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Brisbane

Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-friendly

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

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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.

Activities in Brisbane

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

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

Take a cosmic adventure with an enormous star projector, real artifacts from space missions and an observatory housed in Brisbane’s first planetarium.

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.

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

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

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.

Come to Queensland’s premier arts venue for an evening of world-class entertainment and fine dining.

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In the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, a tiny paradise for Aussie animals exists. Cruise down the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can get an unforgettable, up-close look at these lovable, tree-dwelling creatures plus a whole array of only-in-Oz animals.

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Explore Fraser Island on this 3-day eco tour and hike by towering trees, swim in beautiful freshwater lakes, and spot scenic natural wonders. Drive along one of the world's most beautiful highways and enjoy 2 nights at the magnificent Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort.

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Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's legacy is your playground as you discover amazing wildlife and spectacular entertainment at Australia Zoo. Travel in style and comfort on the air-conditioned Croc Express, which takes you on the scenic route to the world-famous wildlife theme park.

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See the capital city's stunning sights from an entirely new perspective during a fascinating river cruise along the Brisbane River. Glide past landmarks including Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Story Bridge, snapping photos and picking up local lore from an informative guide along the way.

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Recharge before your flight with a 6-hour pass to the Plaza Premium Lounge at Brisbane International Airport. Partake in a luxurious experience providing comfort, convenience, and award-winning services regardless of what airline or class you travel.

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Explore the natural wonders of the world's largest sand island on this 2-day adventure. Venture to breathtaking beaches, lakes, and rainforests in this UNESCO-listed paradise, and stay overnight in fun hostel-style accommodations.

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