AT’s guide to the best cheap Brisbane accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays

Brisbane

Why do we rate it?
We are not suggesting you spend your entire holidays in Brisbane – there’s so much more to see in Queensland – but if you’re passing through, pause a while.

Where is it?
Brisvegas straddles the Brisbane River, at the mouth of Moreton Bay, under the hot summer sun.

Where to stay
Brisbane YHA is an affordable gem, admittedly located on busy Upper Roma St opposite the railway tracks. But it’s a smart option for its rooftop bar and simple, clean rooms at unbelievable rates. There are family and double rooms – the YHA has moved into the 21st century, after all. Adina Brisbane Anzac Square is in the heart of the CBD and great value.

How much is it?
One of the best gigs for a hotel GM is in the Brisbane market, where occupancies across the city are well into 90 per cent much of the year thanks to corporate travel. But from mid-December, occupancy falls faster than the state Labour government’s popularity. The YHA is a pretty consistent and cheap $100 a night for a double or $144 for a family room sleeping up to six. Take 10% off if you’re a member. The Medina Brisbane has a two-bed room from $329.

Availability
Both have availability after December 26.

What to do
Get to know one of Australia’s fastest-maturing cities. You can’t leave Brisbane without stopping in at GOMA on Southbank. Shop in the boutiques of Fortitude Valley or Bulimba, but ask locals for the hidden gems as they are hard to find. For a tad more activity, drop in on River Life activity centre in the old naval stores on Kangaroo Point. One of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets is the Friday-night kayak adventure Paddle and Prawn. Being on the river after dark offers a different perspective of the city. Have a cocktail at Sling Lounge in the West End or Cloudland in Fortitude Valley.

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