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Brisbane City and Surrounds

Where else but Queensland will you find a city like Brisbane - warm and welcoming, colourful and cosmopolitan, has perfect weather and is abuzz with arts, entertainment, sporting and cultural events.

Queensland’s sub-tropical capital, Brisbane is modern, fresh and sophisticated, and thrives on its outdoor lifestyle. Enjoy a year round calendar of events, alfresco dining, funky shopping precincts and a range of cultural and recreational experiences worthy of Australia’s fastest growing capital. Explore the scenic Brisbane River which meanders through this vibrant city, or venture further and visit the surrounding highlights.

If shopping is a holiday priority, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Brisbane – from the international Tiffany and Co. to local legends Easton Pearson, from farmer’s markets to factory outlets. The Queen Street Mall offers hundreds of specialty stores, while Fortitude Valley, Riverside and South Bank host popular weekend markets.

Brisbane’s award winning dining scene sets the pace for foodies everywhere, with trendy Modern Australian, elegant silver service, exotic ethnic, cool café society and plenty of alfresco options. When the sun goes down, Brisbane hits overdrive with funky bars and clubs, casino and river cruising to enjoy the night away.

From big name Broadway shows to local productions, contemporary live arts to sporting events, there’s always something happening in Brisbane. Riverfestival, Brisbane’s yearly cultural extravaganza is a highlight, with spectacular fireworks, endless entertainment and a party for all!

Beyond Brisbane is an exceptional array of regional treasures. The aquamarine waters of Moreton Bay are a sanctuary for abundant marine life including whales (June to November) and dolphins. Travel west to find forests and mountains, country charm and romantic retreats. The Gold and Sunshine Coasts’ sandy beaches and glorious green hinterlands are right on Brisbane’s doorstep.

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Brisbane City and Surrounds


Brisbane City and Surrounds: Activities

  • Explore the city by river on board a City Cat
  • Self drive Fraser Island
  • Visit South Bank Parklands
  • Browse the weekend markets at Riverside, South Bank and Fortitude Valley
  • Take in the panoramic views of the city from Mt Coot-tha
  • Climb to the top of the Story Bridge for a birds-eye view of the city
  • Enjoy a free guided tour of Roma Street Parklands
  • Play a round of golf at the inner city Victoria Park Golf Complex
  • Take a trip to Tangalooma and hand feed wild dolphins
  • See native wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Go horse riding at Rainbow Beach
  • Discover the spectacular beaches of North Stradbroke and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts – only one hour from Brisbane

Brisbane City and Surrounds: Getting Around

How to Get There - By Air
Brisbane Airport, gateway to South East Queensland, has direct flights from all Australian capital cities as well as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand. Virgin Blue operates direct services from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and other capital and regional cities. Qantas and Jetstar also offer direct services from capital and some regional centres across Australia.

How to Get There - By Car
Take the time to explore as you make your way to Queensland’s capital Brisbane. Whether it’s getting there or getting around we recommend Avis car hire.

Brisbane City and Surrounds: Travel Tips

Weather Guide
Brisbane temperature average:
Summer 21ºC to 30ºC
Autumn 15ºC to 28ºC
Winter 11ºC to 22ºC
Spring 14ºC to 26ºC

What to Bring
Most Queenslanders dress informally, although reasonable dress standards are maintained in restaurants, hotels and bars. Lightweight clothing is suitable all year round, however bring something warm to slip on, as the temperature drops at night during winter. To ensure adequate protection from the sun we suggest you bring a broad-brimmed hat, SPF 30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt with a collar.

Beach Safety
Queensland has some of the world’s best beaches, however care and caution should be exercised at all times. Please remember to swim between the red and yellow flags and listen to instructions from lifesavers and lifeguards.

Brisbane City and Surrounds Map

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