Brisbane

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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

Arise Brisbane Skytower
Arise Brisbane Skytower
4 out of 5
222 Margaret Street, Brisbane, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$183 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier and Queen Street ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,091 reviews)
"The property was absolutely stunning, had the greatest view of the city. Very modern and comfortable bed which is hard to find in some hotels. Only thing I could fault is that usually hotels always have tea, coffee, sugar but we didn’t have any sugar in our room."

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2021

Arise Brisbane Skytower
Treasury Brisbane
Treasury Brisbane
5 out of 5
130 William Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$196 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
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! (955 reviews)
"It was a great stay, we will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Treasury Brisbane
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$278 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Bank Parklands and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane. Wheel of Brisbane and Suncorp ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (556 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Emporium Hotel 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.
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$136 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
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! (1,840 reviews)
Brisbane holiday
"Pleasant stay and nice location convenient fir all city attractions. Only negative was I didn't expect to pay $35 per night for parking."

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2021

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Arise Brisbane Skytower
Arise Brisbane Skytower
4 out of 5
222 Margaret Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$183 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier and Queen Street ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,091 reviews)
"The property was absolutely stunning, had the greatest view of the city. Very modern and comfortable bed which is hard to find in some hotels. Only thing I could fault is that usually hotels always have tea, coffee, sugar but we didn’t have any sugar in our room."

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2021

Arise Brisbane Skytower
Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
4.5 out of 5
108 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$151 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
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! (2,352 reviews)
"Hey all was great, though I had to ask for the wine, I thought it would be a nice surprise if it was in the room."

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

Oaks Brisbane Festival 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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