Holidays to Brisbane, Australia

Whilst the Gold Coast, with its epic beaches and unrivalled surfing, may be the most obvious draw on Australia’s eastern most shore, the city of Brisbane some 65km to its north is fast establishing itself as something special.

Founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples, the capital of Queensland is one of Australia’s oldest cities, established in the 1820s on the instruction of New South Wales governor Sir Thomas Brisbane, who gave his name to both the winding Brisbane River and the city that grew around it. In those early days it was a penal colony – a heritage can be explored further on nearby North Stradbroke Island.

Once considered somewhat unsophisticated compared to Sydney or Melbourne – and nicknamed ‘Bris Vegas’ as a result – it is now anything but. The theatre and live music scenes are flourishing and cool rooftop bars and hip restaurants abound. You'll find in its South Bank cultural precinct, the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with popular interactive exhibitions. But perhaps the most famous South Bank cultural institution is the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia's major contemporary art museums. Other key attractions include the South Bank and Roma Street Parklands, City Botanical Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of the idyllic Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The city boasts over 27km of cycle pathways – a great way to explore and enjoy the benefits city’s subtropical climate. To cool off, the city offers Streets Beach – an inner city lagoon with specially created beaches.

Many of Brisbane’s treasures are situated along the river, and a boat trip is a must for a fresh perspective and to see some of the major sights – including the restored 1920s City Hall surrounded by modern skyscrapers. Out across Moreton Bay, and just 30 minutes away by ferry, North Stradbroke Island offers stunningly white beaches and the chance to spot whales, dolphins and turtles, and is also home to an Aboriginal settlement, a former convict station and shipwrecks.

No trip to Australia would be complete without koalas, of course, and a trip upriver to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary offers visitors the chance to handle these curious creatures – and also spot Australia’s most iconic critter, the kangaroo.

Highlights

  • Delve into Brisbane's hip and eclectic arts scene

  • Day trip to idyllic neighbouring islands and spot dolphins, whales and turtles

  • Explore local colonial history on nearby North Stradbroke Island

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I love spending my days barefoot or in flip flops, so laid-back Melbourne was the perfect place to live. My favourite adventure from my time living in Australia was the 3-month campervan road trip along the East Coast – full of sun, sea and scuba diving!

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