The river city of Brisbane
is often referred to as "one big country town" because it has the charm and community spirit of a rural town, with all the mod cons to make your stay there fun and enjoyable. Stay in one of our Brisbane CBD hotels, where you can unwind and soak up the atmosphere of the Sunshine State.
Things to Do
Get a feel for the city by taking a cruise along the river on a free CityHopper ferry, hopping off at the various stops on both sides of the river. Make sure that you stop off at Southbank, the recreation mecca of the CBD. Here, you can laze about on the grassy slopes with a picnic lunch, sit down at one of the many cafes or restaurants, or have a splash in the salty waters of man-made Streets Beach. Take a walk under the nearby decorative arches of The Arbour and you'll soon come to the Nepalese Peace Pagoda, known for its intricate design.
If you aren't afraid of heights, you can take to the Brisbane skies in a hot air balloon or climb the Story Bridge for a fantastic view. Another great way to see the city, with a bird's eye view, is to hop on the Wheel of Brisbane. It's like a giant Ferris wheel, only much safer – and less daunting - because the observation cabins are completely enclosed and air-conditioned.
Art and Culture
Those fascinated by art, culture and history will love visiting the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are right next door and, if you feel like spending an evening at the theatre, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre is just across the road.
From the Cultural Centre, you can walk or drive across the Victoria Bridge and hit the shops at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane's – and, arguably, Queensland's – most popular shopping precinct. Make sure you bring your credit card because you're bound to fall in love with many of the items on offer here. In the mall you'll find boutique fashion stores, alongside alternative record shops and big name department stores, and you'll be entertained by plenty of buskers.
Getting Here and Around
Getting around the CBD is really easy. All you have to do is purchase a go card (the local public transportation card) and then you can jump aboard buses, trains and ferries to get to just about any destination in the city. If you're itching to hit the beach, take the two hour train journey north to the Sunshine Coast
or the 90 minute trip south to the Gold Coast
, where you'll get a decent dose of surf, sun and sand.
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and book your Brisbane CBD accommodation with us now to start enjoying this uniquely charming city.
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