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Brisbane
Travel Guide

Come to laid-back Brisbane, the perfect base to discover the beautiful parks, mountains and islands of Australia’s Sunshine State..

Brisbane may well boast downtown skyscrapers and a population of over 2 million, but the warm climate, friendly locals and incredible natural bounty give it arguably the most easy-going atmosphere of all the cities in Australia. The way the Brisbane River, from which the city takes its name, snakes lazily through the Queensland capital mirrors the laid-back attitude of the inhabitants of “Brissie”.

The Sunshine State’s largest city has a vibrant cultural life and plenty of top-class bars and restaurants but the biggest draw for most visitors is the huge array of outdoor activities on the city’s doorstep. Whether it’s dolphin-spotting on Moreton Island National Park, climbing the Kangaroo Point cliffs or just escaping the heat and hustle of the city along the cool riverfront, you have a wealth of open-air options. Enjoying a pint of the local brew XXXX along with fish and chips is a popular way to spend a pleasant summer’s evening while the dry, cooler winters are perfect for whale watching and more active excursions. Daredevil visitors can try their hand at climbing the iconic Storey Bridge and the nearby Glass House Mountains make for a great day trip.

Another appealing aspect of the city for tourists is the number of attractions that are available free-of-charge – from nature reserves such as Roma Street Parkland and Mount Coot-tha to the government-funded Queensland Museum and Museum of Brisbane. The city also provides a number of free swimming pools, playgrounds and barbecues, as well as various cultural festivals which are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

The city itself is the artistic heart of Queensland and the majority of the state’s most important cultural institutions, such as the Gallery of Modern Art – the country’s biggest – are located here. You’ll always find top-quality shows at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, which is home to the state’s ballet and theatre companies as well as its symphony orchestra.

The riverside walks in the city’s South Bank area and a scenic river ride on one of the public ferries are among the city’s other tourist highlights but be sure to rent a car or book a tour to explore the exquisite surrounding landscape.

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Where to stay in Brisbane

Top hotels in Brisbane

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$181 per night from 29 Mar. to 30 Mar.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,164 reviews)

"Really lovely hotel - welcoming staff - upgraded- food and drinks were amazing."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2021

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$287 per night from 25 Mar. to 26 Mar.

Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps away from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (414 reviews)

"Fast check-in and luggage delivery to your room. Close proximity to CBD."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Treasury Brisbane
Treasury Brisbane
5 out of 5
130 William Street, Brisbane, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$159 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Treasury Casino and Commissariat Store Museum. Queen Street Mall and Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (943 reviews)

"Amazing hotel & service, will definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

Treasury Brisbane
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Holiday Rentals in Brisbane

Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
4.5 out of 5
108 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$123 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,325 reviews)

"The location was excellent, right in Brisbane CBD with lots of shops and restaurants and cafes within a very short walking distance. However with the construction going on next door it was quite noisy"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2021

Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
5 out of 5
43 Herschel Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$117 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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! (1,680 reviews)

"Our room was ready early which was great however our room had a dirty towel on the floor in the lounge and when I used the hair-dryer it made a funny noise and had a burning smell - that said these things were attended to quickly"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2020

Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$123 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, ANZAC Square War Memorial ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,814 reviews)

"Unit was clean and location was great. $35 for parking when across the lane its $19 ? . Quick refund as we left after 2 hours due to quarantine. So all good"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2021

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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