary without cuddling a koala or taking a close snap of a kangaroo or wallaby.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm

The Queensland countryside is just as pleasing as the lush rainforests covering the state’s territory. At Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender farm you’ll get to taste some authentic Australian wine and admire for hours the scented fields of lavender. It’s also a change to get accustomed with the best of Australian cuisine – nothing can outmatch a luxurious dinner in the company of a signature wine and a breathtaking view.

D’Aguilar National Park

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D’Aguilar National Park in the immediate proximity of Brisbane is great for those anxious to experience hiking, bushwalking or overnight camping in the rainforest. The park is very tourists friendly, so those unwilling or incapable of walking will also be able to enjoy the park’s beauties: there are plenty of picnic grounds, as well a car accessible routes.

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