BrisbaneAustralia

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Visit Brisbane

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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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
NZ$165
per night
25 Dec. - 26 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (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 10 Dec. 2019

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
NZ$186
per night
3 Jan. - 4 Jan.

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! (2,086 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
NZ$136
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

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 9 Dec. 2019

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane

Popular activities in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(2,735 reviews)

Brisbane’s premier shopping destination houses bars, restaurants and shops of all descriptions in its 40,000 square metres of retail space.

Roma Street Parkland
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Roma Street Parkland

4.5/5(1,045 reviews)

Escape to this inner-city oasis right in the heart of Brisbane.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

4/5(84 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(2,373 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(1,121 reviews)

Tropical rainforest, temperate wetlands and rolling savannah are home to some of the world’s most amazing plants and flowers in Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Cuddle up close with Australia's most iconic wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Top activities in Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission

NZ$44

Spend a day at Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. Meet 130 koalas and 100 species of other Australian native animals, all in beautiful, natural settings.

Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

NZ$115

Explore Brisbane's neighbors, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, on this full-day tour. See the beautiful coastline of Noosa Heads, spend time at the famous Hastings Street, enjoy a scenic ferry ride on the Noosa River, and marvel at the breathtaking Glass House Mountains.

Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

NZ$158

Spend a day in the paradise of Moreton Island, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular spots off the Australian coast. Relax on the golden beaches, take to the water for some incredible views on a transparent kayak or paddleboard, or ride a toboggan down the island's dunes.

XXXX Brewery Tour
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XXXX Brewery Tour

NZ$34

Uncover the history of Australia's very own XXXX beer with more than 140 years of brewing behind it! Discover the heritage of this locally produced beer and browse the many selections provided. Then sample some of the finest beers in Queensland, and learn how to pour the perfect glass.

Brisbane River Steamboat Cruise with Buffet Lunch
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Brisbane River Steamboat Cruise with Buffet Lunch

NZ$68

Spend an afternoon on the Brisbane River aboard an iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle-wheeler for a relaxing outing with some of the city's best sights. This cruise combines a buffet lunch with live music on the venerable vessel, all as you admire sensational attractions along the waterfront.

Newstead House General Entry Ticket
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Newstead House General Entry Ticket

NZ$13

Visit: Newstead House, Cnr: Breakfast Creek Rd & Newstead Avenue Newstead, Brisbane, Queensland 4006 Australia One of the most prominent homes in Queensland's history, the iconic landmark was built in 1846 and has been occupied by some of Brisbane's most influential colonial figures, including Patrick Leslie, Captain John Clements Wickham and George Harris.

Reviews of Brisbane

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 49.80268350434096%
4 - Good
1112
4 - Good 43.88318863456985%
3 - Okay
142
3 - Okay 5.6037884767166535%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 0.4340962904498816%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.27624309392265195%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Dec. 2019

Love, love, love Brisbane. I find somewhere new to explore all the time...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Dec. 2019

It's my home town, I love it!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Dec. 2019

It was busy due to being close Christmas. We went to the botanical gardens and we weren’t very impressed - the facilities were not clean and there was a lot of homeless people living in the garden beds.

4/5 - Good

Tam

8 Dec. 2019

There’s always something to do in Brisbane. Child friendly - parks, arcades, cinemas. Plenty of dining options within walking distance. Plenty of shopping and entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

Myer Centre could do with more cleaners. Very dirty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

The best place in tbe world!!!

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