There are exciting oil and gas and civil infrastructure projects either currently underway or on the horizon in Queensland, so the team from Fircroft’s Brisbane office have selected their Top 5 Things to do in Queensland. If you are a contractor that is heading ‘down under’ in the near future, then check out what the east coast of Australia has to offer!
Exploring the South-East!
Brisbane is Queensland’s capital and Australia’s fastest-growing capital city for employment. Home to over 1,000 retail stores, museums, galleries, parks, café’s, a casino, plus countless events, Brisbane offers a discovery in every direction. Brisbane’s Story Bridge is the only bridge in the world to offer both a climb and an abseil experience. August is a great time of year, when country meets the city for the annual Royal Queensland Show ‘EKKA’. Brisbane comes alive during Riverfire, with a spectacular fireworks display as part of Brisbane Festival in September, one of Australia’s major international arts festivals. South Bank Parklands in the heart of the city are a popular place for visitors and locals to enjoy beautiful gardens, delicious food, trendy markets, boutique shopping, plus the spectacular view from the Wheel of Brisbane.
Wildlife Sanctuaries and Theme Parks
Located on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains, Australia Zoo is home to a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles, where visitors can view crocodile feedings, have hands-on animal encounters and elephant rides. There’s also plenty to see and do on the Gold Coast, with its beautiful beaches and nightlife, but the most notable, for the kids at least, would be the major theme parks on offer. Head to Dreamworld for an adrenaline packed day on the big eight thrill rides, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, with their famous seal and dolphin shows, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and more, you can’t miss the family entertainment on the Gold Coast. You can also take on Australia’s tallest external building climb at SkyPoint!
The largest natural wonder of the world
The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in north-eastern Australia, is the largest living thing on earth. It’s even visible from outer space! The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises of thousands of coral reefs and is home to an abundance of marine life. With over seventy beautiful Whitsunday tropical islands to explore, you can enjoy snorkelling, reef walks, swimming with dolphins and helicopter tours. During June/July, visitors can dive and snorkel with minke whales, a once in a lifetime experience with these curious and amazing sea creatures.
Where the rainforest meets the reef
Daintree National Park is the largest rainforest in Australia and is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature on the planet. An hour’s drive from Cairns, the 1,200 square kilometres of World Heritage Listed rainforest contains the highest number of plant and animal species on earth that are rare or threatened with extinction. This includes 13 bird species that are found nowhere else in the world. Cruise the Daintree River, zip-line through the rainforest canopy or explore the tracks, it is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.
Experience the Queensland Outback
Queensland’s outback is a beautiful explosion of colour, with its vast and changing landscapes offering breathtaking scenery, wildlife, sunsets and starry nights. There is a range of things to see and do when visiting the quaint little towns famous for their history of mining, sugar plantations, gemstones, peanuts and purple jacaranda trees. Join in the fun with a packed calendar all year round, with everything from pig races, the Australian Dunny Derby, Mt Isa Rodeo, the largest in the southern hemisphere and a must see visit to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.