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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.
Why book with Qantas Hotels?
Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent^, or use points to book**
No booking fees
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
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).
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^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points can be earned on cash only purchases and the cash component of Points Plus Pay purchases on eligible bookings and will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Deposit Pay is available on selected properties that offer a free cancellation window that is 21 days or more in the future from the date of booking. Visit our FAQ page for more. 20% better value is based on the value of a Point when using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings through qantas.com/luxuryholidays as compared to the value of a Point using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings made prior to 27 April 2023. 20% better value only applies to the points component of the booking and excludes cash payments.
* Qantas Frequent Flyer members can redeem Qantas Points when booking hotel accommodation through qantas.com/hotels or holiday packages through qantas.com/holidays, using Points Plus Pay. Members cannot redeem points for additional charges paid to the hotel for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Points Plus Pay allows you to choose the number of Qantas Points you redeem above the specified minimum level of 5,000 and pay for the remainder of the booking value with an Accepted Payment Card (including VISA, MasterCard or American Express). Points Plus Pay is not available for Classic Hotel Rewards. View full terms and conditions here
++ 500 bonus Qantas Points will be awarded to Qantas Frequent Flyer members who make their first Airbnb booking. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 1 Qantas Point per A$1 value for all Airbnb stays booked through qantas.com/airbnb.
~ Saving is off the hotel's generally available rate for the same property, room type, days, inclusions and conditions.
** Businesses earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on eligible Qantas Hotels worldwide. Eligible Qantas hotels excludes Classic Hotel Rewards. A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for your business. Qantas Points are not earned on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply
† Includes fee payable in local currency direct to hotel. Prices in AUD are approx and based on today's exchange rate.
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