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

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport, QLD
The price is NZ$159 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Located in Brisbane Airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of DFO Brisbane, Portside Wharf and Brisbane Cruise Terminal. Doomben Racecourse ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,765 reviews)
"Easy access, walking distance from the airport, all undercover, no issues walking in poor weather conditions. Managed to do this with 2 large suitcases. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$277 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps away from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Treasury Casino and Brisbane Botanic ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (616 reviews)
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Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2022

Emporium Hotel South Bank
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$192 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"Outstanding property - excellent location with very comfortable room & excellent service from staff."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

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.
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$149 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane and Queen ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,509 reviews)
"Friendly engaging staff. Great location close to everything. Good sized rooms. Room has a bit of a musty smell, if windows opened just a little it would be great as would allow for some air circulation"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$175 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, ANZAC Square War Memorial and Eagle ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,867 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay - the apartment was spotless with all amenities available. We had a beautiful view of the river - thank you!!"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Arise Brisbane Skytower
Arise Brisbane Skytower
4 out of 5
222 Margaret Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$231 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,138 reviews)
"Lovely clean apartment, Great aircon, everything you need in a one bedroom apartment. However I was not impressed with my view. Considering I was here for a week..you think the rooms division manager would have made sure that being a longer stay I would have had a decent view. Also the 2 single beds ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2022

Arise Brisbane Skytower
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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