Brisbane Destination guide

You're in the middle of the city but you don't feel stressed or rushed. There's a friendly vibe in the air. Heritage buildings have been converted into shops and cafes. Surrounded by skyscrapers, you find yourself passing an ornate Gothic cathedral. You're in Brisbane.

Queensland's capital sweeps you away with all it has to offer. Queen Street Mall is the number one shopping precinct with over 700 stores and everything you could possibly want. Cross the Victoria Bridge and you'll be in South Bank, where you can visit restaurants offering tasty dishes from around the world. Head to the City Botanic Gardens and discover lush grassy areas and weeping lily ponds. If you want five star food, Eagle Street Pier provides fine dining by Brisbane's famous river with a view of the iconic Story Bridge lit up against the night sky.

When the sun goes down, plenty of rock venues, dance clubs and stylish bars await you. Head to The Sit Down Comedy Club in Paddington for huge laughs or check out one of the open-mic venues to see aspiring local comedians honing their craft. Be sure to visit Brisbane Powerhouse in jacaranda-filled New Farm Park to see a highly original program full of music, comedy and theatre.

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Quick Facts

  • Flight time: 1.5 hours (from Sydney)
  • Major airport: Brisbane Airport (BNE)
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Busy season: December - February
  • Popular activities: Shopping, Dining, Entertainment