Things to do in Brisbane with your Kids

By Pia Marie Balquiedra  |  Posted: March 5, 2019


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    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

     

    Meet Australian wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Learn more about Australian wildlife and support their conservation at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Interact with kangaroos, koalas, playtypi, Tasmanian devil, dingos, wombats, and other native animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

    708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia

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    QUT Art Museum

     

    Appreciate art at the QUT Art Museum

    Nurture your loved ones’ passion for art at the QUT Art Museum. The musuem has exhibitions about everything from social interactions between robots and humans, to the world of documentary photography. Check out exhibitions like Exchange Value, Vis-Ability, Empathy Swarm, and many more. They also hold several workshops and talks, including one that’s aimed at helping children deepen their understanding of vision.

    U Queensland University of Technology 2 George Street Brisbane QLD 4000 AU, 2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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    Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

     

    Satisfy your curiosity about space at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

    Learn more about astronomical objects at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, which is housed within Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Check out the planetarium’s projection dome, observatory, gift shop, and sundial courtyard. The projection dome has shows for people of all ages, including a tour of the city’s night sky, The Little Star That Could, Capturing the Cosmos, and many more.

    Mount Coot Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia

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    RD Milns Antiquities Museum

     

    Learn more about ancient history at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum

    The achievements of ancient civilisations are reflected on the RD Milns Antiquities Museum’s archaeological material. Marvel at the museum’s huge collection of classical Mediterranean antiquities and artifacts. Their exhibitions include Dionysos: Portrait of God, Minting History. Patronage: Emperor and Empire, and many more.

    Chancellors Pl, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia

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    Brisbane Opal Museum

     

    Appreciate the beauty of precious stones at the Brisbane Opal Museum

    Learn more about the history of opals and how they are formed at the Brisbane Opal Museum. Check out their collection of uniquely beautiful stones and learn about the different types of opals.

    196 Albion Rd, Windsor QLD 4030, Australia

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    Story Bridge Adventure Climb

     

    Go on the Story Bridge Adventure Climb

    Have a relaxing stroll across Brisbane’s most iconic structure, the Story Bridge. Enjoy wonderful views of Brisbane, the Glass House Mountains, Moreton Bay, and many others. It’s one of only 3 bridge climbs in the world. What are you waiting for? Go and try it with your loved ones!

    State Route 15, New Farm QLD 4169, Australia

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    Anzac Square War Memorial

     

    Discover war stories at the Anzac Square War Memorial

    This memorial is dedicated to Australia’s military heritage and features the Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame. Help your loved ones appreciate the contributions of ex-servicemen to society and check out the war memorials, honour rolls, and unit plaques. The significance of the war memorial is explained through interactive displays across the area.

    285 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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    State Library of Queensland

     

    Nurture your loved ones’ creativity at the State Library of Queensland

    The State Library of Queensland has a huge collection of the state’s cultural and documentary heritage, including books, movies and TV shows. Help your children explore their creative side through writing, film and photography workshops held by the library. They also hold different events, including talks or exhibitions like Palm Island and Our People, Plantation Voices, and many more.

    Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

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    Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art

     

    Marvel at a wide variety of art pieces at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art

    QAGOMA has a collection of over 17,000 works of historical and modern art. Its Children’s Art Centre works with artists to create kid-friendly activities, books, games, and programs like My Pocket Orchestra, Little Book of Me, The Legend of the Rainbow Stag, and many more.

    Entry is free.

    Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

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    artisan

     

    Appreciate contemporary craft at artisan

    Celebrate Australian practitioners of craft and design as you check out artisan’s exhibitions and events. Their exhibitions include Agency By Design, Analogue Production, Small Object Space, and more. They also offer workshops on embroidery, screen printing, rug making, and many more.

    45 King Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, Australia

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    FireWorks Gallery

     

    Marvel at pieces of contemporary art at FireWorks Gallery

    Appreciate the work of Australia’s best contemporary artists at the FireWorks Gallery. Check out the gallery’s collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper and many more. Artists featured in the gallery include David Paulson, Samantha Hobson, Dorothy Napangardi.

    9/31 Thompson St, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, Australia

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    D'Aguilar National Park

     

    Explore Walkabout Creek at D’Aguilar National Park

    Visit the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre to discover what Queensland’s national parks have to offer. Learn more about different native creatures at the Wildlife Centre. Have a swim or do some kayaking at the Enoggera Reservoir. You can even have a picnic in the area.

    60 Mount Nebo Rd, Enoggera Reservoir QLD 4520, Australia

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    MacArthur Museum Brisbane

    Learn more about the second world war at the MacArthur Museum Brisbane

    Discover Brisbane’s contributions during the second world war at the MacArthur Museum. The museum also focuses on developing the alliance between the US and Australia. Check out exhibitions like Brisbane at War, Who Was General Douglas MacArthur?, and many more.

