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Rivergate Marina

Leg 5 | Race 8 | Rivergate Marina | Australia AU

07 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014

Rivergate Marina

Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia in Sunshine State Queensland, regularly tops polls for having the best lifestyle in the world.

The laidback Queensland capital sits on the River Brisbane, enjoys year-round sunshine, a subtropical climate and is very close to some of Australia’s best beaches, rainforests and islands.

Brisbane offers visitors a mix of outdoor fun as well as culture, with a blossoming arts, music and foodie scene.

The river is the focal point of the city and many restaurants, cafes and museums line the banks. Explore the riverside gardens of South Bank, hire a bike in the City Botanic Gardens or abseil the cliffs of Kangaroo Point for good views.

For culture, head to the Queensland Cultural Centre to explore Brisbane’s contemporary art galleries and museums, watch a performance by the Queensland Ballet, Opera or Orchestra or visit the Powerhouse for trailblazing theatre.

Fortitude Valley is the place to head for big night out with top DJs and Queensland’s best live music. New Farm, located next to The Valley, is fast becoming a foodie quarter with upmarket restaurants and shopping.

West End, located just behind South Bank, is an edgy, bohemian district with arty, quirky shops and cafes.

Snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and camping are great things to do at nearby Moreton Bay and Islands.

The island is also home to the world’s tallest sand dune which you can toboggan down.

For some proper Australian animal action, a visit to the late Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo 45 minutes from Brisbane is a must.

Get up close with crocodiles, snakes, spiders and rather more friendly native creatures including kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian Devils and wallabies.

The late Crocodile Hunter’s family have carried on his conservation work and research and can be found at the zoo doing various talks and activities most days.

And adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers will be well catered for at the Gold Coast, the home of fun.

The Gold Coast is a modern landscape comprising of high-rise buildings overlooking outstanding beaches, including the famous ‘Surfers Paradise’.

Waterparks, theme parks, wild life parks, casinos, nightclubs and many other entertainment options await at the resort 60 miles south of Brisbane.

Head inland from the Gold Coast to the Tamborine Mountain hinterland and you will find rainforests, waterfalls, exotic birds and wildlife and some strenuous mountain walks.