The Wonder of Brisbane
The east coast of Australia is a serious tourist hotspot, whether you’re enjoying the laid-back beach vibe of the Gold Coast, or you’re en-route to the Great Barrier Reef, there’s no denying that Queensland in particular is one of the most popular and glittering destinations in the whole country; it’s no wonder that it is also one of the most visited too.
Within this region we have Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, maintaining an edgy, quirky, but modern atmosphere no matter where you go. Of course, the great thing about city breaks is that you can combine them with beach time too, and here you can enjoy the best of both worlds, whilst also taking your pick from a large range of accommodation; put simply, there is a Brisbane hotel to suit every budget and requirement, whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, as a couple, family, group, or simply enjoying some alone time.
Brisbane, like many cities, is made up of districts, and it’s a case of either touring them all, or simply picking your favourite. It’s quite easy to get around, so touring a few shouldn’t be a problem. For example, The City, or CBD to give it its formal name, is where the big business names are found, the suits if you will, however South Bank is the place to be for nightlife, quirky bars, restaurants, and general evening fun; you’ll also find the beach here, which makes it a very popular spot to head, especially during the summer months. In addition, West End is where you need to head for the hippy/boho chic atmosphere many people associate with this part of the country, or Paddington and New Farm, where the upscale shopping opportunities are, and sophisticated restaurants and pavement cafes.
Checking out different regions is a good idea, because it will give you a larger overview of this beautiful city, as well as allowing you to check out more of the sights. A few places you certainly should have on your visit list are Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Zoo, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the Wheel of Brisbane, for those huge city views.
If you want to go get out of the city and fill your lungs with fresh air, then head to Mt Coot-tha. This is Brisbane’s biggest mountain, and there are some seriously amazing views to be seen, as well as a restaurant and café at altitude – this is a great place to head if you want to escape just for a few hours.
Put simply, Brisbane is a cultural destination, one where different ethnicities, religions, traditions, and cultures come together, all within a very laid-back atmosphere. Whether you choose to stay in the city and enjoy everything this huge metropolis has to offer, or whether you make it a twin-centre break, and head to one of the nearby dedicated beach resorts on the Gold Coast, one thing is certainly for sure – you won’t be bored, and you will be heading back!