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.
GMT +10 hour
Brisbane is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover).
Brisbane has an ideal subtropical climate and at least seven hours of sun per day. Summer runs from December to February and temperatures range from 21-30ºC. Autumn is from March to May with temperatures around 16-28ºC. Winter is from June to August and temperatures range from 10-22ºC while spring is September to November with temperatures from 16-26ºC.
The perfect introduction to Brisbane, this three hour tour covers all the main city centre sights and takes you where the buses can’t go. See King George Square, the Story Bridge, the Botanic Gardens, the oldest church in Queensland, Eagle Street Pier, the City Hall clock tower and lots of hidden secrets along the way. You’ll also be shown the best city bars, cafes and restaurants (tastings may be offered) for every budget so you can make the most of your time here. Available Tuesday-Friday from Brisbane.
This full day tour begins as you travel to the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park and take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Gold Coast from Tamborine Mountain. Travel onwards to O’Reilly’s for the treetop canopy walk, to discover historic logging tracks and hear the epic adventures of early settlers and the heroic rescue stories of the Stinsen plane crash. Available daily from Brisbane (excluding selected dates).
A fantastic evening at Australia’s most spectacular interactive Aboriginal live theatre show and dinner experience. Led by a storyteller, you’ll journey back from Dreamtime to Australia of the 1880s, walking through various interactive scenes. Rove through diverse sets such as a church, an Aboriginal village and even outside a jail. After the show, there’s a hearty Australian char-grilled BBQ dinner during which you can mingle with the cast. Available daily (excluding selected dates) from Brisbane.
A scenic transfer takes you to Australia Zoo and then you have the day to explore this ultimate wildlife and conservation destination. The zoo’s 100 acres of natural Australian bushland house 1,200 native and exotic animals. Grab a seat for the midday Wildlife Warriors show, to see all the slithering, swooping, jaw-dropping action of the snakes, birds and crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum. You can also learn heaps about the animals by booking in for an animal encounter. Available daily from Brisbane (excluding selected dates).
On this full day tour to Tangalooma Island Resort you will have the chance to see wild dolphins as they come in to shore for their nightly feed. Along with presentations from the marine experts you will also enjoy close up views of the dolphins from the jetty. The tour also gives you a day pass to the resort with full use of the resort facilities including swimming pools, bars and restaurants (all food and drink at additional expense). Available daily from Brisbane.