You know you've arrived in Brisbane once you catch a glimpse of the iconic Story Bridge as a CityCat glides underneath, creating glistening ripples in the winding Brisbane River. The city's most recognisable natural landmark takes centre stage and is lined with Brisbane's finest alfresco restaurants and sophisticated bars, offering unmasked views and complimenting the city's celebrated outdoor lifestyle.... more
If you can tear yourself away from the cool riverside breezes, you'll find yourself in the bustling Queen Street Mall, the shopping strip famous for its 700 plus specialty stores, free live entertainment, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Take a break in the inner-city sanctuary of the Botanic Gardens, home to lush stretches of green grass and exotic and native plants. Relax at Roma Street Parklands, the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre.
Getting around the city is an effortless journey due to the compact nature of the Central Business District. With major attractions, restaurants and hotels clustered around the river peninsula, Brisbane is most easily explored on foot with the streets laid out in a grid-like system, leaving little chance for disorientation.... less
How To Get There
Brisbane is in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia, approximately a 60 minute drive north of the Gold Coast.
The Brisbane domestic and international airports are located 30 minutes from the city centre and are accessible via several public transport options. The terminals are located adjacent to each other and are connected to the city via rail, bus and taxi.
There are regular flights between all major airports like Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane every day.
The Sunlander and Tilt Train link Brisbane to centres along the Queensland coast including the Whitsundays and Cairns. Queensland Rail services access regional areas including the Outback from Brisbane.
Greyhound Coaches, Yellow Cabs and Black and White Taxis offer transfers from both airports to the city centre and Gold Coast. For private transfers to any destination around Brisbane and beyond, there are a number of chauffeur car companies available to provide efficient and comfortable services.
Must See and Do
1 Cuddle a Koala
Cuddle a koala and feed kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
2 Cruise the River
See Brisbane from a different angle aboard one of the many river cruises.
3 Shopping Fix
Complete with vibrant shopping arcades and nooks, with luxury high-end fashion, on-trend must-haves and vintage collectables - the Queen Street Mall is a must do!
4 South Bank Parklands
Family-friendly parklands feature 17 hectares of lush gardens, riverside cycling and walking paths, vibrant shopping and the only inner city beach in Australia.
5 Adventure Climb
The Story Bridge is one of only three bridge climbs in the world.
6 Mt Coot-tha Lookout
This lookout provides amazing views of Brisbane all the way to Moreton Bay.
7 Explore the Arts
Explore the Queensland cultural precinct - home to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, State Library and the Queensland Museum.
8 Adventure Centre
Kayak and rock climb or abseil down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs with Riverlife Adventure Centre.
9 XXXX Brewery
Taste our local favourite brew and learn about its origins at the XXXX Brewery Ale House.
10 Live Gig in the Valley
Catch live music in Australia's first dedicated special entertainment precinct, Fortitude Valley.
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