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Stay flexible and save in Brisbane. Discover a welcoming urban metropolis where live cultural and sporting events are awakening once again.
While here, make the most of a relaxed, lifestyle city. Sample award-winning restaurants, enticing rooftop bars, sensational shopping, stunning new 5-star hotels, gorgeous galleries, cultural experiences and exciting urban adventures. Plan a longer stay and explore World Heritage rainforests, majestic mountain peaks and a pristine bay filled with glorious islands and wildlife within an hour from the city.
Brisbane has made the cool lists in travel publications around the world. Now that the city is good to go, it’s time to find out why.
Eat & Drink
Discover why Brisbane’s dining scene is attracting acclaim by sampling its bountiful bars, bites and brews. The city’s old favourites are reopening and hip new restaurants, bars and cafes are throwing open their doors. Whether in the city or surrounding region, discover dining spots with spectacular views or rooftop bars that will have you soaking up sensational sunsets and revelling in Brisbane’s alfresco lifestyle.
Prepare yourself for some serious retail therapy. Browse flagship stores, heritage arcades and international brands in Queen Street Mall, peruse boutique retailers and homewares in James Street or be surprised by Brisbane’s flourishing antique and vintage scene. Wander down a labyrinth of intimate spaces in Brisbane’s laneways - including Winn, Bakery and California Lanes in Fortitude Valley - to discover captivating cafes, boutique bars, artisan creations and rare finds.
See Brisbane’s stories unravel before your eyes at Museum of Brisbane or take a walking tour unveiling Brisbane’s bountiful public art, before sampling craft beer or locally-roasted coffee in hidden laneway venues. Discover the ancient stories and cultural practices of Brisbane’s Indigenous peoples through tours with Nyanda, BlackCard and Quandamooka Coast. Or make tracks for Brisbane’s beloved Cultural Precinct and visit the celebrated QAGOMA with its eye-opening exhibitions.
Brisbane is Australia’s nature capital. Hike through bushland and seek out spectacular views on Mt Coot-tha or glamp in luxurious splendour amid the bush at Sanctuary by Sirromet. Make tracks to the hinterland and explore World Heritage rainforests, glistening waterfalls and refreshing rock pools. A wonderland of national park walking trails around Brisbane will see you exploring beautiful terrain. Take a day trip offshore and explore the stunning Moreton Island wrecks with their teeming marine life or discover the North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island where you can spot the likes of whales, turtles and manta rays.
The Bledisloe Cup, 7 November 2020
Suncorp Stadium will play host to one of the biggest fixtures in the Rugby calendar, as the Qantas Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks square off in their third and final Bledisloe Cup clash for the year on November 7.
Queensland Art Gallery
Explore the eye-opening exhibitions at one of Brisbane’s most beloved cultural institutions. Be amazed by Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang, a 270 000 crystal-piece object filling the Watermall, discover the spiritual foundations and modern relevance of the Gods and Gridlock exhibition or be spellbound by Albert Namatjira’s landscapes in the Indigenous Australian Art Collection.
Brisbane is one of the best places to see and get up close and personal with wildlife. Meet koalas and kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or cruise offshore and take a day trip or longer stay to beautiful North Stradbroke or Moreton Islands all within an hour from the city. Here, you’ll spot turtles, dugongs, koalas, kangaroos and even hand feed a wild dolphin at Tangalooma Island Resort, which also offers whale watching tours.