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Brisbane Travel guide

Thriving Brisbane is an enthusiastic river town, each suburb is the center of activity with its own specific and distinctive vibe. The Queensland capital has progressed into an incubator of avant-garde art and design, diverse nightlife, statement coffee shops and restaurants. It is a contemporary, energetic city with a bright, sub-tropical climate and a playground for excessively suntanned bodies.
Brisbane is bursting at the seams with natural beauty, plentiful parks and historical buildings nestled around the twisting Brisbane River. The locals are extremely friendly and eager to flaunt their beautiful riverside city. This place is stuck inland between popular beach towns to the south and the Great Barrier Reef to the north resulting in less tourists compared to Sydney and Melbourne.

Geography of Brisbane

The third-largest city in Australia, Brisbane is rapidly developing and has efficiently upheld its youthful fervor. Brisbane is an open new-world city and is divided into different suburbs, each one having their own distinctive features and attributes.

CBD: This is Brisbane’s business zone, also referred to as “The City” which is intermingled with several shopping malls, parks and historical tourist sites.

South Bank: A major Queensland’s Cultural Precinct that encompasses traditional restaurants, the Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum and the spectacular Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) along with jittery cafes, riverside walkways and an inner-city beach.

Fortitude Valley: Centre of finest live music and showbiz in Australia united with Brisbane’s Chinatown, shopping and vivacious nightlife.
West End: A bohemian borough with contemporary shops and coffee bars, trendy video stores and organic produce.

New Farm: Among the sizzling list of places to be and to be seen, the region is comprised of expensive shopping and popular dining places.

Portside Wharf: formerly known as Brett’s Wharf, here, the cruise ships dock on the Brisbane River. An amazing place to roam and have food.

Paddington: Also known as Rosalie or Milton, this area is occupied with exclusive boutiques and difficult to find fashion gems. Two of the most iconic places in Brisbane are situated here – the Castlemaine (XXXX) brewery and Suncorp Stadium.

  • 1Take a walk in Brisbane’s Entertaining South Bank
  • 2Relax on the Beach in the Middle of Brisbane City
  • 3Immerse in the Art at GoMA and the Queensland Art Gallery
  • 4Adore a “Paddle and Prawns” ride on the Brisbane River
  • 5Passing parade of whales, turtles and dolphins
  • 6Unwind Nightfall’s Luxury Wilderness Camp
  • 7visit North Stradbroke Island
  • 8Shopping at Brisbane’s Collective Markets
  • 9Watch the Jacaranda Trees in full bloom

What not to miss in Brisbane

  • 1Museum of Brisbane
  • 2Gallery of modern art
  • 3Brisbane powerhouse
  • 4Lone pine Koala sanctuary
  • 5Queensland cultural center
  • 6Mt Coot-tha reserve
  • 7Kangaroo Point

Vibrant Food and wine culture of Brisbane

Whether it’s a steak at a pub, a decent coffee or a five-star restaurant, Brisbane has a diverse array of cuisine's reflecting the City's multi-ethnic fabric. Due to the availability of local fresh produce and open climate, people in Brisbane eat in fresco-style. The finest dining locations in Brisbane are not in the city center and are clustered around the suburbs and surrounding areas.

Brisbane is a shopaholic's haven

The core shopping zones are found on Queen Street (Queen Street Mall) and Brunswick Mall. You can buy some rare handcrafted items at affordable prices. The South Bank Art & Craft Markets offer goods from local crafts. Head for Fortitude Valley for native designers and contemporary fashion at James Street and the Emporium. Woolloongabba is known for antiques and collectables and Paddington for homeware, books and vintage and designer fashion.

The dynamic Nightlife of Brisbane

Brisbane has a dazzling nightlife, enclosed with numerous clubs, theatres and pubs. It has standard watering holes and sophisticated bars, where you can enjoy live music. The metropolitan villages of Brisbane are the perfect meeting places for locals and tourists alike.

Transport and currency

Brisbane's transportation is cheap and runs like clockwork. CBD is great for walking or cycling along and practically all other zones can easily be reached by public transport. Some inner-city suburbs and especially outer suburbs are hard to navigate due to dead ends, winding roads and steep slopes. A street directory is an indispensable addition to your car and if you are lost, head to the nearby main road.

Best time to visit

The weather in Brisbane fluctuates between slightly warm to extremely hot, all year round. The best time to visit Brisbane is from May to October, where the season offers enjoyable weather along with numerous events like whale-watching season, Fine Wine Festival and the Queensland Music Festival, the River Festival etc. You can also watch the Jacaranda Trees in full bloom during this season. Summer in particular is extremely unpredictable and can experience severe heat, rain and humidity all in a day.

Although Brisbane is relatively smaller in size and population in comparison to the other major cities in Australia, it has a perfect balance and usually pleasant weather throughout the year. It is the central point between two hotspots – the Sunshine Coast to the north and the Gold Coast to the south. With a constant living climate, Brisbane relishes warm and clear summer days with high humidity. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, when the wet season smashes the northern Australian tropics. Even the winters in Brisbane are frequently dry and sunny. Be sure to take plenty of sunscreen, comfortable clothing, and sunglasses to avoid sunburn especially during summer.

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