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Visit Brisbane

From trendy galleries to trendier bars, diving to biking, Brisbane is ready and willing to be whatever kind of destination you want it to be.

There are so many different things to do and see in Brisbane, it really is the city that caters for every type of holiday. With huge shopping centres brimming with options from bargain to high-end, a multitude of gourmet restaurants and romantic cruises along the river, the choices are seemingly endless. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie who likes to live on the wild side, or museums and culture are more your thing, don't worry, this sunny city has it all!

Take the ferry up the river and stop off at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can feed the kangaroos and even cuddle a koala. For a more exotic wildlife experience, jump in the car and head for Australia Zoo to see the legacy of Steve Irwin.

If it's a proper adventure you're after, rent an SUV and drive out to Moreton Island National Park, where you can camp on a deserted beach, dive amongst shipwrecks and observe whales and sharks from a safe vantage point.

Head back into the city to make the most of the cultural hub that is South Bank, home to the renowned Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the exceptional Brisbane Powerhouse, a converted power plant. Also in this district you will find magnificent galleries and museums, the Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Brisbane to name but two, both of which are free.

Check out Brisbane's nightlife around the Fortitude Valley area, a hotspot of sophisticated bars and live music venues. Alternatively, Burnett Lane, with its gourmet restaurants and stylish cocktail bars, will keep you entertained all night.

Brisbane boasts more than 27 kilometres of bicycle paths which are a great way to see the city without being held up by traffic or worrying about parking spaces. These trails conveniently run alongside the Brisbane River and through the city centre. That being said, the city does have an extensive transportation network in place, servicing local, regional, national and international destinations.

What really sets "Brissie" apart is that this dynamic city, with its top-class amenities and cultural venues, is set against the backdrop of awe-inspiring, sun-drenched scenery. What more could a visitor possibly ask for?

Suggested Itineraries

DAY 1: Discover The City

Explore the city by foot, starting at Roma Street. Wind your way down to the river, crossing Kurilpa bridge and stopping for lunch in Stanley Street. Continue through the Southbank parklands to Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge climb is an exciting new adventure in the city. Experience the thrill of the ascent, and then the stunning river views on top. Back on ground, head to the West End for Sicilian-style mussels and a glass of wine at The Red Hen.

DAY 2: Walk With The Animals

Get to the Cultural Centre Pontoon and jump onboard the Mirimar Boat Cruise departing for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at 10am. Spend your morning cuddling Koalas and feeding Kangaroos before heading back to the city by bus. Get off in the CBD and make your way to Paddington. Wander the leafy streets, indulge in some retail therapy, and rest weary legs in quirky cafes. Tonight, head to Fortitude Valley for a night out at some of Brisbane's trendiest bars.

DAY 3: Get Cultured

Grab brunch at The Gunshop Cafe before wandering along the river to the Gallery of Modern Art. Suitable for all ages and with world-famous pieces, it's a must-see. Next on the culture checklist is the free and interactive Queensland Museum. Take a break from the indoors at Southbank parklands with a swim at the beach before moving on to the Maritime Museum around the corner. End the day with a sunset drink at Customs House, a short CityCat trip away.

DAY 4: One Last Hurrah

Spend your last day discovering Brisbane's stunning surroundings with a day cruise to Tangalooma Island. This island paradise is just seventy-five minutes from the city, and has breathtaking stretches of white sands. There are loads of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like hand-feeding dolphins, whale watching, and exploring beached shipwrecks. Spend the day here and fit in as much as possible! When you're back in Brisbane, finish your break in style at Jade Buddha, toasting the end of your stay with a signature mojito.

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Top hotels in Brisbane

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
AU$130
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,942 reviews)

"It had a kitschy 1970s flair that seemed cute and made the building feel smaller than its actual size."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport, QLD
AU$159
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of DFO Brisbane, Portside Wharf and Brisbane Cruise Terminal. Doomben Racecourse and Eagle Farm ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,396 reviews)

"Very handy location for the airport. Check in was very organised and quick. Staff were very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2020

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Great Southern Hotel Brisbane
Great Southern Hotel Brisbane
4 out of 5
103 George Street, Brisbane, QLD
AU$73
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Treasury Casino, Queen Street Mall and Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Brisbane ...

3.7/5Good! (2,685 reviews)

"was within easy walking distance to everything needed"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

Popular things to do in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(2,894 reviews)

Visit Brisbane's premier shopping destination, where modern shops & boutiques are set behind 19th & 20th century building facades.

Roma Street Parkland
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Roma Street Parkland

4.5/5(1,113 reviews)

Take time out from the busy city centre and step into a paradise of calm with spacious green lawns, water features, flowers, public art and plant life.

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(2,542 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.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens
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Brisbane Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(1,200 reviews)

A stunningly landscaped park showcasing luscious rainforest, a scented garden, waterfalls and lagoons, where you can see eastern water dragons, turtles and eels.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(165 reviews)

Visit the largest koala sanctuary in the world to hug a koala, feed the kangaroos or watch a bird of prey show at this beautiful natural wildlife park.

Eagle Street Pier
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Eagle Street Pier

4.5/5(1,268 reviews)

A host of restaurants adorns this glittering riverfront location, where the amazing views over the famous Story Bridge are an ideal complement to the food.

Top activities in Brisbane

Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

AU$109

Explore Brisbane's neighbors, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, on this full-day tour. See the beautiful coastline of Noosa Heads, spend time at the famous Hastings Street, enjoy a scenic ferry ride on the Noosa River, and marvel at the breathtaking Glass House Mountains.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission

AU$42

Spend a day at Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. Meet 130 koalas and 100 species of other Australian native animals, all in beautiful, natural settings.

XXXX Brewery Tour
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XXXX Brewery Tour

AU$32

Uncover the history of Australia's very own XXXX beer with more than 140 years of brewing behind it! Discover the heritage of this locally produced beer and browse the many selections provided. Then sample some of the finest beers in Queensland, and learn how to pour the perfect glass.

Brisbane River Steamboat Cruise with Buffet Lunch
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Brisbane River Steamboat Cruise with Buffet Lunch

AU$78

Spend an afternoon on the Brisbane River aboard an iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle-wheeler for a relaxing outing with some of the city's best sights. This cruise combines a buffet lunch with live music on the venerable vessel, all as you admire sensational attractions along the waterfront.

Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

AU$149

Spend a day in the paradise of Moreton Island, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular spots off the Australian coast. Relax on the golden beaches, take to the water for some incredible views on a transparent kayak or paddleboard, or ride a toboggan down the island's dunes.

Introductory Offer
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Introductory Offer

AU$20

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Reviews of Brisbane

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.32493702770781%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.6495142137459515%
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5/5 - Excellent

Wayne

Jan 23, 2020

Very easy to get around and the great ferry services on the Brisbane River.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

So hot and muggy. Don’t go Jan and February. Best time spring and autumn. Too hot to walk around.

5/5 - Excellent

Emma.U

Jan 20, 2020

Love the city we live in

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Absolutely stunning!!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

A friendly city, with lots of interesting things to do. Easy to get around

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Keeps on getting better #brisbetter

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