Between June and November, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are great spots for whale watching as majestic humpback whales travel 10,000km to the warm tropical waters up North.
Brisbane’s coastline is dotted with islands that are easy to get to by joining day tours from the city centre. Moreton Island is just a 70-minute ferry ride from Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island is a 40-minute ferry ride from the coast and Bribie Island is about a 1.5 hr drive from the city centre.
20 mins from Brisbane you’ll find the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – an animal refuge and the world’s first and biggest koala sanctuary. You can hold a koala, feed a kangaroo and meet a variety of native Australian animals. You can hold a snake or bird of prey, or book a close-up encounter with a dingo and platypus.