Cultural Queensland

Take your travels beyond the Great Barrier Reef when you spend more time exploring Brisbane and Cairns.

Stretching across northeastern Australia’s coast, Queensland is intrinsically connected to the Great Barrier Reef that lies just beyond its shores. Yet on either end of the coast are two cities that each flaunt their unique vibe: sophisticated Brisbane with its booming art and culinary scene and relaxed Cairns, where nature and urban life blend seamlessly. World traveler Cathy Brown, who explores Australia frequently on her adventures, reveals some of her favorite discoveries.

An insider’s guide to Brisbane and Cairns

Before checking off the Great Barrier Reef from your lifelong wish list, carve out time on land to explore the cultural beauty of Queensland’s vibrant coastal cities.


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