BrisbaneAustralia

4.5/5Top Destination

Romantic Brisbane awaits: its food, marina, parks, and more!

Brisbane is home to over 2 million people, but maintains a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the warm weather and easygoing locals. “Brissie” has plenty of nightlife and art galleries, but with its location on the banks of a major river in beautiful sunny Queensland, the biggest attraction is definitely the outdoors.

During the humid summers, catch a cooling breeze along the waterfront. Rent a kayak to paddle along the Kangaroo Point cliffs or spot dolphins and turtles around Moreton Island National Park. Enjoy a balmy night with “fish ‘n chips” and locally brewed XXXX beer along the Brisbane River.

The cooler, dry winters are good for whale watching and fitness activities, such as climbing the Story Bridge or the Glass House Mountains. The winter days are short, but the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Brisbane Powerhouse and the bars in Fortitude Valley keep you entertained at night.

Brisbane offers many free facilities such as pools, barbecues, playgrounds and frequent cultural festivals. You don’t have to pay for the government-funded attractions and nature reserves either, including the Roma Street Parkland, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Botanic Gardens, and Mount Coot-tha.

Apart from walking, the public transport and bike-share systems are convenient ways to get around. Start at South Bank, Brisbane’s attractive cultural riverfront area. From the Maritime Museum, follow the bougainvillea archway past streams with ibis and water dragons, palm tree-lined swimming lagoons, markets, food venues and street performers, all the way to the Ferris wheel, with wooden a Nepalese temple nearby.

Take the public ferry downstream to New Farm Park or book a scenic cruise upstream to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Alternatively, continue along South Bank to the state’s major museums, including the Queensland Museum and art galleries.

Brisbane is surrounded by stunning nature, so book a tour or rent a car to explore. Nothing is rushed here, so relax and take your time to enjoy the cultural displays and natural beauty in the capital of the Sunshine State.

Known for

Shopping, Dining and Family-Friendly

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Where to stay in Brisbane

Brisbane Central Business District
Brisbane featuring a sunset and a marina

Brisbane Central Business District

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Family-Friendly

4.5/5(249 reviews)

Are you interested in beautiful gardens, stunning river views, and popular shops? A visit to Brisbane Central Business District might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Queen Street Mall and Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Brisbane Waterfront
Tangalooma which includes tropical scenes, a beach and landscape views

Brisbane Waterfront

4.5/5(10 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Brisbane Waterfront, Tangalooma Wrecks and Port of Brisbane are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Brisbane

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport, QLD
NT$2,997
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

Situated in Brisbane Airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of DFO Brisbane, Portside Wharf, and Brisbane Cruise Terminal. Doomben Racecourse and Eagle Farm ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,103 reviews)

"It was literally walking distance from the airport!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/15

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
5 out of 5
43 Herschel Street, Brisbane, QLD
NT$2,084
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Hall Clock Tower, Brisbane Private Hospital, and Treasury ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,349 reviews)

"Very clean, comfortable modern rooms in a great location close to CBD. Elevator system is modern and unique which needs to be explained clearly on check-in. Parking at Meriton is expensive but more affordable options are available nearby."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/16

Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
NT$3,405
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Eagle Street Pier. Queen Street Mall ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,035 reviews)

"Great Location Simple Elegant Old Fashioned Style and Service with a Smile"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/14

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Popular things to do in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(219 reviews)

Shop for books or fashion, grab a bite to eat in a restaurant or bar and watch street performers entertain the crowds along Brisbane’s central shopping district.

Roma Street Parkland
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Roma Street Parkland

4.5/5(97 reviews)

Stroll through this inner-city oasis with lake, subtropical flowers, native plants, public art and water features.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Take a cosmic adventure with an enormous star projector, real artifacts from space missions and an observatory housed in Brisbane’s first planetarium.

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(106 reviews)

Swim in the sparkling water of an inner-city beach, stroll through lush gardens and taste gourmet gelato all while staying close to Brisbane’s busy downtown area.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens
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Brisbane Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(122 reviews)

This free, landscaped park offers walks through a lush tropical rainforest and bonsai gardens, and past a manmade lagoon with water dragons and turtles.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and see other iconic Australian wildlife only a short distance from central Brisbane.

Reviews of Brisbane

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Incredibly friendly city. Clean too!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

It was truly enjoyable staying in Brisbane. The city was very modern, had great food, and the people were friendly. Brisbane also has excellent city transportation services (particularly the free City Hopper ferry), and is easy to walk.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 3, 2019

Wonderful experience with the locals! Loved this City! Had everything, easy to navigate, never got loss, very walkable, exceeded expectations based on prior research before the trip. Glad we carved out time for this city experience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

Very family friendly city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 4, 2019

Staff at information centre very helpful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

I'll be back!

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