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Brisbane
Travel Guide

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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

Pacific Hotel Brisbane
Pacific Hotel Brisbane
4 out of 5
345 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, QLD
The price is NZ$137 per night from 6 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Private Hospital, St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital and Roma ...
4.1/5Very Good! (956 reviews)
"From check in too check out, everything was easy. Staff are friendly and the rooms were tidy with a comfortable bed. Thank you."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Pacific Hotel Brisbane
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport, QLD
The price is NZ$160 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
Located in Brisbane Airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of DFO Brisbane, Portside Wharf and Doomben Racecourse. Eagle Farm Racecourse ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,373 reviews)
"Lobby was full of sports players"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$184 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"Very central, great vibe! Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on 1 May 2021

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
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.
Alcyone Hotel Residences
Alcyone Hotel Residences
4.5 out of 5
35 Hercules Street, Hamilton, QLD
The price is NZ$218 per night from 13 Jun. to 13 Jun.
Located in Hamilton, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brisbane Cruise Terminal and Eat Street Northshore. DFO Brisbane and Suncorp Stadium are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (393 reviews)
"Great location have stayed several times. Always good"

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2021

Alcyone Hotel Residences
Essence Apartments Chermside
Essence Apartments Chermside
4.5 out of 5
541 Rode Road, Chermside, QLD
The price is NZ$165 per night from 9 Jun. to 9 Jun.
Located in Chermside, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Prince Charles Hospital and Westfield Chermside. 7th Brigade Park and DFO Brisbane ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (806 reviews)
Such a great place
"This would be the best you can stay at if you need to visit prince Charles hospital I cannot say enough how good the experience was and such friendly and genuinely helpful staff"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2021

Essence Apartments Chermside
Menso at South Bank
Menso at South Bank
4 out of 5
68 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$203 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in South Brisbane, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Griffith University South Bank, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Southbank ...
4.1/5Very Good! (382 reviews)
"Just stayed the one night but easy check in and check out with friendly staff. The room was clean and comfortable and tastefully furnished. It also had a great big balcony with a great view to the N.W of Brisbane which we enjoyed along with a few beers."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Menso at South Bank
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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Reviews of Brisbane

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3/5 - Okay

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31 May 2020

It was ok. Not great to come during a pandemic qs there isnt mich to do but it was nice yo get away from nornal life and relax.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

I love Brisbane. I would move back there without hesitation if I had the resources. It is a small-town-capital-city! Has all the benefits of a Capital City, without the confusion, stress, hassle, or ATTITUDE of Sydney or Melbourne.

4/5 - Good

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28 Mar. 2020

We stayed in Brisbane because of Legal reason and the apartments were directly across from court house

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Mar. 2020

I visit my children very often it is growing into nice vibrant city

4/5 - Good

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22 Mar. 2020

Brisbane is a lovely city, unfortunately with coronavirus advice, precautions had to be taken to stay away from people and places so I could not enjoy the experience .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

We do love it there

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