Brisbane

Travel Guide
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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.

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Where to stay in Brisbane

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport, QLD
The price is $97 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Located in Brisbane Airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of DFO Brisbane, Portside Wharf, and Brisbane Cruise Terminal. Doomben Racecourse ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,765 reviews)
"Easy access, walking distance from the airport, all undercover, no issues walking in poor weather conditions. Managed to do this with 2 large suitcases. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is $169 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Treasury Casino and Brisbane Botanic Gardens ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (616 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
The price is $117 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, and Brisbane Riverside ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"Outstanding property - excellent location with very comfortable room & excellent service from staff."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
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Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $100 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, and Queen ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,509 reviews)
"Friendly engaging staff. Great location close to everything. Good sized rooms. Room has a bit of a musty smell, if windows opened just a little it would be great as would allow for some air circulation"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

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 $118 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, ANZAC Square War Memorial, and Eagle ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,867 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay - the apartment was spotless with all amenities available. We had a beautiful view of the river - thank you!!"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Arise Brisbane Skytower
Arise Brisbane Skytower
4 out of 5
222 Margaret Street, Brisbane, QLD
The price is $155 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier, and Queen Street ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,138 reviews)
"Lovely clean apartment, Great aircon, everything you need in a one bedroom apartment. However I was not impressed with my view. Considering I was here for a week..you think the rooms division manager would have made sure that being a longer stay I would have had a decent view. Also the 2 single beds ..."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Arise Brisbane Skytower
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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