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A border state of mind — from Brisbane to Byron

The Brisbane conurbation is Queensland’s largest, with the sun-baked Moreton and Stabroke islands lying just offshore and the ritz, glitz and spritz of the twin beach delights of Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay to the south, straddling the border between Queensland and New South Wales.  And as if we’re not already spoilt for choice, just a short drive away lie the World Heritage listed Springbrook and Lamington National Parks.

With close to 300 days of sun per year, Brisbane shines bright as Queensland’s largest city and financial hub.  Set on the banks of the Brisbane River, a sweeping view of the Central Business District opens up in front of you at Kangaroo Point.  Sitting just across Moreton Bay lies Moreton Island, a large sand island most of which is protected as National Park.  Tangalooma Beach and Wrecks are perennial favorites, with a plethora of activities available both on and offshore.  Heading out of Brisbane on either side of Queensland’s border with New South Wales lie the famed Gold Coast and the beach communities of Coolangatta and Byron Bay.  And to those who say a beach is a beach is a beach… sure, but Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay could not be more dramatically poles apart.  While Surfers is all about seeing and being seen, Byron Bay features serenity and dramatic coastal views from its lustrous white cliff top lighthouse.  Heading up into the mountains west of the Gold Coast lie the National Parks of Springbrook and Lamington, included in the listing for Gondwana Rainforests of Australia on the World Heritage register.

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