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BrisbaneAustralia

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.

Brisbane Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Brisbane

Brisbane Central Business District which includes a river or creek, a sunset and a city

Brisbane Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(304 area reviews)

Queen Street Mall and Roma Street Parkland are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Brisbane Central Business District. Travelers also love the beautiful gardens, stunning river views, and popular shops.

Brisbane Central Business District
Cumulus over Brisbane airport.

Brisbane Airport

Travelers come to Brisbane Airport for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like DFO Brisbane and Southern Connector Drain while you're in town.

Brisbane Airport
Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Travelers come to Fortitude Valley for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Emporium and James Street while you're in town.

Fortitude Valley
Southbank Parklands which includes tropical scenes, a sandy beach and night scenes

South Brisbane

South Brisbane is a destination visitors seek out for is abundant dining options, interesting museums, and stunning river views. You might want to check out attractions like South Bank Parklands or Queensland Performing Arts Centre while you're exploring the neighborhood.

South Brisbane
Redcliffe featuring a beach and surf as well as a small group of people

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Sutton's Beach and Redcliffe Showgrounds while in the area.

Redcliffe
Kangaroo Point which includes a city, a bay or harbor and night scenes

Kangaroo Point

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Kangaroo Point. A stop by The Gabba or Story Bridge might round out your trip.

Kangaroo Point

Top Hotels in Brisbane

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥8,890 per night

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,368 reviews)

"Great Location!! Very clean room :) we paid a little more for 2 bedrooms apartment they serviced it every day."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥10,958 per night

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Eagle Street Pier. Queen Street Mall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,151 reviews)

"It has beautiful views onto the river. Very helpful and professional staff. Did lots to keep people safe in the Covud time"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥9,100 per night

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, ANZAC Square War Memorial, ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,790 reviews)

"Have stayed here many times over the years and love this hotel. Great location as awesome views."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites

Popular places to visit in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(247 reviews)

Shop for books or fashion, grab a bite to eat in a restaurant or bar and watch street performers entertain the crowds along Brisbane’s central shopping district.

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Swim in the sparkling water of an inner-city beach, stroll through lush gardens and taste gourmet gelato all while staying close to Brisbane’s busy downtown area.

Roma Street Parkland
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Roma Street Parkland

4.5/5(107 reviews)

Stroll through this inner-city oasis with lake, subtropical flowers, native plants, public art and water features.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and see other iconic Australian wildlife only a short distance from central Brisbane.

The Gabba
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The Gabba

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Catch an event at The Gabba during your trip to Brisbane. Amble around this culturally rich area's riverfront or experience its entertainment choices.

University of Queensland
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University of Queensland

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around University of Queensland, a top university in Brisbane. Stroll along the riverfront in this culturally rich area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Brisbane

Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

¥6,471
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour
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Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour

¥9,974
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission

¥3,197
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour
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Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour

¥11,159
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

¥9,059
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
The Jolly Roger
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The Jolly Roger

¥14,611
Per adult

Reviews of Brisbane

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
107
5 - Excellent 61.49425287356322%
4 - Good
57
4 - Good 32.758620689655174%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 5.172413793103448%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.5747126436781609%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Very walkable city with lots to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 31, 2020

It was a bit busy for our liking and the roads were a little confusing to drive on.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Very nice clean city. People are very friendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

I absolutely loved the city. Modern, fresh, full of culture.... it was just awesome

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

Beautiful city, fantastic people.

5/5 - Excellent

F.C.

Nov 24, 2019

Nice City

Cities near Brisbane

Gold Coast showing a skyscraper, a sunset and general coastal views

Gold Coast

Mooloolaba showing a beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Sunshine Coast

Southbank Parklands featuring street scenes, a city and flowers

South Bank