Brisbane

Travel Guide
Kangaroo Point which includes a bay or harbour, a skyscraper and night scenes

Sunny Queensland’s laid-back capital city is the perfect base from which to explore riverside parks, subtropical islands and rugged mountains.

Brisbane is home to over 2 million people, but maintains a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the warm weather and easygoing locals. “Brissie” has plenty of nightlife and art galleries, but with its location on the banks of a major river in beautiful sunny Queensland, the biggest attraction is definitely the outdoors.

During the humid summers, catch a cooling breeze along the waterfront. Rent a kayak to paddle along the Kangaroo Point cliffs or spot dolphins and turtles around Moreton Island National Park. Enjoy a balmy night with “fish ‘n chips” and locally brewed XXXX beer along the Brisbane River.

The cooler, dry winters are good for whale watching and fitness activities, such as climbing the Story Bridge or the Glass House Mountains. The winter days are short, but the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Brisbane Powerhouse and the bars in Fortitude Valley keep you entertained at night.

Brisbane offers many free facilities such as pools, barbecues, playgrounds and frequent cultural festivals. You don’t have to pay for the government-funded attractions and nature reserves either, including the Roma Street Parkland, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Botanic Gardens, and Mount Coot-tha.

Apart from walking, the public transport and bike-share systems are convenient ways to get around. Start at South Bank, Brisbane’s attractive cultural riverfront area. From the Maritime Museum, follow the bougainvillea archway past streams with ibis and water dragons, palm tree-lined swimming lagoons, markets, food venues and street performers, all the way to the Ferris wheel, with wooden a Nepalese temple nearby.

Take the public ferry downstream to New Farm Park or book a scenic cruise upstream to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Alternatively, continue along South Bank to the state’s major museums, including the Queensland Museum and art galleries.

Brisbane is surrounded by stunning nature, so book a tour or rent a car to explore. Nothing is rushed here, so relax and take your time to enjoy the cultural displays and natural beauty in the capital of the Sunshine State.

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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 CA $122 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Located in Brisbane Airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of DFO Brisbane, Portside Wharf, and Brisbane Cruise Terminal. Doomben Racecourse ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,767 reviews)
"Easy access to airport, clean and quiet"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 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 CA $213 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Treasury Casino and Brisbane Botanic Gardens ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (618 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jan. 19, 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 CA $138 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
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 Jan. 10, 2022

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
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Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is CA $130 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
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! (2,510 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 Jan. 17, 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 CA $148 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
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! (1,868 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay - the apartment was spotless with all amenities available. We had a beautiful view of the river - thank you!!"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2022

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Arise Brisbane Skytower
Arise Brisbane Skytower
4 out of 5
222 Margaret Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is CA $198 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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! (1,143 reviews)
"The gym was small and lacked equipment. The pool was crowded with kids."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2022

Arise Brisbane Skytower
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