Queensland’s capital is the ideal place for a city break, with an ever-growing list of cultural drawcards. Read 'How to Spend a City-Break Weekend in Brisbane'.
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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.
No doubt you will find yourself at the GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art), along the Brisbane River and at one of the nearby Gold Coast theme parks on your own. Add these to you must-do list:
Discover Brisbane from the inside out and explore the vibrant urban villages. Each suburb is a hub of activity with its own distinct vibe and unique personality.
Built on a bend of the Brisbane River, Brisbane’s CBD boasts some fine heritage buildings and superb waterfront views.
Cycads, palms and figs make up the lush, tropical City Botanic Gardens on Garden Point while a mix of new small bars and restaurants can be found around Burnett Lane.
There are plenty of good restaurants along the timber board walk overlooking the river at Eagle Street Pier, some run by celebrity chefs.
This inner-city suburb next to Fortitude Valley has an eclectic mix of boutiques, cafes and bars with the right amount of hum.
Sprawling along the river, with tree-lined streets and a 37 hectare park, lush New Farm is the perfect place to bask in the sunshine. Enjoy a riverside picnic, throw a frisbee with the dog, cycle loops or wander through the rose gardens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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