Brisbane

Brisbane

Overview

Brisbane is a stylish urbane city with star attractions. Come and discover the cosmopolitan vibe mixed with down-to-earth attitude and subtropical climate.

It has long been referred to as a big country town but fast forward 10 years and today, Brisbane is anything but. It's an energetic and exciting city jam-packed with cultural experiences, entertainment and shopping precincts that could rival its bigger sisters, and a laid-back vibe you won't see anywhere else.

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Don't miss

Queen Street Mall: Epicentre of fashion for the shopaholics, from high end brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton to Australian’s own – Myer and Sportsgirl.

SouthBank: Brisbane’s inner-city oasis. Begin with an alfresco lunch, then take a dip at Streets Beach, Australia’s only man-made inner-city beach with your picnic basket. Must visit: Spend an afternoon at Gallery of Modern Art taking in the latest exhibits. They have a bounty of events for both adults and kids. 

Fortitude Valley: Sophisticated and offbeat, this is Brisbane’s entertainment capital abuzz with live bands and cool bars. Must Visits: Boutique shops at Winn Lane and Food trucks at EatStreetMarket (open on every Friday, 4 – 10pm) 

James Street: Boutique shopping strip housing many of Australia’s best designer brands. Don’t forget to pop in James Street Market for some ocean-direct seafood and sashimi.

World’s first Marvel exhibition: 'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe' will be presented exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 27 May to 3 September 2017. At this exhibition, you can expect to see original artwork, film props, costumes and more. The exhibition will follow Marvel heroes from comic book page to cinema screen. Content for the exhibition is drawn from private collections, and past and present Marvel Studios films, including the currently in–production Thor: Ragnarok. Fans can get a glimpse into the ingenuity of the Marvel world, from creation to production.

Where to go

Whatever your holiday preference — luxury, budget or something in-between — there’s a Queensland island perfect for you. Here's our selection of the best Islands beyond Brisbane.

Moreton Island

Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, discover this unspoilt island with snorkelling, hiking, sand tobogganing and fishing. You can also get up close and personal with wild dolphins.

Situated 25km off Brisbane’s shore is the third largest sand island in the world – Moreton Island. Be blown away by crystal-clear lakes and lagoons set against a backdrop of sand dunes, abundant wildflowers and pristine beaches. Apart from a few rocky headlands, it’s all sand, with Mt Tempest, the highest coastal sand hill in the world, towering high at a lofty 280m. 

At Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island, you get to hand-feed wild bottlenose dolphins that swim to its shore each evening. Tangalooma Resort has lots of activities on offer and more than half are free. Choose from sand tobogganing on its Desert Safari tour, Quad biking, Snorkelling, Segway tours and so much more! Between June and October join their awe-inspiring whale watch cruise for the chance to see these gentle giants up close in their natural environment.

Great for families with kids, and group travelling.

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Fraser Island

World-heritage listed, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island sprawling over an area of 184,000 hectares - experience a 4WD next to coloured sand cliffs, hike through rainforest, meet native wildlife and swim in freshwater lakes ringed with gold.

Fraser Island is the only place on earth where rainforest grows completely on sand. On Fraser Island, you will be amazed by its 120km beach highway, complete with the Maheno shipwreck and cliffs of stunning coloured sands; swim in its crystal clear freshwater lakes including the iconic Lake McKenzie, Lake Birrabeen and Lake Wabby; spot for wild dingos; climb its huge sand blows and so much more ! Between July to October, the migrating humpback whales are a spectacle to watch.

Accommodation options include the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort, the budget-friendly Eurong Beach Resort or camping under the stars. Fraser Island can be accessed by ferry from Hervey Bay (3.5 hours north of Brisbane) or via Inskip Point, Rainbow Beach.

Great for nature lovers 

Lady Elliot

Get up close and personal with marine wildlife - turtles, mantas, black tipped sharks, unspoilt coral reefs, and all kinds of aquatic wonders. Lady Elliot Island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations on the Great Barrier Reef.

Located on the southern most tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay that’s simply magical from the moment you step off the scenic flight. You can literally snorkel off the beach instead of having to take a long boat ride out. The island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Home to over 1,200 different species of marine life, you can swim with the resident population of manta rays, sea turtles and big colourful fish off Lady Elliot Island. Stay overnight at Lady Elliot Island’s only eco-resort which can house a maximum of 150 guests at any given time to minimize environment impact. 

Great for divers, nature lovers and friends.

