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A sparkling city at the banks of the Brisbane River

Perhaps best known for its quality art galleries and unique sleepy vibe, this city’s charm needs to be experienced to be understood. Brisbane Botanical Gardens, located right in the heart of the city, is an ideal setting for a casual lunchtime stroll or family picnic. The Brisbane Festival celebrates the best of Australian art, culture and entertainment with various shows, music events, comedy and live theatre on offer in the Spring.

What you'll need

A visa (unless you’re an Aus or NZ citizen) and a passport valid for 6 months+

Best time to go

April and May to avoid the hot seasons, September for the Brisbane Festival

Travel tip

Brisbane is a very laid back city – don’t forget to take it slow!

Essentials to pack

Plenty of insect repellant and sun protection

Top sights

When venturing through this city at your own pace, you’re sure to come across some fantastic locations. Where else can you cuddle a koala, climb a bridge and see famous art in a single day?

1Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
2Cultural Centre
3Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
4South Bank
5Customs House
6Ride a CityCat
7Queen Street Mall
8Story Bridge Adventure Climb
9Moreton Island
10Museum of Brisbane

Adventures

Make your trip unforgettable with these unique experiences.