An eclectic mix of modern city, urban artistry, and pretty tree-lined suburbs, Brisbane is casual, cool and elegantly laid-back. Blessed with the same bright, sun-inspired spirit that fills the rest of the state, this riverside city is full of adventurous opportunities and outdoor charm.
Built around the wide river that snakes its way gracefully through the city, Brisbane is a pleasure to explore on both sides. The cosmopolitan city centre lies north of the river, a delightful combination of open-air malls, dazzling high-rises and gloriously green parklands. Home to some excellent shopping precincts, modern cafés and the stunning historical Treasury Casino, Brisbane’s city is always bustling.
Brisbane boasts an intriguing cultural repertoire to rival its big-city southern neighbours, featuring year-round international sporting events, musical performances, and cutting-edge theatre, dance and comedy scenes.
Nearby Island Retreats
The capital city of the sunshine state of Queensland, Brisbane acts as an excellent gateway to some of the region’s most beautiful destinations.
The boating hub of Moreton Bay and the local favourites of North Stradbroke and Fraser Islands are all within easy reach and boast some truly individual activities that allow travellers to experience the unique outdoor spirit of this spectacular country. Toboggan down the world’s tallest sand dune, fish from a sandbar in the middle of the ocean, or jump from a tumbling waterfall all in one day.
Only a short walk away however are intriguingly different suburbs, each possessing its own distinct personality. Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s artistic centre, is a youthful suburb of edgy boutiques, happening night spots and live music venues. The affluent suburb of Paddington is dainty and bright, boasting designer boutiques and colourful eateries alongside its beautiful streets lined with traditional Queensland houses and dainty gardens.
The cultural heart of this welcoming city can be found south of the river, where a first-class range of galleries, museums and performing art centres can be found towering alongside the quaint, arty cafés and local galleries of West End.
The fabulous riverfront area of Southbank is the perfect place to head for a refreshing sundowner with the lights of the city shining across the water. Stroll the atmospheric promenade, wander the quirky evening markets or dine in one of the beautiful parkland restaurants.