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Brisbane Travel Guide

The capital city of Queensland is a great place to base yourself while you're living the Australian dream, and it has a lot to offer: tons of bars and restaurants for foodies, casinos and a thriving nightlife scene for partygoers, galleries and museums for culture lovers, and even a man made beach overlooking the skyline for those that just want to top up their tan! Not only this, it's perfectly located too, with the Gold Coast and Australia's Nature Coast right on it's doorstep.

What we love about Brisbane

Camera Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Love a great city view? Then Mount Coo-tha should be on your agenda when you visit Brisbane. Head up there for the sunset and enjoy the panoramic views of the CBD.
3 trees Springbrook National Park
This is a one for Instagram. It's right in the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland, where you'll find waterfalls, caves, and an ancient volcano - with incredible views.
Diving mask and snorkel Moreton Island
A perfect day trip from Brisbane, this popular island is great for paddleboarding, kayaking, diving around the Tangalooma Wrecks, or even just chilling on one of it's beautiful beaches.

Brisbane's must-visit neighbourhoods

lake in brisbane

Brisbane CBD

Not to be forgotten, the centre of Brisbane is actually where a lot of backpackers hang out. Scattered with hostels, bars, shops and restaurants, Brisbane CBD doesn't close down when businesses shut for the day (like some other Aussie cities). It's actually a bustling hub with stuff going on all the time, from street festivals to live buskers and great nightlife.
Southbank Brisbane

South Bank Parklands

Just across the river from the skyline, is a stretch of land full of bicycle and walking tracks, BBQ areas, parks, a man made beach, and a load of bars and restaurants along the waterfront. You'll often find markets popping up here on the weekends, outdoor cinema experiences, and even firework displays. It's where everyone flocks to in the sunshine!
Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Looking for a good night out? Then the Valley will show you how it's done! It's full of clubs, bars and pubs - catering for lovers of house music through to rock. Not only is the area great at night, it's also great for a spot of boutique shopping and it's home to a pretty impressive Chinatown.

Brisbane tours & experiences

2 men walking along the beach carrying paddleboards

Queensland: Sand & Sailing

Stay at an overnight camp in the snap-worthy Noosa Everglades, relax on Airlie Beach, learn about Indigenous artisan crafts from local Aborigines, and check out the swimming holes of the Atherton Tablelands. You'll return sun-kissed and smiling from ear to ear.
12 days
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Young women in bikini snorkelling with tropical fish

Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays

Hit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling, and sleep on the banks of the Noosa River. Your time here may be fleeting, but the photos you snap, post, and caption will have "humblebrag" written all over them forever.
10 days
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