Brisbane is the quintessential Queensland city: understated, unpretentious and with a welcoming, laid-back vibe that flips the traditional city experience on its head. World-class cultural precincts and award-winning dining experiences combine with buzzing after-dark and music scenes, breathtaking island escapes, stunning national parks and paddock to plate experiences. From the city centre, embrace the outdoor lifestyle and sip cocktails up on the rooftops or dine riverside with the iconic Story Bridge as your backdrop. Discover up-and-coming artists at an underground bar or get your cultural fix at the Gallery of Modern Art. Satisfy your wanderlust and explore the lush surrounding hinterland or endless sandy beaches of Moreton (Moorgumpin) and North Stradbroke Islands (Minjerribah). Plan your getaway at www.queenslandholidays.com.au
- Vibrant, relaxed, urban outdoor lifestyle – Kick back and enjoy Brisbane’s famous outdoor lifestyle, made possible by 300 plus days of sunshine per year. Pack a picnic for a long lazy lunch by the river, enjoy breakfast and good coffee at one of the region’s thriving cultural precincts, sip sunset cocktails at a rooftop bar or dine al fresco under a blanket of stars.
- Events and culture – Explore Brisbane’s thriving creative and cultural precincts, where dance, theatre and comedy venues nestle between ultra-cool bars, eateries and world-class art galleries. Take your pick from an eclectic events program packed with blockbuster sports matches, international performances, art exhibitions, live music and world-exclusive events. Don’t miss the World Science Festival in March, which brings science out of the lab and into the city’s streets, parks, museums and venues, or the legendary Brisbane Festival in September – a month-long celebration of theatre, music, dance and circus.
- Nature at your doorstep bursting with colour and life – Satisfy your wanderlust and explore the lush, green hinterland and charming rural towns west and south of the city. Take a daytrip to the blissfully peaceful bay islands and explore the endless sandy beaches of Moreton and Stradbroke. Get up close and personal with the local wildlife at a native animal sanctuary.
- Raise your glass with local ‘brewmasters’ on a beer tour of Newstead, birthplace of the city’s emerging boutique brewery scene.
- Dine against a backdrop of twinkling city lights and gentle river breezes at Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane’s iconic riverside restaurant precinct.
- Treat yourself to some retail therapy among the designer boutiques and international brands of the Queen Street Mall, Queensland’s premier shopping destination.
- Head to the thriving riverside cultural precinct of South Bank. Channel your inner art critic at Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art or snap up seats to a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
- Get up close and personal with the native wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
- Treat your tastebuds to some phenomenal street food at Eat Street. Brisbane’s quirkily-styled, shipping container market serves up eclectic, authentic dishes from all corners of the globe.
- Get back to nature on Moreton Island. Hand-feed wild dolphins, toboggan down giant sand dunes and kayak around the famous Tangalooma wrecks while keeping your eyes peeled for whales and dugongs.
- Discover up-and-coming artists at The Triffid. The WW2 aircraft hangar-turned-live-music-venue is the brainchild of John “JC” Collins, bassist with legendary Aussie rockers Powderfinger.
- Drink in sweeping views of the city skyline and surrounding hinterland with an expertly crafted cocktail in hand at one of Brisbane’s rooftop bars. Arrive in time for sunset and then watch the city light up.
Brisbane invites you to unleash your adventurous side. Kayak down the Brisbane River at sunset or scale the Story Bridge for spectacular city views. Satisfy your wanderlust and explore the lush, green hinterland and stunning national parks on your doorstep. Get back to nature and hand-feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island or pitch your tent on the pristine foreshores of North Stradbroke Island.
Brisbane locals love their sport – and visitors can get in on the action too. Experience the thrill of a live footy match, watch the world’s best tennis players do battle or head to the Gabba to witness top class cricket. Abseil down Kangaroo Point Cliffs, explore more than 20km of scenic riverside paths by foot or bike, then swim, surf or scuba-dive your way around the pristine sand islands of Moreton Bay.
In Brisbane, there’s always something happening, somewhere. Choose from buzzing after-dark scenes, world-class galleries, award-winning dining experiences and an eclectic events program featuring everything from ballet and circus through to live music, theatre and cabaret. Explore thriving creative and cultural precincts where dance and comedy venues nestle between uber cool bars and al fresco eateries, or sample fresh produce at a bustling riverside farmer’s market.
Food and wine
Home to an ever-growing number of culinary hotspots, Brisbane has earned its place on Australia’s foodie map. There’s no shortage of hip cafes, specialty delis, quick eats, produce markets and fine dining experiences to treat your tastebuds with. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and dine under a blanket of stars, sample the dazzling array of authentic street food at Eat Street Markets or tuck into farm fresh produce and bakery goods at a riverside farmers’ market. Go beyond the city limits to discover artisan producers and local growers or be wined and dined at a boutique vineyard.
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