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Enjoy a bespoke holiday with all the things you love

Discover Brisbane

Are you ready to explore the vibrant capital of Queensland? With a size of 15,826 square kilometres, Brisbane City is a laid-back destination filled with 280 days of sunshine per year, friendly locals, and urban adventures. An ideal place for foodies, nature lovers, and shopaholics - there is so much to discover in the third-largest city of Australia.

Where should you visit in Brisbane?

Conquer the North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island
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Visit Brisbane and enjoy outdoor dining at La Trobe Terrace
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Highlights

Whether you would like to cool off at Southbank and admire the view of the city from the Wheel of Brisbane or have a close encounter with a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane is filled with spectacular activities to fill your days. Pop by the Eat Street Northshore open-air market, take a wander over the Story Bridge, or relax in Moreton Bay.

Discover Brisbane City through the eyes of the locals

Admire the beauty of Brisbane from another vantage point, hop on board the CityCat! One of the most enjoyable ways to explore the Brisbane River. And one of the fastest ways to get around the city. For the best views of Brisbane, drive to Mount Coot-Tha and watch the sunset. For a little culture, visit the Museum of Brisbane or if you are a wine lover, be sure to visit Sirromet Wines.

Southbank is a must-visit with many attractions
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Brisbane has no less than 12 national parks on offer
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For the sporting enthusiasts

The locals in Brisbane are sports fanatics and love to spend their spare time enjoying all sorts of sporting games. Enjoy a cricket match or ALF (Australian Football League) game at the Gabba. Watch the State of Origin, an annual Rugby League match between Queensland and New South Wales.

Watch a game with the locals

Cheer on the Brisbane Broncos at the Suncorp Stadium or play a game of golf at the large assortment of golf courses found in and around the city. Tennis, hockey, bowling, rock climbing, swimming, kite surfing - the possibilities are endless!

Watch at game of cricket or AFL (Australian Football League) at the Gabba
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Visit Brisbane and go rock climbing at Kangaroo Point
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Activities

Enjoy authentic once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the locals. Let your travel specialist know your interests and they will advise what are the best activities for you. There are small-group activities available, ranging from easy-going to adventurous, or private tours for a more intimate experience. We can take care of every detail, so you just have to show up and enjoy an experience to look back on for years to come.

Neighbourhoods

With 190 mainland suburbs, Brisbane offers a diverse range of places to explore. From the upmarket and sophisticated CBD, Southbank, and the hip and colourful Fortitude Valley to the north side and the southern bayside areas of Moreton Bay. There is so much to discover in this relaxed and friendly city. Enjoy a coffee at Oxford Street in Bulimba, see live music in West End or spend the day at the races in Ascot.

Discover the relaxed atmosphere in Moreton Bay
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Meet the locals at Newstead Brewing Co
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Discover places nestled beside the Brisbane River

Stay at a boutique hotel in South Bank and enjoy views over the Brisbane River. Or explore Petrie Terrace, an inner suburb of Brisbane that is bursting with sports bars and brewpubs. Discover heritage-listed buildings throughout the city and be sure to spend a full-day wandering through the CBD, one of the best free things to do here.

South Bank is located along the Brisbane River
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Cuddle a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Shopping & markets

Brisbane is a shopping haven with plenty of options to choose from. From the Queen Street Mall to the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) near the airport, you are sure to find a large collection of stores to satisfy your shopping needs. Westfield malls are located in several parts of Brisbane and provide many options. For a local taste, be sure to visit the Valley Markets, The Collective Markets at Southbank, the Riverside Sunday Markets, or the Brisbane City Markets.

Discover boutique stores in Fortitude Valley
Queen Street Mall is the ultimate place for shopping in Brisbane
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Dining & local cuisine

Visit Brisbane and enjoy the local foodie scene. Wake up and enjoy an Aussie brunch on the terrace or taste the local coffee culture at one of the many high-end coffee shops. Visit world-class restaurants and savour modern Australian cuisine. Lose yourself in one of the biggest pubs in the world, Eatons Hill Hotel, or visit the Chinatown Mall and the surrounding area for a feast!

