Delivering big-city attractions with a small-town feel Brisbane is a grand city bursting with life and colour. The capital of Queensland is one of Australia's most up-and-coming cities with glittering high rises, lush parks, historic buildings, an edgy arts scene, pumping nightlife, great restaurants, numerous outdoor attractions and an incredible array of annual blockbuster events.
A great way to get your bearings is to hop on a CityCat and take a cruise along the meandering Brisbane River. Get on and off wherever you fancy and acquaint yourself with the variety of landscapes and cultures of its individual precincts.
For panoramic views across the city consider the two hour guided Story Bridge Adventure Climb, with the option to abseil back down! Alternatively, head just four miles out of the city to Mount Cootha where on a clear day you can see the ocean at Moreton Bay. This area is also home to the Botanic Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
The picturesque South Bank is a riverside precinct filled with parklands, plazas, promenades, markets, bars, restaurants and Australia's only inner-city beach. South Bank is also the epicentre for the arts, with the huge Cultural Centre that includes a concert and theatre venue as well as three museums. Right next to this is the Gallery of Modern Art.
Queen Street Mall is Queensland's premier shopping destination with over 700 shops as well as a plethora of cafes. Other popular shopping haunts include Ann Street or James Street in Fortitude Valley where you'll find a mixture of boho chic and ultra-trendy style, while at South Bank Lifestyle Markets you'll find everything from local crafts to unique artworks.
Food and drink is taken seriously in Brisbane, be it tasty pub grub, a good coffee or exquisite fine dining. The pleasant outdoor climate and abundance of fresh produce allows for al fresco dining and menus brimming with locally sourced delights. Fortitude Valley has countless bars, clubs and restaurants, so deciding where to go can be difficult! The city also has numerous rooftop bars, live music venues, gastropubs, craft beer bars and much, much more.
Within easy reach of the city there's so much more to explore. Not to be missed is Moreton Island, where you'll discover spectacular sunsets, crystal lagoons and a variety of hiking trails; or World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park which gives you access to lush rainforest, waterfalls and walking trails.
- Fantastic climate
- Brisbane River
- Picturesque South Bank
- Arts and culture
- Inner city beach
- Superb shopping
- Festivals and events
- Buzzing nightlife