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Brisbane
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Brisbane

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥13,507 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

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! (1,161 reviews)

"Really lovely hotel - welcoming staff - upgraded- food and drinks were amazing."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥19,663 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and Brisbane ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (416 reviews)

"Loved everything about our stay. There was a minor issue with the room that was sorted immediatly. Will definitely be returning."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Treasury Brisbane
Treasury Brisbane
5 out of 5
130 William Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥11,243 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

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! (939 reviews)

"Amazing hotel & service, will definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Treasury Brisbane
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Vacation Rentals in Brisbane

Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
4.5 out of 5
108 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥12,861 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,325 reviews)

"The location was excellent, right in Brisbane CBD with lots of shops and restaurants and cafes within a very short walking distance. However with the construction going on next door it was quite noisy"…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
5 out of 5
43 Herschel Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥8,961 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Hall Clock Tower, Brisbane Private Hospital, and Treasury ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,681 reviews)

"Our room was ready early which was great however our room had a dirty towel on the floor in the lounge and when I used the hair-dryer it made a funny noise and had a burning smell - that said these things were attended to quickly"…"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is ¥12,144 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

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! (1,818 reviews)

"Unit was clean and location was great. $35 for parking when across the lane its $19 ? . Quick refund as we left after 2 hours due to quarantine. So all good"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
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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