Explore Brisbane, the sunny capital city of Queensland.

Brisbane, is a beautiful city, blessed with perfect weather all year round and affectionately known as the Sunshine Capital.  Sunny Brisbane is one of Queenslands destination hot-spots.

You will love visiting this amazing city!  Award-winning restaurants, tons of fun activities, fabulous short-stay getaways nearby making sure you have plenty to see and do.  And, it’s warm – all . the . time!

Brisbane is known for its love of the outdoors and quality of lifestyle. Boasting a subtropical climate and an average of 283 days of sunshine every year – this city is the envy of capital cities everywhere!

Spend a few days and soak up the warmth and sunshine and try some of our tips for the best things to see and do in Brisbane.

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Highlights

  • Take a Cruise up the Brisbane River
  • Head to Southbank and enjoy the funky new restaurants
  • Do the Story Bridge Climb

The Best of Brisbane

Southbank

Chill out on Southbank

Southbank is Brisbane’s favourite lifestyle and cultural destination with hundreds of fun events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Visit the creative spaces, drop into the museums and art galleries or laze away the day on Southbank.  This revitalised ‘Expo 88’ site is now a beautiful space to hang-out with family and friends.  You will find beautiful riverside gardens, funky new restaurants and man-made beaches making it a great place to spend your day.

Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge

Take a bridge climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge for panoramic views right across the city, north to the Glasshouse Mountains and south to the Gold Coast hinterland.  A two hour climb will take you 80 metres (262 feet) above sea level as you learn about history and construction of Brisbane’s Story Bridge.

If you want an additional adrenalin rush:  There’s an optional 30 metre (98 foot) abseil back down.

Brisbane is heaven for Foodies

Brisbane is known for its excellent restaurants and cafés showcasing local Queensland produce. Great little brunch and lunch cafes popping up in all the trendy suburbs so be sure to explore somewhere different.

Treat yourself to a magnificant lunch with views across the river at Watt Restaurant at Brisbane’s Powerhouse. For a great degustation menu, try award-winning Esquire or try some of the amazing restaurants on Southbank.  Enjoy some of the best food in Brisbane!

Try out some of the Brisbane favourite rooftop bars that are popping up everywhere in Brisbane city and Fortitude Valley if you want a night about town.

Explore the Arts & Music

Explore the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are based on the riverbank at Southbank.  Over 17,000 historical, modern and contemporary art these galleries presents a diverse program of Australian and international exhibitions.  Fortitude Valley is the home to the Institute of Modern Art commissioning new works by Australian and international artists.

Brisbane also boasts an exciting live music scene. Check out the music scene when you get there, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Shop until you Drop

Fortitude Valley is brimming with department stores and trendy boutiques and well-regarded as Brisbane’s best shopping district.  High-end Australian designers Lee Mathews, Scanlan & Theodore and Zimmermann and quirky boutiques such as The Outpost, Babushka Ballerina and Stock and Supply make this part of Brisbane a ‘must do’ part of your shopping expedition.

Markets are held each Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday in the Stanley Street Plaza featuring handmade jewellery, art, antiques, photographs and vintage fashion.

Take an island adventure

Brisbane’s coastline is dotted with idyllic islands.  Moreton Island, just 70 minutes by ferry.  Sandy beaches, pristine bushlands and crystal clear lagoons. Moreton Island is also home to the famous Tangalooma Wrecks, popular for diving and snorkelling.

North Stradbroke Island is just a 40 minute ferry ride from the bayside town of Cleveland.  Catch some sun on one of the magnificent surf beaches or explore the island and visit Point Lookout to spot migrating whales between June and October.

Visit Tamborine Mountain

Breathtaking views, abundant wildlife and clean mountain air.  Take a walk through the rainforest, enjoy the mountain streams and keep your eyes peeled for koalas in the trees. You can find local arts and crafts, a host of attractions, award winning wineries and award-winning restaurants.  It’s a great place to escape for a romantic weekend.

Surfers Paradise

The best beaches in Australia

Take a short drive to the north to find the Sunshine Coast.  Just an hour and a half drive will have you on some of the most spectacular surf beaches in Australia. Noosa is one of the most sought-after Queensland holiday destinations so, if you get the opportunity – stay a while and relax!

Head south, and you will be in the midst of Surfers Paradise on the fabulous Gold Coast.  One of the go-to coastal destinations of southern Queensland with so much to see and do. The Gold Coast is a popular holiday spot for Australians who want to soak up the sunshine, do the theme parks and enjoy the beach, beaches and more beaches!

Oh, to be so lucky!  Relax, and stay a while!

How to get there

International flights arrive at Brisbane Airport from Interstate hubs of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.

From the airport, it’s an easy 20 minute taxi or train ride to the city centre. The inner city has a free bus service that circles the city every 10 minutes, and a free CityHopper ferry service that travels along the river from North Quay to New Farm.

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Queenslander’s have a saying “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next”.  Isn’t it time you visited the Sunshine State?