Brisbane is a sophisticated urban city, jam-packed with cultural experiences, shopping precincts and world-class sporting events.
Just as the Brisbane River casually meanders through the centre of its namesake city, so too does the Queensland capital offer an oddly laid back vibe for a modern metropolis of its size. Walking through town, you wouldn’t guess that this is Australia’s third largest city, home to no less than 2.5 million.This tranquil, friendly, almost laissez-faire atmosphere is a product of the city’s whereabouts as much as anything. Slotted between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane sees a parade of tourists and beach bums using it as a stop-over between the two popular destinations, although its charms often see visitors staying far longer than they had planned.Ready to book your Brisbane adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 200 in Brisbane alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your fiftieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Brisbane and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Brisbane?
- The CBD: The city centre is a place of history, beauty and excellent shopping. Queen Street and its famous mall form the major retail artery, while the Botanic Gardens, Cathedral of St Stephen and City Hall Clock Tower add some photo-worthy interest.
- South Bank: Calmer, fresher and more open than the CBD, South Bank is loaded with drinking and dining options, and is awash with play areas for the kids. Art and greenery litter the area, which hosts many of Brisbane’s biggest events.
- Kangaroo Point: A thin finger of land surrounded by the Brisbane River, the inner-city suburb of Kangaroo Point forms the runway to the famous Story Bridge. This is one of the inner-city’s most picturesque and peaceful places.
- Fortitude Valley: Jump over the Story Bridge and you’ll see the other, more boisterous side of Brisbane. Fortitude Valley is where the city lets its hair down, and offers fun for every taste.
- New Farm: A more local experience awaits at New Farm, where big chain hotels are traded in for boutique accommodation and rental apartments. If you want to experience Brisbane as the locals do, look no further.
What are Brisbane’s must-see attractions?
- Story Bridge: The iconic bridge that joins Kangaroo Point with Fortitude Valley offers some of Brisbane’s best views, particularly for those who brave the Adventure Climb.
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Want to get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most famous animals? The world’s largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine turns the cuteness up to 11.
- City Botanic Gardens: Dating back to 1828, the Queensland Heritage Register describes these gardens as "the most significant non-Aboriginal cultural landscape in Queensland.” A truly stunning spot, right in the centre of town.
- The Wheel of Brisbane: Taking pride of place on the riverside of South Bank, the Wheel of Brisbane offers visitors the very best view of the CBD and surrounds.
- Queensland Museum and Science Centre: With a heavy focus on Queensland, visitors to the state museum are taken on a fascinating trip through the area’s natural history.
Find the right hotel
What are Brisbane’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Glen Hotel and Suites, Ovolo The Valley and Mantra Richmont Hotel if you’re a solo traveller in Brisbane (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What are Brisbane’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Brisbane could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Spicers Balfour Hotel, One Thornbury Boutique B&B and Art Series - The Johnson.
What are Brisbane’s best hotels for families?Heading to Brisbane with your tribe? Alcyone Hotel Residences, Oaks Mon Komo and Punthill Brisbane are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Brisbane’s best hotels for location and views?Brisbane is a beautiful city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at W Brisbane, Ovolo Inchcolm Brisbane and The Point Brisbane - hotels that boast both great locations and stunning views.
What are Brisbane’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, Wi-Fi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, Capri by Fraser Brisbane, Next Hotel Brisbane and Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Brisbane?
Public transportThe TransLink Go Card is your ticket to Brisbane’s healthy bus, rail and ferry network. These prepaid cards can be bought and topped up Queensland Rail stations, online or at selected retailers. Paper tickets are still available for most services.
Private transportIf you prefer private transport over public, rideshare apps are always the safest choice. Uber and Ola are available in Brisbane, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Brisbane hotels cost?On average a 3-star hotel in Brisbane costs $90 per night, a 4-star costs $150 and a 5-star costs $220 (be aware that these prices will be greater on weekends and at times of high demand).
What are Brisbane’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at Hilton Brisbane, Emporium Hotel South Bank and Emporium Hotel South Bank.
Where should I visit outside of Brisbane?While Brisbane is most famous as the city between the tourist hot spots of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, trips to nearby Bribie, Moreton or North Stradbroke Islands are every bit as spectacular (and far less touristy).