Australia’s third-largest city is known for its unabashed love of glitzy good times: scratch beneath the surface and you’ll discover great galleries, stellar restaurants and a vibrant music scene.

Brisbane’s hilly waterside location’s no slouch: flanking the winding Brisbane River, it’s within easy reach of beaches, islands and national parks. If it’s major sights you’re after, make for the CBD and South Bank arts complex across the river, but base yourself in edgier inner north district Fortitude Valley for maximum buzz. South of Brisbane, discover the beachy Gold Coast and its rugged mountains and valleys; don’t leave without exploring the watery, wonderful Noosa Everglades by canoe or kayak.

Miranda Krestovnikoff is a British radio and TV presenter specialising in nature. She is a qualified scuba diver, a wandering gourmet and an accomplished musician. We sent her to Brisbane to report back on her adventures; you can watch her video from Brisbane above

Miranda says: ‘For some real peace and tranquillity, I headed to the Noosa Everglades, just an hour and a half’s drive north of Brisbane. This landscape is really unusual, with sandy hills and very shallow lakes; perhaps the best way to experience it is to go on a kayak safari.  

I chose Lake Cootharaba on the Noosa River and my guide was the formidable Vivienne from Kanu Kapers, who paddled with me, pointing out the myriad of different birds that make their homes here. I don’t think I have had a more beautiful day on the water. It’s somewhere I’m desperate to take my family back to – the kids would love to paddle on an adventure across this landscape.’

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