View of Brisbane city and Brisbane River. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Where is Brisbane?


Brisbane is a city that’s really come of age. This relaxed and small city has built a reputation for being hip and cool, and has all the attractions and cultural offerings that its larger Australian counterparts provide. Brisbane operates at a calmer pace than most cities and is warm and friendly. Popular activities include river cruising, shopping or visiting the markets, or hanging out at Southbank Parklands.

Brisbane's other major advantage is its close proximity to both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, making it ideal for coastal holiday escapes.

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Outside of Brisbane

North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is a pristine island just outside of Brisbane, and has plenty of activities such as fishing charters, scooter andbike hire, surfing and diving lessons and swimming and water sports.

Moreton Island & Tangalooma Resort

Just off the Coast of Brisbane is the beautiful Moreton Island which is perfect for camping, four-wheel driving, sand tobogganing, fishing, snorkeling the wrecks, catamaraning and swimming. If you're not into camping, stay at Tangalooma Resort where you can also hand-feed the local dolphin community each night.
Cape Moreton lighthouse on Moreton Island. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Research you holiday options

Get to know what activities and tours are available in Brisbane so you can make the most of your holiday. Use the below search box to get ideas and information on what you want to do.

Things to do in Brisbane

  • Southbank Parklands is one of Brisbane's great treasures. You will discover a man-made swimming beach, an interactive water play park, children's playgrounds, barbeques and picnic areas which are all free and make for the perfect day out. Southbank also has theatres showing the latest plays and Broadway musicals, the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, and Maritime Museum. Stroll along the promenade, sample the many cafes and restaurants, or grab a coffee and enjoy the buskers and people watching.

Southbank Parklands beach. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
  • Jump on the Wheel of Brisbane for a breathtaking look at Brisbane. The wheel is at Southbank and has fully-enclosed and air conditioned capsules that go 60 metres above the ground.

  • Do a Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb for an exhilarating look at Brisbane. This iconic landmark stretches over the River, connecting the north and south of Brisbane. Climb to the top in fully secured harnesses for an unforgettable view.

  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha has lots to see and do. It's free to enter, has free guided tours, free mini bus tours, and free storytelling for the little kids. Enjoy the Japanese garden, tropical display dome, lagoon and bamboo grove, Australian rainforest and much more.

  • Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which is home to over 130 koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and other Aussie wildlife.

  • The Sciencentre at the Queensland Museum is full of fun and thrilling displays such as body zone, science fiction, action stations, and a discovery centre.

  • Queen Street Mall is in the city centre and has more than 700 retailers spread throughout eight major shopping centres.


Dining out in Brisbane

Where to stay in Brisbane

There are great restaurants dotted all around Brisbane. Some of the key eating precincts include the city, Southbank, and Eagle Street Pier which is right on the water. Some of our recommendations include:

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Brisbane has plenty of hotels and apartments to choose from. I'd recommend staying right in the heart of city or at Southbank. Both locations are close to activities, restaurants and public transport. Try to avoid staying near Roma Street transit centre. It has a train station but little else of interest.