There are also wombats, crocodiles, platypuses and emus to gawp at, as well as reserves for wallabies and kangaroos.
Take the 1930s boat, MV Mirimar, down to the sanctuary for gorgeous views along the way; it travels there daily.
With paths turned into half-covered tunnels by metal ribs that are covered in floral decoration and trees and vegetation merging with modern architecture, it's a unique space, with a lively riverbank, a wooden pagoda and terrific markets on the weekend.
There's also the iconic Wheel of Brisbane, which offers unbeatable views.
Hip cafes are also popular – locals take the quality of their coffee rather seriously.
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, but it is also considered Australia’s shopping, gastronomic and sporting capital, where history and culture collide with creativity and innovation.
There are good public transport options across the city, while Crisps Coaches connects the city with the Southern Downs via a daily service.Hidden gems It may be a way down the river and a few kilometres from the city centre, but it's essential to take in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.Nearly a century old, the site's 130-odd koalas make this the first and biggest koala sanctuary.Swathes of Victorian architecture give a distinctly European feel, and the city’s iconic tram system adds to its charm.Getting around To get around Melbourne with ease, purchase a myki: a smart card that gets you access to the buses, trams and trains.Meanwhile, the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef reaches down towards the city, offering the chance to see thousands of different species of fish, turtles and whales within an easy drive.Hit the Gold Coast for several world-beating amusement parks.Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the gateway to its many attractions.There’s so much to see and do, from cuddling a koala to the adrenaline rush of abseiling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.Wide boulevards lined with trees and lawns in the heart of the city add to the European atmosphere; in fact the city is notable for its green spaces, with Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens two lovely examples of the city’s parks.Beyond the CBD, head to the redeveloped Yarra River and waterfront area, populated with restaurants and bars, while a wander round hip neighbourhoods such as Brunswick and Fitzroy is enough to show you why Melbourne claims to be Australia's cultural capital - discover live music, cool pubs and bohemian cafes abound.