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Brisbane
Travel Guide

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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

Treasury Brisbane
Treasury Brisbane
5 out of 5
130 William Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥11,422 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Treasury Casino and Commissariat Store Museum. Queen Street Mall and Museum of ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (920 reviews)
"Location staff"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Treasury Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥15,303 per night from May 9 to May 9
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! (1,171 reviews)
"This rooms are beautiful with gorgeous views. I feel the hotel lobby was quite impersonal and should be rethought to be a little more personal and less echo’y. The hotel bar did seem like a pub. Overall it is worth it for the beautiful room and location"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥12,381 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"Very central, great vibe! Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Alcyone Hotel Residences
Alcyone Hotel Residences
4.5 out of 5
35 Hercules Street, Hamilton, QLD
The price is ¥15,996 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
Located in Hamilton, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brisbane Cruise Terminal and Eat Street Northshore. DFO Brisbane and Suncorp Stadium are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (391 reviews)
"Great location have stayed several times. Always good"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Alcyone Hotel Residences
Menso at South Bank
Menso at South Bank
4 out of 5
68 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥13,479 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in South Brisbane, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Griffith University South Bank, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Southbank ...
4.1/5Very Good! (382 reviews)
"Just stayed the one night but easy check in and check out with friendly staff. The room was clean and comfortable and tastefully furnished. It also had a great big balcony with a great view to the N.W of Brisbane which we enjoyed along with a few beers."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Menso at South Bank
The Milton Brisbane
The Milton Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
55 Railway Terrace, Milton, QLD
The price is ¥11,936 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Milton, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, Old Bishopsbourne, and XXXX Brewery. Frew Park and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (328 reviews)
"Convenient location, nice and quiet. Friendly and helpful staff. Walking distance from food and entertainment options"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

The Milton Brisbane
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Brisbane

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Mar 3, 2020

Very walkable city with lots to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 31, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 16, 2020

Very nice clean city. People are very friendly

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 22, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 29, 2019

Beautiful city, fantastic people.

5/5 - Excellent

F.C.

Nov 24, 2019

Nice City

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