Brisbane is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Queensland. It’s a beautiful city that straddles the meandering Brisbane River and has a wonderful laid-back, tropical feel. With its mild sub-tropical climate, proximity to the seemingly endless beaches of the Pacific coast and its cosmopolitan population, Brisbane is a magnet for both tourists and Aussies, many of whom have holiday homes along the coast. For international travellers, Brisbane is also the perfect transit point for flights to other parts of Queensland such as the Whitsundays (Proserpine) and Cairns, the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef.

I was extremely lucky on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane not so long ago – I sat on the left of the plane (i.e. row ‘A’) and as the plane took off from Sydney, I was treated to stunning views of Sydney Harbour. As the plane approached Brisbane, the views of Brisbane’s Central Business District and the sprawling suburbs were pretty awesome.

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