One hour south of Brisbane by car is the Gold Coast, with its long stretches of beaches, surf, sea and outdoor lifestyle activities.
Brisbane (Meanjin) is the capital of the most populated city in Queensland, and the third most popululated city in Australia. One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera people. Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city's built heritage.
Tall buildings line the Gold Coast area, consisting mainly of holiday accommodation with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast region. Visitors can swim and surf all year round at 35 patrolled beaches along the 70km (45 miles) of coastline. Within the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise with a bustling nightlife, great shopping and eateries.
Panoramic mountain scenery, spectacular natural attractions, boutique wineries & breweries, fertile land and warm country hospitality. The region is the major administrative and commercial centre and focus of tourism within Queensland. Spread along the Gold Coast are also a number of theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries! Whether holidaying on a budget, or in style, the Gold Coast has something for everyone.
Travel north of Brisbane, and the freeway takes you past the awesome Glasshouse Mountains and in about an hour you will be in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Like the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast also has spectacular beaches, breathtaking scenery, and gourmet food trails, local handcrafts, antiques and art.
The Pacific Motorway connects Brisbane with the Gold Coast to the south. The Ipswich Motorway connects Brisbane with Ipswich to the west via the southern suburbs, while the Western Freeway and the Centenary Motorway provide a connection between Brisbane's inner-west and the outer south-west, connecting with the Ipswich Motorway south of the Brisbane River. The Bruce Highway is Brisbane's main route north of the city to the rest of the State.
Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the city's main airport, the third busiest in Australia and is located north-east of the city centre and provides domestic and international passenger services.