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Here comes Australia's Expo 88.

A cousin to the celebration of tourism, progress, and national pride that closed last fall in Vancouver, B.C., Expo 88 gets underway April 30 in Brisbane, Australia. The theme will be "Leisure in the Age of Technology." Anyone visting Queensland prior to the start of this six-month showcase for the nation's bicentennial is invited to stop by and check out the progress.

The level site along the Brisbane River resembles Vancouver's except that downtown is a ferry ride away. Details are more easily seen in the 9- by 20-foot model and brief film on view at adjacent Expo House at 2:30 any weekday. Within Australia, reserve space by calling 8401988, Expo's main number.

Part of the fair site and also worth a stop, the gleaming Queensland Cultural Centre is spacious and surprisingly grand for a city of a million inhabitants. It includes two performing arts theaters, a concert hall, an art gallery, and a museum. The final building, the state library, opens next year. To arrange tea and a tour, call 240-7574.

A 10-minute monorail tour over a 1 1/2 mile circuit takes you around and under the fair's soaring shade canopies and right through the Queensland pavilion. As of November 7, monorail tours run from 9:30 to 5 on weekends and Mondays, except December 26 through 28. Cost is $1.50 U.S., 75 cents for children. Since Australia is close to the tropics, you may also want to find a pub. There's one in the venerable Ship Inn Hotel, which will reopen right next door to the monorail.

Expo has exceeded its goat of 30 foreign exhibitors. Three of them are from the Western U.S. Alaska, California, and Hawaii. Suprisingly, there may not be exhibits from Australian states other than host Queensland. The Australian national pavilion will tell the myths and legends of the Aboriginal people. The fair offers a unique chance to learn about the entire South Pacific region.
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