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BrisbaneAustralia

Sunny Queensland’s laid-back capital city is the perfect base from which to explore riverside parks, subtropical islands and rugged mountains.

Brisbane is home to over 2 million people, but maintains a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the warm weather and easygoing locals. “Brissie” has plenty of nightlife and art galleries, but with its location on the banks of a major river in beautiful sunny Queensland, the biggest attraction is definitely the outdoors.

During the humid summers, catch a cooling breeze along the waterfront. Rent a kayak to paddle along the Kangaroo Point cliffs or spot dolphins and turtles around Moreton Island National Park. Enjoy a balmy night with “fish ‘n chips” and locally brewed XXXX beer along the Brisbane River.

The cooler, dry winters are good for whale watching and fitness activities, such as climbing the Story Bridge or the Glass House Mountains. The winter days are short, but the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Brisbane Powerhouse and the bars in Fortitude Valley keep you entertained at night.

Brisbane offers many free facilities such as pools, barbecues, playgrounds and frequent cultural festivals. You don’t have to pay for the government-funded attractions and nature reserves either, including the Roma Street Parkland, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Botanic Gardens, and Mount Coot-tha.

Apart from walking, the public transport and bike-share systems are convenient ways to get around. Start at South Bank, Brisbane’s attractive cultural riverfront area. From the Maritime Museum, follow the bougainvillea archway past streams with ibis and water dragons, palm tree-lined swimming lagoons, markets, food venues and street performers, all the way to the Ferris wheel, with wooden a Nepalese temple nearby.

Take the public ferry downstream to New Farm Park or book a scenic cruise upstream to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Alternatively, continue along South Bank to the state’s major museums, including the Queensland Museum and art galleries.

Brisbane is surrounded by stunning nature, so book a tour or rent a car to explore. Nothing is rushed here, so relax and take your time to enjoy the cultural displays and natural beauty in the capital of the Sunshine State.

Brisbane Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Brisbane

Brisbane Central Business District which includes a river or creek, a sunset and a city

Brisbane Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(304 area reviews)

Queen Street Mall and Roma Street Parkland are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Brisbane Central Business District. Travelers also love the beautiful gardens, stunning river views, and popular shops.

Brisbane Central Business District
Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Travelers come to Fortitude Valley for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Emporium and James Street while you're in town.

Fortitude Valley
Southbank Parklands which includes tropical scenes, a sandy beach and night scenes

South Brisbane

South Brisbane is a destination visitors seek out for is abundant dining options, interesting museums, and stunning river views. You might want to check out attractions like South Bank Parklands or Queensland Performing Arts Centre while you're exploring the neighborhood.

South Brisbane
Redcliffe featuring a beach and surf as well as a small group of people

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Sutton's Beach and Redcliffe Showgrounds while in the area.

Redcliffe
Kangaroo Point which includes a city, a bay or harbor and night scenes

Kangaroo Point

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Kangaroo Point. A stop by The Gabba or Story Bridge might round out your trip.

Kangaroo Point
Spring Hill

Spring Hill

Spring Hill is known for its popular shops, and with sights like St. Paul's Presbyterian Church and Spiritual Church of Brisbane, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Brisbane.

Spring Hill

Top Hotels in Brisbane

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $81 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,399 reviews)

"Brilliant room with an amazing view in a fabulous location! The staff were so friendly & helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $109 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Eagle Street Pier. Queen Street Mall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,130 reviews)

"Good size room. Very comfortable bed. In the morning I had a great view of the Brisbane River. Breakfast on the terrace over looking the river was a nice way to start the day."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $90 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, ANZAC Square War Memorial, ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,799 reviews)

"Lovely views, very handy location. Fantastic and helpful friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Brisbane

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $81 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,399 reviews)

"Brilliant room with an amazing view in a fabulous location! The staff were so friendly & helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $90 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, ANZAC Square War Memorial, ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,799 reviews)

"Lovely views, very handy location. Fantastic and helpful friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Felix Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Felix Suites
4.5 out of 5
26 Felix Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $99 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 20

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps from Brisbane Riverside Markets and Eagle Street Pier. Queen Street Mall ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,781 reviews)

"Fabulous position. Lots of eateries around.spacious."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Oaks Brisbane on Felix Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Brisbane

You don’t need to worry about renting a car in Brisbane. The city has a good public transportation system and plentiful taxis, so you won’t need a vehicle unless you are going on lots of daytrips further afield. Buy a go card and top it up with funds to cover all your travel across the city’s various transportation networks, which include buses, trains, ferries and CityCats (also a type of ferry). Visit the TransLink website. Browse Brisbane rental cars.

Best time to visit

In terms of weather, fall is one of the best times of year to visit Brisbane. Fall in Australia is between March and May. At this time of year, Brisbane will be warm, dry and sunny, with temperatures generally being around 84 F (29 C) at their highest. Bring some warm clothes for the evenings if you are traveling in May, as the evening temperatures will be starting to cool a little by this time.

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