The riverside capital city of Brisbane is a cosmopolitan hub on the doorstep of rugged national parks, idyllic beaches and family-friendly destinations like the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
From world-class museums to boisterous rooftop bars, craft breweries, and fine dining restaurants offering award-winning food and wine, Brisbane has an exciting social scene with plenty of activities to add to your itinerary. Get adventurous right in the city by kayaking along the river and climbing the Story Bridge, or slow your heart rate with a visit to Lone Pine Sanctuary where you can pat or cuddle friendly kangaroos and adorable koalas. Just outside of the city you’ll find the rugged mountains of the Scenic Rim with great hiking, wineries and rainforest retreats. Brisbane is also the perfect gateway city to the family-friendly Gold Coast, with its golden beaches and thrilling theme parks, and the quiet escape of the Sunshine Coast where visitors can swim with humpback whales and discover one of only two everglade systems on Earth.
When to visit
Queensland’s capital city is blessed with year-round subtropical weather, making Brisbane a great destination any time of year. In summer, escape the heat on one of the quiet island retreats, such as Moreton Island or North Stradbroke Island, each just a short ferry ride from the city, or head into the hinterland to seek out waterfalls and swimming holes. Winter is a great time for whale watching, foodie festivals and checking out the city's thriving live music scene.
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How to get there
International flights arrive at Brisbane Airport from many global hubs. From the airport, it's an easy 20-minute taxi or train ride to the city centre. The inner city has a free bus service that circles the city every 10 minutes, and a free CityHopper ferry service that travels along the river from North Quay to New Farm.
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