4 Best Nature Attractions in Brisbane

Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane, is stepping from behind Sydney and Melbourne’s shadow to have its moment in the spotlight. Besides being an emerging cosmopolitan city, it has friendly locals, a laid back style, and tons of pristine zoos and reserves to get lost in. Here are four of the best nature attractions both inside and right outside the city.

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South Bank Parklands
The South Bank Parlands is a nature haven within the heart of the city. Seamlessly intermixed with al fresco dining and boutique shopping are many green spaces and blue waters. Find your peaceful spot under the shade of a large tree, become knowledgable on the Rainforest Walk, or take a swim in Streets Beach. With so much to do in the area, it’s a great home base for your travels in Brisbane. Use this link to book a hotel in the nearby area.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Here’s where you go to absorb enough cuteness to last a lifetime. Founded in 1927, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the largest and oldest of its kind. It’s located in natural settings on a reserve located by the Brisbane river. Along with over 130 koalas, the star attraction (of course), there are all manner of reptiles, farm animals, and birds of prey. At the sanctuary you can hold snakes, feed kangaroos, hug koalas, or even be an animal keeper for a day. It’s no wonder why AOL rated it one of the “Top 10 Zoos in the world.”

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Mt Coot-tha Reserve
It’s only a 15-minute drive away from the Brisbane Accor Hotels located in the Central Business District to get to Mt Coot-tha Reserve. The reserve contains more than 1,500 hectares of eucalypt woodland, 370 fauna species and 450 flora species, including rare and endangered varieties. Two must-sees are the 1.5km Aboriginal Art Trail, containing right art sites with local Aboriginal work and the nearby botanic gardens, which transport you to a variety of mini ecologies seen around the world. Be sure to check out the lookout for wonderful views of the city.

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D’Aguilar National Park
D’Aguilar National Park is an escape into the wild. Secluded gorges, patches of subtropical rainforest, large swathes of eucalypt forest, and sweeping views to Moreton Bay. There are walking trails for those wanting a brief stroll to an all-afternoon 13km affair. Check out the Walkabout Creek, a wildlife center featuring a resident platypus and other interesting creatures as well as the walk-through aviary. With it being 1.5 hour drive from Brisbane, make it a day trip, or camp in the remote bushland area under the stars.