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Even though it’s right on the coast, one stretch of photo perfect beach isn’t enough for Brisbane, there’s a beach on the river as well. Tropical, humid and sunny, Brisbane is typically laid back and sports loving. Expo ‘88 poured a lot of money into the city changing the balance between shirts and suits and farmers come in off the sugar canes. Shiny casinos and visitor attractions like Dream World, Sea World and Movie World have made Brisbane more American than Australia’s other major cities - think Florida down under, which is why the city has the nickname Bris-vegas.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Pocket. It was founded in 1927. Living in the wildlife sanctuary are koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas and several species of reptiles. Australian parrots and cockatoos and other Australian birds, such as kookaburras, emus, and cassowarys.

Just 50 mins from the Gold Coast.

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