Most international travellers -- having winged so many miles to get there-- stay several weeks in Australia and visit more than one region. Distances are vast in a country as big as the continental US (yet with a mere 22M people.) There's much to be said for landing in the middle of Australia's east coast, in the Gold Coast and Brisbane area in the state of Queensland.
Here families can combine beach and surfing on the Gold Coast with a foray north to an island on the Great Barrier Reef and a side-trip to the hinterland rainforest, and throw in some theme park fun as well. Brisbane, meanwhile, offers urban interest, is a great launching point for whale-watching, and also offers an opportunity to get close with koalas and surprisingly tame kangaroos.
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