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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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Where to stay in Brisbane

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Emporium and James Street while in the area.

Fortitude Valley
Redcliffe featuring waves and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sutton's Beach or Redcliffe Showgrounds.

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

Kangaroo Point

The ample dining options and beautiful 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
Spring Hill

Spring Hill

Travellers to Spring Hill praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by St. Paul's Presbyterian Church and Spiritual Church of Brisbane.

Spring Hill
Woolloongabba featuring skyline and a city

Woolloongabba

Woolloongabba is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to The Gabba and Buranda Village while you're in town.

Woolloongabba
New Farm

New Farm

Unique features of New Farm include the river views and coffee shops. Make a stop by New Farm Park or Brisbane Powerhouse while you're exploring the area.

New Farm

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 AU$129 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! (2,370 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 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 AU$159 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! (1,146 reviews)

"Great views, good level of cleanliness, comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 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 AU$132 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 28 Jul. 2020

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites

Popular places to visit in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(3,028 reviews)

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

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(2,661 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(1,161 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.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(176 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.

Treasury Casino
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Treasury Casino

4/5(664 reviews)

A magnificent 19th-century building and riverside jewel that is now host to one of Queensland’s biggest casinos and entertainment precincts.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

4.5/5(695 reviews)

Transport yourself to another world as you experience world-class musicals, operas, comedy shows and plays in this exceptional performance venue.

Top activities 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

AU$85
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission

AU$42
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour
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Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour

AU$169
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour
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Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour

AU$155
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Adventure Moreton Island Day Pass
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Adventure Moreton Island Day Pass

AU$99
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Jolly Roger
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The Jolly Roger

AU$196
Per adult

Reviews of Brisbane

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1532
5 - Excellent 50.795755968169765%
4 - Good
1296
4 - Good 42.97082228116711%
3 - Okay
169
3 - Okay 5.603448275862069%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 0.3978779840848806%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.23209549071618038%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 May 2020

It was ok. Not great to come during a pandemic qs there isnt mich to do but it was nice yo get away from nornal life and relax.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

I love Brisbane. I would move back there without hesitation if I had the resources. It is a small-town-capital-city! Has all the benefits of a Capital City, without the confusion, stress, hassle, or ATTITUDE of Sydney or Melbourne.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Mar. 2020

We stayed in Brisbane because of Legal reason and the apartments were directly across from court house

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Mar. 2020

I visit my children very often it is growing into nice vibrant city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Brisbane is a lovely city, unfortunately with coronavirus advice, precautions had to be taken to stay away from people and places so I could not enjoy the experience .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

We do love it there

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