Friday, July 29, 2011

Welcome to Brisbane—A Visitor’s Guide

Brisbane, capital of Queensland and the third-largest city in Australia, is a tourist’s dream. Not only does it enjoy a warm climate year-round, but it has all the elements of a thriving modern city with the charm and friendliness of a country town. Brisbane is a bustling, busy, beautiful destination, within arm’s reach of a range of stunning natural attractions such as the Sunshine Coast, Stradbroke Island and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. If you’re planning a trip to Australia, Brisbane is an absolute must-see, so pack your travel insurance policy, your sunscreen and your sense of adventure, because Brisbane’s just waiting to blow your mind.


Brisbane has one of the most thriving dance scenes in the country and the legendary Fortitude Valley—a suburb of Brisbane city—is home to some of the craziest clubs as well. Dance the night away with the locals and listen to international DJs in clubs like Family Nightclub, as you experience the unique and pulsing nightlife that makes Brisbane such a popular party destination.


There are loads of attractions to keep you busy in Brisbane, from stunning architecture to world-class galleries. The Mt Cootha lookout and Botanical Gardens make a welcome green change within the city, and Parliament House, built in 1868 is a great way to learn a little local history. Set on the banks of the Brisbane River, the city makes the most of the picturesque setting, and shops, cafes, restaurants and bars line the promenade.


If you’re looking to give the plastic a workout, Queen Street Mall is packed with fantastic retail outlets, showcasing both local and international designers and boutiques.

Day Trips

If you want to get out of the city for a day, there are plenty of fantastic attractions within a few hours of Brisbane city that are just waiting to be explored. Why not check out the Australia Zoo, legacy of wildlife enthusiast and conservationist Steve Irwin? There’s also the Sunshine Coast a few hours to the north, Stradbroke Island a short ferry ride to the east, and the Glass House Mountains, a spectacular mountain range and national park. With Brisbane as your base you are free to explore the wonders of the region as well, and it won’t fail to impress.


There is something to fit all tastes and price ranges when it comes to Brisbane accommodation, so whether you’re looking for a serviced apartment, a youth hostel or a hotel, there are plenty of great options.

After the floods that devastated Brisbane in early 2011, the city has had to band together and rebuild itself from a devastating tragedy. Not only has Brisbane done this, but the determination, strength and camaraderie of the locals is both heartwarming and inspiring. Visit Brisbane. You’ll be glad you did.

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