An extensive selection of dining opportunities

West End and Southbank have a good selection of cafes and restaurants. And for an indulgent breakfast on the weekend, visit the Sirromet Winery. Be sure to visit one of the local pubs at Petrie Terrace and order a local favourite, surf & turf!

Choose from an assortment of fine restaurants on the Brisbane Pier
Have a beer at a typical Queensland style pub under the Story Bridge
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Where to stay

Make your trip extra special by experiencing a unique stay from our large collection of hand-selected accommodations located in Brisbane and beyond. Whether you prefer a luxury hotel in the heart of the CBD, an apartment overlooking the Brisbane River in Southbank or a quirky bed & breakfast in the Glasshouse Mountains, we have found the perfect place for you. Your travel specialist will match you up with accommodation that suits your wants and needs. A journey where your accommodation is an experience in itself.

Enjoy a homemade breakfast prepared by your hosts
Soak up the laid-back vibes at your luxurious apartment
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Museums

Brisbane is filled with cultural, art, and historical attractions, some of which are located within the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank. Go on a tour and discover the best of Brisbane.

  • Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Queensland Museum
  • Queensland Sciencentre
  • Queensland Maritime Museum
Be dazzled by the collection found at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
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Parks & nature

Soak up the 'no worries' lifestyle by taking a wander around some of Brisbane's most beautiful parks. With more than 2160 parks, there is no shortage of nature to discover in Brisbane. The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Roma Street Parkland, New Farm Park, or Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park are all ideal for a picnic and a game of cricket! In some of the parks, you will find free barbecues, bathroom facilities, playgrounds, unique wildlife, and much more.

Say G'day to Aussie wildlife

Nearby Brisbane, you can visit the Australia Zoo and have a close encounter with unique Australian wildlife such as koalas and kangaroo. Explore the walks found in Mount Coot-tha and check out the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Conquer the parks in South Brisbane and discover a variety of rainforest in outer Brisbane.

Take a wander around the Brisbane Botanical Gardens
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After a tour of the city, have a picnic at New Farm Park
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Islands

Did you know Brisbane is home to a variety of beautiful islands? Go on a tour and visit North Stradbroke Island, a local's favourite! Feed wild dolphins at Moreton Island or marvel at the Tangalooma Wrecks. Close to the shoreline, you can find Coochiemudlo Island, Lamb Island, Peel Island, and Karragarra Island. Or if you head a little further south, be sure to see the wild kangaroos on South Stradbroke Island, or further north, go fishing off the waters of Bribie Island.

Soak up the sunshine at Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island
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Explore the Tangalooma wrecks off Moreton Island
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Public transport

Need to get around the city? Brisbane offers an affordable and very reliable public transport system. The free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services provide high-frequency public transport access within the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD). Services also run between the CBD and Spring Hill areas.

Would you like to visit Burleigh Heads Beach? You can catch a train from Central Station and then a bus from Varsity Lakes. The CityHopper ferry runs daily along the Brisbane River between Sydney Street (New Farm) and North Quay. We recommend purchasing a Go Card from Translink to make getting around the city easier and you can buy this at any news agency.

The bus system in Brisbane is very reliable
Discover another vantage point and explore the city by bike

Surrounding areas

There are so many wonderful places to discover around Brisbane. From the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa in the north to the Gold Coast Hinterland and Tamborine in the South. Discover the Scenic Rim or Lamington National Park or take a two-hour drive inland to the city of Toowoomba. Approximately, two hours south of Brisbane, you will find the colourful beach town of Byron Bay. A tour of Southeast Queensland is sure to be an unforgettable experience during your stay in Brisbane.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is filled with treasures including Maleny
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Take a day trip to Tamborine
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