What's good in Queensland in April '98

Aug 9th, 1997, 07:59 PM
Sue Petersen
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What's good in Queensland in April '98

We're going to Queensland next April for 12 days. Just driving around mainly, but would like to know what is interesting to see. Not keen on cities, nightclubs, etc. More interested in natural scenery, history, flora fauna. However, are there any good markets in and around Brisbane where we will fly home from? And is rainy season over by April?
Aug 10th, 1997, 02:36 AM
Paul O'Brien
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Hi - Sue,
Brisbane in April. First - markets. The Riverside Markets
operate every Sunday morning on the banks of the river (in Brisbane)
near the financial district, at the end of Elizabeth St. Fabulous!!
Entertainers, huge range of merchandise enormous crowds!! If you're on
the Gold Coast - Every Saturday and Sunday the Carrara Markets operate
on the Nerang Road. HUGE!!!
National Parks. The Lamington Plateau National Park, behind
the Gold Coast features the Binna Burra and O'Reilly's Resorts. Both
world class with a huge range of walks (treks?!?) to suit every interest
and level of expertise. The Gold Coast is probably Australia's premier
tourist area. The NP's behind the coastal strip. On the strip - the
three biggest theme parks in Australia: Seaworld, Dreamworld, and
Movieworld - each worth at least a day if you're into theme parks.
Superb beaches extending for over 30 km. Brilliant shopping; casino;
every cousine imaginable at reasonable prices; activities of every kind
ranging from bungy jumping through para-sailing to waterski-ing,
sailing, and on and on it goes. Accommodation from dirt cheap hostels to
5 star plus resorts. The rainy season IS finished usually by April
Enjoy. Paul.

Aug 10th, 1997, 10:23 PM
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Hi Paul
Thanks for your quick response. Much appreciated.
Maybe you could also tell me if there are any school holidays between 18 April - 1 May? I want to avoid the school hols as much as poss as we will just be driving and booking into whatever motels you come across. Thanks again for your e-mail.

Aug 11th, 1997, 12:21 AM
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Queensland school holidays next year are from Friday, April 10 to Monday, April 20; i.e. students resume on the Tuesday. April 25, as you'd be aware is a public holiday as is May 4. The Easter break from April 10 to 13 is absolute top peak time in any resort area near the coast - sort of summer's last fling mentality applies!! For the rest of the school holidays there are usually vacancies BUT you pay top dollar. When you arrive go to the nearest RACQ (in Q'land) or NRMA (in NSW) office and get an ccommodation Guide. If you're a member of the NZ AA
it costs $3 (I think), about $10 if you're not. It has details - ratings, facilities, costs etc for all motels. I guess you know that a motel in Australia is unlikely to have a kitchen or kitchenette NZ
style. There will be a refrigerator and tea/coffee making gear but usually that's it!! We were in NZ for four weeks in 1995/6; rented a Skoda dirt cheap and had a great time.
Cheers, Paul.

Oct 7th, 1997, 03:25 AM
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Hi Sue!! I'm from Brisbane and agree with paul about everything (esp the national parks in the Gold Coast hinterland - we lived on the Coast for 4 years). The only thing extra that I highly recommend for natural beauty is Stradbroke Island. It is a ferry ride from Cleveland (45min drive from Brisbane city centre). The beaches are the best anywhere, camping available, hostels and posh places too. The gorge walk is fantastic, you often see dolphins, sometimes sharks but unfortunately whales don't pass by till July. Very relaxing - next to no nightlife except the single pub on the island (but that's great too) Point Lookout is the place to stay - it's Queensland's hidden wonder!! Enjoy and if you need more details just zap me!

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