    MacArthur Chambers, 201 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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    Mitchell Fine Art

    Expose your children to contemporary and Indigenous art at Mitchell Fine Art

    Appreciate the work of Australia’s leading contemporary and Aboriginal artists, including Amanda Penrose Hart, Bernard Ollis, Carlos Barrios, and many more. Check out exhibits like Tali – My Country, The Immensity of Sky, and many others.

    86 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

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    Museum of Brisbane

    Grow your loved ones’ passion for art at the Museum of Brisbane

    The Museum of Brisbane has exhibitions and activities specifically for kids and families. Enjoy events like Clock Tower Tours, screen printing workshops, patterns and prints badge making, Micro Architects with Lego, and many more. While you’re there, check out exhibitions like The Designer’s Guide: Easton pearson Archive, New Woman, and many others.

    City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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    Commissariat Store Museum

    Learn more about Queensland’s history at Commissariat Store Museum

    Discover Queensland’s history as you visit the oldest habitable and most significant heritage building in the state. Check out exhibitions like Call to Duty, Aviation in Queensland, Post Office in Queensland, and many more.

    115 William St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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    Queensland Museum and Science Centre

    Learn more about the world at the Queensland Museum and Science Centre

    Expand your loved ones’ scientific knowledge at the Queensland Museum and Science Centre. Investigate your way through several interactive exhibits at SparkLab. Go on an adventure at the building as part of events like A Night at the Museum. Check out their numerous exhibits, including the Anzac Legacy Gallery, Wild State, Energex Playasaurus Place, Lost Creatures and many more.

    Grey St & Melbourne Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

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    Wheel of Brisbane

    Hop aboard the Wheel of Brisbane

    Appreciate the beauty of Brisbane from a different perspective on board the Wheel of Brisbane. You can also rent out a gondola for sky-high picnics and birthday parties.

    Russel Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

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    Brisbane Tramway Museum

    Visit the Brisbane Tramway Museum

    Satisfy your children’s obsession with large vehicles at the Brisbane Tramway Museum. Before Brisbane City Council decided to have an all bus transport system, the city had plenty of trams. Hop aboard restored trams and learn more about the vehicles and their history at the Brisbane Tramway Musuem. There are also picnic tables for visiting families.

    50 Tramway St, Ferny Grove QLD 4055, Australia

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    Kalinga Park

    Explore Kalinga Park

    Take advantage of the heritage-listed park’s open spaces and go for a run, walk, a cycling session, or play soccer. Children will love the timber forts, poles, bars, ladders, and a climbing wall, as well as the playground’s slides and swings. The park also has facilities for tennis, petanque and basketball, as well as outdoor gym equipment.

    31 Kalinga St, Clayfield QLD 4011, Australia

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    QPAC Museum & Tony Gould Gallery

    Celebrate live performance at QPAC Museum & Tony Gould Gallery

    Check out the gallery’s changing program of exhibitions related to live performance, which feature items from local collectors, the QPAC Collection and touring exhibitions. Visit The Creatory and learn more about art forms, creative processes, how art is constructed, and many more.

    Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

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    Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

    Visit the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

    Attend performances and events by the EDC Youth Ensemble, the Qld Ballet and many others at Judith Wright centre of Contemporary Arts. The centre is a creative hub to several arts companies, including the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Artour, and AusDance Queensland. It initially focused on world music, but has evolved to experiences like cabaret, circus, and dance.

    420 Brunswick St & Cnr Berwick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

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    Newstead House

    Go on a tour of Newstead House

    Appreciate the beauty of the oldest surviving home in the area and its Victorian architecture. Newstead House has now been turned into a museum which houses historical collections and is now open to the public for weddings, concerts, and other kinds of events.

    Newstead Park Cnr Breakfast Creek Rd & Newstead Ave, Breakfast Creek Rd, Brisbane City QLD 4006, Australia

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    Telstra Museum

     

    Learn more about the history of phones at the Telstra Museum

    Discover the stories behind the development of telecommunications at the Telstra Museum. Take a step back in time as you and your loved ones have a look at the museum’s collection of telephones and cellphones used in the past.

    3 Oriel Rd, Clayfield QLD 4011, Australia

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    Boggo Road Gaol

    Have an enlightening tour at the Boggo Road Gaol

    Learn more about one of the most notorious prisons of the 20th century through historical tours, re-enactments, and educational experiences. Discover stories of dramatic escapes and infamous inmates. The tour of the Number Two Division is appropriate for children and includes time to explore an original cellblock.

