The ultimate travel guide toBrisbane

Blessed with an idyllic subtropical climate all year round, and everything from relaxation through to adventure, Brisbane seems to have it all. Queensland’s buzzing capital is right in the middle of the ocean and national parks, set on the banks of the Brisbane River.

While it’s a hive of activity, the city remains true to the classic Queensland laid-back style and serves as the gateway to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Top things to do in Brisbane

Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city, and with that comes a wealth of things to do. If you’re an art lover and want to explore the thriving Brisbane art scene, check out our guide to the top Brisbane art galleries.

If getting outdoors more tickles your fancy, don’t miss our best trails for hiking in Brisbane or where the best views and lookouts are in Brisbane. To check out the vibrant music scene and some of the local talent, have a look at these live music venues in Brisbane.

There’s also lots on that the whole family will enjoy, not to mention all the incredible swimming spots throughout the city and the stunning beaches to soak in the Queensland sun.

Don’t forget to explore some of Brisbane’s nearby islands while you’re here: North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is only a 40-minute drive away, and the breathtaking Moreton Island is a short ferry ride away.

Best places to stay in Brisbane

No matter the type of traveller you are, there is an accommodation to suit you in Brisbane. If you’re travelling with the fam, use this list of family accommodation to guide you. Is a luxury stay more your style? We’ve got you covered there too with the ultimate luxury accommodation in Brissy. Head to the W if you’re a fan of quirky and the Calile if you want relaxation to encompass you.

There’s also a bunch of Airbnb and Stayz properties to explore if you want to see how the locals do it, or if you’re on Moreton Island you can check out these camping spots.

Where to eat in Brisbane

Brisbane’s dining scene is in fine form with so many amazing places to eat, no matter your preferences. Whether you love a brunch moment at a cute cafe, prefer dining at one of Brisbane’s most incredible restaurants or are obsessed with finding the best dumplings the city has to offer, we have you covered. We’ve also narrowed down our top 10 must-eat dishes while you’re in Brisbane, which was no easy feat.

Tours and packages in Brisbane

Whether it’s a river cruise, a culture tour on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), or a sightseeing tour around the city, there are so many options for tours.

There are also adventure tours that include abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking and snorkelling.