BrisbaneAustralia

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Visit Brisbane

Sunny Queensland’s laid-back capital city is the perfect base from which to explore riverside parks, subtropical islands and rugged mountains.

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.

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Where to stay in Brisbane

Brisbane Central Business District which includes a river or creek, a sunset and a city

Brisbane Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(273 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 Central Business District
Tangalooma which includes tropical scenes, a beach and landscape views

Brisbane Waterfront

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 reviews)

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

Brisbane Waterfront

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$3,000
per night
Jan 11 - Jan 12

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! (2,268 reviews)

"Excellent for one night stay near airport, good staff"…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/10

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
NT$3,379
per night
Jan 12 - Jan 13

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! (2,084 reviews)

"Close to our functions, and planned activities.Everything was clean and in good condition."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/8

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
NT$2,462
per night
Jan 11 - Jan 12

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,898 reviews)

"I like the property as its centrally located. n quiet hv a small kitchen would be gd to hv a small stove"…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/9

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane

Popular things to do in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(229 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(102 reviews)

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

The Gabba
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The Gabba

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Catch an event at The Gabba during your trip to Kangaroo Point. Experience the fascinating museums and entertainment choices in this culturally-rich area.

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(117 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(127 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.

Reviews of Brisbane

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

Beautiful city, fantastic people.

5/5 - Excellent

F.C.

Nov 24, 2019

Nice City

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

In Nov. climate was really great! It's so warm!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 3, 2019

Ferry rides are fun way to see the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 1, 2019

Brisbane is a beautiful city. However, very confusing bus service and Translink mobile app. Tried going to Uni of Qld by bus but the app could not give me a clear direction to the bus stop. Walked for about 2 kms following the app to no avail.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Incredibly friendly city. Clean too!

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