What To Do
Brisbane offers the best of both worlds, where a cosmopolitan city meets laid back beach lifestyles. Prepare to enjoy this northern playground.
Gallery of Modern Art
Known as GOMA to the locals, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is the largest modern and contemporary art gallery in Australia. For art that pushes the boundaries and the newest offerings from exciting local talents, visit this stunning collection.
Story Bridge spans the Brisbane River and is Australia’s longest cantilever bridge. Climbing to the top offers the best views of the city, and you can even book a twilight experience to watch Brisbane at sunset.
South Bank Parklands
A beach in the city centre? Only in Brisbane. This riverside park offers white sand and blue waters, so even travellers who can’t make it to the Whitsundays or Gold Coast can enjoy Queensland’s beach culture.
Looking for provocative theatre, exciting new music, hilarious comedy or thought-provoking exhibitions? Look no further than Brisbane Powerhouse, located in a disused tram depot and boasting some of the best cultural events in the city.
A trip to Queensland is not complete with a visit to one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Swimming amongst the colourful coral and playful fish on the Great Barrier Reef is a highlight of any holiday. Snorkelling allows you to easily explore, while scuba diving gets you even closer to the incredible spectacle.
How to Get Here
Brisbane is located on the East Coast of Queensland, about 100km north of the New South Wales border. Brisbane International Airport is only a short drive from the city centre. Brisbane is close to the other Queensland centres of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
You can drive from Sydney to Brisbane along the picturesque coastline, with the trip taking approximately 10 hours. Unfortunately, interstate travel is complicated by the lack of trainlines crossing the border. Trips combining bus and train travel take around 15 hours.
When To Go
Brisbane has a year-round warm climate, making it a great destination at any time. The Australian winter (June – August) is busy here, as other Aussies flock to the warmer weather. Shoulder season is March to May. From December to March, expect wet weather and high humidity.
Things To Know
You can move around Brisbane for free using the City Hopper ferry service and the City and Spring Hill Loop bus services. For all other public transport, purchase a Go card and ride on any bus, train, tram or ferry.
Prepare for hot days all year round. Make sure you apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn.
Brisbane Festival runs throughout September and is a celebration of art, music and more. It’s well worth timing your visit to see the festival, but beware that accommodation may be more expensive during this time.