Beautiful Brisbane! The 3rd most populous city in Australia and the fitting capital of Queensland. With its beautiful setting on Moreton Bay and its enviable climate it's no wonder that it regularly features in the top 20 most enviable places to live in the world. Its natural splendour goes beyond the bay; the Brisbane River, the mountains of the Scenic Rim, an island or two, Country Valley and of course, its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, are also in its favour as a destination for anyone wishing to explore the gorgeousness of Queensland. The tropical climate also adds to the fantastic mix of reasons why visitors are so attracted to Brisbane.
Brisbane is a green city with its own distinctive style of buildings, and even has a swimming beach at the heart of its CBD. It's a highly cultural city with an exciting live music scene, and a major investment in the arts. Dining out is a pleasure with a happening cafe scene, alongside world class restaurants - the city specializes in breakfasts from around the world, and there is plenty of evening entertainment for every taste. Shoppers won't lack for retail therapy either.
Brisbane is an ideal base for a city break that also offers the best of nature. Many tours operate from the city, offering visits to the islands of Moreton Bay, whale and dolphin watching, cruises on the river in paddleboats, and into the national parks. Eco-tourist activities are also on the list.
Activities in the great outdoors are plentiful, and those with a taste for adventure can go bush walking, tramping through tropical forest, hiking up mountains, kayaking along rivers, or rock climbing - all in magnificent surroundings.
Brisbane Greeters - Free tours provided by the city, by city residents. See Brisbane from the insider point of view.
The beaches - The stunning sands of the Sunshine Coast are just minutes from the CBD. The beaches offer safe swimming and the whole range of water sports.
Story Bridge - Take the Adventure Climb to scale the city's iconic bridge to appreciate views in all directions, taking in Moreton Bay, the mountains, and the urban sights of Brisbane.
Historic buildings - Testament to its history, there are some major architectural sights of interest to visitors including, the Albert Street Uniting Church, the Commissariat Store (the oldest building in the city), Customs House, Old Governance House and the Anzac Square war Memorial - Brisbane was a major Allied base in WWII, with 1 million US troops passing through and was operational HQ for General MacArthur.
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology - Houses a very impressive collection of artefacts from around the world, including Aboriginal cultural exhibits and fine art and high design items. Its European collection is one of the premier exhibits of western culture in Australia.
Queensland Maritime Museum - One of the largest maritime museums in the country, QMM can be found in the dry docks of South Bank Parklands. Its major attraction is the old warship HMAS Diamantina.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout - Presents a stunning panorama from its observation deck. See the city shimmering in the sunlight by day, and like a fairyland at night when it is illuminated. The Lookout area has a wishing waterfall and lovely manicured gardens.
Bikeways and walkways - With 1,200 kilometres of trails through the streets, parks and over bridges, Brisbane is an easy city to explore on foot or two wheels.
The South Bank - THE place to go for entertainment, dining and shopping. The city's premier music venues are here, including the various concert halls and theatres that make up the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, which is home to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Opera.
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art - The largest modern art collection in Australia, housed in a contemporary building on the South Bank.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - See the cuddly creatures at the world's first koala sanctuary, opened in 1927.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens - 52 hectares of a hugely diverse landscape including native gardens, a Japanese Garden, Rainforest, Cactus House, Lagoon, Bamboo Grove and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.