Friday, March 30, 2012

Queensland - Where Australia Shines

There’s no better place than Queensland to experience the best of Australia’s very special lifestyle. Queensland has plenty of sunshine, spectacular beaches, natural wonders and unique nature and wildlife. A holiday in Queensland is all about freedom, fun and full, active days.

Home to five World Natural Heritage Areas including one of the Wonders of the World the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is a big state with lots to see and do.
Queensland’s capital Brisbane is located 1200 kms north of Sydney, a short 90 minute flight. The Gold and Sunshine Coasts are only an hour drive from Brisbane, while tropical Cairns, 1700 kms to the north, is two hours flying time from Brisbane.
A modern, sophisticated city with world class shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural facilities, Cairns is also the gateway to the two World Heritage icons of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforests. The magical Great Barrier Reef is the only natural wonder visible from space and is an easy day trip from Cairns.
Explore the waterfalls, rainforests and crater lakes of the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the Daintree. Take a hike, join a guided canopy walk tour, or climb aboard the historic scenic railway to the rainforest village of Kuranda. Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park to learn about the culture and watch dance performances of Indigenous Australians before returning through the tree tops on the award-winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Set off on an early morning Hot Air Balloon ride for fabulous aerial views of the city and the surrounds with a champagne breakfast upon descent. Then for an excursion on the Quicksilver Cruise Liner including the Ocean Walker and the Seawalker Helmet Dive experiences which are simply exhilarating.
Located midway along the Queensland coast about 630 kms south of Cairns in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef is the Whitsundays, a stunning collection of 74 tropical islands! Hamilton Island, the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, offers glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.
A day trip on the Fantasea Cruise offers a tour of the Reefworld in a semi-submarine with an underwater viewing chamber. But the more adventurous can experience the magic of an Introductory or Certified dive with fully qualified dive instructors. 
Southern Queensland is home to the very best of Australia – the vibrant capital city Brisbane, World Heritage-listed National Parks including Fraser Island, and the stunning Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Soak up sophisticated Brisbane’s relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Explore it on a guided walk, bike in the City Botanic Gardens, cruise down the Brisbane River or laze next to the lagoons of South Bank. Visit the Queensland Cultural Centre or explore Fortitude Valley’s cafes and boutiques. For an adrenalin-pumping experience with great views of the city and its surrounds, try a bridge climb, abseil down Kangaroo Point Cliffs or go sky diving.
Learn to surf world-class breaks on the Gold or Sunshine Coast beaches. Rightly called the Disneyland of the South Pacific, Gold Coast is famous for its Theme Parks with the various characters and myriad rides. From Dreamworld with its thrilling rides to Sea World with its marine life wonders, from Warner Bros Movieworld to the splashtacular Wet’n’Wild Water World and the extreme waterslides at WhiteWater World.
A far cry from the thrilling rush of the theme park rides is a peaceful evening spent enjoying a Glowworm Night tour that includes a guided walk through the rainforest for viewing glowworms and star gazing.
Drive to O’Reilly’s situated in the centre of the cool rainforest of Lamington National Park, with spectacular panoramic views to the McPherson Ranges. Explore the many arts and crafts shops on Gallery Walk at Mount Tamborine. Enjoy wine tasting at the Canungra Valley Vineyards.
Add some unique adventure experiences, year-round sporting and cultural events, world-class accommodation and spa retreats and you’ve got the perfect holiday spot.
Come visit Queensland with Mercury Travels its where you’ll feel welcome and alive. It’s where Australia shines. And you’ll shine too, from the moment you arrive.

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