    21 Boggo Rd, Dutton Park QLD 4102, Australia

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    Strike Bowling

    Bond with your loved ones at Strike Bowling

    Go on rides at the theme park, interact with animals at the Chessington Zoo and SEA LIFE centre, and participate in many other live shows and events.

    Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE, UK

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    Iceworld

     

    Experience the wonders of ice skating at Iceworld

    Improve your ice skating skills at Iceworld’s Acacia Ridge ice skating rink. Take part in ice sport programmes like Figure Skating, Synchronised Skating, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, and Curling. The facility has a skate school for beginners.

    1179 Beaudesert Rd, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110, Australia

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    Slideways Go Karting

    Test your driving skills at Slideways Go Karting

    Go on the ultimate karting experience and race against your loved ones at Slideways Go Karting. The Sodi Karts used in all Slideways Go Karting tracks are state of the art in not only safety, but also the driving experience.

    870 Kingsford Smith Dr, Eagle Farm QLD 4009, Australia

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    1UP Arcade

    Play video games at 1UP Arcade

    Take a step back in time and visit the greatest retro arcade destination in Australia. 1UP Arcade has the country’s largest collection of authentic arcade cabinets from the 1980s and 1990s. Introduce your loved ones to numerous classic arcade games, pinball games, and retro console games such as Wonder Boy, Donkey Kong, Raiden, Zero Wing, Contra, and many more.

    230 Lytton Rd, Basement Level, Morningside QLD 4170, Australia

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    Laserforce

    Compete with loved ones at Laserforce

    Have some action-packed fun at Laserforce Woolloongabba. Laserforce offers a unique experience with their state of the art laser tag technology, battle suits, Time Vortexes, Warbots, The Jade Serpent and many more. Test your skills and take part in the Laser Labyrinth Maze Challenge. Laserforce also has an arcade and a cafe.

    55 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

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    Plaster Fun House

    Develop your creativity at Plaster Fun House

    Create your own masterpiece at Plaster Fun House. Choose from an endless variety of plaster displayed at the store and let your imagination go wild. From different paint colours and brush sizes to various accessories, Plaster Fun House has everything you need to express your imagination and decorate your work of art.

    5/1396 Creek Rd, Carina QLD 4152, Australia

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    Crank Indoor Climbing

    Get active at Crank Indoor Climbing

    Experience a fun way to stay fit with your loved ones at Crank Indoor Climbing. This facility offers different youth programs like Parkour, Ninja Warrior, and Rock Climbing. Adults can also take advantage of its weights and cardio gym and take part in yoga and fitness classes.

    2/537 Kessels Rd, MacGregor QLD 4109, Australia

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    Sky Zone

    Have fun at Sky Zone

    Sky Zone offers several exciting experiences for you and your loved ones. They have trampoline parks, indoor climbing areas, and a laser tag arena. Children will love their trampoline classes and camps.

    544 Kessels Rd, MacGregor QLD 4109, Australia

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    Inflatable World

    Bounce your way to happiness at Inflatable World

    Bounce around with your loved ones at the biggest inflatable playground in Australia. You can rent out Inflatable World’s facilities for birthday parties, corporate functons, and any other event.

    242 Preston Rd, Wynnum West QLD 4178, Australia

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    Building Block Studio

    Learn more about technology at Building Block Studio

    Expand your knowledge about technology at Building Block Studio. This space of learning and collaboration offers workshops on a variety of topics, including stop motion video, robot building, Minecraft, Roblox, coding, 3D printing, and many others.

    75 Rainbow St, Sandgate QLD 4017, Australia

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    Stafford Skate Centre

    Enjoy skating-based games and activities at Stafford Skate Centre

    Improve your skating skills at the Stafford Skate Centre.Enjoy the fresh air and the music as you skate with your loved ones at the Stafford Skate Centre. DJs regularly organise games (like a version of limbo on skates), dances, and other activities throughout each session. They also offer learn to skate classes every Saturday for beginners.

    280 Stafford Rd, Stafford QLD 4053, Australia

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    Artrageous Experience

    Have an Artrageous Experience

    Visit this community arts centre in Deagon and check out their several drawing and arts classes. You can also take part in activities with the Club Mozart Mosaic Art, Renaissance Art and Craft Club, and many more. Artrageous Experience also regularly exhibits different kinds of artwork.

    84/88 Loftus St, Deagon QLD 4017, Australia

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    Funkee Monkees Cafe & Play Centre

     

    Visit the Funkee Monkees Cafe & Play Centre

    Let your little ones develop their learning through imagination and play at this indoor play centre and cafe. Children will love the home corner, puzzles, blocks, and its car corner. It even has a soundproof baby area.

