10 things the Queen loved about Australia

The Queen in Brisbane. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

The Queen has been visiting Australia over the last week or so and during her visit she toured Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne and is now in Perth.

Here’s a list of some of the experiences she enjoyed during this trip that we think you should consider if you’re visiting Australia.

Not only will they give you a royal tinge to your holiday but they are everyday activities anyone can enjoy whether you be of the House of Windsor or just an average backpacker.

1. Floriade festival, Canberra
Every spring Canberra is bedecked in floral wonders and the place to go to see all the finery is Floriade – Australia’s biggest flower festival.

2. Cruise Lake Burley Griffin
The Queen took a cruise on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and you can too. You can board a ferry service or take a cruise or even rent your own paddle boat, kayak or canoe and get out and explore on your own.

3. Take a ride on the Brisbane river
City Cat ferries ply the wonderful Brisbane river all day long and a journey along its reaches is definitely a great way to see the city. The Queen had her own boat but her experience was just the same and even docked in at Southbank at the public terminal.
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The Brisbane River. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

4. Tour Southbank, Brisbane

Southbank never looked better than when the Queen came earlier this week – brimming with bougainvilleas and plenty of spring growth but still warm enough to enjoy the man made beach. This has to be one of the world’s best inner city parklands with markets, shops, beaches, water features, BBQs and plenty of cultural events. Don’t miss it when you visit Brisbane.
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5. Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
Brisbane has become a bit of an arts hub of late and the Queen took in some of its delights during her visit this week. There is a fantastic schedule of events at QPAC that you can see here. Don’t forget also that the precinct around QPAC contains the wonderful Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and new and incredible State Library – all worth visiting.
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5. Royal Melbourne Zoo
The Queen actually visited the zoo’s Meerkat enclosure at the Royal Children’s Hospital but the zoo itself is well worth a stopover. Not only has the zoo been home to the wonderful meerkat family and their new little additions but also baby Asian elephants, Sumatran tiger cubs that are fast growning up, a Pygymy Hippo and plenty of other interesting animals.
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6. National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square

Federation Square. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

The Queen visited the Ian Potter Centre when she was in Melbourne, and whether you like art or not, Federation Square where it is based, is definitely a place to check out on your visit to Melbourne. This wonderful square in the heart of the city is where events are held, protestors rally, important dignitaries meet the people (like the Queen) and is simply a fun place to hang out too.
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7. Board a tram
The Queen took a tram from Swanston St to Government House Drive but really any tram journey in Melbourne is good – particularly some of the longer ones to St Kilda for example. Trams have long since disappeared off the streets of many cities in the world, and they are a definite favourite for Melbournians and visitors.
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8. A public barbecue
Well you don’t have to go all the way to Perth to have an Aussie barbecue but the Queen is planning to do that on October 29. Whatever your plans we hope you will have a classic Aussie barbecue while you’re visiting us downunder.
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9. Perth Foreshore
The aforementioned barbecue for the Queen will actually be set up along the Perth Foreshore with about 100 barbecues and 10 big screens. This is definitely a place to come during your Perth visit in any case. Here you can enjoy the cycling, walking and dog exercise areas, walk the gardens, have a barbecue or picnic, take a ferry or enjoy the city skyline and the waterfront.
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10. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
This is the place that the Queen opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). When it’s not hosting the Queen it could accommodate home and lifestyle shows, expos, boat and motor shows or any range of exhibitions, concerts, theatre, banquets, conferences or meetings. Check out the site for details – http://www.pcec.com.au
Perth: accommodation | tours

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

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