Brisbane Travel Guide
When Australians talk about Brisbane they generally talk about the subtropical climate and 'mañana' attitude to life to which many of them aspire. In fact Australians are moving to Brisbane at an alarming rate to live the 'Australian dream'. And it seems this dream is shared throughout the globe as Brisbane has been named the 16th most liveable city in the world.
As every Brisbane travel guide will tell you, the city is the capital of Queensland and Australia's third most populated city. It basks lazily on the east coast of Australia and is gently lapped by the South Pacific Ocean. It enjoys hot, though humid summers, which may account for the lazy lifestyle, and mild winters which border on the idyllic, which make Brisbane tourism such a thriving industry.
But despite their laid-back attitude, the people of Brisbane know how to cater to the masses, offering something for everyone. There are botanic gardens, parklands and wild life sanctuaries such as South Bank and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can cuddle koalas (for a small extra cost) and feed the kangaroos, as well as admiring flying fox bats, kookaburras, Tasmania devils, snakes, lizards and crocodiles to your heart’s content.
To get a real sense of the scale of Brisbane and take in its stunning panorama, a ride up to Mount Coot-tha Lookout is a must. See it by day or lit up in all its glory by night. The Brisbane skyline is particularly impressive as the city houses some of Australia’s tallest buildings, like Soleil, Aurora Tower and the Riparian Plaza. Another great and inexpensive way to see the city, but from a different angle, is by CityCat ferry. This popular hop-on, hop-off river ferry also operates 3 hour cruises and is the most relaxing way to see Brisbane.
Alternatively, take a look at the river from Story Bridge or Eagle Street Pier – which also offers a gastronomic parade of restaurants serving every type of cuisine. For the culturally-minded, Queensland's social and artistic heritage, its civic and military past can all be traced in Brisbane's numerous museums.
Of course what Brisbane is most famous for is its stunning beaches all along the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. For all the popular water sports and facilities or simply lounging on the powdery, white sands soaking up the sun under cerulean skies, there are no better beaches in the world than are found in Brisbane.