Many of the hotels overlook the botanical gardens which provide tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of Brisbane city such as the 4-5 stars Royal on the Park. The hotel feature 7 conference4 rooms, 153 rooms, gym and spa, outdoor pool, lounge and on-site restaurant. In addition the Royal offers weekend, conference and wedding packages. Also overlooking the botanical gardens is the Quay West Suits offering 1 and 2 bedroom suites, 24/7 room service and concierge and boasts an on-site business center. In order to get around Brisbane visit Brisbane’s visitor information center in the Queen Street Mall that will assist you free of charge. There are several fabulous tours that can be arranged at the VIC such as walks around Brisbane CBD visiting historical sites and icon buildings and Botanic Gardens, and view a towering hotel Brisbane city on these free guided walks. In 2010 over 2.5 million domestic visitors visited Brisbane and around 131 thousand move to Brisbane annually. Visitors can participate in free city guided walks, without having to burn a hole in their budgets, as Brisbane CBD demonstrates really beautiful old and new architecture. For example, highlights such as the Old Government House which was the birth place and residence of Lord and Lady Lamington dates back to 1896 to 1901. The first female doctor in Queensland also resided at the mansion. These guided tours are small and intimate and take around 3 400 steps to become acquainted with this vibrant city. The VIC includes volunteers who are located at Reddacliff Place the Queen Street Mall that assist with enquiries about public transport info, city maps and local attractions. For those that love nature encounters can take a cruise up Brisbane’s Pumicestone Passage and encounter the grand old sea turtle, playful dolphins, the lazy dugong or whales migrating to warmer water. You can scuba dive the off shore wrecks at Moreton Island and see the beautiful local fish population which is also part of Moreton Bays Marine Park. Moreton Island is the second largest sand island in the world and is like a mirage where lagoons and lakes all of a sudden appear among the sand dunes and forests mysteriously. For a day in the country you can go horse riding, bushwalking or rock-climbing at Brisbane’s scenic Rim. Brisbane is most certainly one of the most popular vibrant cities in Australia. There are also heritage listed arcades that comprise of 700 specialty stores I Queen Street Mall as well as alternative shopping at the urban villages which surrounds Brisbane CBD. There are fantastic contemporary restaurants where you can savor some of the local award winning wines and best food.