Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland on the East Coast of Australia. It is very well positioned for rainforests, beaches, sports activities. A key feature is the Southbank Lagoon Park, across the river from the city. Brisbane is about an hour's drive from the Gold Coast, 1 1/2 hours from the mountain rainforests and 2 hours from the Sunshine Coast beaches. The Stradbroke Island ferry leaves from Cleveland (about 45 minutes from the city) and takes about 20 minutes to cross over.