For 69 years, this relaxed Gold Coast suburb was home to Miami Ice, an iconic ice factory built from two recycled army huts which were demolished in 2013. Even Australian singer John Farnham used this venue to film his Two Strong Hearts film clip.

But while the controversy over the demolition of this cultural icon has since melted, Miami remains an uber cool place to visit with its burgeoning café culture. A highlight of a visit here is Miami Marketta, where Miami bursts alive with an outdoor dining experience seating 450 people and serving food from around the globe. Edgy local watering holes such as The Cargo Bar and The Shed Bar serve boutique wine and locally-brewed beer, while the main stage is a hot bed of local blues, jazz, roots and independent artists.

Blessed with a beautiful beach, a wide range of accommodation, and a host of beach shacks which remind you of the Gold Coast of old, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in that other Miami. Yes, Florida. White suits optional.

Gold Coast Highway
Miami, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
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Hamilton

Hamilton, Brisbane Area
Towards the river, Portside Wharf sits among trendy riverside apartments, boasting modern, world-class restaurants, designer fashion, an art-house Dendy cinema and cruise terminal. Northshore Hamilton is also home to the Eat Street Markets, an Asian-styled street market where delicious offerings of international food are dished out from pop-up shipping container kitchens amid fairy lights and relaxing lounge areas as live performers and musicians add life and colour to the scene.

D'Aguilar National Park

The Gap, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Discover remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay, all within an hour and a half's drive of Brisbane. D'Aguilar National Park (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) protects the D'Aguilar Range’s vast bushland area.

Chermside

Chermside, Brisbane Area
Chermside is unofficially recognised as the mini central business district of Brisbane's northern suburbs. The suburb is home to one of the largest shopping centres in the country - Westfield Chermside, providing shopaholics with plenty of retail therapy.

Brisbane City

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From Queensland's largest selection of fashion and award-winning food and drink, to countless entertainment options, The City truly offers a discovery in every direction ... You know you've arrived in Brisbane when you catch a glimpse of the iconic Story Bridge as a CityCat glides underneath, creating glistening ripples in the winding Brisbane River.

Samford Conservation Park and Bunyaville Conservation Park

Samford, Moreton Bay Area
Free Entry
Samford Conservation Park and Bunyaville Conservation Park protect a community of spotted gums found only in the Brisbane region. Dry rainforest and freshwater ponds along seasonally flowing creeks also feature.

Roy Rufus Artificial Reef Dive Site

Brisbane,
The most popular dive site in Hervey Bay is the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef. Located off the eastern side of Big Woody Island, this large artificial reef was started in 1968 and covers a wide area in depths to 18 metres.

South Brisbane

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
The inner city suburb of South Brisbane has undergone a renaissance in recent years to become one of Brisbane's most popular areas. Once full of warehouses, factories, and wharves, South Brisbane underwent an incredible metamorphosis when the derelict industrial area on the banks of the Brisbane River was transformed into the site of the World Expo in 1988.

Eagle Farm

Eagle Farm, Brisbane Area
The Brisbane suburb of Eagle Farm is synonymous with horse racing due to the nearby location of the Eagle Farm and Doomben racetracks. During the winter racing season Eagle Farm comes alive with colourfully attired race-goers and jockeys along with frisky race horses and their nervous trainers.

Woolloongabba

Woolloongabba, Brisbane Area
The Renaissance Precinct of Brisbane is located at Woolloongabba. Some say Woolloongabba means "meeting place" in local Aboriginal dialect and certainly for 'The Gabba' (as it affectionately known to locals) and East Brisbane, it's a fitting phrase.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Offering impressive early morning or evening views, extending across the river to the City and beyond to the mountains surrounding the city's outskirts, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a popular picnic spot.
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