Hamilton Island

Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. Be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.

Hamilton Island is nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 islands just off the Queensland coast, at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the most popular Whitsunday Islands offering an idyllic island experience. The island is home to the Great Barrier Reef Airport with daily flights from Brisbane.   

Hamilton Island offers a multitude of activities and luxurious accommodation options to suit the most discerning traveler. You’ll be spoilt for choice with sailing, reef cruises,  golfing, scenic helicopter flights and buggy rides around the island hotspots to catch all the action on this island. Hamilton Island is also a gateway to other gems in the Whitsundays including the world famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach.  The island offers a variety of accommodation types ranging from couples’ only suites, the 4-star Reef View Hotel  to the exclusive luxury resort, Qualia.

Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach.

Great for divers, nature lovers and couples.

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Newstead and Teneriffe

Originally an industrial hub, Newstead and Teneriffe have undergone an urban resurgence where beautiful historic buildings have been transformed in bustling boutique beer houses. Grab an ale and rub shoulders with the locals.

West End

Bohemian West End tantalises locals with its unique blend of cultural flavours. Here you’ll find everything from Middle Eastern to Vietnamese and everything in between. Browse the bustling markets, taste flavours from around the world or drink at a hole-in-the-wall bar.

Paddington and Rosalie

A leafy, residential area in the hills with boutiques located in converted classic Queenslanders – the main shopping area is along Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace. Browse for quirky keepsakes, vintage and designer fashion, antiques and second-hand treasures, retro goods, homewares, and artwork. 

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is a contradiction in itself – raw, yet sophisticated. It is where elegance and style meet grungy and offbeat.

Brisbane’s main weekend entertainment area and the location of the Valley Markets, you’ll find pubs, clubs, boutiques and restaurants of all shapes and styles – from the ultra-trendy to the ultra-laidback.

Chinatown Mall is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. The Emporium complex channels a European village feel. James St showcases Australian fashion labels and Brunswick Street is home to multicultural dining options.

South Bank

Known as Brisbane’s living room, South Bank is where locals go to unwind.

South Bank stretches from the Gallery of Modern Art in the north to the Queensland Maritime Museum in the south and is famous for its mix of entertainment, recreation and leisure activities that are all within walking distance of each other.

The Parklands are known for their lush lawns, impressive ficus trees and gardens filled with bright flowers that are perfect for spending many hours relaxing in the sunshine. Bring your swimwear because you'll also find Streets Beach, Australia's only inner city man made beach.

Little Stanley Street is South Bank's retail and dining strip that overlooks the parklands. 

Grey Street is Brisbane’s cultural boulevard, featuring several of Queensland's major cultural institutions. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, State Library of Queensland and Queensland Museum and Sciencentre can all be found here.

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Newstead and Teneriffe

Originally an industrial hub, Newstead and Teneriffe have undergone an urban resurgence where beautiful historic buildings have been transformed in bustling boutique beer houses. Grab an ale and rub shoulders with the locals.

West End

Bohemian West End tantalises locals with its unique blend of cultural flavours. Here you’ll find everything from Middle Eastern to Vietnamese and everything in between. Browse the bustling markets, taste flavours from around the world or drink at a hole-in-the-wall bar.

Paddington and Rosalie

A leafy, residential area in the hills with boutiques located in converted classic Queenslanders – the main shopping area is along Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace. Browse for quirky keepsakes, vintage and designer fashion, antiques and second-hand treasures, retro goods, homewares, and artwork. 

Quick facts

Currency

Currency

Australian Dollar (AU$)

Electricity

Electricity

220-240V / 50Hz

Population

Population

1,978,000

Seasons

Seasons

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with temperatures average above 20°C during winter (June to August) and 29°C during summer (December to February). Autumn (March to May) and Spring (September to November) have average temperatures in the mid 20s.

Getting around

From the airport

Once you’ve arrived at Brisbane Airport, travel into the city centre via taxi or the AirTrain. If you want to get straight to your hotel, you can pre-purchase an arrival transfer shuttle.

In and around the city

Brisbane has an excellent integrated transport system with buses, trains and ferries. There are a range of ticket options including a daily ticket.

It’s well worth taking a scenic journey by CityCat along the Brisbane River to see the city and neighbouring suburbs from the water.

Walking and cycling are also a great way to get around as Brisbane is home to more than 1,100km of dedicated pathways.

Brisbane car hire

Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget.

Getting you there

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