On the banks of the aptly named Brisbane River, the beautiful, vibrant city of Brisbane is one of Australia’s finest. Locals enjoy year round sunshine, a good proximity to stunning beaches and a relaxed way of life. Brisbane is also the starting point for exploring the rest of North Queensland.
The river city of Brisbane is one of Australia’s finest. This beautiful, vibrant city is centred largely around the meandering Brisbane River that runs through the heart of the city and stretches out to the Pacific Ocean. Locals here can enjoy sunshine the year round, good proximity to fantastic beaches and a way of life that is friendly and relaxed. Brisbane can also be a launch point for visiting the rest of Queensland and the Far North, but this is not a city that deserves to just be skipped over.
Brisbane has a major international airport that is accessible from many destinations and airlines world wide. The city also has a large train and bus network that connects the metropolitan area together as well as linking with the nearby Gold Coast region. There are also major bus and train hubs that welcome visitors from the Far North of Queensland and from Sydney.
WHEN TO GO
To get the best of the warm and sunny weather that Australia is famous for, we recommend going in the months of November & December when it is hot but not overwhelmingly so. The winter months are also pleasant but storms do occur.
WHAT TO EAT
Red Hook ($), Julius Pizzeria ($$), Lamberts ($$$), Madame Wu ($$$$), Bacchus ($$$$$), Stokehouse Q ($$$), The Catbird Seat ($$$), Hello Please ($$)
THINGS TO DO
[Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary] Australia’s oldest wildlife sanctuary is probably the best place in the country to get up close and personal with some of the unique wildlife that call Australia home. The ethical treatment of their animals is to be commended and you can enjoy a hands-on experience with Koalas, Kangaroos, Snakes and many more animals.
[Brisbane Jazz Club] This great hidden gem nestled in the shadow of the stunning Story Bridge is the only venue dedicated to live jazz in the city and is a great place to sit and enjoy a drink by the river while soaking up the atmosphere.
[Mt Coot-tha] Head to the top of this hill just outside the city and amongst the beautiful botanic gardens for stunning landscape views of the city and beyond.
[South Bank] This great public space by the riverside is an excellent place to walk through the charming public gardens, enjoy a dip at the public pool or grab a great meal at one of the many restaurants here.
[CityHopper Ferry] This free ferry is a great way to get around the city as it connects the three main areas of Kangaroo Point, the CBD & South Bank.
[Queensland Art Gallery] If you want to enjoy a magnificent collection of historic and contemporary art in a magnificent setting then this is the place for you.
Other Things to Do: Gallery of Modern Art, Story Bridge, ANZAC Square, Roma Street Parklands
One of the most popular tourist trails in Australia is the Cairns to Brisbane route. Beginning in the tourist city of Cairns, known for its beautiful scenery and beaches with some heading north to Port Douglas to explore the stunning Four Mile Beach, while most will head south to begin the trail. One of the most popular things to do on this route is the world famous Great Barrier Reef, this vibrant ecosystem is in danger of fading away forever so it really is worth visiting and diving while you still have the chance.
The Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island & Hamilton Island are all known across the world for their white sandy beaches, beautifully blue oceans and panoramic views. If you can visit each one of these, we highly recommend them.
The Daintree Rainforest is another highlight in this part of the world, with the chance to walk across a 10-metre high canopy platform is one not to be missed. If you’re not tired of beaches by now, you should also pay a visit to the Gold Coast and the world famous Surfers Paradise. Enjoy the golden sandy beaches, fantastic views from the SkyPoint Observation Deck and the fun of the Warner Bros. Movie World.
One final highlight for Queensland is visiting Australia Zoo, the zoo made famous by the pioneering Steve Irwin.