To get to Cairns way up the western coast, it takes about 30 hours from Brisbane.
There are good public transport options across the city, while Crisps Coaches connects the city with the Southern Downs via a daily service.
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.
There are two zones in the city, though visitors are most likely to find a Zone 1 ticket suffices.
Trams are hailed at green-and-gold-coloured stops around the city, and run until midnight.
The zig-zagging Brisbane River is the lifeblood of the city, with many of its most interesting places dotted along it.
Head to the Queensland Cultural Centre for a taste of Brisbane's ultra-modern side.
The city boasts most of Queensland's finest restaurants, as well as laid-back gastropubs based out of historic buildings that tend to have a great grill.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.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.