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From trendy galleries to trendier bars, diving to biking, Brisbane is ready and willing to be whatever kind of destination you want it to be.

There are so many different things to do and see in Brisbane, it really is the city that caters for every type of holiday. With huge shopping centres brimming with options from bargain to high-end, a multitude of gourmet restaurants and romantic cruises along the river, the choices are seemingly endless. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie who likes to live on the wild side, or museums and culture are more your thing, don't worry, this sunny city has it all!

Take the ferry up the river and stop off at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can feed the kangaroos and even cuddle a koala. For a more exotic wildlife experience, jump in the car and head for Australia Zoo to see the legacy of Steve Irwin.

If it's a proper adventure you're after, rent an SUV and drive out to Moreton Island National Park, where you can camp on a deserted beach, dive amongst shipwrecks and observe whales and sharks from a safe vantage point.

Head back into the city to make the most of the cultural hub that is South Bank, home to the renowned Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the exceptional Brisbane Powerhouse, a converted power plant. Also in this district you will find magnificent galleries and museums, the Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Brisbane to name but two, both of which are free.

Check out Brisbane's nightlife around the Fortitude Valley area, a hotspot of sophisticated bars and live music venues. Alternatively, Burnett Lane, with its gourmet restaurants and stylish cocktail bars, will keep you entertained all night.

Brisbane boasts more than 27 kilometres of bicycle paths which are a great way to see the city without being held up by traffic or worrying about parking spaces. These trails conveniently run alongside the Brisbane River and through the city centre. That being said, the city does have an extensive transportation network in place, servicing local, regional, national and international destinations.

What really sets "Brissie" apart is that this dynamic city, with its top-class amenities and cultural venues, is set against the backdrop of awe-inspiring, sun-drenched scenery. What more could a visitor possibly ask for?

Brisbane Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Brisbane

Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)

Are you interested in beautiful gardens, stunning river views and popular shops? A visit to Brisbane Central Business District might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Queen Street Mall and Roma Street Parkland.

Brisbane Central Business District
Brisbane Airport, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane Airport

Travellers come to Brisbane Airport for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like DFO Brisbane and Southern Connector Drain while you're in town.

Brisbane Airport
Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Emporium and James Street while in the area.

Fortitude Valley
South Bank which includes a bay or harbour, tropical scenes and a beach

South Brisbane

South Brisbane is a destination visitors seek out for its ample dining options, fascinating museums and beautiful river views. You might also want to check out attractions like South Bank Parklands or Queensland Performing Arts Centre while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

South Brisbane
Redcliffe which includes a sandy beach and waves as well as a small group of people

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Sutton's Beach or Redcliffe Showgrounds.

Redcliffe
Kangaroo Point showing a bay or harbour, night scenes and a city

Kangaroo Point

The ample dining options and beautiful 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

Top hotels in Brisbane

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites
4.5 out of 5
128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
The price is £68 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

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! (2,374 reviews)

"Great Location!! Very clean room :) we paid a little more for 2 bedrooms apartment they serviced it every day."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 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 £84 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

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! (1,109 reviews)

"Great staff, would go back tomorrow. Perfect view of river and city"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 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 £80 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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! (1,792 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites

Popular places to visit in Brisbane

Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Shop for books or fashion, grab a bite to eat in a restaurant or bar and watch street performers entertain the crowds along Brisbane’s central shopping district.

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Swim in the sparkling water of an inner-city beach, stroll through lush gardens and taste gourmet gelato all while staying close to Brisbane’s busy downtown area.

Roma Street Parkland
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Roma Street Parkland

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Stroll through this inner-city oasis with lake, subtropical flowers, native plants, public art and water features.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and see other iconic Australian wildlife only a short distance from central Brisbane.

The Gabba
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The Gabba

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Catch an event at The Gabba during your trip to Brisbane.Amble around this culturally rich area's riverfront or experience its fascinating museums.

University of Queensland
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University of Queensland

4/5(8 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Queensland, a top university in Brisbane. Stroll along the riverfront in this culturally rich area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Brisbane

Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

£48
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Day Admission

£23
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

£95
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Australia Zoo Admission with Express Transfers
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Australia Zoo Admission with Express Transfers

£83
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-day Fraser Island 4x4 Adventure Tour
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Full-day Fraser Island 4x4 Adventure Tour

£145
Per adult
Bribie Island WWII Bunker tour
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Bribie Island WWII Bunker tour

£43
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Brisbane

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 56.52173913043478%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.028985507246375%
3 - Okay
1
3 - Okay 1.4492753623188406%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Siri

12 Dec 2019

You can enjoy the sun and outdoor activities in this city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Nov 2019

Lived this vibrant city. South Bank and Botanic Gardens and the walks along the river are brilliant

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Nov 2019

It is hard to comment, as was only in Brisbane for an afternoon and night, before moving on. It was after leaving Brisbane that we visited the Koala Sanctuary, which is a must for any animal lover or even not.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Oct 2019

Loved the South Bank.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Oct 2019

Some very nice older buildings especially the Regent. Free city ferry enables you to easily get around particularly to the Southbank area which is a lovely part of the city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Sep 2019

Love Brisbane. Felt quite at home and relaxed when i arrived. I will be back without doubt.

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Gold Coast

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South Bank featuring flowers, a city and street scenes

South Bank

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