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BrisbaneAustralia

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.

Brisbane Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Brisbane

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Emporium and James Street while in the area.

Fortitude Valley
Redcliffe featuring waves and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sutton's Beach or Redcliffe Showgrounds.

Redcliffe
Kangaroo Point which includes night scenes, a bay or harbour and a city

Kangaroo Point

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Kangaroo Point. A stop by The Gabba or Story Bridge might round out your trip.

Kangaroo Point
New Farm

New Farm

Unique features of New Farm include the river views and coffee shops. Make a stop by New Farm Park or Brisbane Powerhouse while you're exploring the area.

New Farm
Toowong showing a skyscraper and a city

Toowong

Unique features of Toowong include the shopping and restaurants. Make a stop by Toowong Village or Mt. Coot-Tha while you're exploring the area.

Toowong

Top hotels in Brisbane

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$141 per night

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,370 reviews)

"Great Location!! Very clean room :) we paid a little more for 2 bedrooms apartment they serviced it every day."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$166 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,146 reviews)

"Great views, good level of cleanliness, comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2020

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is NZ$145 per night

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! (1,790 reviews)

"Have stayed here many times over the years and love this hotel. Great location as awesome views."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites

Popular places to visit in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(3,028 reviews)

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

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(2,661 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.

Roma Street Parkland
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Roma Street Parkland

4.5/5(1,161 reviews)

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

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(176 reviews)

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

Treasury Casino
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Treasury Casino

4/5(664 reviews)

A magnificent 19th-century building and riverside jewel that is now host to one of Queensland’s biggest casinos and entertainment precincts.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

4.5/5(695 reviews)

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

Top activities in Brisbane

Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

NZ$91
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission

NZ$45
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour
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Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour

NZ$173
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

NZ$127
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Australia Zoo Admission with Express Transfers
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Australia Zoo Admission with Express Transfers

NZ$148
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
The Jolly Roger
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The Jolly Roger

NZ$208
Per adult

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South Bank featuring a city, street scenes and flowers

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