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Immerse yourself in the vibrant city and friendly atmosphere of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. Nestled along the Brisbane River that curves its way through the city, delight in cockatoos and kookaburras at the many green leafy parks, before heading into the urban precincts and indulging in world-class fare at one of many alfresco restaurants and bars overlooking the glittering Story Bridge.
If shopping is your thing, shop till you drop at Queen Street Mall – the central hub for shopping in the city, or head over to James Street, where small boutique stores blend local and international fashion designers. Check out Fortitude Valley for something a little different; it’s raw yet sophisticated, where elegance and style meet grungy and offbeat. You can Unlock Brisbane’s best shopping with this guide from our Inspire article.
See heritage listed buildings stand loud and proud amongst new and contemporary structures. Put on something sensational and hit the thriving nightlife, known by the locals as Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district. Experience the festival buzz of South Bank, with markets, bars, restaurants and live performances. See South Bank’s more playful side and bask in the glorious Queensland sunshine, swim in the man-made beach or relax at the cafés, parks and boardwalks.
With so much to see and do you’re already planning your next visit so you can venture a little further afield, including a day trip to stunning Moreton Island. Here you can hand feed wild dolphins whilst enjoying an island holiday just over an hour’s boat ride away from Brisbane.
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Brisbane River Citycat – Spend a day getting your bearings by jumping on a CityCat and exploring the city and its riverside precincts like New Farm, Kangaroo Point, South Bank and West End.
South Bank – Soak up some rays and cool off with a free dip at Streets Beach (Australia’s only inner city beach), a water park, walks, promenades and lots of restaurants, plus check out the Young Designers Market on Little Stanley Street. Free Bus Service – Take the ‘Loop’, a free and convenient bus service that travels around the CBD in both directions and gives you a great feel for the layout of the city (Monday- Friday).
Foodie Heaven – Dining hotspots include Eagle Street Pier in the City, River Quay at South Bank and the eat streets in urban villages like Boundary Street in West End, Oxford Street in Bulimba and Logan Road in Woolloongabba. You’ll be in foodie heaven with Moreton Bay seafood, fresh farm produce and local boutique Queensland wineries.
Events & Culture – Enjoy exclusive shows, exhibitions and sporting events, including the Brisbane International and State of Origin. They offer outstanding local offerings, at world-class venues and inviting outdoor settings.
Walking Tours – Jump on a Brisbane Greeter Walking Tour. A great free way to explore Brisbane with a local Brisbanite. Brisbane Greeters are locals who love living here. Whether you’re passionate about public art, architecture or WWII – you name it, the Brisbane Greeters can cover it in their various walking tours around the city.
More Brisbane recommendations from our Inspire articles
Nature & Wildlife – Brisbane is blessed with parks and feels like a green city. Explore the City Botanic Gardens or Roma Street Parklands. For koala lovers, head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or take a trip to North Stradbroke Island for the perfect nature getaway.
March - May
When Brisbane gets hot it can be scorching, the best time is to go is during the shouldering season, as the hot summer is calming from its humid hot temperatures. In the month of March to May Brisbane is comfortable and dry, while maintaining the sunny weather, rain usually is minimal. The temperature averages between 24.5 ˚C to 17 ˚C, but may get as low as 14 ˚C, so we advise taking a lightweight windbreaker just in case. The scenery in Brisbane is unexpectedly spectacular, known for its beaches and quintessential Queensland holiday greatness, during the Summer Autumn fringe, Brisbane is not too hot to be outdoors and enjoying a scenic walkabout.
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There are ample forms of transport to get you around Brisbane on your cheap flights holiday, the Brisbane City Council website, provides good information and the TransLink website allows you to plan with fare calculators, a planner, a feature to compare fares and a timetable. A 60km trip on public transport within Brisbane will only cost around AUD $5.
Free city Loop Bus
Once you’re in the city, you can hop on the City Centre free loops bus, high frequency bus route that gets you around a set route in the Brisbane CBD and across to the Spring Hills areas nearby. Some feature stops will get you to QUT, Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, City Hall, Central Station, Riverside and Eagle Street Pier.
To and From Brisbane airport BNE
Arrive at Brisbane airport and you will be met by the third busiest airport in Australia. The airport is also an award-winning establishment and is the largest by size. To get around, to and from BNE, you have access to several forms of transport.
Airtrain - direct to and from Brisbane City
With a first class and award-winning airport, the network system set up here is flawless: a direct airport to city line. You will be able to get to and from the city within 20 minutes, find out more info on the Airtrain website.
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