Australia's "most livable city"
While Brisbane is a vibrant and relaxed city, it is also the doorway to the sun, surf and beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Known locally as Bris Vegas, the city is renowned for its brash, ostentatious nightlife, but it also has a busy and thriving cultural calendar.
Best time to visit:
Brisbane in the south of Queensland, has a hot and humid climate, particularly in summer. But winter is mild and sunny with cool nights (July and August) which is generally the best time to visit this place.
Things of attraction:
The Conrad Treasury Casino is a beautiful 19th century sandstone building which is in contrast to the glitter and gambling inside.
For amazing views, and exotic plants, visit the Mt Cootha Lookout and Botanic Gardens. It's full of beautiful old trees dating back to 1828.
Visit the famous Gabba Cricket Ground to catch the Queensland Bulls Cricket team or the Brisbane Lions Australian Rules football team.
Just an hours drive south of Brisbane is the exciting Gold Coast with fabulous beaches.
Parliament House is an imposing building, built in 1868 and inspired by the Louvre Museum in Paris.
South Bank is the heart of Brisbane's cultural and entertainment scene. One of the favourite attractions here is Breaka Beach - a man made lagoon beach, which delivers a complete beach experience.The Queensland Maritime Museum is home to a World War II frigate, a 1925 steam tow and many other enthralling marine remnants.
Best restaurants in Brisbane:
Eating out in Brisbane is relaxing as well as sophisticated - as you want it to be.
Brisbane has hundreds of dining and drinking places to offer you an unlimited choice of cuisine, atmosphere and price range.
You have access to some of the country’s freshest seafood, tropical fruits, organic produce and brilliant cheeses, vegetables and meats.
Some of the best renowned eating restaurants are:
- Breakfast Creek Hotel
- Odo Organics - Everything on the menu at this innovative restaurant is organic.n.
Whether you’re looking for a bar to have a glass of wine, a fun cocktail bar, or a traditional beer on tap, Brisbane has numerous places.
Each has a different atmosphere, you can choose depending on your mood.
There's the lively Fortitude Valley and Chinatown, with an assortment of Irish pubs, quality nightclubs and Al Fresco dining.
For a chilled-out experience, the bars and lounges of West End or New Farm are best.
Stroll down Caxton Street and take your pick of watering hole.
The suburbs of Brisbane are full of "traditional" pubs.
Some of the best are:
- Belgian Beer Cafe
- Marco Polo Martini Bar
- Chill on Queen
- Jorge on George
- Pig 'n' Whistle
Citycats are fast and enjoyable way to enjoy a river cruise if you're on a "budget holiday," especially at night when you can see the brilliantly lit city skyline.
In addition to normal city buses, there are City express services that run between the city centre and the suburbs and Rockets (fast peak-hour commuter buses).
The fast City-train network has seven lines. There is also an efficient ferry service along and across the Brisbane River.
The daily ticket option allows unlimited travel on all forms of public transport within the zones you select.