Brisbane, QLD: Destination Guide

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Experience a laidback attitude in a big city with the enigma that is Brisbane.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Brisbane or find and book accommodation in Brisbane today.

About Brisbane

Brisbane: all the perks of the Gold Coast but with a more cultural edge than other cities on the backpacker trail. Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and has as much to offer in terms of things to do as its better known counterparts Melbourne and Sydney. Brisbane is perfect to explore by foot. An elaborate system of walkways and bridges connect the city centre to favourite hang outs such as South Bank and surrounding villages along the Brisbane River. Discover the restaurants, bars, museums and parks which make Brisbane the lively city that it is.

Things to do in Brisbane

If it’s your first trip, why not team up with one of the friendly Brisbane Greeters and get a tour of the city for free. The in-the-know guides offer a range of planned routes or you can customise your own. For spectacular views of Brisbane and the Moreton Bay region, head up to Mt Coot-tha Lookout. Or immerse yourself in one of Brisbane’s beautiful parks by spending a day lazing about at New Farm Park on the river’s edge or taking a stroll around the City Botanic Gardens. For live entertainment, drop in to Brisbane Powerhouse which regularly hosts a range of free comedy and live music events.

Attractions in Brisbane

Brisbane South Bank

South Bank is a vibrant lifestyle precinct just south of the CBD of Brisbane. Head to Stanley Street and take your pick from the vast range of restaurants and cafés sure to whet your appetite. The cosmopolitan feel is completed by a range of boutiques for those want to indulge in a bit of shopping. For uninterrupted views of the city from South Bank take a spin on the Wheel of Brisbane. South Bank also has many picnic and barbecue areas perfect for a family day out. Finally, a trip to South Bank would not be complete without spending time at Australia’s only man-made swimming beach in the middle of a city, Streets Beach, the most popular attraction at South Bank.


Brisbane offers a range of events and festivals throughout the year. Foodies should check out the What’s Cooking in the Gardens Festival celebrating all things culinary in the idyllic Redcliffe Botanical Gardens. For something a bit different, why not try the Abbey Museum Medieval Festival which transforms sunny Brisbane into a medieval wonderland complete with jousting and falconry. Children (and the young at heart) will love the fair rides and show bags at Brisbane’s EKKA Festival held in August. However, the pinnacle event is the Brisbane Festival, a culmination of arts and culture including music, dance, comedy, circus, theatre, cabaret and lots of family-friendly activities held in September.

Getting to Brisbane

Brisbane is located on the south east coastline, close to the NSW border.

By car

Brisbane is 83km north of the Gold Coast via the Pacific Motorway.

When to visit Brisbane

Temperatures rarely dip beneath 10 degrees in Brisbane; summer is humid and the winter months a little drier. Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence from late October to March. However, you are sure to experience blue skies whenever you plan to visit Brisbane, making it the perfect city escape for those wanting to spend lots of time outdoors.

Where to stay in Brisbane

Brisbane offers a multitude of accommodation options, with something to satisfy every taste and budget. For more accommodation options in and around Brisbane, click here.

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