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BrisbaneAustralia

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.

Brisbane Travel Guide Video

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!(304 area reviews)

Queen Street Mall and Brisbane Botanic Gardens are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Brisbane Central Business District. Travelers also love the beautiful gardens, stunning river views, and popular shops.

Brisbane Central Business District
Tangalooma which includes tropical scenes, a beach and landscape views

Brisbane Waterfront

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Brisbane Waterfront, Tangalooma Wrecks and Moreton Island National Park are top sights worth seeing.

Brisbane Waterfront

Top Hotels in Brisbane

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NT$2,760 per night

This luxury apartment building is located in the heart of Brisbane, walking distance from St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, and Queen Street ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,345 reviews)

"Honestly enjoy staying at this hotel so much. Always love to come back to stay here."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/6

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is NT$4,304 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is steps from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (284 reviews)

"Excellent location. very good nice. clean. And very comfortable. Staff. are amazing..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/5/2

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
4.5 out of 5
108 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NT$2,661 per night

This luxury apartment building is located in the heart of Brisbane, walking distance from Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and MacArthur Museum Brisbane. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,242 reviews)

"Location was good. Customer service was great. Carpark bit expensive"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/21

Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites

Popular places to visit in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(247 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(107 reviews)

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

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(130 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(135 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(88 reviews)

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

Eagle Street Pier
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Eagle Street Pier

4.5/5(82 reviews)

A host of restaurants adorns this glittering riverfront location, where the amazing views over the famous Story Bridge are an ideal complement to the food.

Reviews of Brisbane

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Very walkable city with lots to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 31, 2020

It was a bit busy for our liking and the roads were a little confusing to drive on.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Very nice clean city. People are very friendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

I absolutely loved the city. Modern, fresh, full of culture.... it was just awesome

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

Beautiful city, fantastic people.

5/5 - Excellent

F.C.

Nov 24, 2019

Nice City

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