Long regarded as a sleepy backwater, Australia's third largest city has transformed into an appealing destination that combines culture with Queensland's bountiful nature. Home to a laidback yet active lifestyle, Brisbane is a fantastic city to spend a few nights exploring. While there, ride a bike along the Southbank precinct, visit the highly reputable Gallery of Modern Art, and be sure to take time to taste your way around the city’s lively dining scene.
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Beautiful one day, perfect the next. The old adage applies perfectly to Brisbane. Sure, the city might not have the icons of Sydney, or the cultural cache of Melbourne, but what it lacks in status it makes up for with the promise of adventure. Over the last ten years Brisbane has transformed dramatically from a sleepy town to a burgeoning hive of activity where trendy bars are hidden down laneways and on rooftops, and restaurants boast some of the best menus in the country. If wining and dining was one Brisbane passion, sport and the great outdoors would be the other. On any given weekend you’ll find locals making the most of the sunny weather with bike riding along the river, rock climbing the Kangaroo Point cliffs, and a multitude of sports games taking place.
Did you know?
A great way to take in the city is via the Story Bridge climb which will see you climb up to 80 metres above sea level.
Brisbane doesn’t have any natural beaches but is only an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast and around 1.5 hours to the Sunshine Coast.
The beloved Australian cake the Lamington was first made in 1900 at Brisbane’s Old Government House.
60 shipping containers have been turned into the popular Eat Street Markets at Portside Wharf in Hamilton.
How to get around
Ferry around the river city
Brisbane is a spread out city so many locals typically get around by car. While a car will allow you to visit the surrounding countryside, bushland and beaches, you don’t necessarily need one to visit the sights in Brisbane. For a great way to see the city, we recommend boarding one of the city’s speedy ferry boats, known as ‘City Cats’ and riding up and down the river. To reach further out of the city, Brisbane has a fantastic network of buses which service many of the city’s main shopping centres and suburbs.