You know what they say: “When life gets you in a tizzy, chill out in Brissie”. OK, we made that up, but people should definitely say it more often, because the cool Queensland capital is tops. So join the fun and explore the many awesome traditions and flavours that call this international city home—from dolmas to dumplings.
Looking for places to stay in Brisbane? You’ve come to the right place. Use our Brisbane travel guide to pique your curiosity for quirky neighbourhoods and local favourites. Oh, and pack your sunnies!
Plan Your Trip
When you touch down on in Brisbane, you’ll see right away how gorgeous Moreton Bay is, because you’ll probably fly right towards it! From there, you’re about 17km east of the Central Business District, which is sitting pretty on the banks of the Brisbane River. Many of the city’s most popular attractions and neighbourhoods are nearby, so you’ll want figure out where to stay in Brisbane’s CBD for at least part of your holiday.
Public transport is readily available, so cruise the streets in buses and metro trains or wander the waterways with the help of a ferry. But if you plan to arrive just in time for a good night’s sleep, check out these great hotels near Brisbane Airport and start your first day nearby Nudgee Beach.
Eat Your Way Through Brisbane
The capital of Queensland is all about cultural fusion. Get right in the mix in the West End, where you can sample anything and everything from Turkish corba to Asian ahi tacos—some of our favourite things all in one neighbourhood.
To keep the food tour going dusk to dawn, stay at one of the hotels in Brisbane’s Spring Hill district, just across the river, and wake up to a tasty brunch right by the water.
Love street cuisine? If you just mouthed “Heck, yes”, then you’ll fit right in with Brisbanites. Chances are really good that you’ll walk right by a tempting barbeque stand or banh mi truck between your Brisbane hotel and your next adventure. Lunch just planned itself!
Get Your Float On
Get ready to flow along the Brisbane River and snorkel with stingrays in the Coral Sea. Needless to say, you won’t have to look far to find some fun in the Great Outdoors. Bask in year-round sunshine in the City Botanic Gardens and picnic spots, take a ride on the cycling paths along the river, or hike the bush-walking trails up and around Mount Coot-tha.
Practically in Brisbane’s backyard, Coot-tha is located just 9km west of the city centre, and standing at 287m high, it’s kind of a big deal. Plus, you’ll be getting nice and knackered near some of the most scenic accommodation in Brisbane!
Bring the Family
Bringing the whole crew to Brisbane? Take a drive about 11km south of Coot-tha to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. This safe haven for Australia’s indigenous wildlife—including Tasmanian devils and wombats—has been around since 1927 and covers 18 hectares, making it the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world.
And let’s just put it out there: Yes, you can hold the koalas (yay)!
On a warm day—Brisbane has plenty of those—take the kiddos to the beach! When they’re done splashing around and building sandcastles, check out the awesome playgrounds at Manly, Wynnum and a few other city beaches. The little ones will tire themselves out while you enjoy beautiful bay views. Tuck them in for a nap at one of the waterfront Brisbane hotels and start planning a fab family dinner.
Bust a Move
If you want to get in on a party, don your dancing shoes and head to “The Valley”, Fortitude Valley. Where does this valley get its strength? We’re pretty sure classy rooftop bars and underground discotheques have something to do with it. This is the place to be if you don’t like to prolong the “crawl” in “bar crawl”, because the nightlife options here are endless and right next to each other.
If your crawl slows to sleepwalking, no worries! The Valley is loaded with stellar Brisbane accommodation for just such an occasion.
Join the Party
Speaking of occasions, get in on Brisbane’s yearly festivals. Wish happy birthday to Buddha at a three-day extravaganza at the end of April. What better way to get your Zen on than partying sage-style?
Do you crave cannoli? So does Brisbane. So much so that Italian Week takes place in May—an entire week! And if you love a good laugh, check out our Brisbane hotel deals during the Brisbane Comedy Festival, scheduled for the month of March each year.
Wanna save even more holiday dollarydoos with Wotif? Mix and match airfares and accommodation in one of our brilliant Brisbane packages! It’s easy-breezy, just like Brissie. Say that five times fast!