    2/135 Orange Grove Rd, Coopers Plains QLD 4108, Australia

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    QUT's The Cube

    Check out QUT’s The Cube

    Inspire your loved ones to be thinkers and doers at QUT’s The Cube, which is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. Check out interactive exhibitions like VIrtual Reef, Digital Garden, The Retro Arcade, and many more. It also offers several workshops about science, coding, mathematics, and engineering, as well as programs like the First Lego League.

    2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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    BOUNCEinc

    Jump to your heart’s content at BOUNCEinc

    Visit this indoor adventure playground and try out extreme sports without the risk of a hard landing. Take advantage of its slam dunk and dodgeball courts, as well as the famous Bounce X-Park obstacle course. It also offers classes like the Ninja Squad, Bounce Squad, Kindergym, and Flight Academy.

    40 Enterprise Pl, Tingalpa QLD 4173, Australia

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    Victoria Park

    Relax at Victoria Park

    Enjoy the view and the fresh air as you have a relaxing game of golf at Victoria Park. They also have a wonderfully made mini golf course, a beautiful playground, and a driving range. There are also food market carts and games areas during weekends.

    454 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000, Australia

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    South Bank's Aquativity

    Beat the heat at South Bank’s Aquativity

    Enjoy the outdoors together with your loved ones at this interactive water-play park in the heart of South Bank. Aquativity highlights native species like the dugong and the mullet and helps create an understanding of the water cycle.

    South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia


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    New Farm Park

    Explore New Farm Park

    There’s plenty of space for games like tag, frisbee, or ball games at this wonderful park. It even has basketball and netball facilities. Children will love the fort, the huge climbing frame, as well as swings and rides at the playground. You can even enjoy a relaxing meal with your loved ones at the park’s picnic areas.

    1042 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

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    Streets Beach

    Splash around with your loved ones at Streets Beach

    The Streets Beach is the country’s only inner-city, man-made beach and is a must-visit if you’re in the South Bank Parklands. Relax and enjoy its crystal clear lagoon, the white sand, the pebbled creeks and the palm trees. You and your family can enjoy a meal at the barbecues and sheltered tables in the area as well as nearby cafes and restaurants.

    Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia


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    Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

    Explore the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

    The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha houses the Queensland Herbarium, and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. The gardens are great spots for you and your family to have a picnic. Watch films at the Sunset Cinema or check out the Gardens’ Australian plant communities, the Bonsai House, the Fern House, the National Freedom Wall, and many more. Children will love the Hide ‘n’ Seek Trail.

    152 Mount Coot Tha Rd, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia

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    Colmslie Aquatic Centre & Health Club

    Go for a dip at the Colmslie Aquatic Centre & Health Club

    Beat the heat and have a swim at the Colmslie Pool in Morningside. The centre has both indoor and outdoor pools. It also offers swimming lessons and a wading pool for children. It even has an outdoor water play park for children in the summer months.

    400 Lytton Rd, Morningside QLD 4170, Australia

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    Carindale Recreation Reserve

    Have a relaxing time at the Carindale Recreation Reserve

    This lovely park has plenty of features and facilities that are enticing for people of all ages. Children will love the playground, which has a rocket ship structure, slides, swings, sandpits, climbing frames and more. There are also bikeways and open spaces for picnics and games like cricket or footy.

    Bedivere St, Carindale QLD 4152, Australia

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    Griffith University Aquatic and Fitness Centre

    Take steps towards an active lifestyle at the Griffith University Aquatic and Fitness Centre

    The centre has wonderful facilities for swimming and fitness. It offers personal training and group fitness sessions as well as swimming lessons that incorporate principles from the Royal Life Saving Society and Austswim curriculum.

    176 Messines Ridge Rd, Holland Park West QLD 4121, Australia

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    Walton Bridge Reserve's

    Check out Walton Bridge Reserve’s different play areas

    Explore the Walton Bridge Reserve with your loved ones and take advantage of its several play spaces. The play areas have features for different age groups like climbing fort, walls, tunnel slides, swinging hammocks, swings, see-saws, ramps, balancing ropes, and many more. There are also benches and picnic shelters across the reserve.

    25 Glen Affric St, The Gap QLD 4061, Australia


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    Newmarket Pool's

    Enjoy Newmarket Pool’s numerous water features.

    Bond with your loved ones at this family-friendly water activity centre. The Newmarket Pool offers swimming leasons and fitness programs for people belonging to all age groups. It’s facilities include wading pools, water slides, a splash pad, a dry pirate-themed playground, and picnic tables.

    71 Alderson St, Newmarket QLD 4051, Australia

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