Things to do in Brisbane Queensland
Queensland’s capital lies a few hours north of the border with New South Wales.
Straddling the banks of the Brisbane River, the city is the metropolitan and commercial centre of the state and an ideal centre for finding work and accommodation. Brisbane has to be the most conveniently located of all Australia’s major cities. It offers some of the best getaways in the country, with a whole host of stunning attractions located within a few hours of its heartland. While this is still a major city, comparable with the likes of Melbourne and Sydney, there is a far more laidback feel to Brisbane, and the pace of life is considerably slower. Brisbane is a relaxed, welcoming, cosmopolitan city with very friendly locals. There are plenty of attractions within Brisbane, but its crown jewel has to be the Southbank.
Unlike most east coast stops, Brisbane does not have any beaches as it sits on a river mouth. On the Southbank, however, there is a man-made beach that looks as real as they come, even boasting a lagoon shaped pool. There’s much entertainment, with museums, a wildlife sanctuary, cafes, bars and shops, meaning this is one of the best places to hang out in town.
There are also several other parts of the city that are brimming with activity, such as the Fortitude Valley area, with its top nightclubs, bars and markets. The New Farm region is also full of great hostels and pubs.
With activities such as skydiving, climbing the famous Story Bridge which connects the city’s two halves and taking a cruise down the Brisbane River, this is a city with plenty going on.
The city sits between the tourist hotspots of the Gold Coast in the south and the Sunshine Coast in the north, meaning that weekend breaks to the likes of Surfers Paradise and Noosa are more than viable options. You’re also on the doorstep of all the major theme parks and even Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo. While breaks to the Sunshine and Gold Coast are popular, there are also a whole host of stunning locations to check out.
The Islands North Stradbroke Moreton Island
Although Brisbane does not boast its own beach, there are a whole host of amazingly beautiful islands that sit just out from the river mouth. The choice of island getaways is virtually endless, with the most popular being North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island. Both have fantastic beaches that can rival anywhere in the country, and are popular diving and snorkelling spots.
North Stradroke Island is the second biggest sand island in the world, behind Fraser Island and has the same beauty of its illustrious fellow Queensland island. Moreton Island is also popular for the pod of dolphins that come into the shallows.
Brisbane Mount French
Just an hour-and-a-half from downtown, Brisbane Mount French offers a great break from city life. It’s a great stop for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing, horse riding, bushwalking or fishing and is the perfect place to relax and take in the scenery.
Widgee Mountain is a top spot to try a bit of 4WD action and is a short drive from Brisbane, sitting just inland of the town of Gympie. Organised 4WD tours will take you into the heart of the mountain where you can catch some spectacular views, take a dip in the mountain pools and shower under a waterfall.
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